The talk will reflect on the omnipresence of the various disciplines of science and engineering in medicine by focusing on applications in implantable devices.
Case studies will include the wonderful story of Julie Hill whose neural implant gave her control of her legs after a car accident had left her completely paralysed from the waist down.
Other interesting technologies include 3D scanning and facial reconstruction, instrumented bone prostheses that can grow with a child, and the ever more successful cochlear implants. Starting from real life examples, I will show how engineers and scientists can make tangible contributions to society and change lives.
The talk seeks to interest all bright students, no matter where their core strength lies, as the nature of our work is truly inter-disciplinary. It is a combination of skills that makes these amazing developments possible.
About the Lecturer - Anne Vanhoestenberghe
Born in Belgium where she grew up and went to university to study electronics engineering (ULB), graduating in 2001 with a masters in microelectronics and telecommunication.
During her first degree she took the opportunity offered by the ‘Erasmus’ student mobility programme to spend some time studying at a Dutch university. This experience was so positive that she sought work abroad, starting in the Implanted Devices Group at UCL in London in 2002.
Shortly after obtaining her PhD she spent 4 months in Sydney, working with the Australian Vision Prosthesis Group, and did a similar term in the Laboratory for Biomedical Microtechnology of the Department of Microsystems Engineering at the University of Freiburg (Germany).
Besides Anne's core activities as a research engineer, she has always had a keen interest in education, and she teaches on the undergraduate and MSc programme, as well as being involved in outreach programmes, and a visiting lecturer at the ULB in Belgium.