Career History

From 1983 until March 1997 he was Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist to the Ipswich Hospital. While at the Ipswich hospital he was twice (1989 and1995) awarded the BSG Hopkins Endoscopy Prize. He was made a Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Professor in 1990 for his work on endoscopic safety, sedation and monitoring. He co-invented the oxygenating mouthguard, the 14C-urea breath test and the magnetic endoscope imaging system. He worked closely with BT ( Prof Peter Cochrane) at Martlesham on tele-medical systems.His Unit won the 1994 Hospital Doctor Gastroenterology 'Team of the Year' Award. He chaired the BSG Committee on Sedation and Monitoring and later chaired a Working Party looking at Informed Consent. He is a regular reviewer for several international journals and has himself over 250 publications (including over 100 peer reviewed original papers) on such diverse topics as biliary lipids, gallstone dissolution therapy, hepatic drug metabolism, monoterpenes, atheroma, IBS, Helicobacter pylori, Telemedicine, magnetic endoscope imaging as well as IV sedation and safety during endoscopy.

From April 1997 - June 2002 he worked as a Gastroenterologist at the Sunderland Royal Hospital (SRH) and was a visiting professor in the Medical Sciences Faculty of Sunderland University from 1997-2002. He won the BSG 2001 Hopkins Endoscopy Prize for his work on colonoscopy and magnetic imaging.

He moved back to East Anglia in the summer of 2002 and is now an honorary Professor within UEA's School of Computing Sciences. He continues to carry out four fixed NHS clinical sessions per week (in both Ipswich and Norwich). Recently the Endoscopy unit at the N&N University Hospital has been designated by the Royal College of Surgeons of England as a endoscopic 'centre of excellence' for teaching endoscopic skills. Duncan has been invited to be the local convenor for the basic colonoscopy skills course.

Academic Background

Duncan Bell MRCS MD MSc FRCP(Lond & Edin) trained at Barts qualifying with double honours in the London MB BS finals in 1968. The same year he obtained his MRCS LRCP. He passed his MRCP(UK) in 1970. He did his House Physician and SHO posts at Barts, the Brompton and RPGMS at Hammersmith followed by a 3 year research registrar appointment with Professor Hermon Dowling. While at the RPGMS he obtained an MSc in biochemistry as well as conducting some of the early work on gallstone dissolution using chenodeoxcholic acid. He was a Lecturer in Medicine/Hon Senior Registrar at St Bartholomews Hospital with Sir Anthony Dawson from 1974-1976. In 1976 he obtained his MD by thesis and the same year joined Professor Michael Langman in Nottingham as a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutics.

All Publications

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Ryalat, M. H., Emmens, D., Hulse, M., Bell, D., Al-Rahamneh, Z., Laycock, S., Fisher, M.

(2016)

Evaluation of Particle Swarm Optimisation for Medical Image Segmentation,

in Advances in Systems Science : Proceedings of the International Conference on Systems Science 2016 (ICSS 2016).

Springer International Publishing

pp. 61-72

ISBN 978-3-319-48943-8

Full Text

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Laycock, S. D., Hulse, M., Scrase, C. D., Tam, M. D., Isherwood, S., Mortimore, D. B., Emmens, D., Patman, J., Short, S. C., Bell, G. D.

(2015)

Towards the production of radiotherapy treatment shells on 3D printers using data derived from DICOM CT and MRI: preclinical feasibility studies,

in Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice

14

(01)

pp. 92-98

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Laycock, S. D., Bell, G. D., Corps, N., Mortimore, D. B., Cox, G., May, S., Finkel, I.

(2015)

Using a Combination of Micro-Computed Tomography, CAD and 3D Printing Techniques to Reconstruct Incomplete 19th-Century Cantonese Chess Pieces,

in Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

7

(4)

article no. 25

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Saad, F. H., Bell, G. D., de la Iglesia, B.

(2008)

Classification techniques with minimal labelling effort and application to medical reports,

in International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics

2

(3)

pp. 268-287

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Su, Y., Fisher, M. H., Wolczowski, A., Bell, G. D., Burn, D., Gao, R.

