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27 April 2010 | PR 10/75

Loughborough University ergonomist receives prestigious award


Professor Alastair Gale (left) is presented with his award by Professor Peter Buckle, President Elect of the IEHF.

The life saving work of Loughborough University ergonomist Professor Alastair Gale has been recognised with the award of the President’s Medal by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF).

Head of the University’s Applied Vision Research Centre, Professor Gale established the Personal Performance in Mammographic Screening scheme (PERFORMS).  This has helped radiologists from across the country carry out their breast screening role more effectively.  In recent years he has also applied lessons learnt in the medical imaging field to identify problems encountered by airport security officers conducting X-ray screening of luggage.

His role in contributing to the research and development of better screening systems saw him presented with the prestigious IEHF President’s Medal at its annual Conference on Wednesday 14 April.


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Notes for editors:

  1. Early abnormal signs of breast cancer can be hard to see and so the PERFORMS (PERsonal  performance in Mammographic Screening) scheme was developed in association with the NHS Breast Screening Programme.  This is a national self-assessment system which all screeners (radiologists and radiographers who interpret breast screening mammograms) undertake.  It has run alongside the breast screening programme for over 20 years and annually offers individuals sets of difficult and challenging recent screening  cases to examine, receiving detailed immediate feedback and subsequently also have their performance compared anonymously to that of all their peers.  Consequently the scheme uniquely offers individuals both a confidential assessment and training opportunity.  Most importantly, it helps maintain and improve skills in detecting early signs of breast cancer.  

    The PERFORMS team comprises ergonomists, psychologists, computer scientists and support staff who annually administer the scheme to over 650 individuals twice a year.

    The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors was up until October 2009 known as the Ergonomics Society and had been founded 60 years previously in 1949.  The IEHF is the professional body for practitioners in the field of ergonomics, with an international membership in excess of 1,400.  Its aim is to promote the awareness, education and application of ergonomics in industry, commerce, public sector and government.  For further information visit www.ergonomics.org.uk, where you can also locate an ergonomics consultant by viewing the Consultancy Register on the home page.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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