Surgery is the best treatment for colorectal cancer, most especially for cure. It remains a major operation with considerable risks meaning that every effort should be made to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness in obtaining a complete resection. Fluorescence guidance is a promising innovation that can help in both regards as we and others have shown. Before widespread recommendation, further work is needed including:
Initiation and progress to completion of a international randomised control trial, we have already completed the protocol as co-pi, site agreements, and ethics application.
Clinical Development and validation of computer vision protocol and demonstrator software for the quantification photon fluence/fluorescence for the purposes of intestinal perfusion (arterial and venous characteristics) in collaboration with mathematicians and software engineers in UCD and Industry
Development of a data matrix surrounding the operative event primed for machine learning application and algorithm generation.
Cross-application of concepts to other software tissue malignancy being treated with high-stakes operations (eg liver and lung cancer/metastasises).
Consideration of fluorescence assessment as preoperative and postoperative sensing technology for the purposes of fitness/complication identification and prediction
Clinical development of a flexible sensing probe capable of both near infrared energy detection and robotic-assisted deployment.
Duration Details of scholarship available 3 year stipend and consumables as per research account funds
Where applications are to be forwarded
Please Forward Applications to Prof Ronan Cahill 46-7 Eccles Street, Catharine McAuley Centre, Dublin 7. Email:[email protected]