Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality

Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality
Thursday 23rd May, 6.30pm

Our Visualising Medical Heritage Project brings medical history to life and enables enhanced access to our museum collection through cutting edge visualisation technology. Join us for a series of events where we will explore the different potentials of visualisation, combining medical history, science and the creative arts.
This workshop looks at the wonderful world of VR. From 3D digital modelling to VR headsets and Minecraft, find out how new technologies are helping us to bring our medical heritage to life.
We’ll also be joined by Holoxica Ltd and The School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art – they’ll be demonstrating some amazing, new technologies which explore imaginative uses of 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.
The event starts at 6:30pm and is suitable for adults and children 12+
Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Book here –

Our Visualising Medical Heritage project is supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Invite for Book Chapter

I have an exciting opportunity to contribute a book chapter to the book volume entitled Biomedical Visualisation, Springer International Publishing, of which I am Editor. This will be within the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology series. I am looking for those involved in using technologies to improve our understanding of the human body, related biological processes and educating via technological methodologies. Volume 1 and 2 are out soon. Contact me if interested with a proposal.

Here are the links for Volumes 1 and 2:

Call for Participation: Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine 2019

The Eurographics Association organizes a biannual competition to acknowledge the contribution of computer graphics in the medical field, and to encourage further development. Originally called “Eurographics Medical Prize”, the competition was renamed to “Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine” in 2010 — in honor of Dirk Bartz who passed away far too early in March 2010. Dirk Bartz was a highly
recognized and enthusiastic scientist, teacher and promoter of Visual Computing in Medicine.

Submissions to the Dirk Bartz Prize for Visual Computing in Medicine 2019 are being invited from researchers and developers who can demonstrate that a particular benefit in a medical application has resulted from the use of visual computing technology that they have produced/developed. Submissions from all areas of visual computing — examples include the use of new data visualization techniques, interaction methods, or virtual/augmented environments are welcome. Entries typically summarize a body of research and/or development that has been conducted over the course of a project, PhD thesis, etc. and particular weight is put on demonstrating the medical impact of the work.

The submission deadline for next year’s award is January 25, 2019. Please find more information on the official webpage.

Night at the Museum of Anatomy – past, present and future

We have a very exciting public engagement (adult only) event called Night at the Museum of Anatomy – Past, Present and Future. It will be held from 18:00-20:00 on the 27th September at the University of Glasgow with partners from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, the NHS and featuring anatomical, historical and pathology specimens from our Anatomy Facility, as well as body painting, at the University of Glasgow. Click HERE to find out more and be sure to register fast to guarantee your place. It is set to be a very popular event!

3 PhD + 1 PostDoc position in Medical Visualization at the University of Bergen (Norway)

Good times for medical visualization here in Norway, as we are hiring 3 PhDs and 1 PostDoc in medical visualization currently! The visualization research group at the Department of Informatics of the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB), is seeking motivated and capable new PhD students who wish to pursue cutting-edge visualization research in a stimulating and dynamic international environment. The PhD positions are for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility for a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The PostDoc position is for a period of 3 years. All of these positions are financed partly by the Bergen Research Foundation (BFS) and associated with the newly established Mohn Medical Imaging and Visualization Centre (MMIV).

More information on these excellent job opportunities is available from the job openings page. The application deadline for the PhD positions is the 1st of August 2018, so do not delay and prepare your application! You can apply directly via the Jobbnorge announcement for the PhD Positions. The PostDoc position will be announced shortly.

11th Annual Learning and Teaching Confernce, University of Glasgow

Statue on Lion & Unicorn Staircase, Main Building, Professors’ Square

This year saw the first ever 2 day annual Learning and Teaching Conference which was held at the University of Glasgow, which took place on the 28th and 29th March 2018 . It has been described as  “phenomenal” from its programme. This year’s theme was Learning Spaces, with a focus on Visualisation in Learning and Teaching on the first day. This year’s conference had six sub-themes:

Visualisation in learning and teaching
Learning in a virtual space
Promoting active learning in the classroom
Learning in practice
Independent learning
Inclusive and accessible spaces

It had keynote talks from Dr Claudia Krebs, University of British Columbia; Professor Paul Chapman, School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, Adam Finkelstein, McGill University and Invited Speaker Mr David Sime who lectures on behalf of Google and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Numerous talks were given on the above themes by staff and students, with exhibitor stalls from the following companies, demonstrating technologies in Visualisation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and internal stalls from the University of Glasgow:

Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd
eCom Scotland
Glasgow School of Art
Primal Pictures
Touch Surgery

University of Glasgow stalls:

Illusions Index
Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service (LEADS) and Glasgow University’s Teaching Tips Online (GUSTTO)
Library, Archives and IT
Peer Support Programme and Counselling & Psychological Services (CAPS)