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NASA helps launch UK international health technology conference

22 January 2014

A new international conference to enhance links between inventors and medical professionals will be launched with a keynote from NASA's David Lockney.

Daniel Lockney

Technology transfer programme executive, Daniel Lockney (pictured) – who works at the Office for the Chief Technologist at NASA HQ in Washington DC – will be the keynote speaker for the first Design for Health and Wellbeing conference organised by Nottingham Trent University.

Mr Lockney will explain to an audience of industry professionals how space research can help deliver major breakthroughs in medical product design.

The one-day event has been organised by the university’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and will take place at Nottingham Conference Centre on 25 February.
It is expected to attract academics, healthcare providers and medical professionals from around Europe.

Mr Lockney, who will talk alongside a number of leading medical and product design experts, said: “Innovation from space research often results in technical advances that have practical and terrestrial applications outside of their intended applications.

“Such advances can occur in a variety of disciplines and NASA has hundreds of examples of technical ‘spinoffs’ from its work which have created jobs, spurred new industries and saved and improved thousands of lives.

“In examining these technologies a story is told of how the pursuit of scientific discovery can lead to unique and unexpected results and this also provides a unique history of NASA spaceflight.
“So it’s a real honour to be invited to Nottingham Trent University to speak about this at the launch of the Design for Health and Wellbeing conference.

“And as well as telling NASA’s story, I’m looking forward to learning about the technologies being developed at Nottingham Trent University and the work of other organisations, and how these technological advances are helping to improve people’s lives.”

Other speakers at the event include Michael Phillips, design development director at Renfrew Group International; Mr Charles Nduka, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital, West Sussex; and Professor Michael Vloeberghs, consultant paediatric neurosurgeon at Nottingham University Hospital.

Dr Philip Breedon, a reader in product design at Nottingham Trent University, who will chair the conference, said: “There’s a real need for medical product designers to work closely with clinicians and the aim of the conference is to help forge those important links.

“Only by working together can we discover the technological breakthroughs which are needed to help solve the health and wellbeing problems of today.

“I’m very much looking forward to hearing Mr Lockney and all our speakers. And I hope the conference will become an essential event on the calendar of all academics and medical professionals in this exciting field.”

The conference is supported by Medilink East Midlands and part-funded by the Healthcare & Bioscience iNet, a project part-financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is also endorsed by the Design Research Society.

For more information and to book a place, click here.

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