ERPE PhD student presents research at the House of Commons

ERPE PhD student presents research at the House of Commons

Julia Faerber, a PhD student from Heriot-Watt's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, has been selected to display a poster on her research work at the prestigious SET for Britain at the House of Commons.

Julia will be presenting the Sonopill project, which aims to create the next generation of wireless endoscopic capsules incorporating diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound along with optical imaging. Ultrasound provides a sub-surface view of the gut, enabling early stage diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal diseases.

Current diagnosis often involves the use of endoscopes. However, these are often uncomfortable for the patient when inserted, requiring sedatives and manipulation of the endoscope requires significant dexterity by highly skilled staff. Endoscopic capsules can easily and painlessly access the small intestine without discomforting the patient.

Julia will be showcasing her research to members of both Houses of Parliament at an event on Monday 9 March and will be competing for the prestigious Westminster Medal, awarded to the overall winner on the day and Prize for the best poster.

The SET for Britain poster competition picks research projects that represent the best research work in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and Physical Sciences. Prizes will be awarded for the posters presented in each discipline which best communicate high level science, engineering or mathematics to a lay audience.