Insigneo Showcase 2023

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Event details

Friday 14 July 2023
The event is free of charge and places are available on a first come, first served basis. 


**Abstract submission is now closed**

This full day event is an opportunity for our members, funding agencies, regulatory agencies, industrial colleagues, and other academic groups in the UK to meet and see first-hand the innovative research produced by our Institute.

The day will feature:

  • A plenary talk from Professor Jackie Hunter from BenevolentAI
  • Sessions from our five research themes:  Biomaterials / Biomechanics / Cell engineering; Computational modelling in medicine; Biomedical imaging; Smart devices and sensors; and Healthcare data / AI;
  • Early Career Researcher presentations – hear about emerging research with perspectives from the next generation of researchers;
  • Poster exhibition
  • Networking opportunities with industry, funders, academics and clinicians.

Insigneo showcase programme

08:30 Arrival, registration and refreshments

Professor Jim Wild, Insigneo Executive Director, University of Sheffield -
Welcome and EPSRC Research Hub application overview

Professor Wendy Baird, Deputy Vice President for Innovation, University of Sheffield
Professor Jim Litster, Vice President Engineering, University of Sheffield


Session 1 - Smart devices and sensors
Dr Mark Toshner, Director of Translational Biomedical Research, University of Cambridge
'Decentralised clinical studies'
Dr Frankie Varian, Clinical Research Training Fellow, University of Sheffield
‘Implementation of remote patient reported outcomes within clinical trials’
Dr Hamza Zafar, Honorary Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Sheffield
'Development of a remote interstitial pressure monitor'


Session 2 - Healthcare data/AI
Professor Aldo Faisal, Professor of AI & Neuroscience, Imperial College London.
‘From Digital Biomarkers to Digital Therapeutics: Generative AI to the rescue!’
Professor Tim Chico, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Sheffield
The South Yorkshire EPSRC Digital Health Hub
Professor Haiping Lu, Professor of Machine Learning, University of Sheffield
AI Research Engineering for Multimodal AI

10:55 Coffee, posters and exhibition

Session 3 - Computational modelling in medicine
Dr Miguel Juarez, Lecturer, University of Sheffield
Improving TB clinical trials with virtual cohorts —The STriTuVaD approach.
Dr Ivan Benemerito, Software & Application Developer, University of Sheffield
‘A combined mechanistic and AI approach to study ischaemic stroke
Ms Fiona Gibson, PhD Student, University of Sheffield
‘Altered vertebral biomechanical properties in prostate cancer patients following androgen deprivation therapy


Session 4 - Imaging Life
Professor Mike Cork, Professor of Dermatology, University of Sheffield
The virtual OCT skin biopsy, transforming the treatment of inflammatory & malignant diseases

12:30 Lunch, posters and exhibition

Plenary Speaker - Professor Jackie Hunter, Board Director BenevolentAI; Board Chair Brainomix and the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
AI in healthcare


Session 4 - Imaging Life
Dr Chris Toseland, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield
‘Super Resolution imaging of nuclear organisation’
Dr Alice Ghidini, Team Lead Structure and Characterization, Sixfold Bioscience and Dr Alice Pyne, Senior Lecturer in Soft Matter & Polymers, University of Sheffield
‘Determining the structure of new RNA therapeutics’

15:25 Coffee, posters and exhibition

Session 5 - Biomaterials, bioengineering and cell technology
Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Newcastle University
‘Layer-by-layer assembly for multilayered constructs for biomedical applications’
Dr Helen Matthews, Sir Henry Dale Fellow, University of Sheffield
The mechano-biology of cancer cell division'
Dr Tom Paterson, Lecturer, University of Sheffield
'Navigating the Biomedical Landscape: A Journey from Bone Regeneration to Neural Bioelectronics'

17:00 Closing remarks: Dr David Black, Medical Director, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Damien Lacroix, Insigneo Deputy Director, University of Sheffield

The day is planned as an in-person event but we will offer an option to join the talks online.

We are also planning to organise an optional social event to take place directly after the main event.

We look forward to welcoming you on 14 July 2023.


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