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headline-marker ICCAS Newsletter 1/2019 published

The first newsletter in 2019 has been published. It contains information on our events, scientific activities and media reports of the first quarter of the year. Enjoy reading!



headline-marker Contributions at the DGE-BV – Congress 2019

On 28 March, Prof. Andreas Melzer opened the 49th Congress of the German Society for Endoscopy and Imaging Techniques e.V. together with other DGE-BV advisory board and board members in Stuttgart. In addition, he held an invited lecture on “Artificial intelligence and machine learning in the operating theatre of the future”. Dr. Claire Chalopin gave another invited lecture on “Supervised tissue discrimination during thyroid and parathyroid surgery based on hyperspectral imaging”. Another contribution by Richard Bieck dealt with the topic “Cognitive situation awareness for intelligent navigation assistance in minimally-invasive endoscopic surgery “.


headline-marker Girls’ Day at ICCAS

Early practice for those who want to find their dream job. On March 28, 12 girls of the 8th and 9th grades visited stations of the University Medicine in order to especially experience professions in medical informatics. At the ICCAS, the schoolgirls could try out for themselves what the women scientists are currently researching in medical technology. They were able to simulate a heart muscle biopsy on a 3D heart model. In addition, a robot arm was controlled for a minimally invasive procedure. At a third station, the girls could use a thermal imaging camera to find out the different temperature of their facial skin.


headline-marker HSI contribution at DCK 2019

Group leader Dr. Claire Chalopin is participant at the 136th Congress of the German Surgery Society in Munich. Her lecture topic in the session “Imaging” will be “Machine-learning methods for tissue classification in hyperspectral imaging”.


headline-marker Leipzig University invited regional companies and municipalities to the FMT-TransferMeeting at ICCAS

In the afternoon of March 5, Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk, Prorector for Development and Transfer at Leipzig University and the Leipzig Chamber of Commerce and Industry invited to the Future Med Technologies (FMT)-TransferMeeting at ICCAS. In front of representatives of regional companies, local municiplaities and science, he emphazised that the bridge between science and industry is already lived par excellence at ICCAS. The guests gathered to explore the ICCAS projects and common interests.

Current research projects were presented in live demos. They ranged from software solutions such as the digital patient and therapy decision model over transfer projects such as the joint project IMPACT for the development of a mobile system for lung function diagnostics to comprehensive digital assistants in the operating room of the future. Other exhibits included multimodal intraoperative imaging procedures, medical robotics and computer-assisted image-guided interventions. At the subsequent get-together a lively exchange took place and contacts were made.


headline-marker Juliane Neumann received Best Paper Award of the FMT-Doctoral Workshop

On March 5, ICCAS hosted the doctoral workshop “Future Med Technologies” (FMT) on the medical campus with the support of the Economic Development Corporation of Leipzig City. The workshop addressed on the one hand companies of the region, who introduced themselves with their products and job offers, and on the other hand the PhD students, who presented their current research topics and innovative approaches in the field of medical- and biotechnology. The network event was also accompanied by the Department for Research and Transfer Services and the Carrier Center of Leipzig University and the start-up initiative Smile.

The Economic Development Corporation awarded a prize for the best presentation to Juliane Neumann (ICCAS) for her work on optimizing work processes in operating rooms. Hannes Köhler (ICCAS) and Max Böhme (HTWK) were awarded the second places.



headline-marker ICCAS at the 25th European Congress of Radiology in Vienna

Prof. Melzer and Dr. Lisa Landgraf were invited at the leading european congress in the field of medical image processing and image guided therapy on March 1st.


For 25 years, the ECR has been gathering experts from this field to meet the emerging clinical, technological and social challenges of the discipline.

Prof. Melzer’s contribution was: ‘TRANS-FUSIMO: preliminary in-vivo animal results of MR-guided focused ultrasound of liver under respiratory motion’.

Dr. Lisa Landgraf presented her poster : ‘In vitro investigation of combined focused ultrasound (FUS) hyperthermia (HT) and radiation therapy (RT) for future use of image guided FUS and RT in the clinic’ in the session Interventional Radioloy.


headline-marker ICCAS’s OR of the Future on TV

A TV team from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) filmed the intelligent, networked demo OR in ICCAS. In addition to the unique interaction of high tech in the operating theatre, a robotic application for the precise removal of tumour tissue can also be discovered.

The contribution is broadcasted on “3sat nano TV” and “MDR Wissen” and can currently be found in the media library.

[:en]The girls tried out a biopsy procedure with a model under the supervision of our researcher Annekathrin Pfahl[:]


headline-marker MEFALE kids at ICCAS

12 years old children from university staff members visited ICCAS in the frame of MEFALE to learn more about the application fields of medical informatics and new technologies.

Before they could try out several models, they received an overview of the diverse work areas at the Innovation Center for Computer Assisted Surgery. A wide range of insights was presented from cell culture to biopsy and experiments in the research OR. The kids were very pleased with the insights into the digitized working world and especially loved to do experiments with the reanimation doll in the Operating Theater.


headline-marker “Kunststoff trifft Medizintechnik” at ICCAS

On January 30, 2019, for the second time ICCAS welcomed participants of the conference “Kunststoff trifft Medizintechnik” organized by the Kunststoff-Zentrum Leipzig.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Franke presented ICCAS’s Intelligent Operating Room of the Future and discussed current developments and perspectives in the medical technology industry with the visitors.