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Royal visit for medical engineering researchers

HRH the Countess of Wessex visited researchers from the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) at the Great Yorkshire Show last week. 

The Countess had the chance to meet the team and ‘Frank’, the University’s very own cycling skeleton. Frank is fitted with two artificial hips and an artificial knee and demonstrates the pioneering research and education in the fields of medical devices and regenerative medicine undertaken by iMBE.

Children and adults were challenged to handle artificial joints, fit the pieces together and identify where on the body they could be used. There was also a giant “build the knee” challenge, where children could learn about how the knee is made up. 

The exhibition also included models of a tendon, spinal vertebrae and cartilage, as well as microscopy images, helping to demonstrate the properties of the tissues that can become damaged and painful over time.

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“We are dedicated to engaging the public and communicating our research and have spoken to over 3000 enthusiastic people, of all ages.” Pip Garner, EPSRC Research Fellow.

Royal visit for medical engineering researchers

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