Explore Surgery at SmashFest UK


Explore Surgery at SmashFest UK

Come and join us at the SMASH Fest to see how doctors, nurses and paramedics deal with an asteroid hurtling towards London.


18th February 2015, the Albany Theatre, London SE8 4AG

For more information on SmashFest visit http://www.smashfestuk.com

Explore Surgery
at the Green Man Festival 14th-17th August 2014


Professor Roger Kneebone and team at last year's Green Man Festival

The Secret World of Surgery - Who Pulls the Strings?

Join surgeon Professor Roger Kneebone and puppeteer Rachel Warr as they take you behind the scenes in a hidden world - the operating theatre. You’ll see surgery in ways you never dreamt of. Not just scary instruments and gruesome operations, but fantastic teamwork and amazing skill. Come and see for yourself how to operate the theatre of the Operating Theatre. But don’t let the secret out...

Green Man Festival

Venue: Omni Tent @ 17:00 on Friday 15th August and 13:00 on Saturday 16th August

The Secret World of Surgery - More than Skin Deep

Join surgeon Professor Roger Kneebone and sculptor Matt Lane Sanderson in this interactive workshop to explore what lies beneath the surface in each of us. Help us probe the body’s secrets using techniques from sculpture and surgery - and discover that things are not always what they seem. We’ll take you on a journey of the imagination, making connections between secret worlds that most people never see. Try your hand at making, shaping and creating, using simple materials in unexpected ways.

Green Man Festival

Venue: Workshop Dome @ 10:30 on Friday 15th and Sunday 17th Aug and 11:30 on Saturday 16th Aug

For more information on the Green Man Festival and to book tickets, visit http://www.greenman.net/

Visit Explore Surgery
at Cheltenham Science Festival 6-7th June 2014


Expore heart surgery with us at the Cheltenham Science Festival 2014

Surgery: How Much Do You Really Want To Know?

We all know there are risks when you undergo surgical operations. But do you really want to know all the possible complications, especially if you need urgent, life-saving surgery? Is this information being offered with your best interests at heart or just as a protection against possible insurance claims? Join Professor Roger Kneebone and his panel of specialists as they explore the challenging relationship between patients and their surgical team.

Cheltenham Science Festival

Friday 6th June 2014, 7:00-8:00pm in the EXPERITENT

Heart Surgery Live

Every day your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. What happens if this amazing organ goes wrong? Bringing their simulated operating theatre and surgical team back to the Festival, Professor Roger Kneebone and Dr Fernando Bello show you how specialists deal with heart attacks. Come along and experience heart surgery close-up – and maybe even take part yourself.

Cheltenham Science Festival

Saturday 7th June 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm; 1:30pm - 2:10pm; 3:00pm - 3:40pm; 4:30pm - 5:10pm; 7:00pm - 8:00pm in the EXPERITENT

For more information, visit http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/

Life on a knife
at The Big Bang Fair - 15 & 16 March 2014


Trauma simulation demonstrated to visitors

What happens to your body if you’re stabbed? How deep does that wound go? What organs might be injured? And how do surgeons put things right? Professor Roger Kneebone and his team from Imperial College London show what goes on - before, during and after surgery. Not for the faint-hearted...

Knife injury is a growing problem across the country. Every year, many young people are seriously injured and often lose their lives. Professor Roger Kneebone and his team from Imperial College London present a scarily realistic simulation of what happens. Join them to see how the ambulance, police and medical services work together to save lives and get people back to their families.

You’ll see a real surgical team in the operating theatre, and maybe even join them as they fight to save a patient’s life. Afterwards you’ll talk to the doctors, nurses, paramedics and police and hear it from the patient’s viewpoint too. Come and see for yourself what life on a knife edge is really like. But be warned - it’s not for the faint-hearted. This simulation is very realistic, though no actual surgery is shown.

The Big Bang Fair, Birmingham NEC

Saturday 15th March /Sunday 16th March - 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30


at Cheltenham Science Festival - 7,8 & 9 June 2013


The intelligent knife being demonstrated to visitors to Imperial Festival in May 2013

This year at the Cheltenham Science Festival, you will be able to experience how a new surgical tool could revolutionise the way surgeons decide what tissue to remove during an operation. The Intelligent Knife or iKnife can precisely identify tumour tissue while an operation is underway, thus making the surgery more reliable and faster. Visitors will meet with practising surgeons, doctors, paramedics and scientists to find out more about how this new technology could become an everyday practice.

We’ll show you how scientists can use the iKnife to identify different sources of animal tissue and demonstrate how it may be used in a surgical emergency within our pop-up simulated operating theatre, led by Professor Roger Kneebone. Then we’ll ask what you think about whether new technology should become an everyday practice and who this technology is actually benefiting!

The iKnife was developed by Dr Zoltan Takats and team from Imperial College London. This project is part of a wider initiative between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust Surgical Metabonomics Centre, and the Wellcome Trust.

Performance times are as follows:

Friday– 11am, 1pm and 4:30pm (evening discussion event at 7:30pm)
Saturday – 10am, 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm
Sunday– 10am, 11:30am, 2pm and 3:30pm (evening discussion event at 7:30pm)

EMERGENCY! at The Big Bang Fair, 14th - 17th March 2013


Two visitors to the Imperial College exhibit at The Big Bang Fair in 2012 find themselves as part of the clinical team performing an Angioplasty operation in a medical simulation.

We will be participating at The Big Bang Fair on 14th - 17th of March 2013 at London's Excel Centre. Our stand, titled "Emergency" is a central exhibit of the Health Zone, and each day we will be demonstrating medical emergency simulations. Come and meet highly skilled clinicians, and learn about their careers and skills.

THURSDAY - Don't Panic : When Asthma Attacks!
Would you know what to do if someone nearby is having an asthma attack?
Follow the progress of someone having a terrifying asthma attack - from ambulance, to hospital, to recovery!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY - Heart Attacks: Keeping the beat...
Discover how to deal with a heart attack and learn how cardiologists can unblock the blood vessels in your chest through a tiny hole in your leg.

SUNDAY - Brain Surgery: Don't lose your head!
Serious head injuries need urgent action - find out how a brain surgeon deals with an emergency case by following our simulation from the scene of the injury to the operating theatre.

EVERY DAY - Simulate to learn!
Current medical training is making extensive use of simulation technologies. Try your hand at virtual surgery, palpate internal organs or explore virtual worlds in our simulation technology stands.

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