About us

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The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is changing the landscape of healthcare. We are striving to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing and rehabilitation tools.

The Healthcare Technologies Institute brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across the University of Birmingham, including chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics. Researchers across campus are working collaboratively to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications.

Our research will support the development of existing markets and stimulate new ones for small and medium sized Life Sciences businesses, enabling them to bring products to market quickly, at less cost with reduced risk.

Demand for new technologies

There is an increasing demand to deliver new technologies that allow us to more rapidly diagnose and better treat patients. Advances in medicine mean we are living longer than ever before, alongside our chances of survival following devastating, life-changing events. However, these successes lead to major challenges. We've extended life expectation, but there is no commensurate improvement in the quality of life to match the longer life-span. This demand has led to a rapid increase in the amount of research undertaken to develop new healthcare technologies.

Development of new technologies

From laboratory through to clinical trials, our interdisciplinary researchers are advancing bone structures and tissue regeneration, finding new methods of detecting brain injuries and cancers early, improving anti-scarring dressings and developing innovative, bespoke prosthetic devices.

Through our research, we will aid healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions to ensure people are able to live longer, healthier and happier lives. 

Research is conducted in collaboration with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC)(funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)) and in partnership with Aston University, and other supporting partners.

More information can be found in our research that matters leaflet (PDF).

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