Guest Lecture Series #2: Professor John Fisher – The role of stratification in future developments of medical devices

Guest Lecture Series #2: Professor John Fisher – The role of stratification in future developments of medical devices

Date: September 30, 2015

Location: University of Bradford

The role of stratification in future developments of medical devices

Wednesday 30 September 3-5pm, networking to follow

University of Bradford


John Fisher is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Leeds. During the last twenty five years he has developed the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering to be one of the leading medical engineering research centres in Europe.

His personal research interests lie in the field of biotribology of joint replacements and tissue engineering. He has undertaken research and development on numerous total joint replacements, identifying low wearing solutions which are now in clinical use worldwide. The Institute has over one hundred stations of hip, knee, ankle and spine simulators, making it the largest independent simulation laboratory in the world. He is also co-inventor of the novel dCELL® biological scaffolds for tissue repair and regenerative interventions, and academic founder of and consultant to AIM listed company Tissue Regenix PLC. He has published over four hundred journal papers and supervised over 100 PhD students. In 2011 he was awarded a CBE for services to biomedical engineering and in 2012 the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering was awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize Award, the UKs highest accolade for an academic institution, for its research on “Innovative joint replacement and regenerative technologies to improve quality of life”


Professor John Fisher will present his research stratified design and manufacture processes for orthopaedic medical device manufacture at the University of Bradford.

Stratified design and manufacture enables medical devices and implants to be more closely matched to a patient’s needs, reducing the risks of adverse reactions and ensuring better long term performance.  This is achieved by stratifying patients on the basis of relevant characteristics that enable to right design to be chosen to fit each group.


Plus guest presentations from MeDe Innovation early career researchers from the universities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Newcastle – TBC.

Refreshments and networking opportunity will be available after the lecture, a draft programme is below:


Early Career Researcher Meeting (tick ECR Meeting box when registering to attend Guest Lecture)

12.30 Lab tours

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Musculoskeletal medical device manufacture and the greatest regulatory challenge in the translation of biomaterials to the clinic – Dr Alan Horner, Smith & Nephew


Guest Lecture Series #2: Professor John Fisher – The role of stratification in future developments of medical devices

3pm: Natacha Rodrigues, Newcastle University,  Title TBC’

3.20: Joss Atkinson, University of Sheffield, –  ’Functionalisation of Hydroxyapatite using a Coupled Heparin Heparin-binding Peptide’

3.40: Fernando Barrera, University of Nottingham, –  ’Manufacture of fibre reinforced bioresorbable composites for restorative treatment’

4pm: Professor John Fisher – ‘The role of stratification in future developments of medical devices’

5pm: Sandwiches, drinks, networking



MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series Programme

The MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series is a programme of lectures led by its esteemed academic leadership in the field of innovative medical device manufacturing throughout 2015.

During the visit to a MeDe Innovation academic centre, the invited guest will present their research in a free to attend, open lecture. There are also other opportunities for the research community to engage in activities; such as ECR meetings, lab tours and the chance to present.

Attendees are invited from across the medical device manufacturing (Class III) sector.

Through the MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series, the research community can learn, meet, network, share experience, and build stronger cross-centre relationships.


Each MeDe Innovation Academic Centre will host a guest lecture  (further details TBC):

David Grant at Newcastle University – October

Paul Hatton at University of Nottingham – November

Phil Coates at University of Sheffield – December


Who can attend?

MeDe Innovation Guest Lectures are free and open to all with an interest in innovative manufacturing in musculoskeletal medical devices. Booking is essential.


Other MeDe Innovation events

Annual Conference: Newcastle Centre for Life, 28 January 2016


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