The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 148, 19 January 2005
Taking Imperial from strength to strength«
UK-Thai scientific collaboration boosted by new agreement«
Cirque du Soleil in the main entrance«
A nose job«
Frizzy hair today, gone tomorrow«
New microscope gives boost to UK nanotechnology«
Lord Sainsbury visits Imperial«
Imperial leads the way in surgical training and innovation«
New programme will train next generation of health leaders«
Tea off to good health«
Success halts trial«
The perfect Formula«
Spotlight on new R&D solutions«
Imperial students are best trainees«
Cash boost for Wye’s top new scholars«
In Brief«
Media mentions«
What’s on«

Imperial leads the way in surgical training and innovation

December 2004 was a good month for Imperial, seeing the opening of not only the new Wolfson surgical technology laboratory, but also the new centre of training and innovation in surgery. 

The standing of Imperial and St Mary’s as international leaders in surgical research, development and teaching was boosted with the opening of the £750,000 Wolfson laboratory, based at St Mary’s hospital and at the South Kensington campus.

The laboratory brings together for the first time, under one virtual roof, the major elements of Professor Sir Ara Darzi’s pioneering work in the field of surgical innovation and technology.

Funded by a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, and opened by minister for health John Hutton, pictured, the laboratory will focus on developments in the fields of robotic surgery and image-guided intervention, biomechanical modelling, sensing and simulation, new methods of training and assessment of surgical skills  and clinical safety.

Sir Ara said: “We are extremely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for making the funding available for this new facility in the heart of north west London. The vision is to benefit patients and health professionals worldwide by providing a high tech environment from which to continue our programme of research, development and teaching in the surgical technology and oncology arenas.”

Also opened was the new centre of training and innovation in surgery at St Mary’s hospital, which will provide a programme of training and innovation to develop and support best practice in day and short stay surgery in the NHS. It will support treatment centres at Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust.

The centre will deliver a range of programmes all designed to improve elective care and the use of regional anaesthesia and minimally invasive techniques will also be further developed.

Sir Ara who is leader of the centre commented: “With treatment centres set to be the future of routine planned surgery in the NHS, centres of training and innovation will be vital in developing new and improved models of care.”

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