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Design for Health and Wellbeing Conference

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The 1st European Conference on Design for Health and Wellbeing will take place in Nottingham, UK.

  • From: Tuesday 25 February 2014, 4.30 pm
  • To: Tuesday 25 February 2014, 5.30 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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The first Design for Health and Wellbeing conference aims to provide a timely forum and bring together academics, researchers, healthcare companies and medical professionals to discuss issues, identify challenges and future directions, share their research and development findings and experiences in the areas of medical design.

Researchers, designers and developers must understand how to progress or appropriate the right technical and human knowledge to inform their medical innovations.

The conference seeks to address the changing needs of medical research and society, and to build collaborative partnerships for developing research that informs the evidence base for practice and improves health and wellbeing.

Conference topics are likely to address:

  • social factors and health (prevention, intervention, individual, and collective wellbeing)
  • medical device development and additive manufacturing processes
  • biomaterials - including, cardiovascular, ophthalmics and orthopaedics
  • participatory and user centred design practice
  • the development of novel healthcare technologies, including biometrics, networked systems, rehabilitation and remote monitoring
  • the utilisation of new and innovative smart technologies and materials for medical devices
  • personalisation approach to the design of services, care plans, interactive systems, new technologies, and the design of the built care environment.

A range of presentations throughout the day will address a wide range of medical design and health and wellbeing topics, for further details please see the conference programme . The first keynote of the day will be delivered by Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA on 'Innovation: Space Technologies Coming Back Down to Earth'.

This conference is supported by Medilink East Midlands and part funded by the Healthcare & Bioscience iNet, a project part financed by ERDF. The Conference is also endorsed by the Design Research Society


The conference will begin with registration at 8.30 am at Nottingham Conference Centre, the programme will consist of four keynote speakers and eight speakers, with the day ending with a panel discussion at 5.00 pm and closing at 5.30 pm. The fee will include lunch and refreshments, but not accommodation.

View a copy of the conference programme .

Keynote Speakers at the Conference

Daniel Lockney

Position:Technology Transfer Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist,NASA

Title of talk:'Innovation: Space Technologies Coming Back Down to Earth'


Daniel Lockney is the Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA Headquarters, responsible for Agency-level management of NASA intellectual property and the transfer of NASA technology to promote the commercialization and public availability of Federally-owned inventions to benefit the national economy and the U.S. Public.

NASA has had a long history of finding new, innovative uses for its space and aeronautics technologies, and Lockney is the agency's leading authority on these technologies and their practical, terrestrial applications.

Daniel studied American Literature at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working for NASA, Lockney taught journalism and technical writing in Baltimore, where he resides.

Michael Phillips

Position:Design Development Director,Renfrew Group

Title of talk:'Designing with the NHS: Patient Centred Innovations'


Michael has more than 20 years experience in Industrial and User Centred Design. Covering a very wide range of sectors and products including medical device and healthcare equipment design. Consumer products and automotive, motorcycle and aerospace design, for clients including GSK, Department of Health, NHS, Xerox, Shell, BP, Airbus, Countax, Iveco, Honda, Suzuki and Aprilia. Business experience in, EU,.USA, Brazil, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, PR China , India,

Mr Charles Nduka

Position:Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital, Sussex.

Title:'The evolution of the Ultimate Human User Interface'


Charles Nduka is a Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon based at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College. Having qualified in medicine at Oxford University and Imperial College, Charles trained in surgery in London. He runs the UK's largest clinic for facial paralysis treatment, seeing patients from across the UK affected by Bell's palsy, tumours, accidents and infections.

Charles specialises in restoring facial symmetry and movement. His research interests include the use of computer vision technology to track facial expressions, the application of surface electromyography to measure facial muscle activity and the potential of external and internal prostheses to improve outcomes following facial reanimation.

Professor Michael H. Vloeberghs, MD, PhD

Position : Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon,Nottingham University Hospital

Title: 'Medical Design and Technology in Practice'


Michael is a Professor of Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Nottingham University Hospital. His academic interests lie with applications of technology into medicine, particularly surgery.

He originally trained in Belgium, qualifying as a general practitioner in 1985; then took on training in general surgery, moved to neurosurgery and finally trained in the UK, specifically in paediatric neurosurgery, qualifying in 1993. His clinical work is very technical and increasingly focused on movement disorders in children with brain damage. He currently has the largest European practice in drug delivery to the brain and spine, deep brain stimulation and selective neural sectioning for spasticity and other movement disorders.

He also has a busy postgraduate teaching program, which leads him to teach specific surgical techniques such as neuroendoscopy and drug delivery implants across Europe and the Middle East. This also gives him the opportunity to experience different healthcare systems and surgical environments.

He has a longstanding relationship with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and keep an interest in developing technologies with potential applications in surgery.

Booking information

Conference Fee

Registration fee of £100 plus VAT per participant will be charged for Medilink East Midlands and Design Research Society members, the fee for non-members is £120 plus VAT. The registration fee will also include lunch and refreshments, but not accommodation.

For further details and for any questions, please contact; ADB Research Team by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 2393 or +44 (0)115 848 2301 or please contact Dr Phil Breedon (Chair of the Conference) by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 6424

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre, Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street


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