Ffion O’Malley (PhD Student) and Sean Peel (Design +Research Engineer / PhD Student) from PDR’s Surgical & Prosthetic Design team have been appointed as honorary staff members of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board to facilitate better research and design project outcomes. (Pictured here with Peter Evans - Reconstructive Scientist and Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager at Morriston Hospital).
Their appointment is central to the work of the CARTIS. CARTIS was jointly established in 2006 by Morriston Hospital’s Maxillofacial Unit and PDR after years of successful collaboration. It combines the medical and technical expertise of both partners to efficiently transfer the latest technologies (such as 3D scanning, computer-aided design, computer-aided planning, and 3D printing) to complex surgical and prosthetic challenges.
Sean's Ph.D. research and design work focusses on improving the delivery of patient specific implants, used to reconstruct bony defects following trauma or disease. Ffion's Ph.D. research focusses on surgical guides, which are temporary devices used during surgery to reposition anatomy according to a computer-aided plan.
Their unique access significantly enhances the device design process by providing vital opportunities to gather the required insights for producing the most appropriate implants and guides. They are able to work with a diverse range of medical specialists and obtain information that will assist in their research as well as identify new avenues that CARTIS can explore to improve the wellbeing of patients.