VPH-CaSE – What we do!VPH CaSE Logo

VPH-CaSE is a Marie Curie European Training Network which runs from January 2014 to December 2018. The network is led by the University of Sheffield and has recruited 14 Early Stage Researchers to centres throughout Europe. Two researchers are hosted within the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease and two researchers are hosted by industrial project partners, with academic supervision provided by the University of Sheffield. Further information relating to the project and the research undertaken by the VPH-CaSE researchers can be found on the project website.

In addition to scientific research, the project places significant value on the effective communication of research outcomes to members of the public. To facilitate this VPH-CaSE has delivered two local outreach events in Sheffield to date, managed and delivered by the Sheffield researchers in collaboration with their European colleagues.

Festival of Life LogoFestival of Life

Event Date: Wed 20th April 2016; 16:30 - 18:30
Venue: Medical School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Visitor profile: 20-30 visitors; male/female/families; aged 6 months to 80 years

This event, titled “We're on the case! Using 3D technology in medicine”, was held as part of “Life: A Festival of Health, from Head to Toe”. The event featured demonstrations given by four of the VPH-CaSE early stage researchers covering a number of aspects of VPH-CaSE research. The demos considered different aspects of the science behind 3D medical imaging, including stereo-imaging techniques, imaging quality assurance and ultrasound measurement techniques. The international nature of the research network was reflected by the visit of a researcher from Lyon, France to participate in the demonstrations and the opportunity for visitors to hear about research undertaken at other centres in the form of video presentations provided by researchers from France and the Netherlands. The whole exercise was a hands-on event, enabling visitors of all ages to gain a clearer perspective of the relevance of imaging developments to medicine. A breadth of complementary technologies is central to this, as observed by one of our visitors who enjoyed “…the crossover of art, science and medical imaging”.

Hands on activities 3D technology in medicine

Researchers Night LogoResearchers' Night

Date: Friday 30th September, 6pm-9pm
Venue: Firth Court and the Alfred Denny Building
Visitor profile: 20-30 visitors; male/female/families; aged 8 to 80 years

Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning with more than 30 countries involved. Events showcase what researchers do for society, in interactive and engaging ways, and it is also a vehicle for promoting research careers to young people and their parents. The university’s laboratories and lecture theatres were open to the public for a host of talks, demonstrations and hands on activities based around our research.

This event, titled “Engineering the future: simulations and experiments for new medical devices and better treatments” was held as part of Researchers’ Night at the University of Sheffield. Eight VPH-CaSE researchers came together in Sheffield to plan and deliver the activities presented to the public. Our stand featured demonstrations of how the Marie Curie European Training Network is developing state-of-the-art solutions for the next generation of medical devices and clinical interventions. The 8 researchers showcased the computational tools and experimental techniques they are using to capture the complexity of the physics of the cardiovascular system to improve outcomes for patients. Topics included;

  • the design of oxygenators for heart-bypass surgery and stents for the treatment of coronary artery disease.
  • the use of patient images, 3D printing and planning software to aid decision making when choosing devices to treat aortic disease.
  • the use of flow phantoms to characterise cardiovascular imaging systems.
The Researchers Night attracted visitors of all ages and interests 3D printed anatomy was a feature of the VPH-CaSE contribution to the Researchers Night.
The ring vortex smoke gun was a popular item with the children. The VPH-Case ESRs explaining their work