The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) is now in its 13th year and has provided an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery.

This year we plan to build beyond the previous achievements and take the symposium to even higher successes with the theme of Surgery and Beyond’. We have already received full CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons and to complement this we are planning a programme with increased focus on clinical practitioner centered talks, workshops and presentations. 

Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021:

Featured Speaker Professor Kevin Cleary
– MRI Robotics for minimally invasive procedures in the bore of the magnet


Prof. Kevin ClearyWe are pleased to announce Professor Kevin Cleary, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Device Innovation Children’s National Health System, is one of the featured speakers of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021.

Professor Cleary will give a talk on ‘MRI Robotics for minimally invasive procedures in the bore of the magnet’ followed by a Q&A session.


Advances in technology have enabled the developed of MRI compatible robotics that can be used to enable minimally invasive procedures in the bore of the magnet. While there are considerable engineering challenges, the advantages of MRI including the exquisite imaging quality, the lack of radiation, and the ability to do thermal monitoring make these concepts attractive. In this talk I will present our work over the past five years in developing MRI compatible robotics as well as new work planned for intracerebral hemorrhage evacuation in the bore of the magnet. The systems developed include arthrobot for shoulder arthrography, painbot for pain injections in the back, and bone bot for long bone biopsy. If time permits, we will also have a brief discussion about the operating room of the future. The operating room of the future will be more and more dependent on technology. Therefore, surgeons and engineers must work together to ensure the appropriate use of technology to improve patient care.


Kevin Cleary PhD is the Scientific Lead of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington DC. He leads a team of engineers and scientists working with their clinical colleagues to develop biomedical devices for pediatric care. He is internationally recognized for his research in medical robotics and image-guided navigation. Previously he was at Georgetown University Medical Center in the Imaging Science and Information Systems Center, where he developed systems for minimally invasive procedures. He received his BS and MS degrees from Duke University and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, all in mechanical engineering. He was also an NSF-sponsored postdoctoral scientist in Japan.


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