Upcoming events

Healthcare Technologies Institute Seminar: Medical Device Innovation: My journey so far…

Wednesday 5 February, 13:00 – 14:00
124, School of Chemical Engineering (Y11 on the campus map PDF)

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Dr Bruce Murphy, Assoc Prof. in Biomechanical Engineering, Mechanical & Manuf. Eng from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Bruce Murphy is an Associate Prof in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). He teaches medical device design and runs a medical device design lab in TCD.  In 2019, spin-out companies from his lab raised a combined €17m in private investments or H2020 grants, employed 30 individuals, and implanted 10 devices in a first in human trial. This talk will highlight Bruce Murphy’s journey into the World of medical device design. Highlighting failures and successes along this journey.

No registration required.

Novel Medical Technology Adoption for Clinicians, Purchasing Decision Makers and Non-Executive Directors

Monday 20 April – Tuesday 21 April 2020

This two-day course is designed to improve clinical and patient access to exceptional novel technologies. The course promotes good practice in assessment of need and current provision, as well as introducing the approach of the NICE Medical Technologies Advisory Committee in reviewing devices. It also covers the use of current novel technologies in health care settings and the experience and benefits of adoption (financial, and clinical/management outcomes, efficiencies) vs the risk associated with remaining out of step with technology evolutions.

The course is aimed at Purchasing Decision Makers and Trust Non-Executive Directors, but of interest to all who wish to influence this process, including Clinicians, Managers, Practitioners, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, and Researchers for consulting firms.

Please visit the course page for more information/to apply.

Past events

Healthcare Technologies Institute Seminar: LEO Pharma’s venture into rare diseases

Tuesday 28 January, 13:15 – 14:15
Lecture Theatre 4, Medical School

Hosted by: Prof. Adrian Heagerty, Consultant Dermatologist, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (IIA) and Prof. Liam Grover, Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI)

No registration required.

Healthcare Technologies Institute Seminar: Sequence-Specific “Peptoids” for Antifouling, Antibacterial and Self-Assembly Applications

Tuesday 10 December, 13:00 – 14:00 
112, School of Chemical Engineering

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Dr K. H. Aaron LAU, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Healthcare Technologies Institute Seminar: From Sore Knees to Short Bones: Stem Cell Models to Understand Human Cartilage.

Wednesday 4 December, 13:00 – 14:00
G35, School of Chemical Engineering 

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Professor Susan Kimber, Professor of Stem Cells and Development at the University of Manchester to give an invited talk. This symposium will highlight how similar conditions can cause very different changes during human cartilage development. Professor Kimber will describe her findings and why animal models cannot replicate these human conditions.

Healthcare Technologies Institute Seminar: Electrohydrodynamic Additive Manufacturing to Achieve the Next Generation of Functional Biomaterials

Wednesday 13 November, 13:00 – 14:00 
G35, School of Chemical Engineering

This symposium will highlight some of latest developments in such high-resolution 3D MEW processing. This includes developments in processing parameters, functional designs and applications for articular cartilage and cardiac muscle regeneration, and modelling biomechanics.

Birmingham Tech Week 2019: Breaking in to Health Tech

Monday 7 October 10:00 – 14:30
Institute of Translational Medicine Building (ITM) 

This event is about breaking barriers to access the healthcare market through innovation, technical advancements and right people right place. The event will offer opportunities to collaborate with experts, develop business and get up to £3000 of direct free support* through a “Dragons Den style” event.  

Birmingham Tech Week 2019: Innovation & Funding Innovation

Friday 11 October 10:00 – 16:00
NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator

Innovation Factory Cooperative will be holding an event in partnership with The Healthcare Technologies Institute and NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator.

As part of the inaugural Birmingham Tech Week, this event & exhibition will raise the profile of the Birmingham & West Midlands Tech Scene. Inspiring the next generation of innovators, encourage inward investment and create an environment where high-growth innovative companies can flourish.

