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Future of Surgery

Newcastle academic shows how engineering and technology will affect the delivery of surgical care in the United Kingdom.

Kia Nazarpour has given evidence to the Commission on the Future of Surgery, formed by Royal College of Surgeons. The purpose of the hearing was to set out a compelling and credible vision of the future advances in medicine and technology, including prosthetics, and how those developments will affect the delivery of surgical care in the United Kingdom. In particular, the Commission considers what the future of surgery is likely to look like for patients in five years, could look like in ten years, and might be in 15 to 20 years.

In a second boost for the Intelligent Sensing and Communications group, Hannah Jones won funding from the charity PORT-ER (Prosthetics, Orthotics and Rehabilitation Medicine – Education and Research) to work towards creation of a user-centred vision for prosthetic limbs and clinical care. Hannah’s background in design and innovation management has helped to devise this project that seeks to evaluate how current prosthetic devices meet the needs and expectations of today’s NHS users and how they can evolve over the next ten years.

Newcastle University's research in to prosthetic limbs, medical materials and human-systems integration are key to the launch of a new MSc Biomedical Engineering. With two streams of study - Bioelectrical and Biomechanical - the course is ideally suited to engineering and science graduates.

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published on: 4 May 2018