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International Conference on Trauma Surgery Technology

International Conference on Trauma Surgery Technology

From left: Dr Christopher Wilkinson, Dr Anna Mieczakowski, Dr Wolfram Bosbach

Two Engineering alumni have collaborated to win a DFG funding award to host an expert symposium, 16th-18th November 2018, at the University of Giessen, Germany, on the subject of technologically-driven rehabilitation in orthopaedics and trauma surgery. 

The overarching goal is to improve patient outcomes through the design of assistive technology that assists both patients and surgeons.

Dr Wolfram Bosbach (alumnus 2009) specialises in trauma surgery at the University of Giessen and is a resident experimental trauma surgeon at the University Hospital. Dr Christopher Wilkinson (alumnus 2008) is a health research consultant and project manager specialising in usability, user experience and inclusive design who continues to provide services to the European Commission, the Open University and the University of Cambridge. 

The first Trans-European Trauma Rehabilitation Expert Symposium will bring together experts in the field to explore trauma rehabilitation concepts and their development based on state-of-the-art patient-centred technology design.

The overarching goal is to improve patient outcomes through the design of assistive technology that assists both patients and surgeons. Regenerative rehabilitation, where trauma patients are treated by methods of regenerative medicine, is an emerging field. In spite of the potential in this area, clinical success has not yet been realised; rehabilitative and assistive technologies are all too often rejected by patients because of the social stigma associated with temporary or permanent injury, illness or impairment. The symposium has been specifically organised to address these issues. 

The duo will be joined by fellow Department of Engineering alumna Dr Anna Mieczakowski (alumna 2007) who will be leading the interactive session on day two of the symposium. Anna and Christopher were both based in the Department’s Engineering Design Centre where they focused on the field of Inclusive Design, whilst Wolfram pursued research in the field of Biomechanics. Following a successful co-application, Wolfram and Christopher enlisted Anna to help oversee the bringing together of thought leaders in the field. The inaugural symposium will draw insight from patients, surgeons, biomechanic experts, visual, product and interaction designers, and health care professionals. There will be a distinct focus upon the importance of involving patients and users throughout the design process; which is at core of the user centred and inclusive design process.

Further links: 

Dr Christopher Wilkinson:

Dr Anna Mieczakowski:

Dr Wolfram Bosbach:

Conference website:

2-year Postdoctoral Opportunity in Engineering Design Research applied to Trauma Technology at the University of Giessen, Germany.

Members of the scientific committee are looking for suitable postdoctoral candidates who are interested in developing concepts for technology design research and submitting proposals to funding bodies. Language: English required, German welcome. No teaching or administrative duties.

For further information please contact in the first instance, including a cover letter and CV with list of publications.

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