PDR Welcomes Latest Member of the Team

PDR's Surgical & Prosthetic Design group recently welcomed Teksin to their team. Her research, 'Embedded Sensors for Next Generation Compression Garments', will develop research in the field of lymphoedema care. With a background in industrial and user interface design, and 8 years of industry experience, she brings exciting new capabilities.


Job Opportunities at PDR

The Surgical & Prosthetic Design (SPD) team, holders of a Queen's Anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education, are pleased to offer two opportunities to join them as a Biomedical Research & Development Engineer or Research Officer as part of an industry-supported collaborative project exploring design opportunities for application in patient specific implantable device fabrication using additive manufacture, 3d printing and machining. 

Further details on the two positions and how to apply can be found at


Advanced Digital Tech. UK Conference

Dr Dominic Eggbeer and Peter Evans, on behalf of the ADT Foundation (UK Group) invite you to attend the 2017 conference in Cardiff on 17th-18th February.

Learn how advanced digital technologies can be effectively implemented to improve healthcare outcomes.

Hear from industry experts, engage with your peers in workshops, and discover the latest research at the only specialist head and neck conference for people interested in applying technologies.

The conference offers participants a hands-on approach; it is a unique chance to test the latest technologies for yourself.

Secure your place and find out more at


Pioneering Research Project Wins Prestigious Award


CARTIS is proud to announce that a project involving our team won The Engineer’s hotly contested ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ Award in the Health & Wellbeing category. This was awarded for the ADEPT - Additive manufacture for Design-led Efficient Patient Treatment – project which is a collaboration with Renishaw PLC , Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (Maxillofacial Unit) and LPW Technology Ltd.

​ADEPT is a three-year project funded by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The project focuses on advancing design and 3D printing in cranio-maxillofacial surgery in order to produce bespoke implants and its aim is to create new software to produce commercially viable implants using a method that is significantly more efficient than other existing technology. The prototype ADEPT software automates a large amount of implant design, which makes it easier to order patient-specific implants. 

The Collaborate to Innovate (C2i) awards recognise all aspects of engineering - from the biggest and boldest infrastructure projects to the most fundamental technology breakthroughs. Effective collaboration is the lifeblood of engineering innovation, and C2i was looking to uncover and celebrate some of the UK's most inspiring, innovative and effective collaborative technology projects. Judged by a panel of leading UK engineers winning entries had to demonstrate that they were innovative, collaborative and likely to have an impact in their field of application.


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.

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