Benjamin F. Cox

Benjamin F. Cox


Assistant Professor, Pathology


Courses: Systems & Disease II and Systems & Disease III

Dr. Benjamin Cox is an experienced research physician and educator in the fields of medicine and biomedical engineering.

Dr. Cox received his MD from Charles University, First Faculty of Medicine in 2010. Following graduation he practiced as Junior Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedics and Trauma at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. Dr. Cox then became involved in image guided interventional research as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Dundee. Continuing his interest in imaging research, Dr. Cox became involved in capsule endoscopy development as a Clinical Research Fellow on the Sonopill programme lead by Prof. Sandy Cochran. He also pursued his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Inke Näthke at the University of Dundee School of Life Sciences. Dr. Cox’s thesis, entitled ‘The Detection of Gastrointestinal Inflammation with Microultrasound and the Feasibility of Ultrasound Capsule Endoscopy’, studied the application of high resolution microultrasound in capsule endoscopy for the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Cox was awarded his PhD in Medicine November, 2021.

Dr. Cox has co-authored over 25 scientific and clinical articles and has been published in Science Robotics and Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology. He has also presented at a number of conferences and speaking engagements regarding capsule endoscopy development. He also served on a number organisational committees aimed at increasing physician and engineering collaboration.  

During his PhD studies, Dr. Cox lectured on numerous medical and biomedical engineering subjects from the undergraduate to post-graduate level. He supervised student research projects and continually promoted interdisciplinary cooperation amongst his medical and engineering students. It was during these activities that Dr. Cox developed a passion for teaching. He also participated in a number of public engagement events involving topics in healthcare research. This activity culminated with an endoscopy demonstration to HRH Princess Anne at the Dundee Science Centre.

Prior to moving to warmer climes, Dr. Cox was a lecturer at the University of Dundee’s Biomedical Engineering programme. He taught on the subjects of medical imaging and medical innovation. He made sure to provide students with a clinical prospective so they could better understand how technology improves patient care and outcomes.   

He now looks forward to teaching at Saba University School of Medicine, both in and out of the classroom.

Further Interests:

Whilst living in Scotland, Dr. Cox and his family developed a great love for hiking in the highlands. He and his family now look forward to exploring Saba and discovering what the island has to offer.

  • Medical imaging 
  • GI imaging
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • US
  • MRI
  • Endoscopy

  • National Instruments Global Engineering Impact Award, Humanitarian Category. Sonopill Programme. May, 2019.
  • Scottish Health Innovations Ltd. (SHIL) Proof of Principle (PoP) scheme: Henry, E., Cox, B.F., Cochran, S. “Microultrasound (μUS) Surveillance of Barrett’s Oesophagus” (Selected IPR Project: 140904). Awarded £22,500 for 12 months, 2017-2018.
  • 2nd Prize, 1st year tissue/dry lab presentations, 26th Annual Postgraduate Research Student Symposium, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Jun 2016.
  • Charles University, First Faculty of Medicine, Scholarships for Excellent Academic Achievement, 2007-2008.
  • Dalhousie University, Dean’s List for Academic Achievement, 1995-1996.

Book Chapter

  • T. Anbarasan, C. E. M. Démoré, H. Lay, M. R. S. Sunqrot, R. Poltarjonoks, S. Cochran, B. F. Cox.,. "High Resolution Microultrasound (μUS) Investigation of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract," Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1572:541-561.

Selected Publications

  • Gregson R, Greenhalgh S, Cox B F, Cochrane S, Clutton R E. Feeding management before gastrointestinal studies in pigs. Lab Anim. 2020 Oct 12:23677220960509.
  • Yang, S., Lemke, C., Cox, B. F., Newton, I. P., Näthke, I. and Cochran, S. A learning based microultrasound system for the detection of inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging., Nov. 2020.
  • J. C. Norton, P. R. Slawinski, H. S. Lay, J. W. Martin, B. F. Cox, G. Cummins, M. P. Y. Desmulliez, R. E. Clutton, K. L. Obstein, S. Cochran, P. Valdastri, “Intelligent magnetic manipulation for gastrointestinal ultrasound,” Sci. Robot., vol. 4, no. 31, p. eaav7725, Jun. 2019.
  • G. Cummins, B. F. Cox, G. Ciuti, T. Anbarasan, M. Y. P. Desmulliez, S. Cochran, R. J. Steele, J. N. Plevris, A. Koulaouzidis, “Gastrointestinal diagnosis using non-white light imaging capsule endoscopy.,” Nat. Rev. Gastroenterol. Hepatol., Apr. 2019.
  • G. Cummins, B. F. Cox, J.D. Walker, S. Cochran, and M. P. Y. Desmulliez, “Challenges in developing collaborative interdisciplinary research between gastroenterologists and engineers,”J. Med. Eng. Technol., 2018.
  • G. Cummins, D. E. Yung, B. F. Cox, A. Koulaouzidis, M. P. Y. Desmulliez, and S. Cochran,“Luminally expressed gastrointestinal biomarkers,” Expert Rev. Gastroenterol. Hepatol., vol. 4124, no. 2008, pp. 1-16, Aug. 2017.
  • Stewart, F.R.; Qiu, Y.; Lay, H.S.; Newton, I.P.; Cox, B.F.; Al-Rawhani, M.A.; Beeley, J.; Liu,Y.; Huang, Z.; Cumming, D.R.S.; Näthke, I.; Cochran, S. Acoustic Sensing and Ultrasonic Drug Delivery in Multimodal Theranostic Capsule Endoscopy. Sensors 2017, 17, 1553.
  • B. F. Cox, F. Stewart, H. Lay, G. C. Cummins, I. P. Newton, M. P. Y. Desmulliez, R. J. C Steele, I. Näthke, and S. Cochran, “Ultrasound capsule endoscopy: sounding out the future,”Ann. Transl. Med., vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 201–201, May 2017.

  • My research interests include medical imaging, interventional radiology, GI imaging, high resolution tissue imaging, virtual biopsy and computer assisted diagnosis.

  • Cox, B F “Multimodal Capsule Diagnosis: Modalities and Combinations” Invited Speaker:  Minimally Invasive Endoscopy Workshop. The Royal Scots Club Edinburgh, 21 March, 2017. 
  • Cox, B F “Sonopill Overview” Invited Speaker: Liver/GI Lunchtime Teaching Meeting for Specialist Registrars. Hosted by Dr A. Koulaouzidis – Endoscopy Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. February 2016 
  • Cox B F “Capsule sonography – a brief insight of the Sonopill” Invited speaker, An Update on the use of Capsule Endoscopy in IBD. Hosted by Dr A. Koulaouzidis – Endoscopy Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, September 2015. 
  • Cochran, S., Cox, B., Lay, H., “Ultrasound capsule endoscopy for diagnosis and therapy: A new frontier in autonomous, robotic systems.” Invited Speaker, CDT Gateway Events, Heriot-Watt University, November 2014. 


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