Many of the technologies used to treat or manage incontinence have seen little innovation in decades. By striving to attract our wealth of engineering and science expertise in the UK and by working to develop a diverse network of academics, healthcare professionals, patients and industry representatives, IMPRESS offers the opportunity for a significant change in mind-set towards research in the field of incontinence and the real possibility that ground breaking engineering solutions will emerge to overcome some of the long held needs of people who endure daily life with this condition.
As new research partnerships and concepts emerge IMPRESS aims to catalyse early stage work through pilot funding schemes. Whilst a significant amount of further research, clinical trials and commercialisation work is needed before such innovations could become available, IMPRESS’s support acts as a springboard enabling each piece of work to reach a point where obtaining future funding from other bodies becomes significantly more attainable.
I work in the area of incontinence technology because I believe it has received less attention from the engineering community and I think my research in soft-system technology can have direct and immediate impact on this technology and quality of life on this patient group.
Incontinence technologies are really one of neglected areas in bio-engineering over the last 50 years where we’ve seen other areas flourish and the technology we have got today haven’t really evolved in the last few years.
Incontinence is an area where there is a huge clinical need, people need new products and new technology development. As an engineer, I would like to think I could make a difference in that area and there is not enough activity in the area at the moment.
Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS