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Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

 

Advanced Trainee Clinical Scientist


Email: rlp_robinson@yahoo.co.uk

 

Professional biography

I am currently working as an Advanced Trainee Clinical Scientist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. This involves a combination of engineering and physiology knowledge. Typical daily activities as a Clinical Scientist involve attending clinics, analysing data, developing new systems/devices for use in clinics, advising medics on the patient results, amongst many other things. This variety means that every day is different making the work exciting and challenging.

Each Clinical Scientist has a specialism. For me this is physiological measurement, in particular involving eyes and ears. Typically I would be looking at patients with auditory or visual diseases, and by performing experiments I would aim to understand more about the symptoms and physiological responses. All results and conclusions are reported back to the ENT consultant and GP.

In 2013 I will sit my viva, on completion I will be state registered as a Clinical Scientist so I would be able to practice without supervision.

How did I become involved in BOTH engineering and medicine?

In 2001 I went to the University of Liverpool to study a BEng in Medical Electronics and Instrumentation. While studying for my degree I opted to have a Year in Industry. This involved working for the Medical Physics Department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. It was during this time that I discovered how engineering can have a positive impact on peoples' lives. Once I had completed my degree I decided to come to Manchester to do a PhD on a brain imaging device that attempted to image evoked responses.

My PhD was based around existing technology called electrical impedance tomography (EIT). Here I worked with a group of engineers trying to develop a system that will produce images of evoked responses within the brain. I was very fortunate as I was able to see the system develop from a design concept through to the clinical trial on patients in the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

I have always been interested in Engineering ever since I was a little girl. “I was always taking things apart then trying to put them back together!!” My father is an Electronics Engineer so he encouraged me to pursue my love of technology by taking up engineering. At the time I didn’t think it was possible for a girl to do Maths or Physics at A Level never mind a Degree or PhD in Engineering!

 

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Congratulations Rebecca!

rebecca award

Rebecca has won the national WiSE Excellence Award for her outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to encouraging girls into science and engineering. The award was presented by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on 12 November 2009. The Women into Science, Engineering and Construction Excellence Award is a national award given to a woman who is early in her career and has helped to raise awareness of science and engineering to girls and young women.