Sutton Grammar School Big Bang Fair 2019

Our team was fortunate enough to be invited back to the Regional Big Bang Fair at Sutton Grammar School on 12 July 2019 to give two talks regarding our research and a quick demonstration to 60 enthusiastic pre-university students! We showed them how objects reflect the colour of light that it is, and how they absorb all the other colours. Then we showed them how we use this phenomena in our research, and showed them how we can measure brain activity using these methods.


We hope that many of them will turn to STEM as a career in the future!

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019

Our team of scientists, researchers, clinicians, and students all joined hands to help out at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition over the course of 7 days from 1-7 July 2019, to teach the general public what our research is all about, and how we can use functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) in the hospital to save the lives of babies!


From our Gummy Bear challenge that focuses on teaching young children how light reflection and absorption works, to the handscanner that demonstrates and visualizes how we can use red and near infrared light to see blood vessels in our hands, and of course our miniCYRIL system, which is the miniaturized version of the system that we use in the hospital – all of these exhibits were filled with enthusiastic people hoping to learn more about our research, and how this is used in the hospital!


We also had a lot of help from UCL Hospital, where clinicians used our CYRIL system for the past 4 years. Doctors and nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) came to help out in our mock-up of the NICU, which had devices such as the ventilator, EEG, and incubator, to explain what medical devices are used to stabilize the baby.


All in all, this was an extremely fruitful event that everyone enjoyed, even though it was rather exhausting! We hope everyone who came to visit had as much fun as we did!


BBC Sounds features CYRIL!

BBC Sounds offer people with a shortened version of the podcast on 3 July 2019 which featured our research, going into detail on what colours of light we use to why we use these colours, and what is done to save the lives of babies using this technology. 

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07g1j71


BBC Podcast featuring MetaboLight!

On Wednesday 3 July 2019 20:32, BBC News World Service – Health Check featured us on their podcast! Listen to how we explain our science at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and how we use this technology to detect signs of brain injury in newborn babies!

Read more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csy9jy


Lighting the brain after birth podcast, 3 July 2019 20:32

CYRIL featured on Evening Standard!

The Evening Standard wrote an article featuring CYRIL on 1 July 2019! In the article, Health Editor Ross Lydall explained the advantages of using CYRIL, and what doctors are doing at the moment to save lives of babies with potential brain damage.


We hope that with more exposure, people will understand how near infrared spectroscopy technology can be used for health purposes!

MetaboLight featured on NR Times!

The Neuro Rehab Times has featured our technology, and explained in detail how NIRS can help save babies lives through light!

Read more here:

Sutton Scholars Discovery Day

The Healthcare and Biomedical Engineering Discovery Day for Sutton Scholars was held on 29 May, and MetaboLight was invited to share our innovative technology in 4 sessions filled with wonderful science-enthusiastic Year 8 students! With a total of 120 students combined, all of them were well behaved and wholeheartedly interested in our technology, asking some impressive questions that were truly interesting!


We hope that these sessions encourage the students to walk the path of STEM in the future!

Masterclass session

On 12th April 2019, MetaboLight held yet another engaging event – a masterclass series session with the University College London Widening Participation team for a group of 25 Year 12 students! The students learnt about medical physics from not only a theoretical point of view, but also practical activities that allowed them to flex their brain and problem solve. They were extremely bright, and could use what they learnt immediately and all groups finished the tasks successfully.


It was definitely a great sight to see so many people interested in STEM in one room! We hope many of them consider STEM as a future career path!

MetaboLight cooperates with EWB – yet again!

MetaboLight partnered up with EWB UCL (Engineers Without Borders University College London) for a third time and held two sessions for a total of 60 year 10 students, introducing them to near infrared spectroscopy and how we can use light to measure our brain oxygenation and metabolism!


MetaboLight member Nico lead the sessions, which kicked off with an electronics session followed by a demonstration of our miniaturized hospital equipment that measures brain oxygenation and metabolism.


The students were all extremely obedient and attentive, and we can respectfully say that we enjoyed teaching them as much as they enjoyed the session! We hope these activities would not only exposed them to this uprising technology, but introduce them into the world of science and perhaps grow into future leaders in STEM fields.

MetaboLight cooperates with EWB again!

