The trust contributed a major part of the funding for the first Evelyn Trust Lecturer for Engineering in Clinical Practice, with follow-on grants to support research grants for engineers and clinicians. Achievements include:
The use of mechanical modelling to guide brain surgeons how to relieve brain pressure in serious head injuries. In extreme cases, the surgeon will temporarily remove a section of skull to reduce the build-up. Mechanical modelling and image analysis can help to work out the ideal amount of skull for removal.
A new technique for predicting the breakability of bones. CT scanners are being used to identify individual bones with a high risk of fracture and to monitor just how effective are new bone strengthening drugs and techniques. This work could bring better treatment of osteoporosis, a problem for one in two women and one in five men over 50 in the UK.