Events Diary 2013-14

The BioMed HTC hopes to be presenting at the following conferences:





Incontinence IX: The Engineering Challenge

5-6 November 2013 | London

The BUI is co-sponsoring Europe's leading seminar on engineering solutions to incontinence. This two-day seminar brings together engineers, clinicians, researchers, commercial designers and manufacturers, nurses, carers and users. As well as lectures featuring the very latest research and thinking, experts from outside the incontinence world will present technologies with the potential to revolutionise current practice.

Examining existing solutions and solving current engineering problems, this biannual event is the principal European meeting in this vital area of medical engineering.

Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge IX brings engineers, scientists, clinicians, researchers, commercial designers and producers, nurses, carers and users together.

People with incontinence - and caregivers - will share their experiences and describe the incontinence management problems they would most like solved. As well as invited lectures on state of the art developments and techniques, experts from outside the incontinence world will present technologies with the potential to revolutionise current thinking.

Click here to download the event brochure

For more information or to register your interest, visit

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Workshop on Personal care robots, 24 June 2013, BRL, UWE, Bristol

ISO TC184/SC2/WG7 (Personal care robot safety) would like to announce the 1st International Workshop on Personal care robots in collaboration with CLAWAR Association Ltd; University of the West of England Bristol, UK; University of Gävle, Sweden; and the EXO-LEGS ( project funded under the EC’s Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme ( for elderly persons.

The main aim of this workshop is to announce the imminent publication of ISO 13482 (Safety requirements for personal care robots).

The standard defines personal care robots and classifies them into three robot classes, namely mobile servant robot, physical assistant robots and person carrier robots. Special emphasis will be given in the workshop to physical assistant exoskeletons forming part of the physical assistant robots covered within ISO 13482. These assistive exoskeletons could have high potential to maintain the mobility of elderly persons and help them remain independent and active living in their homes for as long as possible.

The workshop is free to attend but registration is required by 20 June 2013.

Links to download registration form / programme

Further information:

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5th Annual Translational Medicine Conference, Londonderry, NI, 2 - 3 May 2013

Celebrating its fifth successful year, the event is recognised as a leading international conference in translational medicine and healthcare innovation. Over 160 international delegates including clinicians, academics and businesses attended in 2012 from USA, UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe and Asia and the conference continues to grow in stature each year.

The conference will explore the challenges of delivering healthcare to an ageing population and showcase novel approaches in disease prevention and disease management including diagnosis and therapy interventions.

The conference targets academics, clinicians, researchers and bioindustry R&D managers with the aim of encouraging collaboration and communication to inform research and clinical interventions.  The Devices for Dignity HTC, of which the BUI-BioMed is a Partner, will be represented.

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Biosense Banner 3rd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology IBST is delighted to announce that the 3rd International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology 2013 will take place in Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain, on 13-15 May 2013. The Bio-Sensing Technology Conference will bring together leaders from industry and academia to explore how different expertise can be drawn together to develop and exploit new technology for bio-sensing applications. For more information visit the conference website:

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  • European Association of Urology Annual Congress,
    Barcelona, 16-20 April 2010
  • UK Continence Society Annual Scientific Meeting,
    Torquay, 12-14 April 2010
  • International Society of Gerontology Conference,
    Vancouver, 19 May to 2 June 2010
  • International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society 2nd Meeting,
    Bristol, 16-18 June 2010
  • British Association of Urological Surgeons Annual Meeting,
    Manchester, 21-24 June 2010
  • Association for Continence Advice Conference,
    Harrogate, 28-29 June 2010
  • Physiology 2010,
    Manchester, 30 June – 2 July 2010
  • British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference,
    London, 6-8 July 2010
  • International Continence Society and International Urogynaecological Association Joint Annual Meeting,
    Toronto, 23-27 August 2010
  • Société Internationale d’Urologie Topical Meeting on Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction,
    Morocco, 13-16 October 2010
  • Involve Conference: Public Involvement in Research,
    Nottingham, 16-17 November 2010
  • BUI Annual Scientific Meeting,
    Bristol, 17-19 November 2010





Win £5,000 funding for your company

The Biomedical iNet are seeking proposals from innovative small to medium sized enterprises in the South West of England seeking support for their companies.
The iNet will host three events where they will offer support and guidance from a panel of motivated experts with industry knowledge and practical experience.
Companies that present to the panels will be eligible in addition to receive £1,000 funding and each company that presents over the three dates will have the opportunity to win £5,000 funding from the iNet.

iNet would like to invite you to present to one of the panels to receive this valuable support and the opportunity to receive the financial funding.

