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EPSRC Reference: EP/P012779/1
Title: Micro-Robotics for Surgery
Principal Investigator: Yang, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Darzi, Professor AW Shah, Professor P Theodoreli - Riga, Dr C V
Yeatman, Professor EM Leff, Mr DR
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Beating Bowel Cancer Biocompatibles Ltd Breast Cancer Now
British Lung Foundation Hansen Medical Inc Intel Corporation Ltd
Intuitive Surgical Inc Karl Storz Mauna Kea Technologies
Medtronic Nanoscribe GmbH TESCAN UK
Department: Institute for Global Health
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 April 2017 Ends: 31 March 2022 Value (£): 6,236,364
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Robotics & Autonomy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
09 Nov 2016 Programme Grant Interviews - 9 November 2016 (Engineering) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
As minimally invasive surgery is being adopted in a wide range of surgical specialties, there is a growing trend in precision surgery, focussing on early malignancies with minimally invasive intervention and greater consideration on patient recovery and quality of life. This requires the development of sophisticated micro-instruments integrated with imaging, sensing, and robotic assistance for micro-surgical tasks. This facilitates management of increasingly small lesions in more remote locations with complex anatomical surroundings. The proposed programme grant seeks to harness different strands of engineering and clinical developments in micro-robotics for precision surgery to establish platform technologies in: 1) micro-fabrication and actuation; 2) micro-manipulation and cooperative robotic control; 3) in vivo microscopic imaging and sensing; 4) intra-operative vision and navigation; and 5) endoluminal platform development. By using endoluminal micro-surgical intervention for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, lung and breast cancer as the exemplars, we aim to establish a strong technological platform with extensive industrial and wider academic collaboration to support seamless translational research and surgical innovation that are unique internationally.

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