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Cyclops Healthcare Network workshop January 2018

The 2nd Grand challenge workshop took place at the De Vere Jubilee conference centre on 11-12 January 2018. Delegates explored various perspectives in creating closed-loop control solutions for autonomous treatments in healthcare.

Coverage and diversity

  • 55 delegates from 21 universities attended the workshop; including 9 clinicians, a patient representative, industry representatives, and technology adoption and translation service managers.
  • Delegates were diverse on the disciplinary spectrum, ranging from mathematical modellers, data scientist and machine learning experts to biologists, human scientists, and specialist practitioners of healthcare.
  • Attendees also consisted of early-mid career researchers, as well as established ones.
  • The workshop enabled the network to grow from approximately 80 to 120 members.

Workshop summary

On the morning of day one, delegates received an inspiring keynote from Professor Niels Peek on artificial intelligence in medicine. This guided later proceedings as clinicians drew on scenarios to highlight challenges in gaps in cancer care (Prof Poulam Patel), chronic wound care (Prof Fran Game) and critical care (Dr Dan Harvey).

Afternoon sessions maximised interactively between delegates, and we hope each delegate discussed their ideas with at least three new people in the network.

After an evening of magic and mystery entertainment, delegates approached day two with vigour, as they listened to updates on existing feasibility studies funded by Cyclops from Prof Sergey Piletsky and Ulises Hernandez. Delegates also heard from Dr Sarah Bolton on how The Centre for Healthcare Equipment & Technology Adoption (CHEATA) can help guide projects through translation and adoption.

A call for proposals for then launched. 


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Room 811, Tower Building, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Tel: 0115 74 86695