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Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network

MDVSN and MDVSNPLUS Annual Network Meeting - Thursday 25th May 2017

Published: 14 June 2017
MDVSN and MDVSNPLUS Annual Network
MDVSN and MDVSNPLUS Annual Network Meeting

Announcement of 2017 £25k call to develop and test improved medical devices that will minimise damage to vulnerable skin and promote self-management. Application deadline 25th July 2017

This year we combined our annual networking meeting (the fourth to date) to cover both the Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network (MDVSN 2014-2017) and Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin NetworkPLUS  (MDVSNPLUS  2016-2019) activities. The event offered stakeholders, with an interest in functional medical devices and sensing technologies, the opportunity to develop collaborative proposals to submit for further funding calls from MDVSNPLUS.

The morning incorporated a series of presentations describing research activities in Southampton and at partner organisations.

Subsequently, Dr Peter Worsley, MDVSNPLUS Co-I announced details of our next funding call which is focused on intelligent sensing to promote self-management in core themes areas to typically include diabetic foot ulcer, sensing and remote monitoring in the community, improved devices in critical care and skin assessment and sensing.

Partners are invited to apply for funding for projects up to a maximum budget of £25k to work in partnership with academics, industrial partners and clinicians to develop and test these improved medical devices.

The call is now open with an application deadline of 25th July 2017. 

Successful applicants will be notified by 30th August 2017.


Notes for editors

Following the success of the current EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnership Award: Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin: Optimising safety in design, 'PLUS' funding has been secured starting on the 1st of July 2016 and ending on the 30th June 2019. This funding will overlap with the current MDVS network 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.

The ‘PLUS’ Network will fund a series of feasibility studies aligned with our core aims and target one or more of three EPSRC Grand Challenges; (i) Optimising Treatment (ii) Frontiers of Physical Intervention (iii) Transforming Community Health and Care. 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.


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