On 21st February, MetaboLight teamed up with EWB UCL (Engineers Without Borders University College London) for a second time and held a 1.5 hour long session with a group of bright young scholars interested in engineering. The students were absolutely brilliant, with alertness and attentiveness, and all 30 of them managed to build the electronic circuitry without much help from our team members!


The electronics session followed up with a demonstration of our miniature hospital equipment which sparked much interest from students. Students were then given a 45 minutes Question & Answer session where they asked questions regarding university life and suggestions on how to choose a subject that is most suitable for themselves. Overall, we enjoyed the session very much, and hope to do more collaborations with EWB UCL!

NIRS Articles featured in The Scholar

MetaboLight partnered up with The Brilliant Club in designing and delivering The Scholars Programme, a course that teaches students about the engineering design process, the application of physical principles to the design of machines, and how scientists interpret data.


The course was really popular and ended up being delivered in 32 schools to 388 pupils, which was fantastic!


In the latest version of The Scholar, which showcases the best academic essays from pupils on The Scholars Programme, a few pupils wrote excellent articles featuring NIRS!


Read the NIRS articles here

Read The Scholar here

BBC Newsround video is out!

Our MetaboLight member Dr Gemma Bale met up with BBC Newsround for International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and explained how we can monitor the brain with light.


If you’d like to know more about what we can do with light, and also Gemma’s take on why we need more girls in science, be sure to check out the following links!





BBC Newsround at MetaboLight lab

Dr Gemma Bale shared her thoughts on why we need more women in STEM and shared her knowledge on brain monitoring with three young scientists from Derwentwater Primary School this morning for BBC Newsround, right inside our MetaboLight lab!


The girls were very excited, and we hope they will grow up to become three bright scientists themselves!

Big Bang Fair 2018 Recap!


MetaboLight looks back at the Big Bang Fair 2018 event, where we scanned 318 hands, 338 brains, and gave out more than 3000 gummy bears to explain the colours in light!


Be sure to catch us at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition on 1-7 July 2019 at Carlton House Terrace, London!


Read more here: https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/

Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Lighting the Brain After Birth

See us live at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition! We’re a team of engineers, scientists and doctors at UCL who are developing a new light-based technique to help diagnose and monitor brain injury in newborn babies. 

If you want to know more about our science, see our film: 

Learn more about the technology!

Learn more about our demos and other exhibits:

Have a look at our exhibits at the Big Bang Fair 2018!

Dates and times are as follows:

1 July 2019 (Mon): 11am – 6pm

2 July 2019 (Tues): 10am – 4pm, 6pm – 10pm (Lates – for adults only)

3 July 2019 (Wed): 10am – 4.30pm

4 July 2019 (Thurs): 10am – 4.30pm

5 July 2019 (Fri): 10am – 6pm

6 July 2019 (Sat): 10am – 6pm

7 July 2019 (Sun): 10am – 6pm


6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

More information can be found at the Royal Society website:


Want to learn more?

Click here to see the overview

Click here to see in the hospital

Click here to see the science

Click here to see the engineering

Click here to visit our UCL Research website

MetaboLight @ Harris Academy Purley

On 23rd January, MetaboLight teamed up with EWB UCL (Engineers Without Borders University College London) to hold a 3 hour long session for a group of enthusiastic year 8 students at Harris Academy Purley. The session started off with an electronics workshop, where students teamed up with their classmates to follow circuit diagrams and light up LEDs with buttons and potentiometers. Many students were extremely bright and managed to build the circuitry without help from our team!


Afterwards, we introduced them to our research and demonstrated our brain scan to them. They were intrigued and excited to see the results of their brain during stimulation! Finally, we held a Question & Answer session where students asked us questions regarding entry to university and how life in university is, where we shared our personal experiences and gave advice on how to pursue what they wanted. All in all, it was a fun and enjoyable session, and we hope the students found it enjoyable too!




MetaboLight member Dr Paola Pinti writes tips for a productive and harmonious workplace

MetaboLight team member Dr Paola Pinti has written a blog on Hello Bio talking about multidisciplinary projects and the importance of being a member of the team, and shares her experience on how we work effectively in our team of engineers and doctors.


Read more here

MetaboLight’s visit to Bablake school

On 28th of November 2018, Dr Ilias Tachtsidis visited Bablake School in Coventry to introduce to year 7 and sixth form students MetaboLight, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. This was a very engaging evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by the students. Read below the feedback that Dr Tachtsidis received.

