Research

Our research expertise covers a wide breadth of technologies and their application in areas of healthcare which together encompass almost the entire spectrum of disease burden afflicting modern society.  With over 100 biomedical engineering research groups across Imperial’s departments and faculties, our academic leaders combine the benefits of subject excellence within their host department with the opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration, centred around clinical application themes from their association with the IBME’s Networks and Research Centres.      

The IBME draws upon strong foundations in enabling technologies across the engineering disciplines, such as biomechanics, bionics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, bio-nanotechnology, bioinformatics, molecular bioengineering and medical robotics, which are then applied to particular clinical application areas.  In this way a truly multidisciplinary approach brings profound new perspectives to understanding disease leading to fundamentally new clinical solutions.

Networks

The IBME runs a range of networks to stimulate new interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing together Imperial’s engineers, scientists and clinicians in particular application or technology areas of biomedical engineering.  Individuals from other organisations can also join the networks. Our networks allow members to contact researchers in a particular application or technology field to facilitate the dissemination of news, promotion of events and funding opportunities.  We also organise seminars, conferences and events to bring together network members and stimulate new interactions. 

To join one of our networks, please click on the relevant link below.  If you have an idea for a new network, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager

Our Networks and Centres

Musculoskeletal Technology & Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering

Musculoskeletal TechnologyOverview: The centrepiece of Imperial’s research at the interface of engineering and musculoskeletal disorders is the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre.  The MSk MEC brings together researchers from across Imperial College London focussed on the discovery and application of new technologies to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoarthritis.  Core research themes include:

  • Musculoskeletal Dynamics
  • Implant Design and Testing
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Surgical Technology
  • Rehabilitation, Sports and Human Performance

Key academics include: Anthony Bull, Andrew Amis, Jonathan Jeffers, Justin Cobb, Molly Stevens, Guang-Zhong Yang, Angela Kedgley, Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena, Ravi Vaidyanathan, Niamh Nowlan.  

Musculoskeletal Technology Network
The Musculoskeletal Technology Network brings together researchers focussed on the application of technology to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and understanding of musculoskeletal disorders.  This network is associated with the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre (MSk MEC) which hosts a series of seminars and events. To join please visit the network membership page.

For more information, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager.

Associated centres:

Msk MECMusculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre

 

Neurotechnology

Neuroscience TechnologyOverview:Brain-related illnesses (e.g. Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s) affect more than two billion people worldwide and the prevalence is growing, with an increasing impact on healthcare resources. The challenge now is to find ways to reduce this burden on society. The emerging field of neurotechnology seeks to exploit advances in engineering (e.g. computing, electronics, robotics, and imaging) to revolutionise the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of brain-related disorders. This diverse field encompasses a range of different technology research themes and potential areas of application: Computational modeling & data analysis, Microelectronics, devices & biosensors, Optical & genetic neurotechnology, Neuroprosthetics, and Robotics & human-machine interfaces. 

The centrepiece of Imperial’s research at the interface of engineering and neurological disorders is the Centre for Neurotechnology.

Key academics include:Simon Schultz, Paul Matthews, Bill Wisden, Dario Farina, Paul Chadderton, Adam Hampshire, Claudia Clopath, Dan Goodman, Mauricio Barahona, Martyn Boutelle, Stephen Brickley, Tim Constandinou, Aldo Faisal, Rob Leech, Mark Neil, Richard Reynolds, David Sharp, Richard Syms, Ravi Vaidyanathan.

Associated centres:

Centre for Neurotechnology

Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology

 Neuroscience Technology Network

The Neuroscience Technology Network unites researchers across the faculties of engineering, medicine and natural sciences focussed on new technologies for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and understanding of neurological disorders and enable new research in the neuroscience field. This network is associated with the Centre for Neurotechnology which hosts a series of seminars and events.

To join please visit the network membership page

For more information, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager

Cardiovascular Technology

Cardiovascular TechnologyOverview:
The tools and approaches from engineering have long been established as essential to improve the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disorders of the cardiovascular system as well as to enhance our understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disorders.  Well known examples include medical devices such as pacemakers and stents, which have saved many thousands of lives across the World.  Imperial’s activities in the field bring together researchers in relevant engineering subjects, such as fluidics, mechanobiology, bioelectronics, systems biology, imaging, biomaterials and computing, with cellular and molecular biologists and clinicians from across the faculties of natural sciences and medicine, to enhance understanding and forge ground-breaking new approaches that transform future clinical practice.

Key academics include:Rob Krams, Colin Caro, Gianni Angelini, Mauricio Barahona, Nick Cheshire, Paul Evans,  David Firmin, Sian Harding, David Klug, Kim Parker, Dudley Pennell, John Pepper, Nicholas Peters, Nadia Rosenthal, Michael Schneider, Dorian Haskard, Molly Stevens, Spencer Sherwin, Peter Weinberg, Yun Xu.

