On January 24, the Dean of the Medical Faculty, Prof. Dr. Christoph Josten, opened the ICCAS Status Seminar 2018. It was attended by numerous guests from science, politics and associations, the health industry as well as the members of the board and scientific board. He praised the view of the institute for the implementation of scientific results to direct patient care as well as the good public perception. The Dean compared the ICCAS with a young tree, which has to be well maintained by the faculty in order to become strong.
The guests were able to convince themselves of the 2018 successes on the basis of the group leaders’ results reports and the subsequent live demonstrations. The projects MoVE, IMPACT and AutoSON were presented. Scientists of the Digital Patient Model – group presented their software system as it will be used in the tumor board of the Leipzig University Hospital this year. Furthermore, the progresses of the project SONO-RAY as well as an application of medical robotics were presented.
We thank all guests for their interest and cooperation and look forward to an inspiring and interesting year 2019.
ICCAS’s results and activities in 2018 can be read in the new Annual Report 2018. A look inside is worthwhile!
With his Poster on “Integrated System Architecture for Model-Based Decision Support in ENT” Jan Gaebel won the poster prize at the 15th Leipzig Research Festival for Life Sciences 2019 in the category Computer Assisted Surgery.
14 discussion-friendly seniors visited our demo-OR on January 16, and had decision support systems explained by the scientists. The interested audience asked many critical questions about the ambivalence of artificial intelligence, the responsibility of the clinicians, debates concerning patient’s maturity and the economization of the health care system.
In November 2018, Prof. Andreas Melzer has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering (DGBMT). There, he is active in the group ‘Clinical Application’.
On the occasion of the press conference on the treatment of pancreatic cancer with High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) in Berlin, the television chanel ‘MDR Aktuell’ reported on HIFU applications in Central Germany. At the Leipzig University Hospital (UKL), HIFU is already being used to treat benign uterus tumours. The treatment of pancreatic tumours is planed to start next year.
SONO-RAY group leader Dr. Lisa Landgraf and her team is researching how HIFU can be used in combination with radiotherapy for the treatment of malignant tumors in cooperation with the Center for Radiation Research in Oncology (OncoRay), Dresden.
At the end of November, the Mittelstandskonferenz organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the “KMU-innovativ” funding priority took place in Berlin. Representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises from various areas of information- and communication technology were invited to discuss and network. ICCAS presented togehter with the partners the COMPASS project in the sector “Human-Technology Interaction”. In this project, research is being carried out to improve the OR navigation. At the booth, an assistance system for stereo endoscopy in the ENT area was demonstrated.
On November 23, ICCAS welcomed Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. The Commissioner followed an invitation from the EUMFH project consortium around Prof. Thomas Neumuth, which presented the first results of the concept development of a European emergency hospital. At the same time, he visited the ICCAS’s Intelligent Operating Room and a surgical robotics application.
In a statement, Stylianides emphasized the high importance of science for this project and for further developments in disaster relief. ICCAS is the only partner of a European university. It participates with the electronic patient record and the networking of the information technology.
Alexander Oeser received the 1st prize in the Design Challenge Competition of the ‘Visual Analytics in Healthcare’ (VAHC) workshop, a satellite event of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA 2018) in San Francisco. There, he presented a novel system for assessing laboratory orders.
On 14.11.2018, the HSI Workshop on “Further Development of Hyperspectral Imaging in Medicine” took place in Leipzig under the direction of Prof. Ines Gockel (head of the Clinic for Visceral-, Transplantation-, Thoracic- and Vascular Surgery at Leipzig University Hospital) and Dr. Claire Chalopin (ICCAS). More than 30 international participants from research, clinic and industry attended presentations on the clinical application of hyperspectral imaging for tissue examination. This non-invasive, contactless and easy-to-use technique is of great interest for both, clinic and industry.
The participant’s feedback was very positive, current collaborations were strengthened and new collaborations arose. The next meeting will follow in Heidelberg in the first quarter of 2019.