Healthcare Technologies

This rapidly growing area, which encompasses all aspects of medical device technology and the procedures, equipment, and processes by which medical care is delivered, spans the interests of all subject groups within the School.

In the Western world demands for improved healthcare and the demographic rise in elderly patients have resulted in an almost exponential increase in healthcare expenditure.  For this reason, much of the research in the School is linked to the activities of ARCHA (Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing) which has a remit to coordinate university-wide research efforts in this socially and economically important area.

Within mechanical engineering, for example, the Biomedical Engineering Research Group interacts strongly with clinicians in medical practice to develop innovative smart tools for surgery together with systems for bio-sensing, patient monitoring and well-being assessment. 

Themes encompassing medical diagnostics and sensing extend across the school from mechanical engineering, computing and mathematics, chemical engineering and chemistry to the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, exploiting their world-recognised expertise in fibre optic components and in fibre optic sensors.

An important aspect of this work involves biomaterials in ophthalmology, in which the strong clinical links between the Biomaterials Research Unit within the School of Engineering & Applied Science and vision scientists in the School of Life & Health Sciences typify the close collaborations that underpin work in health technologies across the Aston Campus.

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