28 Apr 20. COVID-19: Dr Vallatos
Dr Antoine Vallatos is leading Edinburgh Imaging’s response to COVID-19.
Antoine’s main research interest lies in developing novel magnetic resonance (MR) techniques for quantitative characterisation of biophysical systems. Antoine has been particularly focused on perfusion, BBB permeability, flow & diffusion processes.
Antoine’s current projects with Edinburgh Imaging are on imaging methods adapted to brain tumour invasion & small vessel disease, under the supervision of Dr Michael Thrippleton, Dr. Gerry Thompson, Prof Adam Waldman & Prof Joanna Wardlaw.
Antoine’s previous background in mechanical engineering & business administration, plus a 4-year experience working in industry, means he was well placed to take up a key role in the University of Edinburgh’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Antoine has focused his skills on the practicalities & logistics of producing bespoke hardware for healthcare equipment. Part of an interdisciplinary effort including NHS Lothian Medical Physics, he is the main intermediary between the NHS Lothian & the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.
In this role, Antoine helps define NHS Lothian needs, in particular, spare part specifications such as:
- Impacts of contact of materials with chemicals or inhaled gases
Antoine translates these needs into data to allow School of Engineering teams to source raw materials for & to manufacture bespoke hardware for healthcare.
Antoine’s project coordination role means that he is a core team member, defining & implementing effective workflows across multiple teams & institutions, so that the supply chain be effective. This team includes:
- Katherine Dunn from the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
- Scott Inglis from NHS Lothian Medical Physics.
Antoine creates workflow visuals so as to facilitate team work & understanding; he organises bespoke hardware for healthcare transfers using safe transfer protocols.
On the Edinburgh Imaging side, Antoine uses imaging techniques to create digital templates for the bespoke hardware for healthcare.
Imaging techniques used include:
- Light scanning (at the Edinburgh Imaging Facility WGH)
- Computed tomography (Edinburgh Preclinical Imaging micro CT facility, with the help of Adriana Tavares)
The pipeline for bespoke hardware for healthcare has been recognised as worthwhile: the School of Informatics has set up an internship for Antoine to supervise directly, designed to implement productivity tools & improve communication of the multiple teams involved in this collaborative effort.
- Edinburgh Imaging
- Edinburgh Preclinical Imaging
- Edinburgh Imaging Facility WGH
- Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
- School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
- School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
- University of Edinburgh
- NHS Lothian Medical Physics
- NHS Lothian
- Dr Antoine Vallatos
- Dr Katherine Dunn
- Scott Inglis
- Dr Michael Thrippleton
- Dr Gerry Thompson
- Prof Adam Waldman
- Prof Joanna Wardlaw
- Dr Adriana Tavares
- Perfusion imaging
- Permeability imaging
- Diffusion imaging
- Small Vessel Disease (SVD)
- Oncology (neuro) / brain tumour
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- What is a MR scan?
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