Biomedical Engineering Hub to be built at RNOH, Stanmore
A new Biomedical Engineering Hub to provide purpose built accommodation and facilities for the existing UCL Division of Surgery staff at Stanmore, together with UCL Faculty of Engineering teams, RNOH Research & Innovation and Histopathology.
A joint initiative between UCL (University College London) and the RNOH, the centre is due to be opened in 2017 and is the latest phase of a vision to create a world-leading biomedical engineering hub on the site. The new centre will focus on work in the fields of bioengineering and biomaterials.
Research currently underway in the UCL-RNOH partnership, led by the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science (within the Division of Surgery), includes the development of materials for a unique wearable exoskeleton, assistive technology for people with spinal injuries and the safe packaging of implants to replace damaged electrical function in the body. The new development will provide hospital-grade facilities to translate these and other laboratory-based innovations into real changes in patients’ lives.
A new undergraduate programme, leading to a ‘Technical Medicine BSc’ qualification, will be developed at UCL between the faculties of Engineering and Medical Sciences to provide talented individuals with the integrated physical, medical and engineering sciences training they need to work in this area. Students on the programme will draw on the cross-disciplinary excellence of UCL and the unique Stanmore centre.
RNOH Stanmore is an excellent location for this broad and exciting vision. It trains one-third of the UK’s orthopaedic surgeons and this specialised hospital is unrivalled in terms of the musculoskeletal conditions and patient numbers that it treats. UCL and the RNOH working in conjunction are well placed to enhance their world leading reputation in this area.
The building is being designed by BMJ Architects.