UWTSD Researchers named among Nation’s Lifesavers


A team of researchers from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, who worked with London-based company Walk With Path, has today been recognised for their contribution to keeping the nation healthy.

The researchers from the University’s Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM) are among the Nation’s Lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

They have been named for the first time today as part of Universities UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on everyday lives.

The team worked with Walk With Path to help them create Path Finder, a device which supports the mobility of people suffering with freezing of gait – where Parkinson’s patients find that they are suddenly unable to move their legs and often fall as a result.

Path Finder is a laser light cueing device which attaches to a shoe and projects a horizontal line on the ground in front of the user at a set distance from the feet. This gives the wearer a visual cue to step across and acts as an external stimulus to trigger walking. A prototype had already been made which proved the principle and CBM was asked to help develop this into a commercial product.

Working closely with Walk With Path and potential users, CBM detailed each component in 3D computer-aided design (CAD) before manufacturing three sets of working prototypes for extensive user testing.  A full set of 2D control drawings were produced for manufacture and within 12 months, Walk With Path launched the device.

Company Founder, Lise Pape, says: “CBM helped us to prototype multiple iterations of our product, carrying out user testing at each stage by using their rapid prototyping services to make devices our users could interact with”.

The MadeAtUni campaign shows how the Nation’s Lifesavers are fighting diseases, helping new parents and children enjoy the best start in life, supporting older people and improving our mental health and wellbeing. The selection reveals the amazing use of technology, such as drones to fight malaria, a smart glove for communicating sign language and robots helping older people. 

Universities from across the country were invited to nominate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. Over 100 universities including UWTSD submitted a nomination.

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of UWTSD said: “I am delighted that the work of the University’s Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture is featured in the list of 100 of the Nation’s Lifesavers.  CBM has developed a reputation as a leading authority in advanced manufacture and provides innovative solutions to range of sectors including Human and Veterinary Medicine.

“The MadeAtUni campaign is a great chance to celebrate the many ways universities across the UK are having a significant impact on our everyday lives.”

Professor Dame Janet Beer, President Universities UK, said:  “When people think of lifesavers they tend to focus on the dedication and skill of our doctors, nurses, carers, and paramedics – many of whom are trained at universities. Every day, up and down the country, universities are also working on innovations to transform and save lives. Research taking place in universities is finding solutions to so many of the health and wellbeing issues we care about and the causes that matter.

“By proudly working in partnership with charities, the NHS and healthcare organisations, universities are responsible for some of our biggest health breakthroughs and in revolutionising the delivery of care.

“This campaign is a chance to bring to life the wonderful and often unexpected work going on every day in our universities and to celebrate some of the people working to make a life-changing difference to the nation.”

Research shows the public are proud of UK universities[1] but have little understanding of the benefits they bring, with most not being aware that UK academics are behind many of the discoveries that save lives and keep up healthy. The MadeAtUni campaign gives the public an insight into some of this work and celebrates those who made it happen. More information on the campaign can be found on the dedicated website: www.madeatuni.org.uk



Note to Editor

[1] https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/facts-and-stats/impact-higher-education/pages/universities-what-the-public-thinks.aspx

About the Britain Thinks Research

Britain Thinks polled 2,063 uk adults online between 30 may and 31 may 2018. data was weighted to be representative of all uk adults.

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