Brain Injury
Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Collaboration with EoE-CLAHRC

We are pleased to announce the formal collaboration with the East of England Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (EoE-CLAHRC) in a number of key project areas. Areas of collaboration will include joint funding, support and identification of future target areas for funding.

Peter Cowley - UK Angel Investor of the Year

Our congratulations to our strategic partner, Peter Cowley of Cambridge Angels, for being awarded the prestigious Angel Investor of the Year at the UK Business Angels Association's Investment Awards 2014.

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.


Technological innovation in Neurosurgery

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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.

The BITT Tank - The Brain Injury Technologies Think Tank

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Date: Tuesday 24th March 2015

Location: Cambridge (TBC) 


The NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd to bring you 'BITT Tank' (Brain Injury Technologies Think Tank). We would like to invites clinicians, academics and SME’s to attend the ingural BITT Tank on Tuesday 24th March in Cambridge. 


The aim of the day is to share the result of recent roadmapping workshops that have identified many unmet needs in brain injury. We will then and explore collaborations between industry and our clinicians.  The ultimate goal is to identify collaborations and opportunities leading to potential projects to address these needs. 


We welcome applications from companies with a healthcare technology offerings for brain injury, who would like to take the opportunity to provide a short presentation regarding relevant activities to the Brain Injury HTC community. 


The full programme is under development and will be publicised on the Brain Injury HTC and KTN Ltd shortly. If you have any questions regarding the programme or objectives of the day please contact Mita Brahmbhatt, Programme Manager, NIHR Brain Injury HTC (


Registration for the event is by application. To register your interest in attending or, in the case of companies, giving a short presentation/demo please contact David Howett, Project Co-ordinator, NIHR Brain Injury HTC ( We will get back to you with an application form. 

Innovation Small Funding Competition Winners

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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.

Funding Links

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  • 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
  • 2014-12-04
    Innovation Small Funding Competition

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    Brain Injury - Innovation Small Funding Competition 2014/15

  • To find out more about the role of NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operatives please see click here


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