Medical research centre launched

A research centre has been launched in Manchester to combine the talents of medics and engineers to solve clinical problems

A research centre known as MIMIT (Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology) has been launched to combine the talents of medics and engineers to solve clinical problems.

MIMIT will draw together clinicians and scientists from a group of Greater Manchester hospitals, GP practices and Manchester University in collaborative research projects. The centre will be the first international affiliate of the highly successful US centre CIMIT, known for its Operating Room of the Future.

CIMIT founder and chief executive Parrish said: ‘Scientists and engineers may have lots of potential solutions but are not aware of the problems. Physicians have lots of ideas about clinical problems that technology could help solve. The challenge is to bring scientists and clinicians together and to create the right environment with the right resources to work quickly to adapt existing or develop new technologies to improve clinical care and outcome.’

MIMIT involves clinicians and researchers from Manchester University, Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Salford Primary Care Trust.

Dr Maire Smith, director of technology and product innovation at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, said: ‘The formation of MIMIT represents a real opportunity to combine the strengths of Manchester, CIMIT and organisations on the NHS Innovation landscape to help catalyse the adoption of medical technology into UK Healthcare.’