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Pelvic Nerve Research features in the Journal of Neural Engineering

Work in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience by Bristol University has featured in the high impact international IOP Journal of Neural Engineering. With support through our IMPRESSplus 2017 funding call Professor Thelma Lovick and her team were able to show that stimulation of the Pelvic nerve in rats can help to delay the immediate voiding

APPG Continence Care launches report on continence in young people

On 28th February IMPRESS Principal Investigator Dr Peter Culmer was invited by Rosie Cooper MP to attend the House of Commons for the launch of a new report on continence in young people. Following our Kid’s Toilet Talk work to investigate and raise awareness of incontinence in school aged children, we are so encouraged to see the publication of this

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 Institution of Mechanical Engineers  Incontinence: Engineering Innovation to Enhance Quality of Life released in November 2017 was co-authored by IMPRESS and inspired award winning journalist Melanie Reid to define incontinence as ‘a foolish taboo’ in her weekly Notebook

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 conference in London in November 2017. The winner of the poster prize was Dr Jon Crook (pictured here with his team), a Research Associate in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience at the University

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.   Download a template to write your own comic strip.

Why We Need to Talk about Incontinence

Following our highly successful WEDC40 Incontinence Side Event,  Dr Peter Culmer, IMPRESS Principal Investigator and Dr Dani Darrington, Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Health at the University of Leeds joined forces to highlight why there is a global need to improve how we address incontinence and a consistent need across the world to speak more openly about it and

Report from the IMPRESS Workshop: ‘Incontinence Needs in LMICs’

Workshop Background We recently ran our side event, “Incontinence Needs in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)”, at the WEDC 2017 Conference, “Local Action with International Cooperation to Improve and Sustain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services” in Loughborough, UK. The conference attracts a wide audience of people working in, and around, the global WASH

Talking TERMIS

In June IMPRESS organised the Regenerative Medicine for Incontinence symposium held at TERMIS-EU 2017 (the European Chapter Meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society) in Davos, Switzerland. Our aim was to highlight to this audience the relevance and importance of regenerative medicine to incontinence and the many opportunities that exist for future research.  Dr

Soft Tactile Sensors Demo at ICRA 2017

IMPRESS Research Lead Dr Ali Alazmani was selected to dem0onstrate his work on soft sensing at ICRA 2017, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Conference on Robotics and Automation, in Singapore in June. He and his research team at the University of Leeds are developing ultra-high performance soft tactile sensors using flexible coils. Tactile sensors

First Round Knowledge Exchange Awards Granted

IMPRESS has awarded three Knowledge Exchange Awards since opening the scheme in March 2017. Bladder Sensing In the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Bristol University, research associate Jonathan Crook will make a number of visits to research labs in the UK and France who are working in the field of stretchable electronics where he will investigate the potential for applying their technology to

Incontinence Workshop for Young People

IMPRESS and TITCH have joined forced to develop an incontinence workshop focusing on the needs of young people age 6-16. Before we plan in earnest we would like feedback from young people interested in attending such an event. Our plan is to host the workshop at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds where our visitors will

IMPRESS at IASTED Biomed 2017

PhD researcher Will Stokes from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds presented his work on physically simulating the effect of the anorectal angle on continence at the 13th IASTED International Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Innsbruck in February.

IMPRESS fellowship at TERMIS-EU 2017

An abstract submitted by IMPRESS Research Fellow Dr Elena Mancuso has been accepted at TERMIS-EU 2017. This high profile conference is the European chapter meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). Dr Mancuso will present her work on the development of a co-electrospun membrane for pelvic organ prolapse repair and regeneration.

IMPRESS funds Pilot Study for Incontinence in Children

IMPRESS has awarded funding to a new pilot project focussing on incontinence in children. The manual dexterity and mental maturity required to operate some of the implantable devices used to treat urinary incontinence means these devices are not ideal for younger patients.

IMPRESS funds Next Generation Technologies for Incontinence

We are pleased to announce that three early stage research projects have been granted IMPRESS plus funding through our Next Generation Technologies for Incontinence Funding Call. Each project has been awarded £50,000.

IMPRESS at ERIC conference

IMPRESS exhibited at the biennial children’s continence conference run by ERIC in Birmingham. This is an extremely well attended event for specialist healthcare professionals.

IMPRESS funds follow on work for Pelvic Nerve Study

IMPRESS has granted follow on funds to the School of Physiology and Pharmacology at Bristol University. In her pilot project Dr Thelma Lovick showed in rats that electrical stimulation of the pelvic nerve within a specific frequency range can delay the onset of urination which for people with urinary incontinence might provide invaluable time to reach a toilet. Dr Lovick will continue

Very Sad Loss

With great regret we must inform you that our charity partner the Bladder and Bowel Foundation ceased trading on 22nd July. For nearly a quarter of a century the charity has consistently provided invaluable support to the public and the healthcare community.

MDVSN funding success

IMPRESS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network (MDVSN) to study a new technology for skin sensing in conjunction with the Leeds Wound Care Research Unit.

Next Generation Technologies Symposium

60 delegates attended our Symposium during World Continence Week 2016 and enjoyed a rich programme of guest speakers and pilot project presentations.

FI Workshop: The Outcome

Our workshop in February on faecal incontinence was enormously successful and we wanted to share with you the results from all the hard work of those who were able to attend on the day and participate in our group work sessions.

IMPRESS Charity Partners

We are very pleased to announce that the Bladder and Bowel Foundation andERIC have joined the IMPRESS network as our Charity Partners.

IMPRESS Research Fellow Vacancy

IMPRESS Research Fellow in Medical Technologies

IMPRESS Student Summer Internships 2016

The IMPRESS network have collaborated with HTC Foundation (HTCf) to create an exciting programme of Summer internships for 2016.

IMPRESS FI workshop goes down a storm

Our one day workshop focussing on faecal incontinence in February 2016 was a huge success. Excellent attendance from some fifty delegates ranging from patients to healthcare professionals to academic researchers to industry.

New Collaborations in Incontinence Research

IMPRESS is pleased to announce some new collaborations on incontinence technologies with the Surgical Technologies Group at Leeds University. These have resulted directly through the activities of the IMPRESS network.

IMPRESS at IMechE Incontinence X

IMPRESS had a very productive couple of days at the IMechE Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge X conference in London which featured question and answer sessions from a number of individuals, both male and female, who live with incontinence or4 care for a loved one with the condition.



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