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Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network

MDVSN Team biographies

Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health
Professor Dan Bader

MDVSN Principal Investigator: Professor Dan Bader

Dan read Physics at Liverpool, followed by a MSc in Medical Physics and 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 to lead the Soft Tissue Research in the EPSRC Funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (GR/L39919/01:1991-2002). In 1999, he was appointed the first Professor of Medical Engineering at QMUL, where he established a world-regarded research group. In 2011, he was appointed Prof. of Bioengineering and Tissue Health, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UoS, to establish a new interdisciplinary team focusing on Skin Health.

Since 2000, he has been a Part-Time Prof. in Soft Tissue Remodelling in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven In 2006, he was elected on to the World Council of Biomechanics. In 2011, he became Editor of the Journal of Tissue Viability and was presented with the Senior Investigators Award by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), an organisation for which he is a Trustee.

Professor Patricia Grocott
Professor Patricia Grocott

MDVSN Co-Investigator: Dr Patricia Grocott

Patricia trained as a Registered General Nurse at St George’s Hospital London, and then worked in various NHS posts before joining the palliative care team at the Princess Alice Hospice in Surrey in 1985. She undertook an extramural Diploma in Nursing Studies from Birkbeck College and subsequently her undergraduate and PhD at King’s College London (KCL).

In 2000, Grocott was appointed as PDRA and was promoted to Research Fellow in 2001, Senior Research Fellow in 2004. She is currently a Reader in Palliative Wound Care. Grocott is the KCL Co-Applicant of the NIHR HTC in WP&T.

Dr Patricia Grocott and the KCL team (Professor Glen Roberts, Dr Tanya Graham) is focused on patient involvement in medical device and systems development in relation to wound care. Their rigorous formative research is focused on user experiences of the technologies and devices, in order to prevent future skin damage and to promote palliation, symptom control and wound healing. This includes facilitating the co-design of wound care technologies, devices and systems with the users, adopting technologies, devices and systems into clinical care pathways, and evaluating new methods and measurement tools. The clinical data system and the collaborative working have been replicated in further projects to find solutions to other clinical problems.

Dr Peter Worsley
Dr Peter Worsley

Lecturer  Dr Peter Worsley

Peter is a Senior Research Fellow within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. He qualified as a Physiotherapist and subsequently completed his PhD with the BioEngineering Research Group under the supervision of Professors Maria Stokes, David Barrett and Mark Taylor, where he researched the biomechanical effects of knee replacements.

After completing a post-doctoral study establishing the efficacy of a physiotherapy intervention on shoulder function he moved research interests to align with the Continence and Skin Health research group based at Clinical Academic Facility (CAF) within Southampton General Hospital.

Over the last 2 years he has been working in the area of Skin Health which is led by Professor Dan Bader. He is now combining his research experience in the clinical and bioengineering setting to initiate and implement research which has clear translation to the clinical practice. Peter’s research interests vary across the spectrum of skin health to include patient sub-populations from neonates to lower limb amputees.

Peter plays an active role in supporting clinicians in research through the supervision of MRes/PhD students and his role co-leading the South Central hub of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR).

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