Future of microsurgery unveiled at Imperial
18 April 2012
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, officially opened Imperial’s newly refurbished Hamlyn Centre on 16 April. Guests were able to see the latest developments in robot assisted microsurgery – minimally invasive surgery with micro-scale imaging and manipulation – made possible by funding totalling £5 million from the Wolfson Foundation and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) underpinned by the Helen Hamlyn Trust endowment.
The Hamlyn Centre, which is split across three Imperial campuses – South Kensington, St Mary’s and Northwick Park- has been refurbished with cutting edge new technologies and a pre-clinical imaging suite for clinical trials to enable clinicians and technicians to validate new surgical robots in the patient. The long-term hope is that the robots in the Hamlyn Centre will be integrated with imaging and sensing technologies to perform microsurgery, for example, on cancerous cells.
Rector Sir Keith O’Nions, said: “We are very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation and NIHR for their generous contributions to the College. It is with their help that the Hamlyn Centre, through its multidisciplinary approach, continues to be at the forefront of innovation in surgery.”
Janet Wolfson de Botton, Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “The Wolfson Foundation has a long tradition of funding excellence in science and technology and we are very pleased to support the Hamlyn Centre in advancing robot assisted microsurgery.”
Lord Darzi, Chair of the Institute and co-director of the Hamlyn Centre, said: “We are very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation and the NIHR for their generous contribution to the refurbishments of the Hamlyn Centre. This will allow us to build on our unique strengths in research and clinical application of minimal invasive surgery and allied technology by enhancing both scientific discovery and translation into clinical practice with clear benefit to patient recovery and quality of life. The new lab will also enable our multidisciplinary team to create micro-surgical tools for new surgical procedures with improved accuracy and efficacy.”