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Appearance Matters 6 

Posted by Eleri Heathcote | 1 comment
22Aug2013
An international multi-disiplinary conference highlighting current research and good practice around psychology, body image and appearance.
1-2 July 2014
Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor David Sarwer (University of Pennsylvania, USA) on Psychology and Cosmetic Surgery
Dr Tracy Tylka (Ohio Stae University, USA) on Positive Body Image

Contact us to join our mailing list for updates, or visit the conference website for further information.

Professor Julie Kent launches new book: Regenerating Bodies 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
23May2012

Professor Julie KentCongratulations to Professor Julie Kent who has launched her new book which draws together the findings of ten years social research in the emerging area of regenerative medicine.

This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global ‘tissue economies’ Julie explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell science. The book explores how regenerative medicine configures and conceptualizes bodies and argues that the development of regenerative medicine is a feminist issue.

Regenerating BodiesThe book considers the claims that regenerative medicine represents exciting possibilities for treating the diseases of ageing bodies, critically assessing what kind of futures are embodied in tissue and cell based therapies. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students within the social sciences, in health technology studies, bioethics, feminist studies, and gender and health studies.

For further information go to the book page on the publisher's website or contact Professor Julie Kent.

Breast Cancer - United Care conference 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
10May2012

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology together with the University of the West of England are organising a one day conference exploring issues around Breast Cancer. The conference is being held at the UWE Conference and Exhibition Centre and aims to provide an update on a range of issues that influence the management of women with breast cancer.

All those with an interest in this field: patients, relatives, nurses, researchers, health care professionals to include clinical and biomedical scientists, surgeons, oncologists and general practitioners will find this conference useful.

The speakers are international experts in their respective areas and between them will touch on topics such as:

  • the influence of diet on metabolic pathways and cancer
  • the latest developments in biomedical research
  • surgery and therapies
  • new developments in service delivery
  • follow-up support and survivorship
  • an international perspective

The programme for the day is designed to meet continuing professional development needs for professional attendees (CPD credits will be available for participants), but also to provide an opportunity for women with breast cancer and their supporters to hear about current developments from both local and international experts from the academic world and from clinical practice.

This event is supported by the Microelectronics iNet, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Click here to find out more and to register for the event

UK's largest robot lab opens for business 

Posted by Denise Hope | 3 comments
10May2012

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), the largest robotics laboratory of its type in the UK was officially opened today by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science.

The Laboratory is a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. BRL strives to understand the science, engineering and social role of robotics and embedded intelligence.

The BRL is home to a community of 70 academics and businesses who are leading current thinking in nouvelle and service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. Over £1.65 million has been spent on the new facilities. The total area of the BRL is circa 2,400 sqm, with over 300 metres of specialised laboratory space and two Flying Arenas.

In this video, Professor Chris Melhuish, Director of the BRL, discusses the contributions the BRL will make to worldwide robotics research.

For further information read the full UWE press release here or view the Bristol Robotics Laboratory web pages

Scientific video sharing site launched 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
07Mar2012
SciPlayerSciPlayer, a new video sharing website, has been created to allow the scientific community to post relevant video presentations and share their work with peers around the world.

The SciPlayer website has been designed to host the following freely accessible video content:

  • Conference presentations
  • Video abstracts (video presentations introducing papers published in journals)
  • Company videos (products, equipment or solutions provided by industry)
  • Webinars (video recordings of scientific webinar events)
  • Conference poster presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Lectures
  • Author introductions to books
  • Introductory videos by journal editors

Some of the videos available to view on SciPlayer include the winners of the ‘video poster’ prizes from the 2nd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology.

For submission information and format requirements, please contact: David Sleeman or click here to go to SciPlayer.