Professor Alison Noble OBE FREng receives the IFMBE Laura Bassi Award for an Outstanding Female Researcher in Medical and Biological Engineering

Congratulations to Professor Alison Noble, the Department of Engineering Science Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, for being awarded the inaugural Laura Bassi award of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

Professor Alison NobleThe Laura Bassi award is a new award of the IFMBE recognising a senior female biomedical engineer for outstanding research contributions in the field of medical and biological engineering. The award is to be made every three years at the IUPESM World Congress.

Professor Noble received the award at the IUPESM World Congress 2015 in Toronto, Canada where she also gave a scientific presentation entitled: “Machine Learning in Ultrasound Imaging”.

Professor Noble comments: “It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award; both to receive international recognition for my own achievements, but also the well-deserved recognition for the work of my research team and our collaborators”.

About the Award

Laura Bassi (1711-1778) was an Italian academic and lecturer, who is believed to be the world's first woman to earn a university chair in a scientific discipline. Her intellectual abilities were recognised at a very early age. In 1732, at the age of 20, she received a doctoral degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, and in the same year became a member of the Academy of Science of Bologna. She went on to become the first woman to earn a professorship in physics.