MD-TEC SME Engagement event; taking a Great Idea Forward – How to Collaborate for Success

Wednesday 5 June, 10:00 - 14:00
Institute of Translational Medicine Building (ITM)

The event aims to explore ways for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the right expertise and successfully collaborate to move novel ideas and technologies forward. The programme includes talks from Innovate UK, Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network, Wellcome Trust, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) plus experts from the University of Birmingham who will be able to help with potential industrial collaborations. You will also have the chance to hear the success stories from SMEs who have been assisted by MD-TEC.

The event will give an opportunity to network with speakers and experts in the field of translation of novel medical innovations and will focus on how collaboration is key for the success of these innovations from the laboratory through to the clinic and towards commercial exploitation.

Find out more about the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC)

Scar Trek - A voyage into the worlds of wound healing, scarring, repair and regeneration

Wednesday 29 May, 13:00 - 14:00 
Room 114, School of Chemical Engineering

Scarring after traumatic injury can result in reduced function, movement or even blindness. There are no pharmaceutical approaches currently available to reduce or prevent scarring after any injury. Regenerative, scar free healing remains the unlocked secret of wound healing research, and a number of laboratory based model preclinical systems have been developed to try and understand how to stop scars forming so that knowledge can be translated to the clinical setting. This seminar will discuss preclinical and clinical strategies for combating skin wounds and how using interdisciplinary approaches that harness features of developmental biology, tissue repair as well as chemical & tissue engineering, may lead to a better understanding of how to reduce scarring. Professor Anthony Metcalfe will be giving the talk.

The unexpected sides of the skin ECM: Implications for treatment of fibrosis and cancer.

Tuesday 19 March, 13:00 – 14:00 
G35, School of Chemical Engineering

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Dr Alexander Nyström from the Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Epidermolysis bullosa is a group of heterogeneous, genetic mechanobullous disorders of the skin. A subset of them is caused by mutations in genes encoding skin extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins that non-redundantly secure firm attachment of the epidermis to the dermis. Thus, the structural functions of these proteins are obvious, however, they also have a far less appreciated instructive side that supports skin homeostasis and regeneration. Our studies of pathomechanisms involved in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, which is in addition to skin fragility associated with soft tissue fibrosis and early-onset aggressive skin cancers, have revealed neofunctions of the protein at fault – collagen VII – that go beyond the skin. These functions are likely shared by many skin ECM proteins, linked to the pathogenesis of acquired and genetic wound healing disorders, and should be therapeutically considered and employed.

Dr Alexander Nyström will be giving a talk on 'The unexpected sides of the skin ECM: Implications for treatment of fibrosis and cancer'.

Targeting Mechanobiological cues within the stem cell niche to drive osteogenesis and bone regeneration

Thursday 7 March, 12:00 – 13:00 
Room 111, School of Chemical Engineering

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Dr David Hoey, Associate in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

Osteoporosis affects millions globally and current anti-catabolic treatments are limited by significant side-effects. Osteoporosis arises when skeletal stem cells (SSC) no longer sufficiently replenish osteoblasts, leading to net bone loss. A key regulator of SSC recruitment, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation is physical loading, yet the mechanisms by which SSCs sense and respond to changes in their mechanical environment are virtually unknown.

Dr Hoey will give a talk on 'Targeting Mechanobiological cues within the stem cell niche to drive osteogenesis and bone regeneration.'

Mineralization Regulators: The role of fetuin – A in health and disease

Wednesday 6 March, 13:00 – 14:00
Lecture Theatre 124, School of Chemical Engineering

The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is delighted to welcome Professor Dr Wilhelm Jahnen-Dechent, Professor for Biointerface Science and Managing Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Professor Jahnen-Dechent will be giving a talk on 'Mineralization Regulators: The role of fetuin – A in health and disease'.

Professor Jahnen-Dechent will present an update of Fetuin-A related research explaining the severe calcification phenotype of DBA/2, fetuin-A deficient mice as well as the foreshortened bone phenotype of C57BL/6, fetuin-A deficient mice.