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EPSRC Reference: EP/V009818/1
Title: New minimally invasive technologies for the treatment of pancreatic cancer
Principal Investigator: Harris, Professor RA
Other Investigators:
Valdastri, Professor P Pike, Mr T Thompson, Professor H
Tronci, Dr G Lee, Dr J Russell, Professor S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr JH Chandler Dr S Taccola
Project Partners:
Exergic Engineering Ltd Intuitive surgical KUKA Germany GmbH
Materialise Ltd Max Planck Institutes (Grouped) NIHR surgical medtech co-operative
The Electrospinning Company The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2020 Ends: 30 April 2024 Value (£): 1,522,148
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing Robotics & Autonomy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
26 Aug 2020 Healthcare Technologies Investigator Led Panel Aug 2020 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our vision is to challenge the mind-set of pancreatic cancer being a prognosis of extremely limited options and to enable revolutionary future treatments that will save lives and allow patients to live without major side-effects. Novel engineering and physical science has an essential contribution to make against what is currently the deadliest form of cancer (mortality 95% <2yrs).

This research will centre around the creation of new minimally-invasive technologies based on microscale, magnetically-driven, soft continuum robots. These will newly enable non-destructive access to the intricate sensitive internal anatomy of the pancreas and allow targeted treatments to be delivered. These new technologies will tackle current clinical challenges in pancreatic cancer, while also providing the treatment methods that will be required as possibilities for earlier diagnosis emerge in the future.

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