MetaboLight Feedback – Amrit Gill

MetaboLight Feedback – Viren Thandi

Dr Subhabrata Mitra wins Young Investigator Award in Neonatal Update 2018

Dr Subhabrata Mitra, MetaboLight clinical member, won the Young Investigator Award in the international meeting of Neonatal Update 2018, “the science of newborn care”. Awards are made each year to up to two outstanding young investigators for their research achievements in neonatal medicine, and at the Neonatal Update meeting they are given the opportunity to discuss the relevance of their past and future work. Dr Subhabrata Mitra introduced his research work within MetaboLight and discussed our future plans in developing advanced optical instruments to monitor the brain function and metabolism in brain injured newborns.

Demonstration at UCL MedTech Society Meet and Greet

We were delighted to be invited by the UCL MedTech Society on the evening of 9 October to demonstrate how we use light to measure brain oxygenation and metabolism at their first event of the year, the Meet and Greet! With over 120 participants, the room was filled with energy and enthusiasm towards modern technology used in the medical field, and we were delighted to scan over 20 brains on that day!


We hope everyone had a great night, and found our research interesting! Hope everyone keeps an eye out for the rapidly developing field of Near Infrared Spectroscopy!

British Science Association article explains CYRIL and artificial intelligence

An article highlighting metabolic monitoring and artificial intelligence has featured CYRIL! CYRIL can identify oxygenation and metabolism levels in the brains of babies, and uses specific colours of light that can penetrate human bone and tissue – red and infrared light.


Read more here:


British Science Association article features CYRIL

Our MetaboLight member Dr. Gemma Bale had recently visited the British Science Festival and demonstrated to a large audience how we use light to detect baby brain damage using CYRIL (CYtochrome-c-oxidase Research Instrument and appLication). Her talk attracted wide-range attention, including an article by British Science Association.


Read more here:


BBC Health article features technology behind MetaboLight

We are honoured to be in a news article by BBC Health, highlighting our research and explaining how broadband near-infrared spectroscopy could help doctors with assessing brain damage earlier to ensure the best treatment method possible at the earliest moment.


Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45522794

It’s All Academic

On Saturday 15th September 2018, University College London held the It’s All Academic Festival, with a range of talks, tours, workshops, pop-up events and interactive experiences – and MetaboLight was one of the highlights at the event! We had our brain scanner and hand scanner at the event, where we illuminated over 50 brains and scanned over 50 hands, and explained to curious people what we could do with light.


The whole day was filled with science and technology, and we were exhausted yet overwhelmed by the positive feedback that we got from people who were interested in what we do and the clinical applications of Near Infra-red Spectroscopy.


Read more here:


Shedding light on baby brain injury @ British Science Festival

We are very proud to have had our researcher Dr. Gemma Bale share how our group uses red and infra-red light to monitor baby brains and give hope to the lives of affected families. Speaking at the British Science Festival in Hull on 13 September, Dr. Bale shared the science behind shining light into the skull of babies, along with the clinical applications and dramatic differences this technology has brought along.


While passing around coloured LEDs to the audience and getting them to shine them at their fingertips, Gemma proved that humans are see-through under certain colours of light. A brave volunteer also came up onto stage to get her brain scanned, and her brain oxygenation and metabolism were projected onto the podium screen – at real time speed! The atmosphere was filled with excitement and promising eyes, as everyone was curious about what the future holds for near infra-red spectroscopy.


After gathering feedback, it is great to know that the audience really enjoyed the talk, with 80% of the listeners rating the talk as “Excellent”, while the other 20% rating it “Good”. The talk gave the audience insight on how we use Near Infrared Technology in our equipment, and overall increased their interest in science.


It’s All Academic

On Saturday 15th September 2018, University College London is holding the It’s All Academic Festival, with a range of talks, tours, workshops, pop-up events and interactive experiences – and MetaboLight will be joining the event! We will have our brain scanner and hand scanner at the event, feel free to come by and get your body illuminated with lights, and prepare to be mesmerized by what we can do with light!


The festival is open to all, we’ll see you at the South Cloisters of UCL from 10:00 – 17:00!


Read more here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/campaign/festival/its-all-academic-festival-15-september-2018

Bristol Science Film Festival 2018

We are extremely excited to have our MetaboLight video shortlisted to be played at the Bristol Science Film Festival 2018! A selection of short science films will be played on the big screen at Millennium Square on Sunday 19th August 2018 from 19:30 to 21:30, be sure to go see us there!


