The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have announced the nine researchers who were recipients of the EPSRC Healthcare Challenge Award, one of whom, Dr Adrien Desjardins, is an Investigator on the GIFT-Surg Research Project.

The award winners will share in a £9 million fund allocated to support a cohort of next generation research leaders to establish a personal programme of high quality, creative, and multidisciplinary research across the EPSRC portfolio, and to build and grow their research groups.

Adrien Desjardins – All-Optical Pulse-Echo Ultrasound Imaging for Real-Time Guidance of Minimally Invasive Procedure
Ultrasound imaging can provide exquisite detail about patient anatomy to guide clinical procedures. Conventionally, ultrasound is transmitted and received electrically. This project is centred on a new paradigm in which ultrasound imaging is performed optically, using inexpensive optical fibres used in telecommunications. The ultrasound probes, developed in close collaboration with clinicians, will be the first to provide real-time optical ultrasound imaging. Integrated into devices such as needles and catheters, they will provide imaging from within the human body that was previously unavailable. There is strong potential to improve patient outcomes in a wide range of clinical contexts.

To read more about the award and see the full list of award winners please visit the EPSRC Website.

GIFT-Surg Investigator receives EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards