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Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network


Following the success of the EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnership Award: Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network: Optimising safety in design, the Network has been awarded an additional 'PLUS' Award. Medical Devices and Vulnerable SkinPLUS - Intelligent sensing to promote self-management ' funding was awarded July 2016. The new funding will overlap with the current MDVSN in 2016-2017 and provide the basis to expand our outreach to academic, industrial and clinical partners.

The global aim of the MDVSNPLUS: Intelligent sensing to promote self-management is to bring disruptive technologies to the medical device market to promote sustainable evolution and long-term healthcare improvements. MDVSNPLUS will work with these partners to produce cost-effective functional medical-device and sensing technologies and novel materials and designs that can minimise the risk of damage to vulnerable tissues to improve patient safety.

MDVSNPLUS is funding a series of feasibility studies aligned with our core aims and target one or more of three EPSRC Grand Challenges:

EPSRC grand challenges
EPSRC grand challenges

Each potential proposal will be reviewed by an independent innovation panel and assessed based on the clinical need and feasibility to translate the research findings to clinical practice.

It benefits from two expert Co-Investigators:


MDVSNPLUS will continue to draw expertise and collaboration from our Health Technology partners; Devices for Dignity and WoundTech. In addition, a new named industrial partner (Peacocks Medical Group) will provide a basis to explore our research activities into the orthotics healthcare market.



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