Driving innovation in healthcare technology


Supporting NHS70At the University of Birmingham we are changing the landscape of healthcare. Our experts are advancing new technologies and treatments to aid patient recovery and encourage better tissue healing. The impact of these innovations on the healthcare system and people’s lives is already evident, and is set to grow drastically in the near future.

Changing the healthcare landscape

As part of the Healthcare Technologies Institute, the University of Birmingham's experts in chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics are working together to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing and rehabilitation tools to ensure people live longer, healthier and happier lives. 

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Pioneering virtual reality for healthcare

The Human Interface Technologies Team at the University of Birmingham have been pioneering the development, evaluation and uptake of Virtual Reality and telepresence/ telerobotic technologies since their launch in 2003, building on nearly 30 years of experience in simulation, robotics and Human Factors for applications in aerospace, defence and healthcare.

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Below: Professor Liam Grover discusses the University of Birmingham's research into healthcare technologies: 
Below: Professor Bob Stone discusses the applications of virtual and augmented reality to improve healthcare, defense technology and heritage activities: 


Stories of healthcare innovation

Virtual Reality helps intensive care patient recover

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has teamed up with Professor Bob Stone and the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team from University of Birmingham to install and trial their “Virtual Reality Wembury” project within Torbay Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), to improve patient rehabilitation. This is the first time the device has been used for intensive care rehabilitation in the South West.

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Professor Bob Stone (centre) with Intensive Care recovery patient, Nick Richards , and staff from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham professor wins global award for medical achievement

Professor Bob Stone, Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team at the University of Birmingham, recently won a LiveWire Global Award for his team's contribution to medical creativity, vision and ethical practice.

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Professsor Stone won the Medical LiveWire Global Award for excellence in VR healthcare technology

New development in contact lenses for red-green colour blindness using simple dye

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a contact lens that may help people with colour blindness simply by using a low cost dye, according to research published on 26 April 2018 in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.

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New development in contact lenses for red-green colour blindness using simple dye

Scientists develop self-structuring model of bone tissue

Medical practises for abnormal bone conditions, such as heterotopic ossification, are poorly understood. Medical treatment is limited to when bone formations become very noticeable, which is not early enough. Scientists from the Healthcare Technologies Institute have developed a new self-structuring model of bone tissue that simulates the architecture of real bone for the first time – a potential for future bone defect replacement, which can make a vast difference to a patient’s life.

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How can sugar be used to treat burns?

The University of Birmingham hosted its second Life Sciences in Six event at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Monday 27 November 2017, in which six speakers spoke for six minutes each about the vital research they undertake at the University.

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 Liam Grover


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