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Press Invitation - "Look no hands!" - an e-MasterClass on cybersurgery

21 November 2001

The latest Imperial College e-MasterClass will be given by Professor Ara Darzi on the theme "Look no hands! - an exploration of cybersurgery".

It will take place on Tuesday 27 November at 08.30 in the Sherfield Building, South Kensington.

Professor Darzi, head of the Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, is internationally recognised for his pioneering work using advanced robotics in surgery. He and his team at St Mary's Hospital have recently been presented with a Queen's Anniversary Prize for their outstanding contribution to research and training in surgery.

The e-MasterClass uses state-of-the-art technology to enable leading academics to give interactive lectures to peers and students around the world.

Colleagues at locations around the world will take part in Professor Darzi's e-MasterClass, including the University of New South Wales, Australia, and Mahanakorn University, Thailand.

Future e-MasterClasses are planned in areas such as biomedical engineering, wireless and mobile phone technology, post-genomics and food safety.


For further details and to confirm attendance please contact:

Sandra Koura
Director, e-MasterClass
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6261

Abigail Smith
Press Officer, Imperial College
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6701


1. Professor Ara Darzi is Professor of Surgery, and Head of the Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, St Mary's campus. He is also Tutor in Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit, Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a Consultant Surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, London.

Professor Darzi is a clinical academic - a fully trained specialist medical practitioner employed by Imperial College to undertake research, teach undergraduate medical students, train young doctors and also carry out clinical practice in the National Health Service. He has recently been made a member of the NHS Modernisation Board.

2. e-MasterClass web site at:

3. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is an independent constituent part of the University of London. Founded in 1907, the College teaches a full range of science, engineering, medical and management disciplines at the highest level. The College is the largest scientific, technological and medical university institution in the UK, with one of the largest annual turnovers (UKP339 million in 1999-2000) and research incomes (UKP176 million in 1999-2000). Web site at