The 2012 Oxford Medtronic Lecture – Thursday, 21st June
For the last five years Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology, has supported the education and research of biomedical engineering across the Atlantic. Medtronic graduate scholarships, especially promoting women, and the Oxford Medtronic Lectureship have played a key part in encouraging the exchange of ideas in biomedical engineering between universities in the United States and Europe.
Standing left to right: Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering); Professor Brian Bellhouse; Eleonora Mylonopoulou (2007 Medtronic Scholar); Professor Constantin Coussios; Professor Alison Noble; Professor Zhanfeng Cui; Professor Molly Shoichet (Guest Lecturer); Dr David Dunham (Medtronic); Mr Steve Mahle (Retired Chair, Medtronic Foundation); Professor Andrew Carr (Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics); Ioanna Zafeiri (2010 Medtronic Scholar).
At this year’s Oxford Medtronic lecture over 120 academics, students and representatives from industry and government came to the Sir Martin Wood Lecture in the Department of Physics, Oxford, to hear Professor Molly Shoichet’s, talk titled: “Regenerative Medicine Strategies to Promote Repair in the Central Nervous System”. Professor Shoichet PhD, FRSC, Order of Ontario, holds the Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.
An eloquent speaker, Professor Shoichet focussed on three areas of regenerative medicine strategies namely, spinal cord injury, blindness and stoke. She highlighted the significance of regenerative medicine to restore, maintain and improve tissue function, and said there were ‘opportunities to make a real difference in these three areas’. However, Professor Shoichet stressed that although there is ‘the potential to arrest or regenerate tissue, pharmacological treatments won’t stop or overcome disease’.
Dr David Dunham, Medtronic’s Regulatory Affairs and Quality Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “…we have a wonderful culture, which is mission-driven. It’s about alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life. This is one of the reasons why we’re developing new technologies in the med-tech area and this lectureship is an integral part of that”.
- Professor Shoichet’s lecture will be available to view online shortly.
Photographs from this year’s Oxford Medtronic event
With special thanks to the Medtronic Foundation for supporting this prestigious lectureship.