Lecture Title: Next-generation Medicine – Towards Computer and Robot Assisted Theragnosis
Presented By: Dr. Lueder Alexander Kahrs, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Location: Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street, Room 1230
Abstract: The vision of theragnosis can be understood as combination of diagnosis and therapy in terms of one-step interventions or by means of closed-loop control. Consequently, involvement of mechatronics, robotics and image or signal processing is necessary to enable the fusion of information and procedure steps.
The talk demonstrates the potential by presenting results from three surgical applications: Minimally invasive cochlear implantation (hearing restoration), hip and knee replacement (regaining pain-free mobility), as well as laser surgery at the vocal cords (tumor surgery and voice preservation). Overarching research areas such as surgical robotics, augmented reality, endoscopic vision and further imaging techniques, compensation of unknown or deforming tissue, registration, and rapid prototyping will be addressed. The talk closes with an outlook on future challenges in the area of theragnosis and possibilities of method transfer into clinical practice and other disciplines.
Biography: Dr. Lueder Alexander Kahrs is heading the Medical Technology and Image Processing Research Group of the Institute of Mechatronic Systems at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany since 2013. In addition, he is in charge of the Workgroup Rapid Prototyping for Implants in the Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development in Hannover, Germany. He graduated in physics at University of Bremen, Germany and obtained his doctoral degree from the Department of Informatics at Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Afterwards, he was postdoctoral researcher at the Clinic of Otorhinolaryngology at University Hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany and in the Computer-Assisted Otology Lab at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
Dr. Kahrs research interests lie on computer and robot aided diagnosis and therapy with particular focus on microscopic and endoscopic interventions as well as minimally invasive surgery. With his 15 years of experience, he addressed research challenges in disciplines such as maxillofacial surgery, abdominal surgery, otorhinolaryngology, neurosurgery, trauma surgery, orthopedics, radiology, phoniatrics, pharmacology, and anesthesia.
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