Read more here: https://brisscifilm.wordpress.com/eventsdiary2018/

Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWjNuHvaLDc

IET Open House Day

The Institution of Engineering and Technology held their Engineering Open House Day on 3 August 2018 for young people and their parents to learn what it’s like to work as an engineer, and MetaboLight was invited to be part of the University College London Engineering booth to inspire people!


We had a rush of enthusiastic youngsters interested in STEM pour into the hall, and had a blast explaining how we use certain wavelengths of light to measure brain oxygenation and metabolism. Some of the visitors were thrilled to see what this technology can do and how it has already helped save so many baby lives. We hope more people learn about Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and that more can benefit from this technology in the near future!

Bella: A GCSE student’s one week research secondment with the MetaboLight team

My name is Bella and I’m 16 years old. I’ve just finished GCSEs and next year, I hope to study biology, chemistry, maths and further maths at A Level so I can go onto pursue a career in medical research. I contacted the MetaboLight team in the hope to gain some experience to find out what working life is like in a research lab.


Upon first impressions, I felt welcomed into the department as I met many of the team’s friendly faces. I had the pleasure of spending the majority of my week with Gemma Bale, who showed me the NIRS device she had developed called Cyril. I spent most of the 5 days experimenting and using Cyril to monitor effects of occlusion of the arm including concentration of oxyhemoglobin, concentration of the enzyme CCO and hyperaemia over different time intervals. I was particularly impressed by Cyril’s ability to accurately measure many things about the patient non-invasively.


Over the week, I learned not only how to use Cyril, but how to accurately record results and analyse the data. I also learned a lot more about the different types of medical imaging from NIRS to ultrasound, the process of metabolism and how to use lots of the lab’s equipment. In addition, I got the opportunity to sit on a panel of scientists where we gave feedback to a group of mature students who were pitching ways to educate people, particularly children and teenagers, on medical engineering. As the target audience for many of the pitches, I represented the teenagers by giving feedback and asking questions on their proposals.


Overall, it was a really exciting opportunity and I feel very fortunate that I got to spend the week in the medical physics department. It has inspired me to continue to pursue my dreams to become a researcher in the future!

Max Burgess: An A-Level student’s one week research secondment with the MetaboLight team

I am an A-level student who has just finished year 12 and am studying maths, further maths, physics and computer science. Once I finish my A-levels I want to go on to study computer science or electronic engineering at university.


My first impression was mostly how friendly everyone was. I was also surprised how all this research had been done by such a small team. I think I only saw 8 or 9 people my whole time there (maybe there were more and I am forgetting some people).


On the Monday I met Ilias, he gave me a brief overview of what fNIRS was and how it worked, and also showed me a prototype for a new smaller version of CYRIL that was early in development. After this, Gemma and Isabel showed me the original Cyril and explained how it worked. After this Josh showed me some of the code behind the simulations that he had made. Then on the Tuesday I watched Zuzana do a phantom experiment with Cyril. The phantom was a tub filled with a blood-water mixture. This was used as it mimics the composition of someone’s brain. After this I started the investigation into the U parameter (metabolic demand) on the simulations. On the Wednesday Fred showed me a machine that is similar to Cyril except instead of measuring relative amounts of light going in and coming out it could measure the total number of photons in absolute terms. I then continued the investigation into the U parameter. Then on the Thursday I did more coding with Josh and finished the investigation into the U parameter. On the Friday I went to the Institute of cognitive neuroscience and Paola showed me a fNIRS headset that they use when they do the experiments out on the street.


The thing that impressed me the most was all the equipment. I was also impressed by the fact that if they needed a certain piece of equipment or a piece of software they mostly made it themselves from scratch.


I learnt so much as before I came I didn’t know anything about fNIRS or the anatomy of the brain but after I feel like a have a pretty solid grasp on how fNIRS works and I also learnt some of the anatomy of the brain.


I don’t know what I plan to do next. Before I spent my week at MetaboLight I was pretty certain that I wanted to do computer science but the engineering side was so interesting that I am now thinking about possibly doing electronic engineering.


