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EPSRC Reference: EP/F50036X/1
Title: LSI Doctoral Training Centres - Medical devices doctoral training centre
Principal Investigator: Connolly, Professor P
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Department: Biomedical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: LSI Doctoral Training Centres
Starts: 01 October 2008 Ends: 31 March 2018 Value (£): 4,612,583
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomechanics & Rehabilitation Drug Formulation & Delivery
Instrumentation Eng. & Dev. Tissue Engineering
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
16 Sep 2007 LSI DTC's Interview Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
At the Life Sciences Interface (LSI), one of the key challenges is how to foster cross-disciplinary interactions between clinicians and technologists and provide engineers and scientists who can effectively bridge the gap that currently exists between the two groups. Many new developments in the clinical sciences are fundamentally dependent on effective means of technology delivery, and this is particularly true of research into medical devices, which includes biomaterials, tissue engineering, implantable devices, drug delivery and diagnostics. There is an ongoing need in the UK to provide opportunities for engineers and physical scientists to receive instruction in the life sciences and suitable interdisciplinary medical device research training which takes place within a centre which has the appropriate clinical and medical industry links.The UK government and science councils have , through the Technology Strategy Board, identified medical devices as a key technology area for the UK with immediate and future needs in: Converging technologies - convergence of the physical with the biological leading to new and combined functionalities. Diagnosis and screening technologies together with the development and monitoring of more targeted therapies. Regenerative medicine - methods to induce the body to regenerate healthy functional tissue and to provide replacement parts. Assistive technologies - devices and technologies that aid rehabilitation and support for independent life in the community.The Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre we propose will train students and carry out clinically -relevant research to meet medical device needs across nine core themes which are embedded in the current research work of the University with its immediate academic and clinical external collaborators. These are:Drug deliveryBioimagingOrthopaedic DevicesMicrodevicesCardiovascular DevicesBiomaterialsTissue EngineeringNeuroprostheticsMedical DiagnosticsTen students minimum will be recruited to the centre each year, 8 supported by EPSRC and 2 by the University.
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