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To celebrate International Women in Engineering day on 23 June 2021, we’ve put the spotlight on the work of Professor Eleanor Stride at the University of Oxford.

Long before COVID-19 exploded across the globe, the world of pharmaceuticals was transforming. Medicines’ journey from bench to bedside had to change in response to new pressures and possibilities on the one hand, an ageing population, rising healthcare costs and the increasing importance of environmental sustainability; on the other, exciting opportunities are being developed in western Scotland in personalised medicines and patient-centric healthcare.

The recent acquisition of Ziylo, a University of Bristol spin-out company rooted in leading-edge EPSRC-funded chemistry research, could mark a major turning-point in the drive to develop safer, more effective treatment of diabetes.

Professor Sanja Dogramadzi, from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), University of the West of England, has led the development of a ground-breaking robotic system that enables surgeons to put joint fractures back together using a minimally invasive approach. Supported by an underpinning EPSRC investment, it is the first robot-assisted system designed to deal with this problem. 

3D-printed implant technology developed with EPSRC support has transformed the life of Peter Maggs (pictured centre), a 71-year-old man who had been operated on to remove a large cancerous sarcoma that required surgeons to remove three ribs and part of his breastbone.

In 2005, some years before the development of the tablet computer, an EPSRC-supported team from the universities of Dundee and St Andrews, led by Dr Norman Alm, developed a simple touchscreen aid to help people with dementia recall their memories.

EPSRC is the largest investor in doctoral training in the UK, providing young engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle evolving issues and future challenges.

Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new type of MRI scan to predict the risk of having a stroke.

Consequential Robotics, an award-winning University of Sheffield spin-out company, is developing companion and assistive robotic systems that will enhance quality of life as people age.

Without innovative research, medical breakthroughs that help people live better for longer would not be possible. Moreover, finding new ways of tackling healthcare challenges increasingly depends on closer collaboration between different disciplines and between different research and funding organisations.

As microorganisms become resistant to antimicrobial treatments, including antibiotics, there is a very real possibility that the drugs we have come to rely upon may become obsolete. The UK Research Councils support research, capability and training to pursue a range of strategies to tackle this global problem.

An automated system which allows the culture of a large number of stem cells has been developed and systems worth £20.1 million sold, as the result of research undertaken with Loughborough University

An internet service which allows scientists to find antibodies is now the largest antibody search engine in a $2billion industry

Drug influenced driving is on the rise with recent figures showing that nearly one in five motorists have driven while using illegal or prescription drugs.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a sensing system for use in rapid, low-cost DNA sequencing.

Lower back pain affects 80 percent of the population at some point in their lives, costing billions to the NHS and the wider economy through sickness leave.

EPSRC-sponsored researchers at University of Leeds have created a ‘non-invasive’ dental treatment which could help the 31 percent of adults affected by tooth decay.

An ultra-low-cost scanner that can be plugged into any computer to show images of an unborn baby has been developed by EPSRC-sponsored engineers at Newcastle University.

EPSRC-sponsored chemists from the University of Bristol have perfected a much quicker way to create synthetic prostaglandins.

Could new sound synchronisation technology hold the key to earlier diagnosis of heart disease?

It looks like a credit card... it slips into a wallet or purse... but it could mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency.

New software ‘hearing dummies’ are part of cutting-edge research that promises to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairments.

Tissue Regenix, a spin-out company specialising in human tissue regeneration products, believes its cutting-edge technology could revolutionise medicine.

The unlikely combination of old human bones and the latest computer modelling techniques are being used to develop new ways of treating chronic back pain. It is the first time old bones have been used in this way.

For decades, a simple and convenient way of enabling people with diabetes to monitor their own blood sugar levels has eluded medical science. But now advances in nanometrology are bringing the prospect within reach with ‘smart’ tattoos.

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