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Institution of Biomedical Engineering Open Day

On the 7th of March, a group of 14 students from Gosford Hill were invited to take part in the open day of the Institution of Biomedical Engineering, part of Oxford University. The director of the institution, Professor Constantin Coussios, introduced us to the event, promising interesting knowledge and delicious food!

The professor did deliver on his promise! We learnt about how sound waves can be used to treat cancers, how artificial intelligence can help untrained doctors and how MRI scanners work and why you don’t bring metals or oxygen cylinders near them (Unless you want a $200,000 bill on your hands)!

For lunch, a banquet of a variety of different foods and drinks were laid out for us – and they didn’t go to waste! Another student from Gosford helped himself to 8 sandwiches, a large cookie and a cup of coffee!

We ended with a tour of Oxford Universities ‘Department of Oncology’, where cutting-edge cancer research takes place. Here we were shown bio-reactors that are used to generate artificial skin and a machine that keeps donated organs alive by storing them at body temperature and feeding them with a supply of fresh blood!

Despite all these interesting inventions, the highlight of my day has to be the Singaporean Professor who sketched his genius idea on a small sheet of toilet paper! This sheet is kept in the workshop as a reminder to show that genius ideas don’t always come from the lab!

Overall, I found this an extremely informative and interesting day! By the end of the day more than half the students, from 4 different schools, wanted to be involved in one of the physical sciences and engineering!

Sidharth Panicker, 10CTTS

Posted: 2018-04-20 11:15:52
Last Edited: 2018-04-20 11:44:09