UBORA workshop at University of Bologna

By | February 28, 2019

In the context of the activities for promoting the UBORA platform and importance of harmonization of medical device regulation, an UBORA workshop was held at University of Bologna, the oldest University in Europe, on February 26th.

The workshop, hosted in the course Biomedical Engineering for Developing Countries, thanks to the invitation of professor Stefano Severi, was organized in two sessions. In the morning we presented the UBORA design methodology, starting from clinical needs and putting emphasis on standards and regulation. The importance of harmonization of medical device legislation, in the context of global and local healthcare challenges, was one of the themes of discussion. In the afternoon, after an overview of the European Medical Device Regulation 2017/745, the students had the opportunity to do guided exercises on the classification of Medical Devices using the tools provided by the UBORA platform.

PhD course on Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation

By | January 24, 2019

An interesting design and practical course on Biomedical Instrumentation was held by Prof. Mannan Mridha from KTH for the PhD students of University of Pisa.

The objective of the course, held on 14-18 January 2019, was to introduce the design principles of biomedical electronics and impart practical knowledge on construction and signal acquisition (details on the teaching programme can be found here). The same principles are daily applied by Mannan’s team for designing their devices on UBORA platform.

UBORA at the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

By | December 18, 2018

The 4th  WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, held at AMTZ-Kalam Convention Centre in Visakhapatnam (India), was a great opportunity for the over 1000 participants from all over the world to disseminate and share information on medical devices for global health.

In this world-relevant event, the UBORA e-infrastructure was officially presented in a plenary session on Innovation of Medical Devices, challenges to scale up under the invitation of the World Health Organization.

During the forum, the UBORA delegates had the opportunity to hold a dedicated workshop on Open Source Medical Devices: safety and reliability, where the e-infrastructure was used by many participants with a different background (healthcare providers, entrepreneurs, policymakers) and origin (from Asia to America).

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Meeting doctors in Mexico

By | December 1, 2018

UBORA is a truly worldwide community of medical device developers which includes engineers, clinicians and patients, for developing needs-based medical healthcare technologies.

Recently (November 29th) we met, for example, the doctors of Zambrano Hellion Hospital in Monterrey (MX), one of the most advanced in Latin America. The discussion was focused both on high-tech medical devices and on the low resource settings, which can be found also in rich areas such as Monterrey. Open, smart and EU MDR compliant solutions can come from the UBORA e-infrastructure: a worldwide harmonized regulation is, however, necessary for increasing the access to quality healthcare.

UBORA in the European Parliament Interest Group in BME

By | October 20, 2018

In the framework of the activities for promoting harmonization in medical device regulations, UBORA representatives took part in the European Parliament Interest Group (EPIG) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) meeting, held in Bruxelles on October 11th 2018.  

The EPIG in BME is an initiative of the European Alliance Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering & Science for establishing a fruitful dialogue between EU authorities and Biomedical Engineers for defining European Regulations and forthcoming research frameworks.

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.

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MAKEtoCARE and Maker Faire Rome 2018

By | October 16, 2018

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 video of the presentation is available at Live Video of MAKEtoCARE2018 (min 48:00).

As finalists of the contest MAKEtoCARE18Palpreast and UBORA were presented also at the  Maker Faire Rome -The European Edition at pav 4 stand A7.

UBORA at Digital Infrastructure for research 2018

By | October 15, 2018

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-hubGÉANTOpenAIRE 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

 

European Research Night & Robotic Festival: intense days for the UBORA team in Pisa

By | October 10, 2018

The end of September and beginning of October were intensive dissemination days.

On 28th, students and researchers of UBORA were protagonists of Bright, the Italian edition of the European research night, hosted by the booth of the Research Center E. Piaggio of University of Pisa, in Pisa. it was a nice moment for sensitizing people of the importance of accessibility to save medical devices, and how open source can contribute to this action. 

 

During the same days, Pisa hosted also the International Robotic Festival 2018, one-week event focused on the applications and the impact of technologies, and robotics in particular, in the human being. Great importance was given medicine (robotic surgery, surgical simulation), and a special session was dedicated to the role of technologies on humanitarian cooperation.

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.

UBORA Design School 2018

By | September 8, 2018

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.  

The school, born on the experiences of the ABEC Innovators’ Summer Schools promoted by UNECA and the UBORA Design School 2017 in Nairobi,  was structured according to the CDIO methodology empowered with a strong focus on standards and regulation. Thanks to UBORA e-infrastructure, officially launched during the first day of the school, and guided by mentors from industry and academia, students learned how to design a medical device responding to specific needs and compliant with EC regulation.

Furthermore, thanks to the endorsement of the Department of Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the University of Pisa, the school was included in the offer of the University of Pisa Summer School programmes, and recognizing 3 ECTs to attendants.

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. 

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First International Conference on Collaborative BME for Open Source Medical Technologies

By | September 3, 2018

The First International Conference Collaborative Biomedical Engineering for Open Source Medical Technologies was held on the 1st and 2nd September 2018, at the Conference Center Le Benedettine of University of Pisa.  Over 100 delegates from 4 continents and 20 different nationalities attended the two-day event, endorsed by EAMBES, the Tuscany Region, and the City of Pisa, and supported by Fondazione Arpa

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.

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