At the recent AAGBI Annual Congress in Harrogate, a Cardiff University Translational Innovation study took first prize in the research competition. The academic department of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine has developed a highly realistic epidural simulator (cannot really tell you much detail as there is IP involved). Anyway, the model has been recently trialled in a large study, across five UK Centres. The results are excellent: it really is realistic!
The study was presented by our Research Associate in Innovation Dr Tony Short. Tony gave a highly polished and professional presentation very much to the credit of the research group. Also in the audience was Research Assistant Mr Jeff Clark who has carried out a great deal of the data collection and analysis. Jeff and Tony were supported by Deputy Head of Department Dr Brian Jenkins and myself.
Our academic department is well know for its expertise in developing medical innovation and we hope to offer this as an education tool for departments as early as 2015. No new device can possibly hope to come to market without the support of industry and we have been very lucky in having an excellent Welsh company as our research, development and manufacturing partner: MBI Wales.
Anyway, well done Tony, Jeff and all the team: Naomi Goodwin, Rachel Collis, Mark Waters, Brian Jenkins and Eryl Cox.
Professor Judith Hall