COMPUTATIONAL ONCOLOGY LABORATORY
We run a translational research group, focused on clinical applications of computing in medicine and are affiliated with Imperial College London. We focus on mathematical and computational approaches to improving healthcare, particularly translational and clinical applications of these approaches. These include using clinical "big data" to understand clinical outcomes, novel reasoning techniques to better understand clinical trials, computer-enhanced interpretation of imaging and using data from patient-worn sensors and online data collection.
Our work is divided into three main areas:
Big data and Artificial Intelligence
Training, skills & partnerships
We try to change life of patients diagnosed with cancer and their family as best as we can: when they come to have their treatment, once they leave the hospital and after they have finished their treatments thanks to nationally collected NHS data.
People from all over the work join us to combine expertise and knowledge. There are over 9 nationalities present in the laboratory: Chinese, English, French, German, Iranian, Italian, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Polish, Swedish, and counting!
Palliative care, brain tumours, cancer, radiotherapy, argumentation, statistics, programming languages (i.e., Python, Haskell), and artificial intelligence are our main areas of expertise and we love them.
Although some members of the laboratory are clinically trained, we work with people coming from a variety of backgrounds: computer science, mathematics, economics, radiomics, cancer charities, academics, royal colleges.
On average, we welcome six students per year. They stay with us from four to six months and they usually manage to get their work peer-reviewed in conferences and/or journals.
We celebrated our 5 years of existence in 2021! No celebration though.
We welcome four levels of education: Bachelor of science (BSc), Masters (MSc), doctorate (PhD) and junior doctors (e.g., F1, F2).
As of September 2021, three PhD students are currently working on their doctorate.
We are part of two different institutions: the National Healthcare Service (NHS) for the clinical work and Imperial College London for the academic research.
A single team shares all these skills and uniqueness.
Once upon a time, the Computational Oncology Laboratory...
The Computational Oncology Laboratory is created between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London (London, UK) by two people only: a consultant clinical oncologist and a data analyst.
Our first PhD student, Dr Seema Dadhania, creates and starts her clinical trial, "BrainWear".
Our second PhD student, Dr James Wang, joins us to work on UK BioBank data.
Dr Aizaan Anwar is our new PhD student to work on her own clinical trial, "BrainApp".
Dr Jonathan Gregory, a formal consultant orthopaedic oncological surgeon, is the new addition to our lab as a honorary research fellow.
2016 - now
Many undergraduate, MRes & MSc students have joined us to complete their thesis and/or research projects and a few had papers published in conferences and peer-reviewed journals.
COMPUTATIONAL ONCOLOGY BLOG
The Computational Oncology Laboratory works on other interesting projects, always linked to the patients' wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about the various projects, this blog gives you an overview of the interests, works and results from the research.