Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Michael Drinnan

Honorary Senior Lecturer




Currently (from 01/2014): Consultant Physicist & Head of Clinical Engineering, Regional Medical Physics Department, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE7 7DN.

Previously:  (from 05/2010): Head of Physiological Measurement; (from 05/2007): Head of Critical Care Physics; (from 01/2002): Principal Physicist; (from 03/1992): Senior Physicist.


Currently (from 04/2010): Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University.

Previously:  (from 07/2003): Honorary Lecturer, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University; (from 05/1997): Honorary Research Associate, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.




PhD awarded by Faculty of Medicine, Newcastle University, for thesis Assessment of arousal in respiratory sleep disorders. BEng & MEng in Electronic Engineering, from University of Wales, Bangor.


Higher Specialist Scientific Register for Clinical Scientists; Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC); Chartered Scientist (CSci); Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (MIPEM); Institute of Physics (CPhys, MInstP); Institution of Engineering & Technology (CEng, MIET); Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (FRCSLT).



Our group develops biomedical devices and software products to address clinical needs. In addition to engineering we are engaged with funding, the protection of intellectual property, study design & ethics, regulatory affairs including clinical investigations & CE-marking, health economic evaluations, and licensing negotiations.

See: Google Scholar or the 'Research' page for more detail.


2018: National Assessor, Biomedical PhD programmes, Croatian Agency for Science in Higher Education.

2016: National Assessor, Biomedical PhD programmes, Croatian Agency for Science in Higher Education.

2016: External assessor, Programme Approval, BSc (Hons) in Medical Technology, Faculty of Medical Science, Anglia Ruskin University.

2012 to date: Modernising Scientific Careers Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Programme: Gastrointestinal Physiology and Urodynamic Science (national curriculum lead).

2012 to date: Modernising Scientific Careers, urodynamic science. Objective Structured Final Assessment (OSFA) author; OSFA assessor.

2009 to date: Modernising Scientific Careers Scientist Training (STP) Programme. MSc in Clinical Science: Gastrointestinal and Urological Sciences (curriculum co-author).




Paediatric nephrology: NIDUS (Newcastle Infant Dialysis & Ultrafiltration System), is an instrument for haemodialysis in extremely small (< 2kg) babies.

Urology: The PeePod is a home diagnostic tool for lower urinary tract symptoms, and may be the first example of disposable single-use medical instrumentation to reach the market. The PeePod is licensed to MMS-Laborie as Flowtaker. The PeePod won the National Continence Care Awards, House of Commons, London, May 2014.

Urology: The Mediplus CT3000 Cuff Test for non-invasive diagnosis of bladder outlet obstruction was developed, assessed and CE-marked in our group. Inventor and patent-holder for a 2nd generation instrument now in license negotiations.

Vascular medicine: A low-cost spectrophotometer for limb amputation assessment.


2015: Cell culture. Fiona Oakley, Lee Borthwick, Clive Griffiths, Michael Drinnan.

2013: Apparatus for performing haemodialysis. Coulthard M, Whitaker M, Griffiths C, Drinnan M.

2011: Urine flow measuring apparatus. Drinnan MJ, Griffiths CJ, Whitaker M, Bray A.

2010: Method and apparatus for measuring bladder pressure. Drinnan MJ, Griffiths CJ, Clarkson B.

2007: Apparatus for measuring parameters of fluid flow. Drinnan MJ, Griffiths CJ, Caffarel J, Whitaker M.


2016: PRIMUS: Simple diagnostics to improve management of men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in primary care. NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. (co-applicant).

2016: NAIROS: Nasal AIRway Obstruction Study. NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. (co-applicant).

2015: Redistributed manufacturing for home-use medical devices. Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN). (PI).

2015: Development and validation of a medium throughput flow based culture system for drug development. University Development Fund.  (co-applicant).

2015: The NIDUS study: evaluation of efficacy, outcomes and safety of a new infant haemodialysis and ultrafiltration machine in clinical use. NIHR EME stream. (co-worker).

2014: Development and validation of a medium throughput flow based culture system for drug development. MRC Confidence in Concept Fund. (co-applicant).



2014: Postgraduate research tutor, and 2016: Deputy Postgraduate research tutor for the Institute of Cellular Medicine.


2013 to date: Modernising Scientific Careers STP programme. Masters’ research programme leader

2011 to date: MSc Physiological Sciences (GI physiology & urodynamics). Theme leader.

2011 to 2015: MSc Medical Physics. Clinical Engineering module leader.

2005 onwards: MSc Dysphagia & Dysphonia Research. Degree Programme Director.

2002 onwards: MSc Dysphagia & Dysphonia Research. Research Design module leader.

February to April 2001: Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna, Sweden. Invited lecturer.

1997 onwards: Clinical measurement for BMedSci/MRes Molecular Biosciences. Module leader.

September 1997: Electronics, Open University Summer School, UMIST, Manchester. Lecturer.


4 PhD and 12 MSc students graduated since 2007. 1 PhD student currently in-post. 11 PhDs examined in Newcastle and elsewhere.