Celebrating our University’s innovative medicine technologies at the Insigneo Showcase

Virtual Physiological Human

Our University hosted this year’s Annual Showcase event from the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine (3 May 2018) where they celebrated the latest innovations in medicine and technology.

Technology that can predict hip fractures, computer models to help with effective treatment for heart disease patients and the development of virtual reality colonoscopies were just some of the medical technologies demonstrated at the showcase.

The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine is a collaboration between our University and the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The institute pioneers research into developing sophisticated computer simulations in health and disease in order to improve clinical diagnosis and treatment.

Insigneo is Europe’s largest centre in the emerging discipline known as in silico medicine (or computational medicine).

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health was the keynote speaker for the event. As Director of the National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) on Translational Neuroscience for Chronic Neurological Disorders, she presented research of the BRC and how the application of in silico medicine technologies contributes to the research into interventions for neurodegenerative diseases.

The showcase brought 300 delegates to our University to hear about the latest ventures of the Insigneo Institute. Delegates found themselves amongst many of Europe’s foremost medical industry organisations presenting the latest, most dynamic information on their cutting-edge developments and their interface with the world of in silico technology.

In silico medicine is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary research field helping to bridge the gap between engineering, medicine and science. Our University academics closely collaborate with the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust representing the faculties of engineering, medicine, science and three hospitals.

As part of the Insigneo Institute, our University academics are developing innovative ways to apply in silico technologies and expertise to improve lives. Key research includes:

  • The VIRTUheart tool creates a computer model of the arteries supplying blood to a patient’s heart. This model can be used to help predict the most effective treatment for patients with coronary artery disease, currently the leading cause of death worldwide.
  • Research into the strength of children’s bones, which could help in the design of safer car seats.
  • The development of virtual reality colonoscopies, helping clinicians to detect abnormalities in the digestive system.
  • Contributions to the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre where modelling techniques are being applied to support assessments of neuro-motor function. The Insigneo researchers will combine sensor information with MRI images of the musculo-skeletal system to build virtual patients.
  • Our University is also leading the way in training a new generation of scientists to use computerised techniques to improve disease diagnosis and treatment in the healthcare sector through Insigneo’s revolutionary MSc in Computational Medicine.