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Current newsletter reports on the second quarter


The second ICCAS Newsletter 2019 reports on our latest trade fair and congress activities, presents current publications and invites to upcoming events such as the next ICCAS Open Day. We wish an interesting reading!



Medical informatics students test a robotics use case.

Informatic students test ICCAS-developments


Yesterday, medical informatics students from universities in Brunswick, Heidelberg and Amsterdam received an insight into the research in computer-assisted and robot-aided surgery at ICCAS. They trained on laparoscopy trainers and tested a robot-assisted biopsy. Furthermore, they become acquainted with the intelligent operating room’s technology.

The 16 students are involved in the international Frank van Swieten Lectures of the Leipzig University’s Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology (IMISE).


Dr. Stefan Franke presents the intelligent operating room.

Representatives of Kenyan partner universities at ICCAS

On June 26, teachers and administration staff from two Kenyan partner universities visited the ICCAS to learn more about practice-oriented university teaching and application-targeted project work. The researchers introduced the intelligent operating room, the digital patient model and a joint industry project. In addition, future possibilities for cooperation between Kenyan and Leipzig scientists were evaluated.

The 16 guests are currently participating in the university’s training program SEPT for the worldwide support of small and medium-sized enterprises.


Cover picture of this year's Hamlyn Symposium.

ICCAS presents new MR-guided endovascular procedures in London


From June 23 to 26, the renowned Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) took place for the 12th time in London. There, Prof. Andreas Melzer gave a lecture on new technologies for MR-guided endovascular procedures such as: cardiac biopsy, aortic coarctation stenting, heart valve prosthesis and thrombolysis in the workshop Endovascular Intervention.

The HSMR provides an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics.


The ICCAS team at the Leipzig Corporate Run 2019.

ICCAS shows its sporty side


ICCAS once again took part in the Leipzig Corporate Run for University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine yesterday. Under tropical conditions, the ICCAS team focused not only on personal best times but also on team spirit and sporting fun. With over 20,000 runners from 1,000 companies, this year’s event achieved a new participation record. Thanks to more than 600 running enthusiasts, the University Medicine was once again awarded the title “Most Sporty Company”.



ICCAS presents results at CARS Congress


At this year’s Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery – Congress (CARS), which takes place in Rennes (France) from June 18 to 21, the MAI team enriches the IFCARS / SPIE / ISCAS Joint Workshop “Digital Operating Room”: Prof. Thomas Neumuth gives an invited lecture on artificial intelligence and machine learning in the operating room of the future. Johann Berger and Juliane Neumann present research results on the networking of medical devices based on IEEE and the SDC interface.

Marianne Maktabi (MIB group) talks about tissue classification based on hyperspectral data during a further congress session.



Dr. Lisa Landgraf and Johann Berger at the EUFUS/ISTU exhibition booth.

SONO-RAY group exhibits at ISTU / EUFUS Joint Symposium


At the Joint International Symposium for Focused and Therapeutic Ultrasound (EUFUS/ISTU) in Barcelona (Spain), scientists from the SONO-RAY project present results on robot-assisted and MR-guided focused ultrasound hyperthermia at the exhibition booth and in poster presentations. Furthermore, project leader Prof. Andreas Melzer acts as congress co-chair and chair of two panels. Group leader Dr. Lisa Landgraf is chair of the session ‘Therapy Ultrasound’.



Robotics theme and SDC presented at EAES Congress


This year’s 27th Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) takes place in Sevilla (Spain). Johann Berger will present the results of the work on “Modelling a Collaborative Robot with the IEEE 11073 SDC Standard for Combined Focused Ultrasound and Radiation Therapy” at the Technology Symposium, on June 12. On June 14, Martin Kasparick and Prof. Thomas Neumuth from the OR.NET e.V. present the OR.NET-EAES declaration on medical device interoparability to surgeons.


SONO-RAY-results presented at German Congress of Radiology


The “100. German Congress of Radiology” is the next specialist forum where the results of the SONO-RAY-group will be presented. Here, Dr. Lisa Landgraf is holding a lecture on the successful radiosensitization of tumor cells in vitro by Focused Ultrasound Hyperthermia (FUS-HT) on May 31.

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Dr. Claire Chalopin and Prof. Christoph Josten after the successful teaching rehearsal in the Faculty Council.

Successful habilitation for Dr. Claire Chalopin


Dr. Claire Chalopin successfully completed her habiliation process. Congratulations!

Her postdoctoral thesis deals with the technical development of intraoperative 3D ultrasound with contrast medium and dynamic infrared thermography (DIRT) for neurosurgery. The imaging technique shows promising results for the visualization of structures and the assessment of tissue perfusion, but needs to be more optimally integrated into the surgical workflow. In addition, computer assistants will support the analysis of the imaging data.

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