Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Theme is focusing on reaching into the breadth and depth of medical device and diagnostics research at Imperial College and Imperial College NHS Trust to translate these to influence all stages of patient health, traversing early diagnosis, clinical intervention, follow-up monitoring and rehabilitation.

Why is this Research Needed

Technology gives the opportunity for significant healthcare benefits, yet frequently these benefits are lost due to regulatory and adoption barriers in our health service. Over the past decade Imperial has developed critical mass and expertise in technology, regulatory approvals, and translational and commercialisation of medical technologies through a project management “translational passport” process. This will be scaled up and expanded through to first-in-human trials and NHS adoption pathways in order to research methods for maximum patient benefit.

Theme Aims

We aim to provide a patient-centred technology gateway into clinical practice for North-West London, where technologies come into the theme through two routes: patient-led demand (technology-pull); and identification of available technologies to fulfil patient needs (technology-push). We will-

  1. conduct first in human clinical trials on our innovative technologies;
  2. identify and provide exemplars use of platform technologies and interventions;
  3. support rapid cycle of generating evidence on novel devices at early stages of development; and
  4. map clinical pathways and formulate strategies to overcome barriers to introducing disruptive and incremental-gain technologies into the clinical environment.
Upcoming /Ongoing Projects within the Theme

We have three levels of projects: priority, pilot and support. Our priority projects are:

  1. a precision-medicine approach for personalised atrial fibrillation with a novel catheter design that enables simultaneous ablation and visualisation;
  2. our novel nanofibrous haemostatic material technology to address the key issues of requiring blood to be soaked up to cause clotting to seal the wound as well as dressing removal re-tearing and destabilising the wound; and
  3. repurpose and apply our platform functional electrical stimulation technology for patient-optimised pre- and post-operative joint arthroplasty surgery habilitation, targeting the most common orthopaedic conditions in NW London: hip and knee replacements.
Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation

Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation is embedded at all levels of the Theme: at the Theme Management, in all priority projects (with named individuals), in all pilot projects (in the selection, planning and monitoring through the PPIE Theme Group), and in all supported projects through Theme updates. Theme-level recruitment is supported by our excellent lay members and our ‘home’ Theme Departments – Bioengineering and Surgery & Cancer – are sharing and embedding best practices for PPIE and EDI.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

A senior academic EDI lead and a senior professional services EDI lead will jointly work to ensure that the Theme is not only compliant with the overall BRC EDI strategy but is an example of excellence. Monitoring of data, processes and decision-making will take place as well as a consistent focus on culture with dedicated time given to reflection.

Theme Management Committee

The Biomedical Engineering Theme Management Committee include the following members:

  • Professor Anthony Bull
  • Professor George Hanna
  • Professor Gina Brown
  • Professor Rylie Green
  • Dr Bohwon Kim

Detailed objectives can be downloaded here

Key Individuals
  • Professor Anthony Bull
    Professor Anthony Bull
    Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics
  • Professor George Hanna
    Professor George Hanna
    Professor of Surgical Sciences
  • Dr Choon Hwai Yap
    Dr Choon Hwai Yap
    Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Guang Yang
    Dr Guang Yang
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering
  • Dr Lance Rane
    Dr Lance Rane
    Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Nick Linton
    Dr Nick Linton
    Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • Mr Daniel Leff
    Mr Daniel Leff
    Reader in Breast Surgery - Theme Committee Member
  • Prof Daniel Elson
    Prof Daniel Elson
    Reader in Surgical Imaging
  • Professor Alison McGregor
    Professor Alison McGregor
    Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics
  • Professor Christofer Toumazou
    Professor Christofer Toumazou
    Winston Wong Chair, Biomedical Circuits
  • Professor Dario Farina
    Professor Dario Farina
    Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering
  • Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena
    Professor Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena
    Co-Director of Hamlyn Centre, Professor of Medical Robotics
  • Professor Gina Brown
    Professor Gina Brown
    Professor of Gastrointestinal Cancer Imaging
  • Professor James Moore Jr
    Professor James Moore Jr
    The Bagrit & RAEng Chair in Medical Device Design
  • Professor Jonathan Jeffers
    Professor Jonathan Jeffers
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Justin Cobb
    Professor Justin Cobb
    Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor Mengxing Tang
    Professor Mengxing Tang
    Professor of Biomedical Imaging
  • Professor Molly Stevens
    Professor Molly Stevens
    Professor of Biomedical Materials & Regenerative Medicine
  • Professor Nagy Habib
    Professor Nagy Habib
    Professor of Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Professor Rylie Green
    Professor Rylie Green
    Head of the Department of Bioengineering
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