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Institute of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics


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Medical Engineering and Medical Physics involves the application of engineering principles to solve problems in medicine and health care.

Examples of current work in this area include: the design development and testing of orthopaedic implants; development of numerical models to analyse movement of human joints; working with spinal surgeons to gain an understanding of the biomechanics of spinal instrumentation and spinal constructs; clinical trials to analyse knee function in order to characterise normal pathological and total knee replacement; investigation into head injuries in infants; human body response to blunt and sharp impacts; design of wheelchair seats; imaging in the cardiovascular field, digital signal processing, novel applications of MRI and whole body scanners. We are also active in research in medical ultrasound and in sports medicine.

This Institute provides a framework for multidisciplinary research in medical engineering and medical physics, combining the research interests and infrastructure of all the groups within Cardiff University working in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics and related fields. By coalescing the research and training interests and expertise of the medical engineering related groups across the university, the Institute places Cardiff University in the forefront of the medical engineering field and enables it to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.

Institute Leader(s)

.  Prof L. D. Nokes

Academic Staff

Associate Member(s)

.  Dr R. I. Grosvenor

Research Performance:

The Cardiff School of Engineering is recognised as being one of the top engineering research centres in the UK. In the RAE 2008, the School consolidated its position as one of the top 10 research led engineering schools in the UK. Civil Engineering was ranked in the top 3 amongst UK peers for the second successive assessment, while Mechanical Engineering entered the top 10.

The School encourages multidisciplinary, collaborative research, and this Institute further develops the established links with the School of Medicine. The staff are a mixture of computer scientists, medical physicists, clinicians, electronic, mechanical and clinical engineers.

Admissions Information

.  Postgraduate (Research) Admissions Tutor:  Prof S. L. Evans