“Auxetic Technology in Improving Healthcare”

The Smart Materials Sector of Materials KTN ran a one day workshop as a part of the 4th International Conference and 9th International Workshop on Auxetics and related Materials held in Bolton between 4th and 6th September 2012. The workshop was held at De Vere Whites in Bolton on Tuesday 4th September and drew a varied audience from the UK and overseas.

The workshop was an opportunity to hear more about current projects looking at a number of aspects of auxetic technology to improve patient care including invasive products such as medical implants and external aids to mobility and to take part in a discussion to identify new areas of research.

The workshop was opened by Professor Joseph Grima who discussed stents and the fact that auxetic materials can offer improved inflation of the artery. Unfortunately a copy of Joseph’s presentation is not available but a brief summary can be found in the report on the event.

Julian Wright from the University of Exeter introduced the work being undertaken on auxetic yarns and how this might impact in healthcare. Unfortunately a copy of Julian’s presentation is not available but a brief summary can be found in the report on the event.

Professor Fabrizio Scarpa from the University of Bristol talked about auxetic foam to improve the performance of joint supports and ultimately patient comfort. A PDF version of his presentation is available to members.

Professor Tony Anson from the University of Brunel talked on the use of auxetics to improve the performance of stents. A PDF version of his presentation is available to members.

Professor Kim Alderson from the University of Bolton introduced us to the use of auxetics in treating thinning spinal discs. A PDF version of her presentation is available to members.

Professor Andrew Alderson of Bolton University offered auxetics as solution to wear in implants as well as improved fit. A PDF version of his presentation is available to members.

Dr James Corden of TrusTECH discussed the options for getting innovative products into the NHS. A PDF version of his presentation is available to members.

Dr Mark Harrison of the National Institute for Health Research offered funding options for developing innovative products. Unfortunately a copy of Mark’s presentation is not available but a brief summary can be found in the report on the event. Further details can be found on the NIHR website.

A report on the event including the details of the open discussion and the next steps is available as a PDF for members.

For further information on auxetics in the UK please contact Steve Morris.