In countries where people have to travel long distances to receive medical care, where resources are stretched and where the most efficient solutions are sought, advanced design and fabrication technologies have an important role to play. However, numerous barriers reduce wider uptake of the latest accuracy and efficiency improving methods. 

Dr Dominic Eggbeer has teamed up with Prof. Yadroitsau and colleagues from the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Free State, South Africa on a mission to develop research projects that provide equitable access to state-of-the-art healthcare.

Through a four-day workshop with around forty participants, we will explore how 3d design and digital technologies can be used to improve access to state-of-the-art healthcare services in South Africa. Focus is on patient specific devices such as surgical implants, assistive technology, prosthetics and orthotics. We will:​

  • Provide cross-disciplinary networking and development opportunities for early career researchers in the field of patient specific devices.
  • Define research questions that aim to improve outcomes for those requiring patient specific medical devices.
  • Stimulate the development of research projects between participants in the UK and SA.
  • Share best practice in the production of patient specific devices between researchers and clinicians in the UK and SA.

Dominic will be joined by thirteen early career researchers from the UK, a further sixteen from South Africa and industry representatives. This group will be complemented by four mentors, two from the UK and two from South Africa, who will provide career guidance and inspiration.

The workshop will be held from the 3rd-9th Dec. 2018. 

It is supported by the Newton Fund Researcher Links grant, ID 2017-RLWK8-10536, under the UK-South Africa Newton Fund.

The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit

The National Research Foundation in S Africa have also supported this workshop.

Visit the project website here to keep up to date.

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