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 & Knowledge Exchange:

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 5 Ph.D. theses where the CARTIS collaboration has played a crucial role.  CARTIS is currently involved with a further 4 Ph.D. projects in the areas of:


  • optimisisation of patient specific implant design and production,
  • user-centred design method development for bespoke medical devices,
  • automated finishing of dental frameworks,
  • design of sensors for lymphoedema garments.

Together with a leading industry partner, Morriston's Maxillofacial Unit and PDR are also contributing to further PhD research evaluating the impact of metal additive manufacture to surgery.

Advanced Digital Technologies in Head and Neck Reconstruction

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, contributed presentations and workshops in 2011, 2014 and 2017.  They also established the UK Regional ADT Group and have organised two conferences.  The now biennial international conference will be hosted in Tokyo, June 2019.