16 December 2014
On 8th December 2014, Professor Jürgen Meixensberger opened the ICCAS status seminar and the advisory committee meeting 2014 with a welcome speech to the employee and invited guests, which included the ICCAS-board- and advisory board members from science and industry as well as the Vice Dean of the Leipzig Medical Faculty Professor Ingo Bechmann. Afterwards he handed over to Professor Andreas Melzer, who has been Director of the ICCAS since September 2014. Prof. Melzer presented intentions for the further development of the ICCAS-concept, which includes a stronger interaction with other medical research institutions and a growth of cooperation with the industrial sector. Furthermore, he explained the inclusion of his research area MR-guided Focused UltraSound (MRgFUS) in the ICCAS research landscape. Prof. Bechmann praised the research of ICCAS and assured support by the Leipzig Medical Faculty for future projects. ICCAS also received much appreciation for the achievements already made from the clinics of the Leipzig University Hospital.
This was followed by a round of presentations of the project leaders of all ICCAS research fields. Much has been achieved in 2014, but the year 2015 holds new challenges. Projects such as Standards, Patient Simulation Systems and Defect Classification of the Cervical Spine came to an end and new projects were presented, e.g. ONCOCONTROL – which will continue the successful development in the field of information- and management systems in tumor therapy. The guests were informed about the research state of selected projects on the basis of life-, multimedia-, Powerpoint- and poster presentations. The diversified event which offered many issues for discussion about benefits and applications of high-tech systems, not only in the operational area, ended with the meeting of the ICCAS advisory committee. Every year, its highly qualified experts from science and industry evaluate the research of ICCAS.
Thanks to all guests and employees for their successful contributions, constructive discussions, ideas and suggestions, which ICCAS will take in its 10th year of existence.