Dr Helen Elizabeth Mulvana

Chancellor'S Fellowships

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

My research focus is the development of advanced diagnostic tools for the earlier diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer. I work closely with clinicians to better understand clinical needs and with engineers and life scientists to develop solutions to these challenges.

Current funding supports research projects on the development of elasticity imaging using contrast-enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound for the early detection of colorectal cancer, a pilot clinical trial to establish effectiveness of contrast enhanced ultrasound to detect sentinel lymph nodes in rectal cancer, development of physiological flow phantoms to investigate factors capable of influencing ultrasound and microbubble mediated drug delivery, delivery of siRNA using ultrasound and microbubbles to treat hypertension in a mouse model and investigation of low frequency ultrasound to stimulate bone repair. I also have expertise in non-linear acoustics, contrast imaging, microbubbles, medical device design and fabrication, therapeutic ultrasound and elastography.

Currently available PhD studentships:

I am always keen to hear from prospective PhD students and post doctoral researchers with complimentary research interests, please get in touch to discuss.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Young Academy Scotland, Royal Society of Edinburgh (August 2018)
    • Institute of Physics MInstP (January 2015)
    • Higher Education Academy FHEA (December 2015)
    • Institution of Mechanical Engineers MIMechE (October 1997) CEng (January 2014)

    Current Committee Memberships

    • IEEE UFFC Publicity Chair & Web Editor in Chief (from 2020)
    • Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE T-UFFC (from 2020)
    • Publicity Chair, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2020
    • Co-Chair Legacy and Outreach, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2019
    • IEEE UFFC representative to TMI, member of AdCom (from 2019)
    • Associate Editor of IEEE T-UFFC (from 2017)
    • Physical Acoustics Group, Institute of Physics Committee (from 2015), Treasurer (from 2018).
    • IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Technical Program Committee (from 2014)
    • Scottish Ultrasound Group, Founder and Chair (June 2013)

Prizes and awards

VisNET Collaboration Event Social Dinner
Recipient
24/10/2019

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Publications

Inclusion in the time of COVID : 14 ways to seize the moment for change
Cebula Carla, Nicoll Baines Katie, Thijssen Job HJ, Lido Catherine, Halliday Karen, Hedge Nicki, Mulvana Helen, Gauchotte Lindsay Caroline
Nature Index (2021)
Ultrasound mediated delivery of quantum dots from a proof of concept capsule endoscope to the gastrointestinal wall
Stewart Fraser, Cummins Gerard, Turcanu Mihnea V, Cox Benjamin F, Prescott Alan, Clutton Eddie, Newton Ian P, Desmulliez Marc PY, Thanou Maya, Mulvana Helen, Cochran Sandy, Näthke Inke
Scientific Reports Vol 11 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-82240-1
From animal models to patients : the role of placental microRNAs, miR-210, miR-126, and miR-148a/152 in preeclampsia
Frazier Sonya, McBride Martin W, Mulvana Helen, Graham Delyth
Clinical Science Vol 134, pp. 1001-1025 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1042/CS20200023
Ultrasound mediated delivery of quantum dots from a capsule endoscope to the gastrointestinal wall
Stewart Fraser, Cummins Gerard, Turcanu Mihnea V, Cox Benjamin F, Prescott Alan, Clutton Eddie, Newton Ian P, Desmulliez Marc PY, Thanou M, Mulvana H, Cochran Sandy, Nathke Inke
(2020)
https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.24.963066
Quantitative ultrasound differentiates brain and brain tumour phantoms
Thomson Hannah, Yang Shufan, Stritch Thomas, Baldwin Mitch, Mulvana Helen, Cochran Sandy
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2019 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS Vol 2019-October, pp. 2420-2423 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2019.8925982
Ultrasound and microbubble gene delivery for targeting altered placental microRNAs in preeclampsia
Frazier Sonya, Morgan Hannah, McBride Martin, Bradshaw Angela, Mulvana Helen, Graham Delyth
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2019 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS Vol 2019-October, pp. 1551-1555 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2019.8926052

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Professional activities

Improving lymph node characterisation and detection in rectal cancer using contrast enhanced magneto-motive ultrasound
Contributor
19/8/2020

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Projects

Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gilmour, Lauren
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) Gilmour, Lauren (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Transformative Anatomically accurate Microvascular flow Phantoms for Ultrasound therapy research (TAMP-US)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
VisNET Collaboration Event Social Dinner
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Aranceta Garza, Alejandra (Co-investigator) Zimbitas, Georgina (Co-investigator) Fabbri, Federica (Co-investigator) Keating, Ciara (Co-investigator) Echavarri Bravo, Virginia (Co-investigator)
International collaboration Dinner event funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry for a total value of £2,903.30
24-Jan-2019 - 25-Jan-2019
Development of non-ionising and non-invasive, personalised colorectal cancer staging using novel multimodal contrast agents and magnetomotive ultrasound imaging (transfer of A23333)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2022
Development of non-ioning and non-invasive, personalised colorectal cancer staging using novel multimodal contrast agents and magnetomotive ultrasound imaging (transfer of A24730)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2022
Inclusion Really Does Matter: Improving Reactions to Gender Equality Initiatives Amongst Academics in Engineering and Physical Sciences
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Co-investigator)
Co-investigator on EPSRC Inclusion Matters funded project to investigate barriers to gender equality initiatives in STEM
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2021

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Address

Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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