Brain Injury
Healthcare Technology Co-operative

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Have you or one of your friends of family been admitted to intensive care as a result of a brain injury? If yes, we need your help! Please complete our 4 question survey

NIHR Workshop Patient Benefits Programme- Applying for Research Funds

The 2-day workshop on the topic 'applying for research from the NIHR' with a special focus on the renewed Research for Patient Benefit programme, which will be taking place on 21st October and 2nd November 2015 at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Cambridge. For more information please click here

EASHN Innovation Challenge

The Eastern Academic Health Science Network has released opportunities for funding innovation projects. For more information please visit:

New TITCH website

New TITCH website is now live! Submit an unmet need for children in the field of renal, continence, assistive and rehabilitative themes here

Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges - NetworkPlus

The healthcare technologies theme has released a new long-term strategy. To support this challenge led approach EPSRC invites applications for NetworkPlus proposals seeking to establish new research communities around of the Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges.

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NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative

The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) is delivered in partnership by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge.

The NIHR HTC infrastructure funding enables NHS organisations to act as centres of expertise that focus in clinical areas or themes of high morbidity and unmet need. Working collaboratively with industry, they develop new medical devices, healthcare technologies or technology-dependent interventions, which improve treatment and quality of life for patients.

NIHR Cambridge HTC for Brain Injury is hosted within the department of Clinical Neurosciences department at the University of Cambridge, building on a track record of technological innovation including software medical devices and translational biology.

Patient Inspired Innovation


NIHR Exhibition at this years Health and Care Innovation Expo

The NIHR will be exhibiting at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo on 2-3 September in Manchester.

The Brain Injury Healtchare Technology will be attending the Health and Care Innovation Expo which is one of the NHS’ biggest events and celebrates world leaders in science, research and innovation. The NIHR as the ‘research arm of the NHS’ will be there to showcase its work and increase awareness of clinical research as a means of innovation.

The first session titled ‘The NIHR – what’s in it for me?’ takes place on Wednesday 2 September at 10am and will explain the opportunities open to healthcare professionals, industry experts and NHS patients from the NIHR and is led by Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public alongside an industry professional, an NIHR trainee and a research-active patient.

The second session takes place on Thursday 3 September at 11am and is called ‘Growing the health and wealth of the nation’. This session has a focus on industry and is led by Dr Matt Hallsworth of the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) alongside Matt Cooper, Business Development and Marketing Director at the Clinical Research Network, Professor Ian Bruce Director of the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit and Deputy Director of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust Manchester Clinical Research Facility. and Mark Jarvis Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre & Unit Manager.

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Mary's Legacy

It is with regret that our long term collaborator Mary Goode, chief executive of Headway Cambridgeshire, leaves her post at the end of August. Mary has led Headway Cambridgeshire through 4 years of significant growth and development.

One of Mary's greatest challenges is maintaining the level of income required to support clients lead full and meaningful lives following brain injury. 

Mary's target is to raise £2,000 as a leaving legacy. Please consider clicking on JustGiving to make a donation.

We look forward to continuing to develop our collaboration with Mary's replacement Austin Williett and Headway Cambridgeshire. 

Innovation Small Funding Competition Winners

The Brain Injury HTC is pleased to announce below the winners of the Innovation Small Funding Competition. Further news will follow shortly.


1. Development of a tele-rehabilitation device to enhance walking recovery early after acquired brain injury

Dr Celia Clarke, University of East Anglia


This study aims to develop a smart “wobble board” allowing people with ankle control problems following a brain injury to independently carry out an exercise programme in their own homes.


2. Using social media to elucidate the unmet needs and support networks of people with acquired brain injury

Aaron Lawson McLean, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & University of Cambridge 


This study seeks to analyse online discussion of ABI and discover the needs and interactions of patients to better understand their experiences.


3. Development of a novel technology-based biomarker for identification of mild traumatic brain injury

Dr Magdalena Letswaart, University of Stirling


This study hopes to create a new way of measuring neural change following injury, identify the routine behaviours which are most damaging and see what can be done to reduce the impact of the damage.


4. A pilot study of a tablet-based app for rehabilitation of the upper limb following stroke

Dr Sheree McCormick, Manchester Metropolitan University


This project aims to improve the recovery of the upper limb and offers long term rehabilitation in the home setting using a tablet-based app.


