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Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering

University of Oxford Medical Engineering Centre Funded under the Wellcome Trust/ EPSRC Medical Engineering Initiative

The Centre of Excellence based at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering was funded from 2009-2015. It was instrumental in enabling us to tackle some clinically relevant problems which it would not have been possible to investigate at the scale achieved or with such an inter-disciplinary approach through individual responsive mode grants with shorter-term and narrower objectives; for example: we have brought together obstetricians and paediatricians in a unique collaboration to help us deliver “womb-to-cot” personalised monitoring; we have been able to re-think the fundamentals of vital sign data acquisition, using webcams; and inter-connected strands of engineering research have been progressed based on using ultrasound both for imaging and for treatment, each of which has a high degree of difficulty and risk.

The success of the Centre of Excellence has been instrumental in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering winning a 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.

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