CARTIS Research 

CARTIS objectives are:

  • To become the pre-eminent UK centre for the research, development and application of advanced technologies in surgery.
  • To develop long-term international collaborations.
  •  To provide specialised teaching and training in advanced technologies in surgery.
  • To assist in the transference of new techniques and approaches into clinical practice.


Specifically, the centre:

  •  Undertakes and publishes high quality research.
  • Develops and refines new techniques and approaches that can be reliably transferred into a clinical environment.
  • Develops and provides named patient custom design and manufacturing capabilities for models, prostheses, implants, surgical guides, instruments and appliances.
  • Provides high quality courses and workshops for clinicians and associated professionals.
  • Provides a basis for the further development of collaboration with other groups in related fields.


Research Outputs:

CARTIS research has consistently produced quality publications in a range of high impact journals, at conferences worldwide and in other reference material.  Research outputs demonstrate high impact through: transference of new techniques into clinical application that improve patient care and healthcare economics, relevance to industry and implications to wider medical specialties.  A list of publications can be found here


CARTIS is also heavily involved with other research, academic and knowledge exchange activities.  This includes post-doctoral research, technical and medical advisory boards, organising international conferences, external examining, running training courses and seminars and reviewing publications.  


PDR have produced 2 Ph.D. theses where the CARTIS collaboration has played a crucial role.  CARTIS is currently involved with a further 6 Ph.D. projects in the areas of:


  • extra-oral prosthesis retention mechanisms,
  • optimisisation of patient specific implant design and production,
  • user-centred design method development for bespoke medical devices,
  • digital design in orthodontics,
  • automated finishing of dental frameworks,
  • optimising surgical guide design and fabrication.


The triennial Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction (ADT) conference is organised by an international committee that includes CARTIS members.  CARTIS hosted the conference in Cardiff, 2008.