IMPRESS Funded Projects

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Check out the different projects IMPRESS has been funding in incontinence research

IMPRESS Funded

Proof of concept projects

Modelling the Physiology of Faecal Incontinence

Modelling the Physiology of Faecal Incontinence is a project which runs in parallel with another IMPRESS pilot scheme, the Tactile Sensing Capsule project at Bristol Robotics Lab…

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Tactile Sensing Capsule for treating Faecal Incontinence

Tactile Sensing Capsule complements the Imperial College London’s work on modelling the physiology of faecal incontinence by investigating the use of a sensing capsule developed by…

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A Fat Chance of Curing Faecal Incontinence

A Fat chance of Curing Faecal Incontinence is a bio-engineering project which addresses the need for improvements to the treatment of anal sphincter muscle failure resulting from obstetric…

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Bio-Tribology of Incontinence Management Products

Bio-Tribology of Incontinence Management Products examines how, under realistic conditions, slip and contact contribute to the development of pressure ulcers on the skin in the…

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Pelvic nerve stimulation to control urinary incontinence

One current treatment for urinary incontinence is stimulation of the sacral nerve in the lower back however success rates are only around 50%. As an alternative to this…

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Smarter
Sphincters                  

Smarter Sphincters is a pilot project starting in December 2016 and focussing on incontinence in children. The manual dexterity and mental maturity required to operate some of the…

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Other projects

Pelvic Nerve Stimulation Follow on Study

With preliminary funding from IMPRESS we showed in urethane-anaesthetised rats that high frequency stimulation of the pelvic nerve could block urinary voiding that was induced every…

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Co-electrospun Membrane for Pelvic Floor Repair

This research project will be undertaken as part of the IMPRESS Research Fellowship position, held by Dr Elena Mancuso. It has been developed through close collaboration with textiles experts at Leeds University…

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IMPRESSplus 2016 projects

Better Bladders

Better Bladders is a study investigating new treatments for bladder disease. It will build on previous work in which researchers used a tissue engineering approach to investigate changes…

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Faecal Pellet Sensor

Currently no technologies exist that can fully understand how faecal matter within the rectum directs relaxation of the internal anal sphincter muscle leading to coordinated defaecation…

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Anti-Blocking Catheter Coating

Indwelling urinary catheters become repeatedly blocked in up to 50% of long-term catheterised patients leading to urinary retention, pain and an increased risk of infection and…

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IMPRESSplus 2017 projects

Overactive Bladder Fingerprint

This project aims to develop a new diagnostic tool specific to Overactive Bladder (OAB) which affects 1 in 5 adults and is one of the most common causes of urinary incontinence. It builds on the recent discovery that …

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Penile Compressive Device

This project involves the design of a clamp for managing male urinary incontinence. These devices compress the penile urethra where it passes through the penile shaft however existing clamps were found to present major shortcomings …

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Pelvic Nerve Stimulation

Urinary urge incontinence (UUI) is a condition where the act of voiding is normal but voluntary control over the process is impaired. Current treatments are often unsatisfactory.  Bristol University are developing a new approach …

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