Workshop for Waltham Forest Virtual School

The MetaboLight team was thrilled to be part of an experience programme organized by UCL and Waltham Forest Virtual School to introduce higher education to children in care! The whole workshop lasted for 2.5 hours, starting with students playing around a “science circus”, where they could rotate around different stands and learn how light interacts with the outer environment. Then students had a hands-on experience in building their own electronic circuits through learning basic circuitry. They were remarkable and were able to build all circuits by themselves!


Finally, students had a chance to see their brain scan, and were really excited to see each others’ scans! Overall, we enjoyed the session very much! We were even happier when helpers from the virtual school said that our session was the highlight of the 2-day summer school. We hope to help out in more of these activities in the future!

London Regional Big Bang Fair at Sutton Grammar School

MetaboLight was overjoyed to be part of the London Regional Big Bang Fair at Sutton Grammar School on 13 and 14 July 2018! Lots of interested students from 38 different schools poured into the school halls on Friday, with an estimated of 2000 students altogether on that day. The hall was filled with a fun atmosphere full of science and technology, with everyone coming to our stand with enthusiastic interest in how we use light to measure brain power, and leaving with delighted smiles as they saw their brain activity and hand scans.


Saturday was open to public, and we were more than happy to share our research with families and people from all backgrounds. It was a wonderful event, and we would like to thank Sutton Grammar School once more for organizing such a well-planned event!


After the event, we gathered a lot of positive feedback. One of the responses from a year 7 student was remarkable, and we are overjoyed to see that the student had enjoyed our activities:


I will be talking about a particular biological stand that involved the volunteer to do mathematics. You may ask why? Well as soon as you sit down into the testing chair, you will have an oxygen reader strapped to a headband placed on your forehead. This measures your brain’s oxygenation and metabolism. This was very interesting and I got to improve my mathematics. I enjoyed this stand very much and I learnt that my brain takes in a lot of oxygen while thinking but very few of that oxygen is used. This has led me to take much more interest in the human brain and its functions. It is amazing.

UCLH Research Open Day

The MetaboLight team works hand-in-hand with University College Hospital (UCLH) as a unified group of clinicians, engineers and scientists. On 5 July, UCLH held its Research Open Day, where MetaboLight was invited to demonstrate how we use light for clinical purposes.


Groups of eager students came to UCL Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering to see our demonstrations – from understanding transmission properties of light with our hand scanner, to application of light to measure brain oxygenation and metabolism with our brain scanner!


We were extremely happy to see the excited faces of the students when they could see their monitored brain activity! Great big thanks to UCLH for inviting us to this event!

Big Bang Event at The City Academy, Hackney

Our MetaboLight team was delighted to help out with the Big Bang Event at The City Academy, Hackney! We taught 6 one-hour long sessions, and reached a total of 123 students ranging from years 8, 9 and 10.


The students were enthusiastic and enjoyed the electronics class that we had prepared for them. They learnt how to read electronic circuits and how to build an LED circuit where they could turn on the LED with a button and also control the intensity of the LED with a potentiometer!


Finally, we scanned 12 of their brains and saw their oxygenation and metabolism increase when doing math tasks! The students were extremely excited to see the results of the brain scan!

Annual Teacher Conference

The Annual Teacher Conference was held on 25th June, and MetaboLight held an hour-long session for 25 science and physics secondary education teachers and inspired them with methods to carry out education regarding optics. This sparked discussion among teachers as they tried to pinpoint how and where they could use these workshops in the classroom with their students.


Afterwards, we shared our life-saving research with them, introducing them to our research and instrumentation. The teachers were interested and fascinated with our technology, and were pleased with our efforts to help save baby lives!

Shedding light on baby brain injury

We are very proud to have our researcher Dr. Gemma Bale share how she uses infrared to monitor baby brains and give hope to the lives of affected families. Organized by the British Science Association, the event will be held on 13 September from 13:00 to 14:00 at:


Middleton Hall,

University of Hull,

Cottingham Rd,

Hull HU6 7RX

Register here: https://www.britishsciencefestival.org/event/shedding-light-on-baby-brain-injury/


International Women in Engineering Day

22 June 2018 was another busy day for MetaboLight – we were invited to help out in celebrating International Women in Engineering Day!


We met many enthusiastic girls who were passionate about engineering, and showed them what engineers do and their significance to the society. We conducted hand scans with light that can penetrate through their hands – and many of them saw their blood vessels in real time! We also scanned some of their brains and measured their brain oxygenation and metabolism, which many girls found fascinating!


