ReCor – Renal denervation hypertension treatment

1.What is it? Ultrasound waves delivering heat to reduce overactive renal sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. The radiation is released from a small catheter based device which is removed following a minimally invasive endovascular treatment procedure.  2. Why is it important? Hypertension is the single biggest risk factor for coronary heart disease, vascular disease and…

WiSE – Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy

A wireless pacemaker that can be fitted inside the left ventricle and mimic physiological cardiac tissue stimulation for cardiac resynchronisation therapy, CRT. 1.What is it? The main component is a receiver electrode the size of a grain of rice which is the first endocardial pacemaker.¹ This ensures the electrical stimulation is closer to our natural…

CRISPR/Cas9- Genome editing

CRISPR technology is reshaping genetics as we know it, moving us onto a new level of personalised medicine.  1.What is it? CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats CRISPR/ Cas9 is a DNA phage- enzyme complex which can remove and insert genetic material with high specificity and sensitivity, as a complex exclusive to the…

iKnife makes the cut

Where the knife directs the surgeon. 1. What is it? An intelligent knife also known as the “sniffing scalpel.” This device is an electrosurgical knife attached to a mass spectrometer which detects the boundary between healthy and cancerous tissue in surgery in real-time.

Fabrican – Spray your own band aid

Fabrican is innovating the way a spray can applies plasters and bandages to support injuries in healthcare to a more personalised approach. 1. What is it? A non-woven fabric which can be sprayed straight onto skin. The material is a mixture of synthetic and natural fibres including linen, wool and silk. 

This may STING a little – needle innovation

How the wood wasp is changing the needle game by… laying eggs! 1. What is it? STING- Soft Tissue Intervention and Neurosurgical Guide The STING project is currently developing a state of the art flexible needle engineered to allow fine control  and create alternative routes around specific areas in precision surgery. Inspired by the wood…

TruDiagnosis for World Tuberculosis day 2018

Tuberculosis still remains in the top 10 causes of death, worldwide. Problem: TB is a bacterial infection which requires antibiotic treatment Cultures to identify the bacterium can take a long time- days Pushing us to treat with broad spectrum antibiotics Increasing risk of further antibiotic resistance Solution: TruDiagnosis

aerSleep- breathe easy, dream easy

A device the size of a £2 coin could help millions of people all over the world suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea dream better! Find out how this tiny contraption can help improve airflow while you sleep… 1.What is it? A small disc which records data on air supply embedded in a vacuum collar which…

Introducing Patient X

Welcome to the unfortunate events of patient X, a virtual patient with whom we will be exploring a range of medical events and technology in order to create a more organised space to see how far research is increasing the patient experience. First, we will be starting off with some respiratory events as the airways…