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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...

David Jayne

NIHR Surgical Medtech Co-operative

David Jayne is Director of the NIHR Surgical Medtech Co-operative, a national collaboration of clinicians, scientists, industry, patients and funders developing novel solutions for colorectal, hepatobiliary and vascular disease. He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. His clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery and his research focusses on new technologies for surgical application.

In 2012 he was awarded a NIHR Research Professorship to promote the translation of novel technologies into clinical practice for patient benefit.


Wendy Tindale

NIHR Devices for Dignity Medtech Co-operative

Wendy Tindale is Consultant Clinical Scientist and Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She holds a Chair at the University of Sheffield and is Clinical Director of Devices for Dignity Medtech Co-operative.

She leads one of the largest NHS medical technology centres in the UK. She has contributed to national and international committees, including Royal College and Government advisory bodies and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.


Jeroen Voorham


Jeroen Voorham trained as an Aerospace Engineer at the Delft University of Technology. He is currently studying a PhD at the Leiden University Medical Center and the University Hospital of Antwerp investigating the electrical signals produced by muscles in the pelvic floor.

In 2013 he founded Novuqare and in partnership with industrial designer Fiebke Op de Macks has developed MAPLe, the first clinically certified device that can differentiate between the individual muscles within the pelvic floor. It was launched on the Belgian market in 2015.


Rui Reis

University of Minho

Rui Reis is Professor of Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells at the University of Minho in Portugal and directs the 3B’s Research Group (Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics). He is also CEO of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM).

His research focuses on creating biomaterials from naturally occurring polymers. His 3B’s Group work with materials such as bone marrow, umbilical cord, amniotic and embryonic stem cells to engineer tissues such as bone, cartilage, skin, and neurological tissue.  His research has been cited more than 19000 times and in 2016 he was awarded membership of the USA National Academy of Engineering.


Janos Voros

ETH Zurich

Janos Voros is Professor in the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at ETH Zurich and leads the Laboratory for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. He studied Physics and Biophysics at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest and is interested in the research areas of Biosensors, Bioelectronics, Nano-Biotechnology, Biomaterials and Neurosciences with a special passion for the molecular and cellular processes at biological interfaces.

Much of his work focuses on novel biosensor techniques for diagnostics and drug discovery, using nanobiotechnology for interfacing neural networks, and implanted stretchable electronic devices.

karen irwin

Karen Irwin

Bladder and Bowel UK

Karen Irwin is manager of Bladder and Bowel UK, a national charity which provides free professional advice and information to adults and children about bladder and bowel problems, products and services.

Her varied career has allowed her to work in a range of of clinical settings, including, neurology, district nursing, medicines management, project management and service development within the NHS. With extensive clinical experience working with people with continence, bladder and bowel problems, most recently as a clinical nurse specialist at Bolton NHS Trust, Karen has a strong interest in incontinence research and has been involved nationally with a number of working parties and projects.


Juliette Randall


Juliette Randall has a background in civil service, initially at the Government Office for the South West as Assistant Director for safer communities and latterly Relationship Manager. From 2011 she spent four years as Chief Executive of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust in Bristol, successfully raising the Cemetery’s profile as a visitor centre and heritage site before joining the national children’s continence charity ERIC as CEO in 2015.

Passionate about children and young people having the support, tools and opportunities to thrive, she is committed to championing the cause of children’s continence in the UK.

Core Team

The IMPRESS core team are members committed to the research group.

  • Pete Culmer
  • Richard Day
  • Michael Bryant
  • Ali Alazmani
  • Sarah King


Made up of NIHR Medtech Co-operatives, Academic, Industry and Charitable organisations

  • NIHR Surgical Medtech Co-operative
  • NIHR Devices for Dignity Medtech Co-operative
  • ETH Zurich (LBB)
  • University of Minho (3B's)
  • Coloplast
  • Novuqare
  • ERIC
  • Bladder and Bowel UK













Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS