Category Archives: Medical

Supercharging the Innovation Engine

DDS Deputy Director Dr Paul Chapman recently presented at BioCity Scotland’s April 28th Supercharging the Innovation Engine event.

This two day conference brought together leaders at the cutting edge of innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and for making new connections. Paul’s presentation on computer graphics and its application to Pharmacy and Dentistry was pretty well received. Other talks covered topics included creative thinking, bridging the university-industry gap and how partnership working is essential to driving innovation forward at strategic and practical levels. More information on the event can be found at Supercharging the Innovation Engine.

Funded Masters Study

There are a number of places available for funded Masters study at the Digital Design Studio for study in 2015-16.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early to try to secure these places!

On all programmes there are a number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) fee-waivers available – these cover the full costs of fees for Scottish (ordinarily resident in Scotland, not Scottish by birth!) and EU citizens. Additionally, there are a number of scholarships available – these vary, but mostly cover a portion of fees.

Notable this year are British Council supported GREAT scholarships which make a significant contribution to fees for students from India.

We currently still have limited funded places available on all of the Masters programmes:

You can learn more about the SFC funding here, and scholarships here.

Visualisation of the Anterolateral Ligament

While most people might assume that the human body has been definitively mapped and modeled for many years by now, this is most certainly not the case. A great example of this is the anterolateral ligament (ALL), one of the ligaments of the knee, which despite being described by French surgeon Segond in 1879 has since been known by many names with no clear definition until very recently (work of Claes, et al. 2013).

On Thursday of this week, recent MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy student Craig Humphreys will be presenting his MSc work on visualising the ALL at the winter meeting of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists.

The implications of work like this can be significant – consider that most working physiotherapists will not have been taught about the ALL, and its effects on the normal movement of the knee. 3D visualisations can provide a useful training tool, not just for students but to help practitioners keep up to date with the latest findings and research explained in a highly applied and practical manner.

3D Printed Liver Model for Preoperative Planning

In January, recent DDS student Dr Marta Madurska will be giving a presentation on the work she completed earlier this year for the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. Marta investigated the use of 3D printing to support preoperative planning, a direct application of current visualisation technology to support her surgical work in the NHS.

Marta will be presenting her work next month to the 2015 meeting of the Society of Academic and Research Surgery, on the Wednesday of the meeting. More details on the SARS website, here.

Marta will also be presenting her work at the International Clinical Skills conference in Prato, Italy, in May 2015.

M Madurska (1), M Poyade (2), D Eason (3), P Rea (4), A Watson (1)
(1) Research and Development, NHS Highland Centre for Health Science, Inverness; (2) Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, Glasgow; (3) Raigmore Hospital, Invernress, NHS Highland;
(4) University of Glasgow, Laboratory of Human Anatomy, Glasgow

Sur-FACE – A patient information app for facial surgery

Update: Yeshwanth published a paper based on the work detailed below. Details have been added to the bottom of the page.

For his MSc Dissertation, recent student Yeshwanth Pulijala worked with Prof. Ayoub of the Glasgow Dental Hospital on a patient information app, for patients considering orthognathic facial surgery. Orthognathic surgery is a procedure that involves dental, orthodontic and surgical treatments for the correction of facial deformities and the procedure can result a range of side effects with e.g. swelling or numbness that takes some time to settle.

Surface from yeshwanth pulijala on Vimeo.

The app is an excellent example of how medical visualisation can be applied to help patients as well as surgeons and doctors – and is a great practical example of the range of skills that are covered in the MSc In Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy.

Yesh was recently highlighted in a student diary on the Medical Artist Resource blog, and you can see his full portfolio here

For more details on MSc in Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy, click here. (Offered jointly by The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Glasgow, taught at the DDS & the Laboratory of Human Anatomy)

Update: This work was presented at the 2014 meeting of the Serious Games Development and Applications conference:

Yeshwanth Pulijala, Minhua Ma, 2014. “Sense: An Interactive Learning Application That Visualises the Nerve Supply of Face.” Serious Games Development and Applications, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol.8778, 2014, pp 59-67

Post Graduate Degree Show at The Glasgow School of Art

A great chance to see some of the amazing work from this year’s MDes Sound for the Moving Image, MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy and MSc International Heritage Visualisation students at the GSA post-graduate degree show. Starting tomorrow (Saturday) and running until Friday the 12th of September. Also a good opportunity to explore the GSA’s fantastic new Reid building.

More details on the GSA website, here. Opening times as below:

Exhibition open to the public 6 – 12 September 2014

Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, last entry 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, last entry 4:30pm

The GSA’s Graduate Degree Show offers a public showcase for the full range of graduate work undertaken at the institution. The 2014 Graduate Degree Show will feature work by graduating students across a wide variety of disciplines across architecture, design, fine art and digital.

More details and image galleries at:

MDes Sound for the Moving Image

MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy

MSc International Heritage Visualisation

[Image credit: Anna Mikelsone, MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy, 2014]

The Definitive Human

The new Definitive Human website went live yesterday. This is a major project to build a medically validated 3D model of the complete human body, with support from a number of partners including NHS Education Scotland, The University of Glasgow, The Scottish Government, and The University of Edinburgh.

The Definitive Human is building a fully 3D, fully interactive, definitive reference for human anatomy for use in education, training and as a tool for medical professionals to support the planning, simulation and rehearsal of medical interventions.

Contact our business development manager, Brian McGeough if you would like to arrange a demonstration:

Brian McGeough, Business Development Manager