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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Microbubble Engineering for Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy  Seminar

Origin: 
Engineering
Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
11 March 2014
Venue:
Building 13, Room 3017

For more information regarding this seminar, please email N. Webb at n.webb@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

An ISVR Engineering Research Seminar

Gas microbubbles coated with a surfactant or polymer shell have become well established as effective contrast agents for ultrasound imaging due to their high compressibility and their ability to scatter ultrasound nonlinearly. More recently, their use as vehicles in therapeutic applications such as targeted drug delivery and gene therapy has is also been widely investigated. This type of application poses a number of significant challenges including the detection of microbubbles at low ultrasound intensities to avoid premature destruction and localisation of microbubbles at a target site in vivo.

Speaker information

Dr Eleanor Stride, University of Oxford. Eleanor Stride obtained her BEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University College London. Her final-year project on non-destructive testing using ultrasound and a serendipitous meeting with a radiologist led her to studying the use of microbubble agents in medical ultrasound imaging and ultimately to designing and engineering new types of agent for both imaging and therapy. Following the completion of her PhD in the UCL Ultrasonics Group, she was appointed to a lectureship and a Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Research Fellowship during which she started working in the complementary area of micro-encapsulation, developing new methods for fabricating bubbles, capsules and other nano and microscale layered structures for a range of biomedical and other applications. In 2011 she was appointed to a University Lectureship and Non-Tutorial Fellowship at St Catherine’s College Oxford and joined the Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy and Biopharmaceutical Laboratory (BUBBL) in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering; where she continues her research in encapsulation and ultrasonics in particular, combining these themes for the development of systems which integrate medical imaging and therapy.

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