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Professor Nigel John

SciBar is a regional event, which sees informal discussions around scientific topics take place in a bar. The Chester SciBar is part of the new North West Science Alliance, and organised by staff and students at the University of Chester.

Professor Nigel John leads the Medical Graphics Team in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Thornton Science Park. The team was recently named by Universities UK as one of the Nation’s Lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities, whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

The University’s Medical Graphics Team’s research work includes two partnership projects:

  • Working with the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, the team is researching the use of virtual technology to train paramedics to carry out life-saving procedures. The technology enables paramedics to both ‘see’ a virtual patient in situ (at the accident scene or in the back of an ambulance) and ‘feel’ the sensation of needle insertions.
  • Working in collaboration with the Stroke Department at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the team is researching the uses of the latest generation of virtual reality headsets to help people recover their cognitive abilities following a stroke. The system enables stroke survivors to practice and relearn everyday tasks such as in a kitchen scenario, eg putting bread into a toaster. The current project hopes to reduce the length of time that stroke patients spend in hospital and provide them with a recovery aid that they can continue to use in their own homes.

Professor John will be speaking about Virtual Reality in healthcare at the next Chester SciBar on Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm in the function room at The Lock Keeper on Frodsham Street in Chester.

Professor John said: “SciBar is a great way to discuss science in a very informal setting. I’m looking forward to sharing my research – complete with some of our kit! The lecture itself is free and all are welcome to attend.” 

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