Novel pilot ideas in Surgery & Technology


Seven projects will receive pilot funding as part of the annual project call held by the NIHR Imperial BRC Surgery & Technology Theme.

The annual call for pilot project proposals aims to support early career investigators (post-docs, lecturers, fellows or equivalent) to develop novel ideas focused on improving the quality and safety of the surgical care pathway through technological innovations. These 6-month high-risk, multi-disciplinary projects will receive up to £10,000 each to ‘pump-prime’ and translate innovations across all surgical specialties within the BRC Surgery & Technology Theme. 19 applications were received and a selection panel consisting of internal and external reviewers, chose the following projects for this year’s cohort:

PI Project title
Matina (Stamatia) Giannarou Enhanced Mixed Reality Visualisation for Intraoperative Navigation in Surgical Oncology
George Mylonas Platform development for shape sensing in soft robotics with electrical impedance tomography
James Avery Towards implantable oxygenation sensors for advanced tumour response monitoring
Piers Boshier Study of skeletal Muscle and Adipose Tissues by computerised tomography in Intestinal Cancer (SOMATIC)
Alex Thompson Towards development of wearable fluorescence sensors for non-invasive quantification of intestinal permeability
Sheraz R Markar Assessment of chest wall motion following surgery for oesophageal cancer
Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova Smart fish hook biosensor for precise and advanced tumour response monitoring


You can read about a recent output from this scheme in this article.

  • Erik Mayer
    Erik Mayer
    Director iCARE & Clinical Reader, Department of Surgery & Cancer
  • Professor Zoltan Takats
    Professor Zoltan Takats
    Professor of Analytical Chemistry
  • Prof Daniel Elson
    Prof Daniel Elson
    Reader in Surgical Imaging
  • Professor The Lord Ara Darzi
    Professor The Lord Ara Darzi
    Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery