Day 1


Solving health matters together

DAY 1 : Solving Health Matters Together | 1st of April 2019

James Watt Centre, Heriot-Watt University

Program at a glance:

SESSION 1: Future Healthcare in Cancer

There are 400,000 new cases of cancer every year in the UK. What can Innovating Medical Technologies do about diagnosing, monitoring, preventing, and supporting patients with Cancer? Come and learn from patients, charities, clinicians, and scientists and put your heads together to discuss where more research should be delivered.

Session chair:

Dr Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Heriot-Watt University

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Alexis Webb, Cancer Research UK,
  • Mr Alasdair Ferguson, Edinburgh and Lothian Prostate Cancer Support Group
  • Prof Alan McNeill, Palpation Dx Ltd, University of Edinburgh, NHS

SESSION 2: Healthy Ageing

In the words of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Every person – in every country in the world – should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life . Yet, the social and natural environments in which we live can favour health or be harmful to it. Our exposure to health risks and our access to quality health and social care are key healthy ageing. Scientists, Engineers, Charities and patients groups discuss challenges and solutions for Healthy ageing across a variety of subtopics including vision, dementia and remote patient monitoring.

Session Chair:

  • Dr Uwe Wolfram, Heriot-Watt University,

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Moira Mackenzie, Digital Health Institute, Head of Innovation
  • Prof Susan Shenkin, University of Edinburgh, Geriatric Medicine
  • Dr Mel Mckendrick, Heriot-Watt University, School of Management and Languages
  • Dr Ryan Woolrych, Heriot-Watt University, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

SESSION 3: Replacing Animal Models

It is estimated that 50 to 100 million vertebrates are experimented on around the world every year. However, new technologies are being developed to enable the replacement, reduction or refinement of animal experimentation, according to the 3R s guiding principles. Learn from academics, entrepreneurs, and charities, about micro and nanotechnologies revolutionising biology experimentation & drug development, and discuss the extent of the possibilities to replace animal models by organ-on-chip or human-on-chip systems, miniature devices mimicking human biology. This session will be led by Dr Helinor Jonhston, an Associate Professor of Toxicology at Heriot-Watt University.

Session chair: 

Dr Helinor Johnston, Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

Confirmed speakers:

  • Prof Arti Ahluwalia, University of Pisa
  • Dr Clive Ropers, Charles River Laboratories
  • Dr Euan Brown, Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering
  • Dr Ferry Melchels, Heriot-Watt University, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

SESSION 4: Robotics for a Safer World

Can we harness robotic technology to transform healthcare? Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh are at the forefront of the robotic innovations poised to transform clinical and health care. This session will explore the health-related activities of the first UK Robotarium and debate the robotic conquest of hospitals and homes for safer and healthier environments.

Session chair:

Dr Patricia A. Vargas, Heriot-Watt University, School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr Mauro Dragone, Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr Suphi Erden, Heriot-Watt University
  • Prof Lynne Baillie, Heriot-Watt University
  • Prof Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr Renan Moioli, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)