The research conducted under the theme of bio-engineering covers a wide range of areas from computational modelling of human organs to cell and tissue engineering. The theme is concerned trying to solve medical and biological problems through the application of engineering techniques and is actively producing novel solutions to bio-engineering issues.

The aim of this theme is the promotion of a healthy society through multidisciplinary research activities and the formation of collaborative links with hospitals as well as other external and internal bodies. 

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This theme makes use of extensive laboratory facilities including gait analysis, ultrasound imaging, atomic force microscopy, mechanical testing and GOM Aramis/Pontos for surface strain measurement systems. The gait analysis laboratory consists of a sophisticated six-camera motion capture system that incorporates two force plates, one pressure plate, a set of motion sensing system and surface muscle electromyography device.

The laboratory facilities are supported and complemented by a wide range of computer software including modelling, 3D image and engineering data manipulation software, visualisation and simulation analysis applications.


We have strong links with a number of hospitals, consultant surgeons and medical organisations such as the Wrightington Hospital (Wigan), ORLAU (Oswestry), Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research (Christie) and Wythenshawe Hospital. Within the University a number of inter-disciplinary collaborative research projects are currently in progress with the schools of medicine, materials, electrical engineering and electronics, and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). This theme is also collaborating on research with the University College London, King’s College London, Royal Veterinary College, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.

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