Associated centres:

BHF Centre of Research Excellence

Cardiovascular Technology Network

The Cardiovascular Technology Network brings together over 200 members from many disciplines across college focussed on the development and integration of modelling, imaging and biological science to improve our understanding and the present and future clinical practice related to cardiovascular disease.

This network is associated with the British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence which hosts a range of workshops and symposia.

To join please visit the network membership page

For more information, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager

Cancer Engineering

Cancer EngineeringOverview:  The IBME is driving an expansion in Cancer Engineering by exploiting the College’s combined strengths in engineering and physical sciences and cancer research. There is a wealth of existing expertise across the IBME in cancer engineering & technologies consisting of five thematic areas of strength: diagnostics, imaging, drug delivery, surgical robotics and mechanisms of metastasis. Underpinning the themes are core engineering technologies such as sensors / sensing, imaging technologies, computing and artificial intelligence, tissue engineering, biomechanics, nanotechnology, mathematical modelling, robotics, and devices. Using core engineering technologies, it stands to deliver impact across the spectrum of clinical need from improved early diagnosis, to enhanced local therapy, patient profiling and stratification.

Thematic Areas and Leads:

Cancer Engineering Network:

The Cancer Engineering Network brings together biomedical scientists/clinicians and physical scientists/engineers to forge new approaches to cancer research.  The network, built from a joint initiative between the Faculty of Engineering and the Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre, aims to foster cross-disciplinary research projects and work with funding bodies to promote this exciting new field with the goal of establishing a cross-faculty research centre for expanded research activity.

To join please visit the network membership page

For further information, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn Research Development Manager, Institute of Biomedical Engineering

 Our links:

Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre
Cancer Research Centre of Excellence (CRCE)

Cancer Research UK Imperial

 

Trauma Bioengineering

Trauma Overview: The Trauma Initiative is hosted by Imperial College's Institute of Biomedical Engineering. It represents a cross college programme between the South Kensington Faculties of Engineering and Medicine and the Major Trauma Centre at St. Mary's Hospital. Building on the last ten years of research focused around injuries sustained by military personnel overseas, the mission of the Trauma Initiative has been increased to include civilian trauma. This is a reflection of the need for research into all aspects of civilian trauma and also the setting up of a Major Trauma System in the UK. As a result, many of the lessons learnt from military injuries can be translated into improving the outcomes of those suffering trauma in the civilian environment.  Current research is divided into three research themes reflecting the most significant injuries treated at the Major Trauma Centre. Musculoskeletal, Head & Brain and Auditory System.  

Key academics include:George Hanna, Anthony Bull, Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy, Prof (Col) Jon Clasper, Robert Dickinson, Mazdak Ghajari, Spyros Masouros, Tobias Reichenbach, David Sharp

Associated centres:

Centre for Blast Injury Studies

Trauma Bioengineering Network

The Trauma Bioengineering Network brings together a critical mass of scientists, clinicians, engineers and other innovators to drive the development of technologies and services to improve health and increase quality of life after traumatic injury, including ballistic, blast and flash related trauma.

This network is associated with the Centre for Blast Injury Studies which hosts a series of seminars and events.

To join please visit the network membership page

For more information, please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative MedicineImperial Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Network (ISRMN) is an affiliated network of the IBME.  ISCRM unites over 200 researchers across the faculties of medicine, life sciences and engineering, who are working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.  Breakthroughs in biomedical engineering technology themes, such as biomaterials, imaging, robotic surgery and computational modelling, will be central to the challenge of translating the promise of regenerative medicine into meaningful therapies for patients.

To join ISCRM please contact Constandina Pospori (c.pospori@imperial.ac.uk). 

Neurorehabilitation Engineering

RoboticsOverviewThe Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) coordinates Imperial College’s research in the field of biomedical engineering. The IBME is driving a new cross disciplinary research initiative in the emerging field of Neurorehabilitation engineering, focussing on prosthesis, neuromuscular, interfacing and plasticity to improve the life of patients with neurological disabilities or disease.

This diverse field encompasses a range of different technology research themes and potential areas of application: Computational modelling & data analysis, Microelectronics, devices & biosensors, Neuroprosthetics, Robotics & human-machine interfaces

Neurorehabilitation Engineering  Network

The Neurorehabilitation Engineering Network brings together biomedical scientists/clinicians and physical scientists/engineers to forge new collaborative ventures.  The purpose of the network is to harness the strengths of Imperial expertise in convergence research across the departments and faculties through multidisciplinary and collaborative initiatives, delivering medical technology innovation that impacts fields of unmet healthcare need. 

Neurorehabilitation Engineering forms part of the Imperial College Robotics Network, which unites 150 researchers across the departments and faculties working in the field.  The network hosts a series of events and a student society.  Key research groups involved with the network include the Biomechatronics Lab, Brain and Behaviour Lab, The Hamlyn Centre, Human Robotics Group, Mechatronics in Medicine and Simulation and Modelling in Medicine.

To join please contact Dr Phyllis Quinn, Research Development Manager, IBME