Outstanding New Graduate from ABMU 

Morriston Hospital’s Kelly Morris has become the first reconstructive scientist in the UK to graduate from a specialist new course.

Kelly spent the past three years training at the hospital’s Maxillofacial Laboratory, combining her placement with her studies for the Reconstructive Science programme based at Manchester Metropolitan University and Kings College, London.

Former dental nurse Kelly said: “It has been a lot of hard work at times, I have had to travel and take part in online lecture but I always wanted to do this. It is so rewarding.”

Reconstructive science is concerned with the corrective treatment of patients with malformation, cancer or trauma – especially in the skull, jaw and face.  Reconstructive scientists and maxillofacial prosthetists work closely with patients to provide prosthetic facial and body prostheses improving self-esteem and social rehabilitation.

During her time at Morriston Kelly developed several novel and innovative techniques particularly in post-mastectomy reconstruction, which has built upon previous research and studies undertaken by CARTIS.

She also created the head phantom she nicknamed Mr Ed as part of her MSc project into studying ways of checking doses of radiotherapy needed for cancer patients.  PDR's Surgical & Prosthetic Design and Prototype & Manufacture teams helped Kelly create the physical model using a range of 3d printing and low volume production methods.

“The basic concept is that the head phantom would be used to verify radiotherapy treatment plans for patients with head and neck cancer. It is completely tissue equivalent to natural head tissues.

 “It is broken down into multiple sections so radiographic film can be wedged between sections and verify the radiation dose at the target volume,” she said.

An article she wrote about the project has now been accepted by the British Journal or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Maxillofacial services manager Peter Llewelyn Evans said: “We are very proud of what Kelly has achieved and extremely grateful that our Therapies and Health Science and Workforce Education and Development Service supported the post.

“It is a feather in the cap of ABMU that our student is the very first in the UK to graduate.”

Kelly, who is originally from Barmouth in Gwynedd, is now leaving South Wales to take up a post at Birmingham.

“I have loved my time here at Morriston, we have done some amazing things and developed new techniques. It was where I always wanted to train and I hope that one day there might be the opportunity for me to come back.”


Link to the ABM UHB story here.


Fully Funded Ph.D Position at PDR 

PDR have a Ph.D. position in the exciting area of wearable technology.  The application deadline is the 22nd July 2016, so if you would like to apply, there's still time.

This research sits within the field of wearable medical device design and is specifically concerned with the chronic condition, lymphoedema.   The Ph.D. will be led by the award winning Surgical & Prosthetic Design (SPD) team within PDR and undertaken with advisory input and support from Lymphoedema Network Wales and industry partners. 

The Ph.D. aims to develop new knowledge of lymphoedema compression garment performance, which can be used to inform the development of new designs that improve clinical efficacy. 

Lymphoedema hugely impacts on the life of sufferers.   Around 80% of patients are unable to continue their normal employment, 9% change their employment status, 3% to switch jobs and 8% to give up work entirely.  Compression garments are used to manage lymphoedema, but studies have shown a high level of patient dissatisfaction.  There is also no way for patients/clinicians to get real-time feedback on how garments are performing without hospital appointments.  We want to improve the situation.   

This research will: address the lack of easy to access clinical and usability data on garment performance; develop novel uses of low-cost sensors and computers coupled to a user interface capable of providing clinically relevant data; develop methods to share and use this data to improve product and service delivery.

Applicants must have a good first degree in disciplines such as design, or a similar related area.  It will also involve the application of low-cost sensors and computing, so knowledge of basic computer programming and interface design is highly desirable. Ideally, applicants will also have a relevant Masters degree in a design-related field. Some applied experience and good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Data collection will be carried out at within in NHS Wales, and it is important that the student has a driving licence.

Click here to apply.  


CARTIS Member Invited To Present At Cardiff Scientific Society


Sean Peel has been invited to present at the next meeting of the Cardiff Scientific Society on Wedensday 27th January 2016.  The Society has been in existence for over seventy five years, and aims to extend interest in the application of science to everyday life - through lectures and demonstrations of a popular nature.  

Sean's talk will provide an outline of digital technologies used by CARTIS to improve surgical outcomes - and assess the driving factors behind their use.  Then, he'll evaluate barriers to using these (often) beneficial approaches on a routine basis in the NHS.  Some promising routes to overcoming these barriers will be highlighted.  The event page is at the following link: .

The event will take place in the main Cardiff University building at 19.30.  It is a members-only event, however memberships can be purchased on-the-door for £10, or online using this link: .  


CARTIS Collaborations Lead To Three New Journal Papers


CARTIS is happy to announce the publication of three new journal papers - as a direct result of the longstanding research partnership between PDR at Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Maxillofacial Unit at Morriston Hospital.  The papers deal with:

- incorporating osseointegrated retention components into a fully digital prosthesis workflow;

- key design process factors acting as barriers to the routine use of CAD/AM patient-specific devices in the NHS;

- cleanliness, surface characteristics, & finishing of AM materials in medicine.

Through collaborative research and clinical application, the centre continues to pioneer the effective application of advanced design and manufacturing technologies in reconstructive surgery and prosthetic rehabilitation.  The latest publications add to a significant history of disseminating best practice to clinicians, engineers, and other academics.


CARTIS Partner - PDR - Receives Queen's Anniversary Prize

CARTIS partner, Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious academic award - the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

The prize is awarded every two years by the Queen in recognition of an academic or vocational institution, and falls within the UK’s national honours system. This honour was awarded to the University as a result of nearly 20 years of collaborative work carried out by the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team at PDR.  The Prize Medals will be awarded at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February.

Pioneering work by the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team has developed an intrinsic link between research, knowledge transfer and enterprise activities in the fields of maxillofacial surgery, prosthetics, dental technology and related specialties.  Collaboration with end users, NHS specialists, research councils, regional government, charities and other institutions has driven the application of new approaches, which continue to provide leading edge services to the NHS in the management of complex cases.  A portfolio of world-leading research outputs is complemented by the team’s involvement with the organisation of conferences, symposia and workshops, which seek to ensure newly-developed techniques are widely adopted as new best-practice. 

Long-standing relationships with NHS Wales, in particular the Maxillofacial Unit at Morriston Hospital, further recognise the applied and end-user-driven nature of the teams work. 

Cardiff Metropolitan University's President & Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman explained that, "PDR continues to garner international recognition for the level of expertise and research established here. The team's interdisciplinary research is consistently pioneering and is making a real difference to the lives of service users and fellow clinical leaders. It is a great honour to receive this award."

On hearing about the awarding of the Prize, Health and Social Services Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford said, “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Cardiff Metropolitan University for being awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. It truly is a fantastic achievement and clear recognition of the innovative work that has been undertaken.  Applying digital scanning technologies to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery has brought real benefits to patients and to surgical training programmes.”


The Queen's Anniversary Prize

Cardiff Metropolitan University