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Emeritus Professor Dan L Bader BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc

Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health

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Emeritus Professor Dan Bader is a physicist by training (BSc, MSc) with a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Southampton. His postdoc position at Oxford University focused on engineering aspects of pressure ulcer (PU) prevention. He later moved to Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) as a lecturer in Biomaterials leading Soft Tissue Research in the EPSRC Funded IRC in Biomedical Materials (1991-2002).

Pressure ulcers which has long been considered a Cinderella subject, is now regarded as a condition reflecting Quality of Care and Patient Safety. The adoption of bioengineering strategies can detect early tissue damage and minimise the suffering associated with pressure ulcers.

In 1999, he became first Professor of Medical Engineering, establishing a world-renowned research group at QMUL. In 2011, he joined Health Sciences at University of Southampton as Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health, to establish a multidisciplinary team focusing on Skin Health.  Since 2000, he has been a Part-Time Professor in Soft Tissue Remodelling in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University collaborating with Oomens on skin damage and PU research. In 2006, he was elected to the World Council of Biomechanics.

In 2011, he became Editor of the Journal of Tissue Viability and was presented the Senior Investigators Award by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), an organisation he serves as a Trustee. His research areas include (i) Bioengineering solutions in PU prevention; (ii) Imaging of soft tissues; (iii) Designing medical devices and systems for clinical use; (iv) Cell/tissue biomechanics. Bader has published over 210 scientific papers, has a current H factor of 47, and edited three books

Membership of Advisory Groups/Government Bodies

2016-     Associate Editor - Clinical Biomechanics
2015-     Member of International Review Committee to assess Scientific Research Institutes on behalf of Ministry of Education, Greece
2013-     Reviewer of Research Activity in School of Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2011-     Editor-in-Chief - Journal of Tissue Viability
2010-16  Elected as Trustee of European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP)
2010-12 Reviewer of Research Activity in School of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
2006-     Elected on to the World Council of Biomechanics
2003-     Member of International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering Working Group on Cellular Engineering
1999-     Member of EPSRC Peer Review Panel for Life Sciences
              - Panel Member for Grant Assessment (2003- 
              - Chairman of EPSRC Panel for Healthcare Engineering (2006-
2004 -    International Advisory Board - Physiotherapy Journal
1999 -    Editorial Board Member - Biomedical Materials and Engineering

Research interests

  • Biomechanics of soft tissues at different hierarchical levels
  • Bioengineering aspects of pressure ulcer identification and prevention:
    • Identifying mechanisms associated with the pathogenesis of pressure ulcers
    • Establishing screening methods to identify subjects at risk of tissue breakdown
    • Evaluating novel designs of support surfaces and pressure-relieving strategies
    • Minimising medical-device-related injury in vulnerable soft tissues
    • Design of medical devices in conjunction with vulnerable skin
  • Mechano-transduction signalling pathways
  • Disease processes and tissue engineered repair strategies
  • Incorporating biomechanical conditioning into tissue engineered repair strategies
  • Imaging technologies to predict changes in soft tissue integrity

Research group

Skin Health

Research theme(s)

Fundamental Care

Active Living

Organizer of Meetings

2014 2nd Focus Meeting of European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel “Skin Health and the Microclimate”, Southampton
2010 8th International Conference on Cell and Stem Cell Engineering, Dublin, Ireland
2002 “Innovations in Pressure Ulcer Biomechanics and Pathophysiology” at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK,

Academic Affiliations

2011- Visiting Professor, School of Engineering and Materials Science, QMUL
2010- International Collaborative Partner (ICP) Of Global Research Network, University of Tunkul Abdul Rahman, Malaysia
2008- Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2000- Part Time Professor in Soft Tissue Remodelling, Eindhoven University, the Netherlands
1999-10 Professor of Medical Engineering, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Industrial Affiliations

2014- International Scientific Advisory Board of Permobil, Sweden (ex ROHO Group, USA)
2014- International Scientific Advisory Board of Molnlycke, Sweden

Presentations and Awards

2017       Distinguished Lecturer in Summer Hokkaido Institute “Biomechanics” Course, Hokkaido University, Japan     

2015       Awarded the Best Oral Presentation at the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Meeting, Gent, Belgium “Features of dermal lymphatic dysfunction in uniaxially compressed tissues”                

2011       Awarded the 2nd Annual Experienced Investigator Award by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Porto, Portugal

2006       Awarded a Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry as part of their Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Priority Areas “Biomechanics at Micro- and Nano-Scale Levels”.

2002       Awarded the Medical Engineering Division of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers Presentation Prize for “Compression-induced damage in a muscle cell model”                                                                                      

1998       Awarded a British Council/Monbusho Visiting Professorship. The visit was based in the Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering, Tohuku University, Japan

1996       A UK representative on the Joint UK/Japan Workshop on Cellular Engineering, Japan in March                     


 Recent Invited/Keynote Lectures  

“Smart Materials” and “Seating Biomechanics” In:  20th European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Meeting, Belfast, September, 2017      

 “Bioengineering strategies to minimise damage to vulnerable soft tissues” and “Biomechanical Conditioning of Tissue Engineered Constructs” In: Seminar University of Hokkaido, Japan, July 2017                                                                                                       

“Maintaining tissue integrity at the loaded stump-socket interface” In: World ISPO Cape Town, South Africa, May 2017                                                                                                      

 “Scientific Aspects of the Microclimate” In: 6th Dutch Congress on Pressure Ulcers, Venlo, The Netherlands, Nov. 2016                                                                                                           

“The Problem with Shear –the Science” and “The Problem with Microclimate – the Science” In: NPUAP Symposium “The Perfect Storm”, Las Vegas, US, Nov. 2016              

 “Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin” In:  19th European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Meeting, as part of World Union World Healing Societies, Florence, Italy,  September, 2016                                                                                                                                                   

“Maintenance of Skin Health in Loaded Conditions” In IcoBT2016 3rd International Meeting of Bio-tribology, London, Sept. 2016.                                                                                     

 “Skin Maturation and Growth” In 3rd EPUAP Focused Science Meeting, Berlin, April, 2016


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University of Southampton

Module Co-Ordinator of “Qualitative and Qualitative Approaches in Research” - HPRS2014

Lecturing “Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging” - HPRS 2015

Eindhoven University of Technology

Module Co-Ordinator Tissue Engineering 8W130 Department of Biomedical Engineering

External Examining

Doctoral Training Centre in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York (2009-

Undergraduate Programmes in Engineering and Interdisciplinary Subjects, University of Sheffield (2010-

Undergraduate Programme, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tunku Abdul Rahman, University, Malaysia (2009-

Emeritus Professor Dan L Bader
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