We reached out to 114 year 12 girls that day – and hopefully will continue to inspire more people throughout the year!

Dr Gemma Bale Awarded the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture for Engineering, Technology and Industry

Our MetaboLight team member Dr Gemma Bale has been awarded The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture for Engineering, Technology and Industry by the British Science Association (BSA) as part of its prestigious Award Lectures for 2018.


As an Award Lecture winner, Dr Gemma Bale has been invited to the British Science Festival in Hull, where she will introduce her life-saving research to everyone! Dr Bale will discuss the hugely important topic of brain injury in newborns, which is a leading cause of infant mortality. She will also showcase her pioneering work applying an infrared light technique to monitor baby’s brains, which is giving hope to the lives of many affected families.


Read more here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0618/200618-Dr-Gemma-Bale-BSA

Illuminating Brains at Wellcome Trust

Our medical physicist Gemma Bale will give a talk about her life-saving work using light to observe and diagnose the brain health of newborn babies on 25th July from 13:00 to 14:00, at the Wellcome Trust Forum, through the Medicine Now gallery on level 1.

Dr Gemma Bale Awarded BSA Media Fellowship

We are overjoyed to announce that our team member Dr Gemma Bale has been awarded the BSA Media Fellowship 2018!


The BSA Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or Buzzfeed.


We congratulate Dr Gemma Bale, and wish her the best in her research and public engagement activities!


Read more here: https://www.engineering.ucl.ac.uk/news/2018-bsa-media-fellows-announced/

The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme

Research Associate Dr Gemma Bale, and PhD students Isabel de Roever and Pardis Kaynezhad have been working with the Brilliant Club to inspire talented Year 8 pupils from under-represented backgrounds to apply to study medical physics and biomedical engineering.


In partnership with The Brilliant Club and UCL Engineering Education, Dr. Gemma Bale (BORL) has designed a six-week Key Stage 3 course, Illuminating the Body, for the programme to teach Year 8 students about the engineering design process, the application of physical principles to the design of machines, and how scientists interpret data.


The course is being delivered by 31 tutors all over the country, reaching almost 400 pupils! Two PhD students from BORL are delivering the course, Isabel de Roever and Pardis Kaynezhad.


Read more here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/medphys-news/brilliant-club-scholars-programme

International Day of Light

MetaboLight members were invited to exhibit at the Institute of Education to celebrate the International Day of Light with groups of young people enthusiastic about science and engineering – and light!


Out of the 250 people that visited, we scanned around 20 brains and 40 hands in total, and the students were excited to see how their fellow schoolmates responded to mathematics questions and how this affected their brain activity! We also found out from a survey that everyone enjoyed their experience at our booth – and learnt a lot about medical physics and biomedical engineering after visiting us!


We are overjoyed to hear that students from Tiffin school loved our brain scan exhibit – so much that they are preparing a presentation to teach other students about it! It is brilliant that our way of using light to measure brain activity will be shared with 400 more students!


MetaboLight awarded Best Research Group prize at Provost’s Engineering Engagement Awards 2018

On 8th May 2018, MetaboLight was awarded the Best Research Group at the Provost’s Engineering Engagement Awards 2018! We are delighted that our research and public engagement has brought along so many positive impacts and that we are getting recognition for our hard work! We look forward to continuing our research and bringing an even bigger impact on lives of not only babies, but aspiring engineers and everyone around us!


Read more here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/medphys-news/2018-05-09-provost-awards-for-engagement

Virtual Schools at UCL Engineering

MetaboLight with be offering a session for virtual schools on 25th July to teach young people with an interest in science, technology and engineering about how light interacts with our body!

Lates: Future Science at National Science and Media Museum

Two of our MetaboLight team members went to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford to give a talk and demonstration on how we use near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to monitor the brain!


People from all across Bradford came and visited our stand, with around 200 visitors over the 3 hour demonstration period. We managed to illuminate over 20 brains, and many visitors were fully engaged and interested in our explanations on how our compact system works and how this technology is being used to save lives of babies.


Our researcher, Paola Pinti, also gave a talk describing how light interacts with the environment, and how we use its properties to monitor the brain. She also gave insights from her own research projects, and fascinated audiences with the capabilities of this technology.


It was a fun day – hopefully we inspired more people to become scientists and engineers!

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