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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE:
Dr Nikola Krstajic from its School of Science and Engineering, and Dr Colin Murdoch, from the University’s School of Medicine, have been awarded £200,000 by the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership and EPSRC with Moor Instruments Ltd to develop a new device capable of capturing images of blood flow during keyhole surgery.
The award is part of a collaboration between Dundee and Moor Instruments, the Devon-based medical device designer, manufacturer and distributor of monitoring and imaging systems to assess blood flow and oxygen in the microvasculature, and follows previous work between the two institutions.
“Bowel leakage is a major complication after endoscopic surgery” said Dr Murdoch. “With more key-hole surgery taking place, there is a real need to be able to detect inadequate blood perfusion, leading to tissue break-down, to help advance endoscopic surgery.
“Currently, dyes are injected into patients to enable perfusion imaging while surgery is conducted. This funding will allow us to develop imaging technology that will aid surgery and may also be used to assess perfusion in other organs to help understand other diseases.”
The team is now aiming to recruit a new member as a Photonics Engineer to help drive forward the two-year programme. Embedded within Moor Instruments at its Axminster headquarters, the suitable candidate will divide their time between Devon and Dundee.
“We have the core of a really good idea,” added Dr Krstajic.
“The great thing about Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is that companies such as Moor Instruments Ltd provide us with the essential background and pathway to pursue our objectives as engineers. As a company, Moor is able to highlight exactly what the medical industry requires and that knowledge empowers us to develop solutions that can ultimately benefit patients. Our Biomedical Engineering students will also benefit from exposure and work experience with a top UK medical and research device company.”