Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Head of the ISSS, was recently awarded an EPSRC-funded research grant of total value of £919,694 under the EPSRC Healthcare Technology challenge for Engineering. The project, called USIN, "Ultrasound in a needle: minimally invasive high resolution imaging for neurosurgery", aims to design, manufacture, assemble and test an ultrasound imaging system for detection of tumours in the brain. The 18-month project is due to start in July 2013.

Prof. Desmulliez, CI of the project, in collaboration with Prof. Sandy Cochran (PI) from Dundee University and Prof. Tim button (CI) from the University of Birmingham, previously developed under the IsPUD project funded by the Innovative manufacturing Centre (IMRC) the manufacturing, assembly and packaging technologies necessary to miniaturise this transducer.

The companies Applied Functional Material Ltd and Merlin Circuit Technology Ltd are involved in the project.