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King’s College London (BEIS)

School of Biomedical and Imaging Science (BEIS)

Brief Overview

The school of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences (BEIS) undertakes a broad range of healthcare engineering research, with projects encompassing everything from the development of novel imaging tracers right through to micro-robotic and artificial intelligence solutions. The school encompasses physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and clinicians, all working to see clinical challenges from all angles to develop patient-focused solutions. Research relating to respiratory health encompasses imaging and computational modelling of lungs, engineering related to ventilators including low cost ventilator design and engineering solutions to increase ventilator capacity.

Research Areas

Biomarkers\Intensive care\M-health – e-health \Ventilation

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships – in line with current status

Research infrastructure/facilities

BEIS includes world-leading research groups that are based at St Thomas hospital campus. The School benefits from a wide range of extremely well-equipped state-of-the-art technology facilities including pre-clinical and clinical imaging systems (MRI/PET/Ultrasound etc), Imaging Bioresource comprising matched imaging and clinical data with biological samples, High Performance Computing (2800 CPUs connected with high speed networking allowing parallel computation), mock operating theatre and other engineering and 3D printing capabilities. The School provides support for health technology assessment, engagement with the public and patients, industry engagement, ethics and governance and regulation and quality support.

Research funding/Resources

Currently, BEIS research income is over £17m per year with grant funding from a wide range of funders including the Medical Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the National Institutes of Health Research, the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust.

Links to non-academic sector

BEIS is developing a MedTech Hub on the St Thomas campus.  King’s has one of the UK’s largest healthcare technologies research portfolios; we are internationally renowned in this sector.  The Hub ( led by King’s and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust) creates a healthcare engineering enterprise zone which provides new and unique capabilities to the UK, physically co-locating world-class R&D staff from academia, industry and the NHS at a single site.  We have dedicated space and support for SME staff through an embedded incubator with access to high quality patient data in a well-governed privacy preserving setting.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

BEIS has extensive experience in supporting new fellows from different countries, and amongst them the school has hosted a number of Marie Curie fellows over recent years.  Fellows work in an interactive and international scientific environment with a strong collaborative and multidisciplinary culture.  Integration of new fellows within the BEIS community is assisted by departmental and school seminars, participation in the schools’ postdoctoral network and strong mentorship.  Fellows have access to a variety of courses organised by King’s Centre for Research Staff Development which includes a programme of over 300 workshops per year, a Careers Advisor, e-learning platform and one-to-one coaching.  Training offered includes personal skills as well as professional skills such as, IP protection, how to build one’s own research group and securing external funding.  BEIS offers ample opportunities for public engagement with access to the Science Gallery London and participation in outreach programmes.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award