Webinar Series: STEM in Healthcare



School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, City, University of London and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), United Kingdom.

NB This is an online webinar that will be hosted on Zoom and all event times mentioned refer to UK time. This webinar will begin at 11:02 am to explain the two minutes of silence.


Over the decades, the contribution of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in healthcare has been meteoric. STEM experts in partnership with healthcare professionals have been at the forefront of innovation, contributing significantly to addressing the challenges of global health. A perfect example of this is the contribution of clinical engineering to the NHS during Covid-19. The nature of STEM’s contribution to health care is multifaceted.

These, among many others, include contributing to new knowledge about the disease; innovation of new technologies for better monitoring and, consequently, diagnosis and treatment of diseases improving patient outcomes; new and intelligent processes allowing a better and safer operation of our national health system, etc.

The primary motivation for these seminar series is to expose and energize our community with some of the most exciting and forward-thinking STEM research and innovation in health.

The webinar series presented in 2021 included:


11:02 – 11:04, Introduction and opening remarks (Dr Michael Powner, head of the Center for Applied Vision Research, chair)

11:04 – 11:19, “Using technology to analyze communication in health and healthcare” (Professor Rose McCabe)

11:19 – 11:34, “Professional responses to the introduction of AI innovations in radiology and their implications for future adoption: a qualitative study (Dr Charitini Stravropoulou)

11:34 – 11:49, “Challenges in Accepting Technology in Cardiology” (Professor Stephen A. O’Connor)

11:49 a.m. – 12:02 p.m. Q&A (Dr Michael Powner, Head of the Center for Applied Vision Research, Chair)


Professor Rose McCabe

Head of the Mental Health Research Center (School of Health Sciences at City, University of London)

Professor Rose McCabe is Professor of Clinical Communication at City, University of London. Previously, she worked at the College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter and was Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Mental Health Service Development at Queen Mary University, London. She heads the City Mental Health Research Center. She is a psychologist specializing in professional-patient communication and the development of interventions to improve the experience and outcomes of mental health care.

She is currently leading a £ 2.7million NIHR program grant, focusing on adapting and testing a brief psychological intervention in emergency departments to improve outcomes for people who self-injure . She uses several methods to analyze verbal and non-verbal communication (i.e. conversation analysis, 3D motion capture, natural language processing). These analyzes form the basis for new interventions aimed at improving communication, therapeutic relationships and patient outcomes in healthcare.

Professor McCabe has international experience in health services research and has secured funding from the Medical Research Council, the European Commission, the National Institute for Health Research and joint funding from the Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. She has a h index of 45 and has published in the British Medical Journal (impact factor 14.1), the British Journal of Psychiatry (impact factor 6.6), Psychological Medicine (impact factor 6.2) and Schizophrenia Bulletin (factor d ‘impact 8.8). Recent findings on communication skills have been released in podcasts with the professional body of psychiatrists, the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

She developed TEMPO, a communication training module which is used nationally and internationally (e.g. Italy, Finland, Japan, Germany, Northern Ireland, Australia) in health organizations (hospitals, homeless shelters). shelter, outpatient clinics) and universities to train health professionals (doctors, psychologists, nurses, counselors) and undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Professor Rose McCabe

Dr Charitini Stavropolou

Co-director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation Research (Bayes Business School and School of Health Sciences at City, University of London)

Dr. Charitini Stavropoulou is a Lecturer in Health Services Research at the School of Health Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), which explores the challenges of integrating innovation into healthcare.

Prior to joining City, Dr Charitini held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey and Imperial College Business School. She holds an MA in Operations Research from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Health Policy from the London School of Economics.

His interests span a number of areas of health services research, including barriers to integrating innovation into health care, the role of patients in health care, and the impact of health care. funded research on academic and non-academic outcomes. His research has been published in leading medical and health policy journals including the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Lancet Public Health, Milbank Quarterly, and Social Sciences and Medicine. For his research, Dr Charitini has received funding from the Health Foundation, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal Marsden.

Dr. Charitini’s research interest in AI focuses on how healthcare professionals as well as patients and the public perceive and experience AI innovations and the implication this has for the implementation. implementation and adoption of AI in practice. An article on this topic was recently published in BMC Health Services Research.

Dr Charitini Stavropolou

Professor Stephen A. O’Connor, FIPEM, FInstP, Hon. FRCP

Past President (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine)

Professor Stephen A. O’Connor was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and received his secondary education at the Jesuit College of St. Francis Xavier, Liverpool. He obtained his BSc in Physics (1973), from King’s College, London, MSc (1974), Medical Electronics and Physics and PhD (1978), Respiratory Physiology from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London.

He continued his research at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in respiratory physiology and anesthesia before entering the industry, initially working with the first dry powder drug delivery system for respiratory diseases. In 1990, he started working with Cardiac Pacemakers Inc., managing European clinical trials on the first automatic implantable defibrillators. He has held increasingly senior positions in medical device companies, being responsible for clinical trials of new and innovative technologies in the cardiovascular and neurological disciplines, as well as playing a critical role in obtaining regulatory approvals.

His efforts have improved patient outcomes and have benefited the thousands of patients he has personally worked with over the course of his career and more broadly the millions of patients who have been positively impacted by the technologies he was responsible for bringing to life. Marlet.

Professor O’Connor has been Visiting Professor at City, University of London since 2011. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, IPEM and the Institute of Physics, as well as an honorary member. from the Royal College of Physicians, London. He was the recipient of the 2014 Manufacturers’ Award from IPEM.

Professor O’Connor became President-elect of IPEM in September 2018. He obtained a DSc from the City, University of London in January 2019.

Professor Stephen A. O'Connor

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