The work of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) is being celebrated for its transformational impact on children with neurological conditions.
Product design innovations from enterprises supported by ATiC have been named on the UK’s 100 best breakthrough list for their significant impact on people’s everyday lives.
ATiC, part of UWTSD Swansea College of Art, has a demonstrable track-record in providing practice-based research and development to support medical companies and healthcare related charities.
The centre’s work is primarily human-centred and innovation-led which enables researchers to collaborate with businesses and international partners to develop creative interventions that improve health and wellbeing. It is designed to support research collaborations in the life-sciences across Wales and builds upon UWTSD’s record of delivery in developing R&I excellence in the field of health and social care.
Cerebra Innovation Centre (CIC) which is a collaborative project between Cerebra and UWTSD have helped a young boy with autism to fulfil one of his dreams.
Tommy Lee, 16, from Brighton, wanted to go horse riding with his class mates but his unique head shape prevented him from wearing a riding helmet.
Dr Ross Head, product design manager at CIC said: “We knew that the basic principle of a helmet is quite simple but the journey to get to a safe and useable one was complex. We used a 3D digital scanner to scan in Tommy’s head shape. Then we used this data in our computer aided design software to draw the head shape. The helmet was styled around this shape, and then the cavity was removed leaving the exact shape for Tommy head.
“This shape was manufactured from expanded polystyrene. The mould for the exterior skin of the helmet was made using a 3D printer which was used to make a Kevlar outer skin.
“CIC approached BSI (British Standards Institution) to test the helmet to ensure it meets the same standard that a regular helmet would be subjected to. BSI kindly agreed to fund the entire cost of the testing by way of support to get Tommy horse riding and tested the helmet against the BSI Kitemark™ scheme.”
Maureen Sumner Smith, managing director UK & Ireland, BSI said: “We’re delighted to have been able to support this really worthwhile cause through our testing services. It’s been very rewarding to work alongside CIC to help develop this bespoke riding helmet.”
The power of universities
The list of breakthroughs demonstrates how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives, including the discovery of penicillin, work tackling plastic pollution, ultrasound scans to check the health of unborn babies and the establishment of the Living Wage.
The list was compiled by Universities UK, the umbrella group for UK universities, as part of the MadeAtUni campaign to change public perceptions of universities and bring to life the difference they make to people, lives and communities across the UK.
ATiC, through its partnership with Cerebra, a leading research charity working to support children with neurological conditions, has developed a number of bespoke product design solutions to enable children to play, increase their mobility and to make family life easier.
When commercially available products do not fulfil the child’s complex needs, the Cerebra team designs and manufactures bespoke products for them in order to achieve their maximum potential and be included in mainstream activities. Over 10 years, the team has developed many bespoke products to aid the daily living challenges of children with a range of neurological conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy.
ATiC works with Cerebra to provide industry focused academic support for research and innovation. This can include supporting the development of prototypes and advice on manufacturing.
The products, when possible, are licensed to third-party companies to generate a royalty fee for the partnership. They have included: a stable canoe and a running/cycling wheelchair to enable two young girls to take part in triathlons, mobile supportive seating and an automated ramp to enable young people to participate in sport including ice skating and surfing, as well as to help with sleep and sensory feedback.
Innovative research labs
ATiC is part of Accelerate, a £24m programme, launched and led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales in collaboration with Cardiff University, Swansea University, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Accelerate helps translate innovative ideas into new technology, products, and services for the health and care sector, quickly, helping enterprises turn their innovative ideas into solutions.
Co-funded by the Welsh European Funding Office European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Group, universities, the Life Sciences Hub Wales, and health boards, Accelerate’s ultimate aim is to create lasting economic value in Wales.
Professor Ian Walsh, director of ATiC and dean of Swansea College of Art said: “Our research labs in SA1 Swansea Waterfront enable us to draw upon the expertise of colleagues from across UWTSD’s portfolio in order to make a transformational impact on the lives of those requiring our support.
“Our approach is user-led; looking at the user’s journey as they engage with technology to shape the products and services that we develop. We are working with colleagues in private companies as well as health boards across Wales in order to establish public/private collaborations involving smart specialisms and the development of smart devices and assistive technologies.”
Professor Medwin Hughes, vice-chancellor added: “These are powerful coalitions that make a difference, an aim that is at the heart of the University’s innovation strategy; we want to make a difference so that we can transform lives for the better.”
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