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The music player being tested by a BIME client with engineer James Chadd.

Press Release - 05 March 2008

School for Health research showcased to MPs

Research involving academics from the School for Health will be highlighted at a special event at the House of Commons today.

The aim of the event is to highlight the potential of research into assistive technologies which can help older people and those with disabilities and marks the launch of the ATcare Design & Development Centre.

This centre will provide support for commercialisation of a wide range of assistive technology product areas and will work with researchers and innovators across the UK.

Research highlighted at the House of Commons event includes the SMART consortium, currently led in Bath by Professor Chris Eccleston, Director of the new Centre for Pain Research in the School for Health, and also from Professor Roger Orpwood, Director of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME).

The SMART consortium will highlight research into the development of technology that might be used to facilitate active in-home rehabilitation for people following stroke.

Dr Nigel Harris, from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and the School for Health, led the development of the stroke rehabilitation device.

Users, carers and clinical stroke therapists were an integral part of the project from an initial scoping of need through to the testing new iterations of the SMART system as it developed. The system is now being evaluated in the Bath Neuro Rehabilitation Unit at the RNHRD.

BIME will showcase a music playing device that it has developed for people with dementia. Professor Orpwood is one of the platform speakers giving brief speeches to the 240 guests, which will include many MPs and policy-makers.

“We hope that this high-profile event will underline the importance of technology to support people with disabilities, and highlight the key role BIME is playing in this field,” said Professor Orpwood.

Professor Eccleston said: “Advances in technology promise new solutions for helping us to live with long term health conditions.

“Advancing their innovation and development will involve users from all communities, including users, academe, healthcare, and industry.”

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