(2007)

Towards an EMG-Controlled Prosthetic Hand Using a 3-D Electromagnetic Positioning System,

in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

56

(1)

pp. 178-186

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lord, D., Bell, G. D., Gray, A., Quine, A., Bowles, J., Romaya, C., De La Iglesia, B., Reynolds, A., Rayward-Smith, V.

(2006)

Sedation for Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Procedures in the Elderly: Getting Safer but Still Not Nearly Safe Enough,

in The British Society of Gastroenterology Website

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Heatley, D. J. T., Rowland, R., Bell, G. D., Rowland, M. K., Hegarty, D. .., Smith, S. L., Dodd, N., Calvert, R., Scott, I. H. K., Rae, D., Lapeer, R. J.

(2006)

A new laptop-based DICOM viewer for in-theatre procedures, multi-site MDT meetings and networked training,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Saad, F., de la Iglesia, B., Bell, G. D.

(2006)

Comparison of Documents Classification Techniques to Classify Medical Reports,

in Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

Springer Berlin / Heidelberg

pp. 285-291

ISBN 978-3-540-33206-0

Full Text UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Su, Y., Wolczowski, A., Fisher, M. H., Bell, G. D., Burn, D., Gao, R.

(2005)

Towards an EMG Controlled Prosthetic Hand Using a 3-D Electromagnetic Positioning System,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Renehan, A. G., Painter, J. E., Bell, G. D., Rowland, R. S., O'Dwer, S., Shalet, S. M.

(2005)

Determination of Large Bowel Length and Loop Complexity in Patients with Acromegaly undergoing Screening for Colonoscopy,

in Clinical Endocrinology

62

(3)

pp. 323-330

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Reynolds, A. P., de la Iglesia, B., Bell, G. D., Cook, V. J., Tighe, R.

(2005)

To be or not to be sedated? The effect of age and gender on an individual patient's likely decision,

(Poster)

(Published)


Reynolds, A. P., de la Iglesia, B., Bell, G. D., Sheikh, K., Cook, V. J., Tighe, R.

(2005)

Monitoring colonoscopy success rates and detecting changes in sedation practice using data mining and statistical techniques: Figures from a regional training centre,

(Poster)

(Published)


Sheikh, K., Reynolds, A. P., de la Iglesia, B., Bell, G. D., Tighe, R.

(2005)

Data mining techniques can be used to rapidly interrogate an endoscopy database and calculate 'adjusted' colonoscopy success or failure rates - but what criteria should be used to define such success?,

(Poster)

(Published)


Berens, J., Mackiewicz, M., Bell, D.

(2005)

Stomach, intestine and colon tissue discriminators for Wireless Capsule Endoscopy,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Cameron, E. A. B., Powell, K. U., Baldwin, L., Jones, P., Bell, G. D., Williams, S. G. L.

(2004)

Helicobacter pylori: antibiotic resistance and eradication rates in Suffolk, UK, 1991–2001,

in Journal of Medical Microbiology

53

(6)

pp. 535-538

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hancock, J., Nylander, D., Abro, H., Burn, K., Bicker, R., Allen, C. R., Lapeer, R. J., Bell, G. D.

(2004)

Basic Colonoscopy: Hoken colon model or computer simulator for teaching torque steering skills?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Bell, G.

(2004)

Preparation, Premedication, and Surveillance,

in Endoscopy

36

(1)

pp. 23-31

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bell, G.

(2004)

A history of sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy,

in A textbook of sedation for gastrointestinal nurse associates, to be published late 2004.

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Tan, L., Cox, S. J., Bell, G. D., Mansfield, M.

(2004)

Can we modify existing automatic speech recognition technology to reliably and safely monitor respiration in patients sedated with Propofol?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


de la Iglesia, B., Hsu, C., Bell, G. D., Rayward-Smith, V. J.

(2004)

Data mining techniques applied to an Endoscopy Database: What Additional Information Might it Generate?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

He maintains research links with British Telecom and is currently a visiting professor in a) the School of Computer Science and Technology at Sunderland University and b) the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Newcastle.