Visualisation work brings award to United Kingdom

Bangor 20 February 2006Professor Nigel John has brought an international award to the United Kingdom for the first time. Professor John of the University of Wales, Bangor, was awarded the 2006 Satava Award, which recognises and rewards unique vision and commitment to the improvement of medicine with the use of advanced technology.


The Award, which includes a cash prize of $2500 - around GBP 1400 sterling, was presented to Professor John recently, at the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference in Long Beach, California. Professor John leads the High Performance Visualisation and Medical Graphics research group at the University's School of Informatics.

Head of Informatics, Professor Alan Shore stated: "We're delighted that Professor John's cutting-edge work has received the international recognition it deserves. His expertise in medical visualisation is bringing new technologies to the aid of surgeons, clinicians and medical professionals."

Professor John is interested in how high performance visualisation can assist in a range of settings, including in the operating theatre and in clinical training. The challenges being resolved include the distribution and visual interpretation of vast and complex sets of information.

The Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference is the premier conference on emerging data-centred technologies for medical care and education. Participants are computer scientists and engineers, physicians and surgeons, educators, military medicine specialists, and biomedical futurists.

Further details can be obtained from Professor Nigel W. John, School of Informatics, University of Wales, Bangor, Tel. +44-1248-382717. More news about Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 14 can be found in the VMW February 2006 article MMVR 14 proceedings promote balance between sound medical education and accelerating technological change in health care.

Leslie Versweyveld

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