obtained a BEng degree in 1989 from Heriot Watt University in Mechanical Engineering. After a career in the aerospace propulsion industry, specialising in fuel systems, he returned to the University of Dundee to do an MSc in Biomedical Engineering Science and then a PhD in robotics for orthopaedic surgery.
In 1990 Dr Brown joined Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri’s
Surgical Technology Group which was then a part of the University’s Department of Surgery, taking the post of Group Leader in 2005. Dr Brown has been involved in the development of IMSaT from the start.
Dr Brown’s research interests revolve around the development and commercialisation of surgical devices: current projects include retraction of abdominal organs using magnets, RFA ablation technologies, a range of single-port surgery devices and research into the ergonomics of surgical manipulators.
- Comparison of conventional and ‘gaze down’ imaging in laparoscopic task performance. Brown SI, Frank TG, El Shallaly G, Cuschieri A. Surgical Endoscopy, 17 (4), pp 586 – 90 Apr 2003.
- Optimization of the projection screen in a display system for minimal access surgery. Brown SI, Frank TG, Cuschieri A, Sharpe R, Cartwright C. Surgical Endoscopy, 17 (8): 1251-1255 Aug 2003
- A new multitool for hand-assisted advanced laparoscopic surgery (HALS) Cuschieri A, Frank TG, Brown SI, Martin D, Gove JL. Surgical Endoscopy, 17 (9): 1368-1371 Sep 2003
- Optimum shadow-casting illumination for endoscopic task performance. Mishra RK, Hanna GB, Brown SI, Cuschieri A. FRSE Arch Surg-Chicago 139 (8): 889-892 Aug 2004
- Characterising the ‘Gold Standard’ image for laparoscopic surgery. Brown SI, White C, Wipat K, Hanna G, Frank TG, Cuschieri A. Surgical Endoscopy 18 (8): 1192-1195 Aug 2004
- Improving the retention of suturing needles in surgical graspers. Brown SI, White G, Wipat K, et al. Surgical Endoscopy 18 (11): 1605-1607 Nov 2004
- Assessing the benefits of "gaze-down" display location in complex tasks Omar AM, Wade NJ, Brown SI, et al. Surgical Endoscopy 19 (1): 105-108 Jan 2005
- Can armrests improve comfort and task performance in laparoscopic surgery? Galleano R, Carter F, Brown SI, Frank T, Cuschieri A. Annals of Surgery 243(3): 329 – 33 Mar 2006
- Retraction by surface ferromagnetisation of target tissues: Preliminary studies on feasibility of magnetic retraction for endoscopic surgery. Wang ZG, Wang LJ, Tang BJ, Frank T, Brown SI, Cuschieri A. Surgical Endoscopy 22(8): 1838 – 44. Aug 2008.
- Ferromagnetisation of target tissues by interstitial injection of ferro-fluid: formulation and evidence of efficacy for magnetic retraction. Wang Z, Wang L, Brown SI, Frank TG, Cuschieri A. Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE (accepted for publication Dec 08)
- EP1872729 Medical instrument for grasping on object, in particular needle holder, 2 January 2008
- US 20080188891 Medical instrument for grasping on object, in particular needle holder, 7 August 2008
- International Patent E04G3/00 (Series) Device for supporting at least one arm of an operating person during a surgical or medical operation, 10 December 2006
- US Patent US 6 925 668 Device for supporting at least one arm of an operating person during surgery, 9 August 2005
- European Patent EP1498077 Medical Gripping and/or Cutting Instrument, 19 January 2005
- European Patent EP1486178 Device for supporting at least one arm of an operating person during a surgical operation, 15 December 2004
- European Patent EP03016022.0 Medizinisches Greif – und/oder Scheidinstrument [4 axis handle]
- European Patent EP1329201 Medical Instrument for Hand Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery, 23 July 2003
- European Patent EP02001415.5 Medical Instrument for Surgery [MultiTool]