The Biomedical iNet covers the whole Life Science sector including:

  • Industrial
  • Lifestyle & Wellbeing
  • Healthcare
  • Food
  • Defence & security
  • Assisted Living
  • Pharmaceutical

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D4D Competition for Innovations in Urinary Continence Management

This year’s competition, which has potential prize funds of up to £45,000, is focused on the theme of Urinary Continence Management.

The prize money is being offered to help accelerate the development of healthcare devices which addresses a problem that continues to affect millions of people around the UK.

Up to three winners will each be awarded £15,000 and entrants will be given the opportunity to work with D4D's national experts' network, resources and specialist clinicians, bridging the gap between initial concepts, securing grant funding and attracting early stage investment.

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Innovation Awards- Nominations open!




The Biomedical iNet, in partnership with Medilink SW, will be hosting the second Innovation Awards to celebrate the success of the Biomedical industry within the South West.

The ceremony and celebratory dinner will be taking place on Tuesday the 23 October in Bristol. In addition to celebrating the success of South West companies, the event will also be a great networking opportunity.

The evening will be celebrating the success of companies across the South West and awards will be presented for the following categories;

- Start Up
- Innovation
- Growth
- NHS Partnership
- Export

Nominations have now openned so if you would like to nominate a company or if you would like to nominate your own company, please do so here Awards Nomination Form.

The criteria for each award can be found here Awards Criteria.

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BUIASMBUI Annual Scientific Meeting - Benign Disease of the Lower Urinary Tract - Wednesday 28th November & Thursday 29th November

Professor Paul Abrams this year retires from clinical practice. In honour of a remarkable career, many of the great names with whom he has been closely associated will make up an outstanding faculty of world-renowned researchers.

For further information click here

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BSUG FlyerBritish Society of Urogynaecology Regional Scientific Meeting

This meeting will take place on 20th of August 2012
in Plymouth.

For further information, please click here.


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Bloomsbury Art Fair Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July 2012, London

Baf LogoThe Bloomsbury Art Fair is an annual event of artistic works and activities. This year it will benefit the charities Motivation, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust and Walking With The Wounded.

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Meeting the Challenge: Continence Difficulties and Older People - 13 June 2012

A free ond day conference / training event. The day will include:Meeting the challenge flyer

  • The latest continence promotion workshop
  • The stigma of incontinence
  • Continence services as experienced by professionals and service users
  • Demonstrations of prototypes of two new continence managment technologies
  • An exhibition with the interactive "Great British Toilet Map"

Click here to read more and book your free place.

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The local Branch meeting shall be held on 11th June 2012 Local Care Centre, Plymouth.

Click here to read more

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Winning EU & RD Funding - 29 May 2012FP7 Event

Enterprise Europe Network South West, the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network and Bishop Fleming are pleased to invite you to a one day Masterclass focussed on participation in FP7. The event is applicable to all sectors and the topics covered provide a comprehensive view of the main areas that any organisation planning to participate in FP7 should be aware of.

Click here to read more and book your free place.

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Enterprise Europe Network South West event for industry SMEs - 22 May 2012

On 22 May local Trade Officers from our Embassies in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will talk about opportunities in these marketplaces. The event includes: Enterprise Europe

  • an overview of the market conditions and trends
  • support from UK Trade & Investment and the Enterprise Europe Network in connecting you with the markets
  • key sectors and opportunities
  • maximising the impact of your website
  • communication and business culture
  • the practicalities: getting your products there and getting paid for them
  • a one-to-one assessment from the Trade Officers of your chances of success in their markets.

Event details and booking form here:

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International Longevity Centre - UK
16 May 2012ILC-UK

ILC-UK, New Dynamics of Ageing and the Actuarial Profession debate: Improving care, tackling isolation and reducing costs? Can new technology live up to its promise?

