Micro-Engineering/Microelectronics

Minimally Invasive Endoscopy Workshop

Engineers and clinicians passionate about minimally invasive endoscopy are invited to an open one-day event which will promote dialogue and a better understanding of clinician’s needs and engineer’s capabilities.

After Professor Paul Swain, a pioneer in capsule endoscopy, has set the scene with his keynote address, the event will discuss Positioning & Localisation, Uses, and Sensing & Actuators. Each part will feature two speakers approaching the subject from clinical and engineering perspectives followed by discussion and open idea sharing.

Sonopill Away Day

The Sonopill team enjoyed a short break at Duchally Country Estate, in the bosky, sunny Perthshire countryside. This gave them a pleasant break from the normal pressures of their research and a chance to work on an integrated time line to carry them through to in vivo testing of an array-based Sonopill.

Dundee Design Festival

As a designated UNESCO City of Design, Dundee will host the first Dundee Design Festival from 25th – 28th May 2016.  The theme of the festival is “Place. Work. Folk. Design.” 

One aspect of this theme will explore the potential of design to improve our everyday lives and the Sonopill programme will be exhibited in the context of endoscopic design and innovation through the decades.  The exhibit is structured around a mockup of Sonopill. Scaled up a factor of 10, we have affectionately termed it ‘Sonozilla’.

Dr. David Watson

David Watson (BEng Aberdeen, MSc, PhD Heriot-Watt) is a research associate working within the MIcroSystems Engineering Centre (MISEC) at Heriot-Watt University.  His research interests include flexible and printable electronics for novel packaging applications, ultrasound and microfluidics for biomedical applications and biomimetics.

Meet the Researcher Showcase

Sonopill members participated in the 'Meet the Researchers' event organised by Medical Research Scotland.  The event was held over two days at the Aberdeen Science Centre and the Dundee Science Centre in March, 2016.  Students from various schools across Scotland were given the opportunity to learn about concepts in gastrointestinal imaging and gain insight into the development of Sonopill.  Pupils at the Dundee Science Centre were joined by the Princess Royale, patron of Medical Research Scotland

Explorathon

Members of the Sonopill team took part in Explorathon 2015 at Edinburgh Zoo. Explorathon is part of the European Researchers Night. More than 70 students from Primary Schools across Edinburgh were shown by Dr. Holly Lay, Dr. Gerard Cummins and Dr. Ben Cox how doctors, scientists and engineers could explore the most inaccessible parts of the gut with the Sonopill capsule and how it could be used to diagnose and treat different diseases in the future.

Ingenious Scheme

Sonopill members, Julia Faerber and Dr. David Watson took part in the Ingenious Scheme run by the Royal Academy of Engineering between November 2014 and May 2015. They visited the students of Inverkeithing and Liberton High Schools in Edinburgh to encourage them to consider a career in STEM by describing current challenges related to their research and helping the pupils design a microfluidic solution to their problem. The students and teachers were fascinated by what could be achieved with microengineering and enjoyed seeing the microfluidic chips they designed being fabricated.

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