The NIHR Brain Injury MIC seeks to be a centre of expertise in the development of medical technologies to support the prevention of, or improved patient outcomes from, an Acquired or Traumatic Brain Injury.
The MIC has expertise in eleven R&D theme areas led by investigators at the forefront of their field internationally:
Prevention and Pre-Hospital Care
Intracranial Dynamics and Shunt Technology
Functional Neuroimaging and Neurophysiology
Paediatrics and Neuro-development
Cognition and Mental Health
In addition to the clinical themes, the MIC supports also four core activities:
Patient and Public Involvement
MedTech Regulation and Evaluation
Clinical Informatics and Registries
Health Economics and Eco-system Modelling
The MIC will be inclusive of the whole of the UK and work with patients and public, NHS organisations and universities, including other MICs, research councils, charities, KTN and INNOVATE UK, industry, including SMEs and start-ups to provide a structured and systematic approach to add value in the healthcare innovation in brain injury. To this purpose, the MIC’s approach is structured and delivered through three main key objectives, working across all the eleven different clinical theme areas:
FIND: Identify areas of unmet need throughout the brain injury pathway that might be amenable to a technology-based innovation.
FACILITATE: Promote the generation of innovative solutions through the facilitation of interdisciplinary communication and collaboration between the NHS, academia, industry and public organisations.
FOSTER: Support the translational pathway of viable solutions from initial concept to successful market adoption and sustainable clinical impact.
Although based in Cambridge, which is the heart of one of the world’s largest technology cluster, the NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative will engage nationally and internationally through its seedcorn funding competitions and mentoring of young innovators, and SMEs will contribute directly to economic activity and employment within the UK as products are developed. Furthermore, through its themes researching, the MIC will directly develop and evaluate technologies in clinical practice and liaise with the NHS Horizon Scanning and Innovation Centre.
To improve the effectiveness and quality of the brain injury pathway and services and to support the development of new medical devices and healthcare technologies, the MIC activities will focus on:
Clinical research networks
Public and patient involvement
Early phase evaluation