5. A Study of Novel Proteomic Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Term Newborns with Hypoxia-Ischemia

Dr Divyen K Shah, Royal London Hospital/Barts and the London School of Medicine, QMUL


This study is to create a blood-test for use at the bedside which can better select infants for the right treatment and determine the long term outcomes for individual babies who have suffered from lack of blood or oxygen.


6. Managing Contracture and Spasticity with Standing Frame Vibration: Feasibility Study Using the ORLAU Standing Frame

Dr Andrew Roberts, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


This project aims to design and develop a device which integrates a vibratory stimulus into an existing standing frame to reduce spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.


7. Multidisciplinary computer-based motor and language therapy for acquired brain injury

Dr Holly Robson, University of Reading

The proposed project will develop and test a therapy software that combines treatment of language and motor impairments. The aim is that the software that can be used by more than one health profession to deliver therapy in a time efficient, personalised and motivating way.


8. Pre-Hospital Brain Imaging

Dr Mark Wilson, Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust and London Air Ambulance


This study aims to take diagnosis closer to the point of injury by assessing the accuracy of using a near infrared assessment tool to establish if a patient has a blood clot on the outside of the brain.

New Funding Opportunities Open

NIHR Invention for Innovation

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) invites applications to its Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme through two types of award.

Product Development Awards support R&D of medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. Lead applicants may be from academia, industry or an NHS organisation and must be based in England or Wales. Calls are repeated two times per year.

Challenge Awards are based on themed calls in areas of existing or emerging healthcare need. Lead applicants must be from NHS organisations in England and Wales and form partnerships with UK universities and/or companies based and conducting R&D in the UK. The themes will be repeated in autumn. The current themes are:

  • Oncology Diagnostics
  • Trauma and Critical Care.


The application deadline for all calls is Wednesday 27 May 2015 1:00pm.




  • Health Innovation Challenge Fund: Call for applications in five theme areas


The Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HIC Fund) is a translational funding scheme which aims to accelerate the clinical application of projects that are well advanced along the development pathway.


  • A new call for proposals has just been announced.
  • Applications from academic, healthcare and commercial sectors are invited in five theme areas:
  • surgical technologies
  • innovative diagnostics
  • trauma and critical care medicine
  • repurposing of technologies and medicines
  • biological therapeutics.


The lead organisation must be UK-based and carry out R&D in the UK. Overseas collaborators are permitted.

The application deadline is Tuesday 5 May 2015 1:00pm.




  • SBRI Innovate UK
  • Click here for details



  • Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards
  • Click here for details


UK Life Sciences Access to Funding

Linking you to UK Life Sciences Funding Opportunities

The UK Life Sciences web portal was launched in November 2014, as a single access point to the UK life sciences landscape for companies and other stakeholders.


The web portal contains the Access to Funding search:a search function to identify Government funding for science, engineering and manufacturing activities available to the health life sciences sector. This section allows you to search
for funding opportunities for science, engineering and manufacturing activities available to the health life sciences industry including bio-pharmaceuticals; medical biotechnology; or medical technologies (devices and diagnostics). Funding may also be available indirectly through collaboration with academic or other industry partners. This website includes UK-wide opportunities as well as national funding programmes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Detail on the new Access to Funding search
  • The Access to Funding search aims to bring together, in one place, the Government funding opportunities (cash or in-kind) that are available to UK health life sciences companies -  whether this is for them to apply for directly or indirectly in collaboration with other partners
  • The search function is focussed on national funding schemes, that is, UK wide and those specific to one of the Devolved Administrations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Individual calls for funding are not included but instead the link through to the organisation that is responsible for running those projects
  • There is a separate link through to a list of Local Funding Support – for example the Growth Hubs operated by the LEPs
  • There are links to wider business support (at the bottom of each page) for accessing finance products as well as broader business advice.

Technological innovation in Neurosurgery

Published online February 20, 2015; DOI: 10.3171/2014.12.JNS141422.

Recent research implicates neurosurgical practice as an exemplary field of technological innovation and expansion. The article, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, examined patents and peer-reviewed publications as an index of technology development and clinical translation, respectively.

