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Global Research

Health and Care Technologies

Turning cutting-edge research into impactful and practical solutions to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives, the NHS and health and care globally.

Dr Lisa MacIntyre with compression garment

Accelerating innovation

The objective of establishing a global research institute in Health and Care Technologies is to accelerate the development of research for the rapid adoption of new technologies. 
 
Working in a spirit of co-creation with industry, stakeholders, fellow academics and charities we are addressing some of the most significant global health challenges to deliver innovative, sustainable, and user-inspired solutions. 
 
We are taking research from bench to bedside in the form of spin-out companies, helping to influence national policy decisions, supporting the development of the next generation workforce, and aiming to be an exemplar of a collegiate, collaborative and supportive academic community. 
 

Clinical simulation lab

How do we do this?

We are developing research at our campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia, in partnership with the health and care industry worldwide. 
 
We make best use of our world-class facilities to develop new diagnostics tools and treatments, by applying our expertise in research and engineering to work collaboratively with colleagues in our existing global research institutes.

Health and Care Technologies focuses on five key global health challenges: engineering the fight against cancer; developing technologies for healthy ageing; digitising chronic disease management; innovating for one global health; developing technologies to diagnose and manage mental health and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Fast, reliable diagnostic testing

Professor Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerh​oas, co-academic lead of the global research institute in Health and Care Technologies and microfluidic engineering expert, explains her lab's research into fast, reliable diagnostic testing and finding sustainable solutions for single-use tests.

Microsystems in Medicine

Dr Helen Bridle explains how, currently revolutionary, microsystems can be part of the every day in medicine.

Redesigning the pressure garment

Dr Lisa Macintyre explains how she developed a Pressure Garment Design Tool now used by companies all over the world.

Transcript
Dr Lisa Macintyre: The treatment of medical conditions like hypertrophic burn scars, lymphoedema or the prevention of deep vein thrombosis, requires the use of medical pressure or compression garments to be worn by patients. But their effective use is a difficult bridge to cross as these compression garments must exert enough pressure to be clinically effective but also comfortable to wear, and the required pressure is different for different medical conditions, and their requirements.
Sometimes these garments can be worn from a few weeks to years depending upon the condition. So, what can be done to balance clinical pressure with patient comfort? Our research at Heriot-Watt has enabled us to publish the first method for calculating pressure garment dimensions, using equations derived from fabric tension profiles as well as the patient's dimensions, to exert known pressures - to burn scars or the same theory applies for other conditions. From this, we developed a Pressure Garment Design Tool, which is now used by companies all over the world to make garments, meaning that more people can receive the long-term care they need.

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