The 2011 Oxford Medtronic Lecture - Thursday, 9th June

Professor James Duncan from Yale University, USA, gave the fourth Oxford Medtronic Lecture, on Thursday, 9th June to over 100 academics, students and representatives from industry and government in Headington. His lecture titled, "Model-Based Strategies for Biomedical Image Analysis," focused on problem areas and visual examples of the brain structure and heart function.

2011 Medtronic Group Photo
Standing left to right: Mr Steve Mahle (Retired Chair, Medtronic Foundation); Eleonora Mylonopoulou (2007 Medtronic Scholar); Mr Leo Kretzers (Clinical Research Director, Medtronic); Professor Alison Noble (Institute of Biomedical Engineering); Professor James Duncan (Guest Lecturer); Dr Julia Schnabel (Institute of Biomedical Engineering ); Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering)

Professor Duncan’s lecture highlighted image analysis strategies, mathematical techniques and a presentation of results obtained when analysing actual patient image data relating to the heart and brain.

Professor James S DuncanProfessor James S Duncan PhD, Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Electrical Engineering, said: “The development of methods to accurately and reproducibly recover useful quantitative information from biomedical images is often hampered by uncertainties in handling the data related to: image acquisition parameters, the variability of normal biological, anatomical and physiological structure and function, the presence of disease or other abnormal conditions, and a variety of other factors.

Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, has supported the Oxford Medtronic Lectureship since 2007. This has encouraged the exchange of ideas in biomedical engineering across the Atlantic. Graduate scholarships in biomedical engineering, especially promoting women, have also been sponsored by Medtronic.

The Clinical Research Director for Medtronic, Mr Leo Kretzers, said: "For Medtronic the fact that biomedical engineering gets this attention is very important. Our medical devices are state of the art – in order to provide these products we need to work together with all disciplines. I am glad that the Medtronic Group and Foundation has partnered with academics to support scholarships and lectures like this one."


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Some pictures from this year’s Oxford Medtronic event

Before the Lecture

For the first time this year the Medtronic Lectureship included a tour of the Oxford Heart Centre and Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Tour of the Oxford Heart Centre and Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility at the John Radcliffe HospitalPictured here (from left to right) are Dr Tim Betts Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital; Professor James Duncan; Professor Alison Noble and Mr Leo Kretzers.

After the Lecture

After the Medtronic lecture, biomedical engineering students exhibited their project posters and explained their work to guests. Exhibiting were CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) students: Maria Pikoula, Louis Mayaud, Adam Baker, and MSc students: Giovanni Milandri and David Springer.

Biomedical engineering students exhibiting their project posters