August 17, 2012
The North American Surgical Robotics Summer School is taking place this week by CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics) at London Health Sciences Centre's University Hospital.
65 graduate students and early-career researchers from across the United States and Canada, as well as some from Japan, Qatar and Denmark are registered for this intensive Surgical Robotics Summer School. This event alternates between Europe and North America. It is the third time it is taking place in North America and the first time in Canada. The other locations were at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and the University of Washington, Seattle. Five similar Summer Schools have been held in Montpellier, France, where the concept originated.
A distinguished faculty of 24 experts, half of whom are from outside of London, are presenting focused lectures on a range of topics, including: surgical robotics, haptics and teleoperation, medical imaging, image-guided interventions, major therapy delivery techniques, surgical simulation, training, and performance assessment. Hands-on experience is being provided at CSTAR in its surgical, engineering and simulation laboratories. The attendees also have opportunities for informal interaction with clinicians and leading experts from academia and industry. On Thursday, participants were even treated to live laporascopic surgeries, performed by Maria Currie and Syed Ali.
Organizers Drs. Terry Peters and Rajni Patel say the week has exceeded expectations. They believe the event will help to put them on the radar for both academic and employment opportunities for the student participants and the speakers.
View more photos of the week on Lawson Health Research Institute's Facebook page.