School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, City, University of London and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UK.
Over the decades, the contribution of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in healthcare has been meteoric. STEM experts in partnership with healthcare professionals have been at the forefront of innovation, contributing significantly in tackling global health challenges. A perfect example of this is the clinical engineering contribution to the NHS during Covid-19. The nature of the contribution of STEM in healthcare is multifaceted.
These, amongst many, include contribution to new knowledge relating to disease; innovation of new technologies for the better monitoring and consequently diagnoses and treatment of disease improving patient outcomes; novel and intelligent processes enabling a better and safer running of our National Healthcare System, etc.
The primary motivation of these seminar series is to expose and stimulate our community with some of the most exciting and cutting-edge research and innovation of STEM in healthcare.
The webinar series presented in 2021 included:
11:02 - 11:04, Introduction and opening remarks (Dr Michael Powner, Lead for the Centre for Applied Vision Research, chair)
11:04 - 11:19, "Using Technology to Analyse Communication in Health and Healthcare" (Professor Rose McCabe)
11:19 - 11:34, "Professionals' Responses to the Introduction of AI Innovations in Radiology and their Implications for Future Adoption: A Qualitative Study (Dr Charitini Stravropoulou)
11:34 - 11:49, "Challenges in Technology Acceptance in Cardiology" (Professor Stephen A. O'Connor)
11:49 - 12:02, Q&A session (Dr Michael Powner, Lead for the Centre for Applied Vision Research, chair)
Professor Rose McCabe
Lead for the Centre of Mental Health Research (School of Health Sciences at City, University of London)
Professor Rose McCabe is Professor of Clinical Communication at City, University of London. She previously worked in the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter and was Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development at Queen Mary University of London. She leads the Centre for Mental Health Research at City. She is a psychologist specialising in professional-patient communication and developing interventions to improve experience and outcomes in mental health care.
She currently leads a £2.7 million NIHR programme grant, focusing on adapting and testing a brief psychological intervention in Emergency Departments to improve outcomes for people who present with self-harm. She uses multiple methods to analyse verbal and nonverbal communication (i.e. conversation analysis, 3D motion capture, natural language processing). These analyses form the basis for novel interventions to improve communication, therapeutic relationships and patient outcomes in healthcare.
Professor McCabe has an international track record in health services research and has secured funding from the Medical Research Council, the European Commission, the National Institute for Health Research and joint Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding. She has a h-index of 45 and has published in the British Medical Journal (impact factor 14.1), British Journal of Psychiatry (impact factor 6.6), Psychological Medicine (impact factor 6.2) and Schizophrenia Bulletin (impact factor 8.8). Recent findings on communication skills have been disseminated in podcasts with the professional body for psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
She developed TEMPO, a communication training package that is being used nationally and internationally (e.g., Italy, Finland, Japan, Germany, Northern Ireland, Australia) in healthcare organisations (hospitals, homeless shelters, outpatient clinics) and universities to train healthcare practitioners (doctors, psychologists, nurses, counsellors) and undergraduate/postgraduate students.
Dr Charitini Stavropolou
Co-Director of the Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (Bayes Business School and School of Health Sciences at City, University of London)
Dr Charitini Stavropoulou is a Reader in Health Services Research at the School of Health Sciences and the co-director of the Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), which explores the challenges of embedding innovation in healthcare.
Prior to joining City, Dr Charitini has held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey and Imperial College Business School. She holds an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Health Policy from the London School of Economics.
Her interests span across a number of areas of health services research including the barriers of embedding healthcare innovation, the role of patients in healthcare and the impact of funded research on academic and non-academic outcomes. Her research has been published in leading medical and health policy journals, including the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Lancet Public Health, the Milbank Quarterly and Social Sciences and Medicine. For her research Dr Charitini has received funding from the Health Foundation, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal Marsden.
Dr Charitini’s research interest in AI focuses on how healthcare professionals as well as patients and the public perceive and experience AI innovations and the implication this has for the implementation and adoption of AI in practice. A paper of this topic was recently published in BMC Health Services Research.
Professor Stephen A. O'Connor, FIPEM, FInstP, Hon. FRCP
Immediate Past President (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine)
Professor Stephen A. O’Connor was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and received his secondary education at the Jesuit College of St. Francis Xavier’s, Liverpool. He received his BSc in physics (1973), from King’s College, London, MSc (1974), in medical electronics and physics and PhD (1978), in respiratory physiology from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London.
He continued research at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in respiratory physiology and anaesthesia before moving into industry, initially working with the first dry powder drug delivery system for respiratory disease. In 1990, he started work with Cardiac Pacemakers Inc., managing European clinical trials on early implantable cardioverter defibrillators. He held increasingly senior positions in medical device companies being responsible for clinical trials of new and novel technologies in both cardiovascular and neurological disciplines, as well as playing a critical role in obtaining regulatory approvals.
His endeavours have improved patient outcomes and benefited the thousands of patients with whom he has personally worked with over his career and more broadly the millions of patients who have been positively impacted by the technologies that he was responsible for bringing to the market.
Professor O’Connor has been a Visiting Professor at City, University of London since 2011. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, IPEM and the Institute of Physics as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He was the recipient, in 2014, of the Manufacturers’ Award from IPEM.
Professor O'Connor became President Elect of IPEM in September 2018. He received a DSc from City, University of London in January 2019.