The surgical navigation working prototype is now in the final stages of testing! Rachel Lewis put in a great deal of work on this project, and we are really sorry to see her go, but the rest of her degree awaits!
We have been delighted to welcome Ruby Baxter from Neale-Wade Academy, who won a 4 week research placement here, organised with the Nuffield Foundation This has provided an insight into working as a professional scientist, and opportunities to learn new skills.
With supervision from Charlotte Palmer, Ruby has been working hard investigating the characteristics of 4 different canine osteosarcoma cell lines from different tumours. She is comparing their ability to grow and migrate in order to understand how the cell lines behave differently, and how these differences may affect the prognosis for canine patients.
Thank you for all your hard work Ruby and good luck for the future!
In July we travelled to Stuttgart, Germany, and were really lucky to see how Focussed Shockwave Therapy is being used as part of the extensive facilities at TierPhysiotherapie in small animal rehabilitation and treatment.
The visit, with the support of Storz Medical, is just the start of ongoing collaborations and we are very excited to incorporate such therapies into our research setting.
It was a great opportunity to see the variety of cases having shockwave therapy, and to see first hand how this is being used alongside complementary therapies such as with the underwater treadmill. A huge thank you to everyone involved,especially Dr Kirsten Hausler and the team, and to the clients and patients at the clinic for allowing us to follow their treatment.
We are now really looking forward to getting our recently installed Shockwave unit up and running!
The Surgical Discovery Centre enjoys an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, with many opportunities to share resources and combine expertise in ongoing research.
Two of the Engineers on recent projects, Angus Bain and Tom Broughton have now finished their placements with us. A huge thank you for all their hard work, we wish them all the best for their futures!
As well as assisting the students here in Cambridge, a team from the SDC recently travelled to the University of Liverpool to take part in the Total Knee Replacement course run by Biomedtrix. Professor Matthew Allen and colleagues demonstrated the surgical techniques to a group of Veterinary surgeons from the UK and Europe. It was a great opportunity, bringing together experts from the two Universities, and America, to share their vast knowledge and experience of the procedure with attendees.
This week saw a wide range of researchers from all over the Department of Veterinary Medicine come together to share their recent work and present ideas for the future. It was a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of research that is going on, and to meet fellow researchers both within and across different specialities.
Charlotte Palmer presented her work on circulating tumour cells in osteosarcoma patients, and Amy Stelman presented a pilot study into the diagnosis of ectopic ureters in Golden retrievers using ultrasonography.
This was a fantastic afternoon and we are already looking forward to next year!
It was a pleasure to welcome a group of final year Cambridge Veterinary Students to the Surgical Discovery Centre as part of their Elective Study weeks. We looked at how gait analysis can be used with both clinical and research cases, including diagnosis and ongoing investigations into medical or surgical intervention. They then had the opportunity to apply their knowledge with Harry and Wiggy who are always very obliging patients!
Well done everyone for all your hard work and good luck for the future.
Professor Matthew Allen chaired a departmental seminar this week, with the invited speaker Dr Constanza Gomez Alvarez from the University of Surrey talking about her exciting work into gait analysis in dogs. We have ongoing collaborations between our facilities, and Dr Gomez Alvarez has been instrumental in this. It was a very informative talk, and opened up lively discussions about the future of gait analysis and it's continued integration into patient care.
The Surgical Discovery Centre was very pleased to host a group of scientists from the Cambridge Resource Centre for Comparative Genomics this week.
Our meeting room provided the perfect facilities for presenting their ongoing research projects.
Pictured here are some of the team with Principal Investigator Professor Malcolm Ferguson-Smith.
Thank you to everyone that could make it to Science Festival 2017. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic scientists of all ages!
Jose supervised students preparing for "surgery", there were fractures to fix with Luisa and Charlotte, demonstrations of 3D printing and the robot with Matthew, and plenty more hands on activities for budding vets and researchers, with a great team of volunteers from staff and students.
Looking forward to next year!
We were really pleased to host a practical session run by the SynBio Forum recently, giving hands-on experience to scientists from a wide range of backgrounds.
Our laboratory provided the ideal environment for the workshop; Programmable biology for diagnostics: impacting global health and development, challenged delegates to design logic circuits using DNA, and programme cell extracts to produce colours or other reporters in response to a signal.
Remember the 3D model we printed from a CT of a rabbit skull? Well thanks to some really hard work by one of the final year Veterinary students with John Piper and colleagues it is now a fully functioning teaching tool!
Complete with silicone tongue and articulating jaw, ready to test students' rabbit intubation technique in the Clinical Skills Centre.
The Surgical Discovery Centre in Cambridge is awaiting delivery of a cutting edge robotic simulator for biomechanics studies. The system, consisting of a KUKA 60-3 robot (https://www.kuka.com) and a dedicated biomechanics software package (SimVitro) developed by the BioRobotics core at Cleveland Clinic in the United States, is due to be installed the week of March 6th, 2017.
Unlike traditional mechanical testing systems, which usually operate in one or perhaps two planes of motion (up and down, to apply tension and compression, or in rotation to apply torque), the new robot is capable of translational and rotational movements around all three axes simultaneously. From a practical perspective, this means that the software drives to the robot to simulate the complexity of movement in both animals and humans. An example of the system's capability to simulate human knee movement can be found on the Cleveland Clinic site (http://mds.clevelandclinic.org/Services/BioRobotics/simVITRO.aspx).
Once installed in the Surgical Discovery Centre, the new simulator will be put to work immediately! The first testing will involve evaluation of the effects of knee replacement on movement patterns in the canine knee. We then plan to use the robot in a new study to develop a better surgical solution for dogs with elbow disease. Watch this space for videos and updates on our progress :)
In the Surgical Discovery Centre we've been really excited to use our 3D printing techniques to produce this model from a CT scan of a rabbit's skull.
This is the first stage of a final year Veterinary Medicine student's project we have been working on, alongside the Clinical Skills lab in
the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital.
We are really looking forward to seeing the finished project!