Representatives of BME community from EU, Africa, US and Asia, of European Parliament Members (Madame Neena Gill, West Midland and Nicola Caputo, Italy), of European Commission (Mr Bernd Rainer, DG Research) took part to the meeting.
One of the topics of the meeting was how to harmonise international regulation on medical devices and medical setting across these continents, which is a key objective of UBORA.
Thinking, making, innovating, taking care, this is the mission of MAKEtoCARE18.
During the evening of October 10th, Licia Di Pietro and Lucia Arcarisi of UBORA team were protagonists of MAKEtoCARE18, an initiative promoted by Sanofi Genzyme, the Speciality Care division of Sanofi. The contest is aimed at bringing out and facilitating the creation and dissemination of innovative solutions useful for meeting the real needs of people affected by any form of disability, understood as any marked decrease in quality of life due to pathologies and/or traumatic events. The event was held at “Tempio di Adriano” in Rome, where 8 teams presented their innovative ideas.
During the contest, Lucia Arcarisi presented Palpreast, a medical device designed through the UBORA e-infrastructure. The device is a wearable stretchy top with a pressure sensing textile that is adapted to breast with an inflation system. This system applies an external pressure to simulate the hand movement that detects the presence of nodules, which are stiffer than the breast tissue. The device can be used by all women, including pregnant ones, because it’s safe, easy and does not use any radiation. Women, with high familiar or genetic onset, are the first target patient population, which have to undergo to several breast diagnostic exams.
The UBORA e-infrastructure was officially presented at the Digital Infrastructure for Research DI4R conference, held at ISCTE University Institute in Lisbon on October 9th-11th, by Prof. Andrés Diaz Lantada.
The conference was jointly organized by EOSC-hub, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and PRACE, which are some of the most important EU e-infrastructure, and represented a moment for reflecting about the sustainability of these tools which promote collaboration in the EU research community and beyond.
The intense programme can be found here, and the abstract we presented can be downloaded at this link.
The recently released UBORA e-infrastructure was presented to clinicians, who really appreciated the new “I have a needs” section, which can be the entry point for many of the design process of medical devices.
This conference session was a great opportunity for creating new contacts: Global Health Telemedicine is looking for affordable medical devices for the local point of care, and UBORA is ready for collaborating with them.
The UBORA Design School 2018 was held in the first week of September at the Conference Center Le Benedettine of University of Pisa, in Italy. More than 90 students, mentors, teachers and keynote speakers of 22 different nationalities from 4 continents animated the 5-days school on the design of open source medical devices.
Classes on design, legislation and prototyping, practical workshops on software and hardware enabling technologies were provided in the first three days of the school, while keynote speeches offered the opportunity to students to be inspired for their future careers.
The conference was articulated into 4 thematic sessions, focused on the recent developments on open source medical devices, on new methodologies for teaching collaborative biomedical engineering, on clinical needs in low resource settings and in high-income countries and on ethical problems introduced by new technologies in healthcare
During the Closing Ceremony of the conference, the preview of the UBORA e-infrastructure was presented by prof. Arti Ahluwalia, the UBORA coordinator.
Full board accommodation will be provided to projects ranked in the range 29-31, thanks to the scholarships provided by Protocentral and Bercella.
For the other projects, because they were nevertheless an excellent contribution, one team member will be invited to attend the Conference and the UBORA Design School, too.
Priority for enrollment will be given accordingly to the final ranking, up to a total of 40 participants.
However, we cannot provide any travel or accommodation costs: the team member has to provide his/her own expenses or request a travel bursary from their university.
All the participants will be personally contacted by our Management Office, for detailed instructions, regarding travel and accommodation.
Finally, we will invite ALL of you to participate in the UBORA e-infrastructure to further develop your projects, which will take you through the design, classification and fabrication process. You will be able to co-create with other designers with the help of mentors from industry and academia. We hope to count on you as pioneers for the design of safe and open medical devices to enable access to quality healthcare for all.
The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) hosted the 2nd East African Community (EAC) Regional E-Health & Telemedicine Workshop, Ministerial Conference and International Trade Exhibition from May 15-18 2018 at the Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village in Kigali, Rwanda.
The main objective of the conference was to provide a high level dialogue with different stakeholders on how technology can enhance healthcare delivery, brainstorm on the issue of ICT technologies in particular those related to e-health, how to enhance usage of e-platforms in East Africa and what should be done to improve and strengthen ICT applications for health. The Clinical and Medical Equipment Assessment Study in Uganda under the UBORA project was presented under the theme: ‘technology and innovation in strengthening EAC partner states’ infrastructure and e-readiness for improved healthcare delivery’.
At the Special Workshop on Patient Safety in Ottawa, organized under the endorsement of IFMBE, the UBORA coordinator Arti Ahluwalia presented the benefits of open source design of medical devices: accessibility, sustainability, and improved performance and safety because everyone can review the design dossier. The use of open source approach and appropriate technologies can reduce the development cost of a medical device.