The Centre has developed collaborations with teams of researchers at several other UK universities, so that it is now at the centre of a network, sharing expertise, facilities and data. Professor Ball said: “We also have links with numerous institutions in China. The network in the UK works well because CEPE is a hub with ‘spokes’, consisting of individuals or groups at other universities in the UK. We realised that we now needed a hub in China.” Beijing Institute of Technology in Zhuhai (BITZH) – one of the institutions with which Professor Ball and his colleagues have forged links – offered to act as the hub for a new ‘CEPE China’, with ‘spokes’ to several Chinese universities, including Shanghai Jiao Tong, Xi’an Jiao Tong, Tsinghua, Chongqing, Nanjing, Tianjin and Zhejiang.
Together the UK and Chinese CEPE hub and spoke institutions form a large international network which will foster close research collaboration, staff and student exchanges and host a large annual conference, held alternately in the UK and China. Professor Ball, who is the University of Huddersfield’s pro vice-chancellor for Research and Enterprise, flew out to China for the inauguration of the hub at BITZH.
Neuroprosthetics. The general notion behind this technology is that a body part can be replaced by an implant that functions like natural body part. These implants take input from nervous system in order to respond to an outside stimulus. They can act as a replacement if someone loses his limb in an accident. As long as Steve Martin’s The Man With Two Brains notion that “your brain dies last” hold true, then you can one day have a body of replaced parts. Long story short, we might look like Robo-cop, only better.
The two-day launch event involved a series of keynote seminars on themes in diagnostic engineering, detailed discussions of how to organise and hence maximise the benefits of the new network, and laboratory tours and demonstrations.
During his welcome address in China, Professor Ball said: “It is all about collaboration and sharing. A fundamental principle is that all members of the CEPE International Network can access every member institution’s specialist research facilities, their data sets and their expertise.
“This is a hugely enabling opportunity and I believe that, because of the much closer collaborative working that the network will bring, it is entirely realistic for member institutions to expect to see a step change in the volume of research outputs and IP disclosures that they make.”
Telemedicine and Remote Care will revolutionize home health care. Some patients are sometimes unable to get to their doctor for a variety of reasons. Now, with more innovative technology, home healthcare services is possible, which saves patients both time and money. One such example is digital therapy. SimpleTherapy, allows physical therapy patients having trouble meeting up with a doctor, access to exercise therapy services that are user-specific and can be done with common household items. Products such as the iRobot’s RP-VITA also enables doctors to remotely monitor patients before, during, and after a procedure.