This week, between 16-18 November 2018, Ameliot will co-host the 2018 International Conference on Trauma Surgery Technology in Giessen. This new international conference is being realised thanks to the prestigious funding award from the DFG German Research Foundation.

The Giessen University’s Medical Faculty where this conference will be held between 16-18 November 2018.

This first international conference on design of technology and protocols in experimental trauma surgery will bring together a host of experts in the fields of medical devices, nanotechnologies, user-centred design, regenerative medicine and trauma rehabilitation to explore promising concepts and their development based on the state of the art in patient-centred technology design. The overarching goal is to explore trauma rehabilitation concepts and their development based on state-of-the-art patient-centred technology design, and to improve patient outcomes through the design of optimal technology that assists both patients and surgeons. Regenerative rehabilitation, where trauma patients are treated by methods of regenerative medicine, is an emerging field. In spite of the potential in this area, clinical success has not yet been realised; rehabilitative and assistive technologies are all too often rejected by patients because of the social stigma associated with temporary or permanent injury, illness or impairment. This conference has been specifically organised to address these issues.

Collectively, the conference focuses on design of technology and protocols in experimental trauma surgery, with the following key objectives:

  • emphasise the important role of engineering design in medicine,
  • promote user-centred design and put patients and clinicians at the centre of medical technology solutions, and
  • consider the properties of materials, old and new, and their mechanics in medical technologies’ design.

Working together with Dr Wolfram Bosbach, trauma surgeon from JLU Giessen, and Dr Christopher Wilkinson, a health research and usability consultant, Ameliot’s Dr Anna Mieczakowski will be facilitating a conference discussion on the topic of the latest engineering design strategies for improved patient outcomes, as well as leading the interactive session on day two of the conference. There will be a distinct focus upon the importance of involving patients and users throughout the design process; which is at core of the user centred and inclusive design process.

The hosts of the 2018 International Conference on Trauma Surgery Technology in Giessen.
From left: Dr Christopher Wilkinson, Dr Anna Mieczakowski and Dr Wolfram Bosbach.

The conference hosts are currently also in the process of organising the 2019 conference which, due to a great demand, is planned to be significantly larger with a number of parallel events in several European cities.