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IMPRESS is a health science initiative which aims to encourage more engineers and scientists to work on researching new technologies for incontinence.

Many clinical challenges persist in the field of incontinence because it is a condition that historically has received relatively little attention in the research environment. IMPRESS has been developing a national multidisciplinary network for incontinence research and we work to showcase the difficulties of dealing with this condition as a way of drawing together scientific experts, facilitating new research collaborations and inspiring novel ideas for next generation treatments.

what we do

Areas of Involvement

4 Years Running
8 Events
16 Funded Projects
12 Partners


IMPRESS is a medical technologies research project funded by an EPSRC and NIHR partnership. It aims to boost research collaborations related to incontinence.


We host incontinence focused multi-disciplinary events for knowledge exchange and networking opportunities.


We fund early stage research projects which seek to address incontinence needs with novel use of technologies.


We regulate our work through a team of academic, healthcare, industry and charity partners.

meet the team


Pete Culmer
Pete Culmer
IMPRESS Principal Investigator
Dr Peter Culmer is an associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, and Engineering Lead for the...
Richard Day
Richard Day
IMPRESS Co-Investigator
Dr Richard Day is a Reader in Regenerative Medicine, based in the Division of Medicine at University College London. He currently leads a...
Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant
IMPRESS Research Lead
Dr Michael Bryant is a Lecturer within the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds research. His research addresses the...
Ali Alazmani
Ali Alazmani
IMPRESS Research Lead
Dr Ali Alazmani is a Tenure-Track Research Fellow in Surgical Technologies. His main research interest is in the design and development of...
Sarah King
Sarah King
IMPRESS Project Manager
Sarah King is an experienced project manager who moved into the academic research sector in 2011. She studied architecture at the University of...
What we’ve been up to

Recent News

IMPRESS Publication hits The Times

IMPRESS Publication hits The Times

Recently released recommendations aimed at catalysing innovation in incontinence research and care have been highlighted in The Times. A new report by The...

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IMPRESS at IMechE Conference: Incontinence the Engineering Challenge XI

IMPRESS at IMechE Conference: Incontinence the Engineering Challenge XI

IMPRESS  would like to express our huge gratitude to Coloplast who sponsored our poster competition at the IMechE : Incontinence the Engineering Challenge XI...

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Report from Kid’s Toilet Talk Workshop

Take look at our news from a  fantastic children’s workshop day we ran at Thackray Medical Museum.   Download the Kids Toilet talk Comic below.  ...

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Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS