UCL Engineering secures space in the Royal Free Hospital Campus

9 November 2016

UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering announces details of its first Hospital Satellite at the Royal Free Campus in Hampstead, designed to enable world-class engineers to work alongside renowned medical specialists to deliver impact.

Royal Free Hospital CampusThe UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering will be opening  its first Satellite Space at the UCL Medical School’s Royal Free Campus in Hampstead. The Engineering Hub @ Royal Free will include 145sqm of space and will seat up to 40 engineers.

Establishing dedicated workspaces at UCL-affiliated hospitals is central to the strategy of the Institute. By providing the right infrastructure for Engineers and Clinicians to collaborate closely the Institute can create a catalyst to nurture the research and development process, getting breakthroughs to patients faster.

The Royal Free Campus is linked to two IHE Flagship Programmes which aim to bring developments to the clinic in Vascular Engineering and Liver and Pancreatic Disease through pioneering work in image-guided therapies, novel devices and smart biomaterials. The Royal Free Hospital performed the first UK liver transplant between live adult donor and patient and remains one of only seven UK hospitals to perform liver transplants. In addition the vascular surgery service at the Royal Free is a specialist unit providing diagnosis and treatment for the full range of arterial, venous and lymphatic diseases with a strong reputation for provision of excellent care.

Professor Anthony Schapira, Director of UCL Royal Free Campus, comments:

“We are delighted to welcome the move of biomedical engineers to the Royal Free Campus. We see this as an excellent opportunity to build on the existing collaborations in vascular, hepatic, pancreatic and other research areas where tissue engineering and biomaterials will play a major role in the future treatment of patients. The Campus is a major clinical research centre for UCL and works closely with the Royal Free London Hospital in researching, developing and applying new treatments for the benefit of patients.

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering, comments:

“The Royal Free Campus is one of the UCL Medical Schools’ main teaching and research sites. The fact that we are now able to integrate our engineering staff on site in order to drive forward new research breakthroughs is very exciting. UCL is already the leader in terms of High Citation Papers in Biomedical and Health Research and the move is a key element in the strategic development of the Institute for Healthcare Engineering”

The Engineering Hub @ Royal Free is due to open in 2017. For more information please contact the IHE directly.

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