After 3 years, the Tact3 project, in which the BioMed is a major partner, is almost complete. The findings of the project will be presented at several conferences in the coming months. The first is attached.

Click here to read more

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Mind the Gap - 20 April 2012

The one-day conference on Friday April 20 at the Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE  will consider how innovation in medical technology can fill the gaps in health resources and come up with cost-efficient solutions for practitioners and the NHS.

Speakers include Professor Bruce Campbell of NICE, George Leahy from the Department of Health, Dr Lucy Allen from the National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure, Dr Avril McCarthy from D4D, and Professor Norman Williams who is clinical director of Enteric and President of the Royal College of Surgeons.
To find out more about the conference, visit call 0207 882 2378, or download the flyer here

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South West Biomedical Research Showcase - 29 March 2012Research Flyer

The Biomedical iNet Research Showcase 29 March 2012 will be an opportunity for academics and research organisations to showcase their research to the attendees and a business panel. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their work with the speakers and
other attendees during round table discussions.

Click here to read more and download the flyer.

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‘Incontinence: the Engineering Challenge’
London, UK
7-8 December 2011
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Bristol Urological Institute
18th Annual Scientific Meeting

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Bristol, UK  
9 November 2011  
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International Continence Society
41st Annual Scientific Meeting

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Glasgow, UK  
29 August – 2 September 2011  
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British Society of Gerontology
40th Annual Conference

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'Understanding and Promoting the Value of Older Age'
Plymouth, UK  
5 - 7 July 2011  
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UK Continence Society
18th Annual Scientific Meeting

'Rising to the Challenge'
Bristol, UK  
6 - 8 April 2011  
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BUI/BioMed at the ISC-IUGA conference in icislogoToronto, August 23-27 2010

Following a successful workshop in previous years, the BUI urodynamics team held another, equally successful workshop this year in Toronto. 

torontopicIn addition we were invited to participate in a workshop entitled “Models of Continence Care; what works best?”, which looked at geriatric care models in UK and US and new social enterprise models for continence care in the UK,  and how these models can be evaluated to ensure aims and objectives are realised in practice. This workshop too was well received and is likely to be repeated at ICS next year in Glasgow. torontotn

The 2010 programme can be found on: the ICS website click here to view.

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Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge VII

This conference was held to examine existing solutions and solve current problems in incontinence.

Professor Marcus Drake, BUI Consultant Urological Surgeon, chaired a session on incontinence devices. During this session Debbie Delgado, former BUI research nurse, presented on a study to compare a pelvic toner device against standard pelvic floor exercises in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women. In addition, three presentations were made on the project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory, Tools and Technology (TACT3) by members of the TACT3 consortium, of which the BioMed is part.

A poster was also presented by Richard Thompson, BUI research technician, on Electrochemically Activated Solutions (ECAS) as a decontaminant for catheter drainage systems.

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User Centred Design: if only they had asked me I would have told them how to make it better!

Adele Long, BioMed Director, presented at this meeting on the importance of user involvement within the BioMed Health Technology Co-operative. Click here to read a copy of the abstract.

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38th Conference of the British Society of Gerontology - Culture, Diversity and Ageing.

As part of this conference, a symposium was held on Continence difficulties and older people.  This was led by the Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory, Tools and Technology (TACT3) project consortium, of which the BUI is a part. 

Adele Long, BioMed Director, gave a presentation on Living with incontinence: the patient perspective.

The conference was held at the University of the West of England Frenchay campus in Bristol on 2 to 4 September 2009.

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Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge

This conference, held in Chicago on 7-8 April 2009, was sponsored by The Simon Foundation for Continence, and aimed to stimulate fresh thinking on improving technologies for continence care.

Professor Marcus Drake, BUI Consultant Urological Surgeon, presented on Urinary Catheters in the Present Day.  He described the challenges faced in developing alternatives for draining urine from the bladder, current work on overcoming the limitations, and research priorities for further work.

Eleanor van den Heuvel, Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB), presented on the project Tackling Ageing Continence through Theory, Tools and Technology (TACT3) on behalf of the TACT3 consortium, of which the BioMed is part. 


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