Marcus and colleagues analyzed 11,672 neurosurgical patents and 208,203 publications across 50 years in order to identify the top-performing technologies within the field of neurosurgery.  This analysis revealed that the sharpest rise in technological expansion was localized in image-guidance (e.g. MRI scanning), and neuromodulation technology (e.g. deep brain stimulation). However, neurophysiology devices, operating microscopes, and endoscopes have all undergone vast developments in recent years.

This surge in clinical translation of technological innovation is observed throughout neuro-related fields and clinical practice more generally. These challenges reflect an ever-growing demand for improving and optimizing intervention and service use across all aspects of the patient pathway.

Apple Updates Developer Guidelines for Medical Research Apps

Apple has updated its iOS development guidelines to spell out what consent mobile apps dealing with human medical research must obtain.

A new clause states that this type of app must get permission from participants, and if they are minors, from a parent or guardian. Developers must also inform users about the research’s nature, purpose and duration, as well as about procedures, risks and benefits to the participant. Other data that must be provided: information about confidentiality and handling of data, including sharing with third parties, a point of contact for participant questions and a description of how to withdrawal from the study.

Developers must follow these guidelines in order for Apple to approve the software for sale in its App Store.

The addition comes after Apple on Monday announced a software framework that allows developers to create apps for medical research. Called ResearchKit, downloading an app developed with the framework essentially turns an iPhone into a diagnostic device capable of conducting tests and capturing health data. The first five apps developed with ResearchKit debuted Monday and deal with breast cancer, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, heart health and diabetes. The framework will be released as open source in April, potentially allowing apps to be created for rival OSes like Android.

Data collected by the initial apps will not be used for commercial purposes, according to the medical institutions that created them. The data will only be shared with other medical researchers for scientific studies and people must consent to this use.

Apple Pay app development guidelines were also updated. Apps that use Apple’s mobile wallet to offer recurring payments must at minimum, disclose the length of the renewal term and the fact that it will continue until canceled, as well as “what will be provided during each period, the charges that will be billed to the customer, and how to cancel.”


Finally, apps that allow music and videos to be downloaded without the content owner’s permission from YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo and other third-party sources will be rejected.

The BITT Tank - The Brain Injury Technologies Think Tank


Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015

Location: Madingley Hall, Cambridge  


The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative worked with the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd to bring you 'BITT Tank' (Brain Injury Technologies Think Tank).  


This successful event was to share the result of recent roadmapping workshops that have identified many unmet needs in brain injury. We explored collaborations between industry and our clinicians.  The ultimate goal was to identify collaborations and opportunities leading to potential projects to address these needs. 


More information about how this interesting day went will be on the site in due course!

Brain Injury HTC announces the Paediatric Theme!

  • The Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative is delighted to inform that a dedicated Paediatric theme has been awarded by the National Institute for Health Research.
  • The theme will be lead by Dr Richard Iles (Consultant in Respiratory & General Paediatrics, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)and Prof. Helen Cross (The Prince of Wales's Chair of Childhood Epilepsy & Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurology, UCL-Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust). Richard will join the HTC management committee to represent a number of project leads, we will confirm these in the next few weeks.
  • The ‘Non-Invasive, non-contact measurement of weight, heart rate, respiratory rate and movement, using ballistocardiography (BCG)’ is underway with matched funds from the Cambridge University EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. This project is led by Dr Joan Lasenby and will be showcased at the next management committee (20th January).
  • More to follow in a the next few weeks.

SBRI Competition: Brain Injury Healthcare

- Impacting the Care Pathway from Prevention to Rehabilitation [NB - This competition is now closed - further news will follow soon.] Download the Competition Brief

Funding Links

  • NHS England SBRI Healthcare: Brain Injury theme (Deadline for phase 1 applications 9th December 2014) Click Here
  • Innovate UK SBRI Inclusive Technology Prize Click Here
  • MRC & NIHR Efficacy Mechanisms Evaluation Commissioned Call: Call for proposals in mechanisms for isolated traumatic brain injury Click Here
  • UK Best Mobile Health-App Click Here
  • MRC Research in Acute Trauma Click Here
  • For other NIHR funding opportunities please visit: Here

Innovation Small Funding Competition

Brain Injury - Innovation Small Funding Competition 2014/15


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