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Research

The Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre (ECME) is a collaborative research project focusing on improving cardiovascular health. It is a partnership between 5 leading academic research centres and Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

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Our Focus

Developing cardiac big data database within the region, enhancing user ready sensor technology, improving smart wearables, reducing the complexity and cumbersomeness of point of care diagnostics and improved smart clinically relevant monitoring in the AAL and rehabilitation environments.

Our Objective

To create a cross-border centre of research excellence within the field of cardiovascular medicine in particular focusing on medical grade wearables and associated remote monitoring systems.

A Dedicated Centre of Excellence

The Eastern Corridor for Medical Engineering (ECME) is a new cross-border centre funded by the European Union’s Interreg VA Programme which is managed by the special EU programmes body (SEUPB).

ECME Objective: A Doctoral Training Centre

The outcome of ECME will be to create better models of heart disease care by researching (through 24 PhD students) and developing generic solutions (through 3 RAs) within the lucrative and growing remote patient monitoring market, with a specific focus on developing:

  • cardiac big data database within the region
  • enhancing user ready sensor technology
  • improving smart wearables
  • reducing the complexity and cumbersomeness of point of care diagnostics
  • and improved smart clinically relevant monitoring in the AAL and rehabilitation environments.

This project was awarded €8.4M Funding from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To create a cross-border centre of research excellence within the field of cardiovascular medicine in particular focusing on medical grade wearables and associated remote monitoring systems; (Be a major research power in Cardio Medical Engineering)
  2. To undertake excellent research (commencing at TRL levels of between 1 and 3) through the creation of 24 PhD studentships aiming to have all research PhDs completed by December 2021; (Leaders for the Future)
  3. To engage with ten industry partners at TRL levels of between 2 and 6, through three Research Associate appointments in five RIs and one Business Manager, with funded innovation activity to be completed by December 2021; (Innovation and Economic enhancement)
  4. To publish 81 peer reviewed journal and conference publications with cross border authorship to increase international recognition of the centre by December 2021;
  5. To create five new product platforms, (generic technologies that allow both academic and industrial research to be progressed on for a wide range of applications – for example versatile microfluidic system or a robust software algorithm (app) by December 2021 that will provide the building blocks for future commercialisation of the research. (Impact).
Cardiac Research Unit

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Netwell & the Regulated Software Centre

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Biomedical Diagnostics Institute BDI

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Insight Centre for Data Analytics

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Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science/Rural Health

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