Extended collaboration to include exploring cardiovascular, obstetric & prosthetic research
Pioneering international and national clinical research studies that look to expand the boundaries of knowledge and healthcare treatments have been given a boost with a commitment from medical imaging experts Canon Medical to extend its collaboration by a further five years.
The research agreement with The Clinical Research and Imaging Centre in Bristol (CRICBristol), a joint venture between the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, enables leading clinicians and researchers to engage in innovative scientific research to further knowledge in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the greatest healthcare challenges.
Current research taking place at CRICBristol includes studies of paediatric cardiovascular disease; targeting mechanisms of pain via microneurography; The Bristol Twin (BRIT) study with direct links to St Michael´s maternity hospital; blood pressure control studies during exercise in people with hypertension; and various upper limb prosthetic control and assistive device tactile studies.
Under the research agreement, Canon Medical supports Ultrasound research at CRICBristol by providing Aplio i-series diagnostic ultrasound systems. The Canon Medical team also provides training, apps support and software configurations to meet the needs of each research project.
Professor Iain Gilchrist, CRICBristol Co-Director, University of Bristol, who recently hosted a research collaboration showcase to renew the five year agreement terms with Canon Medical, stated, “Renewing our collaboration with Canon Medical for a further five years is vital to supporting the clinical research aims of CRICBristol’s research community. We operate an open-door policy for researchers with funding to come along and use our facilities to further their insights into some of the greatest healthcare challenges of today. The use of technology such as diagnostic ultrasound can help us gain large amounts of data quickly and explore deeper into the body than ever before. It helps unlock and expand knowledge that can go towards solving or changing treatment planning to help patients in the future.”
Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK states, “Our ongoing collaboration with CRICBristol is a perfect fit to push our innovative diagnostic ultrasound systems to gain maximum anatomical and physiological data that will help explore human clinical conditions and assist in improving the quality of life for patients here in the UK and beyond. Every collaboration we enter into is underpinned by our #madeforlife philosophy, where we are dedicated to improving the wellbeing of people and the planet today and into tomorrow.”
An initial collaboration between CRICBristol and Toshiba Medical Systems was signed in 2013. This renewed relationship of a further five years takes into account the new name Canon Medical and refreshes terms of innovation support to meet future research needs.
Photo caption: Canon Medical Systems UK extends its collaboration with CRICBristol for a further five years to help answer the future questions of human healthcare.
Pictured – Front: Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK; and Professor Iain Gilchrist, CRICBristol Co-Director University of Bristol.
Back (L to R): Dr Jade Thai, CRICBristol Centre Manager, University of Bristol; Professor Jeremy Tavare, Dean of Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bristol; Professor Jane Norman, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol; Dr Diane Crawford, Director of Medical Physics, University Hospitals Bristol NHS foundation Trust; and Professor Craig Williams, Exeter University.