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ABOUT US

We are affiliated with the NIHR Surgical MedTech Cooperative here in Leeds and it is our aim to bring the excitement of medical technology Innovation to the students of Leeds.

 

As a society, we provide opportunities to experience interdisciplinary collaboration as well as hear from academics and industrial professionals about the advances in the latest research and technology. 

If you study any medical, STEM or related subject and want to get involved stay tuned to hear about some of the exciting events that we will be running! 

 

COMMITTEE

We have a hard-working team of students from Leeds collaborating with one another and running the Innovation Programme and MEDx. 

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Alna Dony

CHAIR

I’m a 3rd year medical student at the University of Leeds with a strong interest in surgery, and how we can harness medical technology to transform clinical practice. I’ve been involved with the MedTech Foundation at Leeds since my 1st year of university, and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in various events – including the Innovation Programme and MedX talks.

 

The MedTech Foundation is a fantastic organisation, through which I have myself had so many opportunities to learn more about this exciting and rapidly-growing field, as well as to collaborate with various students in a multidisciplinary team. I would strongly recommend getting involved; whether you want to learn more about medical technology, or even work towards a career in this field - we have events that cater to everyone.

 

I’m really looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to inspire students across all disciplines at the University of Leeds – as well as nationally through our spokes!

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Hello! My name is Hannah and I am Vice President of MedTech Leeds.

 

I’m a third-year medical student and have been a part of MedTech since first year. I’ve loved working as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and learning from a wide range of STEM disciplines. I’m still exploring what specialties I am interested in, but have certainly loved learning about surgical technologies.

 

I’m so excited for what this academic year will bring - excited to explore technology in diagnostics, prevention and management. AI is definitely the future - let’s explore it together!

Hannah Pazvakavambwa

VICE-CHAIR

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I am a 2nd Year Medical Engineering student.

 

I’ve always been interested in medicine, yet I never pictured myself as a doctor. My passion for medical engineering started back in middle school when I fell in love with biology and math. Since I joined the University of Leeds, I got mere exposure to medical engineering.

 

Thus, to widen my palette, I first joined the MedTech foundation as a team contester and later as a committee member. By becoming a committee member, I got the opportunity to work and meet students from various medical-related majors. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It also helped take my mind off the stressful workload of my course and enrich my medical knowledge.

Fareda AlWakeel

INNOVATION PROGRAMME OFFICER

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Elana Nerwich

INNOVATION PROGRAMME OFFICER

I am a final year MEng, Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering student.

I have always had a strong interest in Medical Technology. I think that multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation are so important in this field and I am very excited to be part of organising the Innovation Programme this year.

I have been involved with MedTech since I started at Leeds and have enjoyed participating in the programmes including an internship in which I developed a sensing system for a frugal Ilizarov frame. I have found the MedTech Foundation to be a highly valuable organisation and I really encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.

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Aradhita Saurabh

INNOVATION PROGRAMME OFFICER

I am a third year medical engineering student and have been involved with MTF since the beginning of my course. MTF has been a wonderful society for me since it gave me a platform to collaborate with students from multiple disciplines and create unique solutions to medical challenges such as "Vital hero" and "Remembud". 

 

I joined MTF as a participant in the innovation programme, then went on to become the internship officer and this year I am looking forward to lead the organisation of the national MTF hackathon and the Leeds innovation programme. 

 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Leeds innovation programme and creating some out-of-the-box solutions to clinical challenges. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding MTF or the Innovation programme.

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From my experience working with peers during the Innovation Programme last year, I found the collaborative nature of the work really intriguing and realized that this was a possible path for me as an electronics and computer engineer. One of the more important reasons why I applied for this role was because I would be in a position to discuss and be connected to people who are already in the field and listen to their ideas and experiences.

 

As one of the Internship Officers, I’m eager to help students get experience in the industry. Our team will focus on getting opportunities related to medical technologies for medics, engineers, and product designers alike. 

Marwin Wongjarupun

SPONSORSHIP/INTERNSHIP 

OFFICER

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I’m a third-year mechanical engineering student who has been in MedTech the past years.

 

I have been involved with the MedTech committee as I think it is an amazing way to connect students from various disciplines to real-life medical innovation. 

Vonnie Lau

SPONSORSHIP/INTERNSHIP 

OFFICER

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I am currently studying towards MSc in Mechatronics and Robotics.

I have learnt about MedTech Foundation Leeds through their MEDx events and since then I have been keen to get involved within the society. 

Being part of the organisation has been a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with students from various courses and to learn more about medical technologies in this interdisciplinary environment. 

I am excited to organise MEDx events and look for speakers that will introduce exciting topics within this rapidly-growing field.

Klaudia Jankowiak

MEDX

OFFICER

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I am a third year Medical Engineering student.

Having been involved with the society last year, I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the interesting topics from the MEDx events and apply the engineering skills that I have learned during my studies with a multidisciplinary team through the MTF Innovation Programme; where my team produced 'It's Stimple'.
 

I found this to be such a great experience, that I want to contribute to it more this year by joining the committee!

Joseph Martin

MEDX

OFFICER

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I'm a third year medical student.

I joined MedTech as I was interested in gaining experience in research and technology. This society has provided me with the opportunity to do just that and to develop an understanding of the lastest advancements in medical technology!

I look forward to the collaborations and exposure that I will get to have with other students with interests in the same field areas and to network with professionals that are already working within the field of medical technology, enhancing my knowledge and understanding in the process.

Samuel Ojo

MEDX

OFFICER

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I am entering into my third year on the Product Design course here at Leeds, having spent my last year on an internship at a design consultancy specialising in medical devices. 

I wanted to get involved with MedTech to broaden my own knowledge of the industry as well as meet other likeminded individuals.

I am also eager to help the foundation's online presence this year by running their social media pages and widening their audience to more students across Leeds. I would encourage anyone with an interest in MedTech to follow our social media accounts and keep up to date with our foundation this year.  

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Emma Reece

ENGAGEMENT

OFFICER

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I’m a 3rd year medical student and I’m really excited to be a part of the MedTech committee this year.

 

From genetics to surgery to blood glucose monitoring, a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort has advanced healthcare and vastly improved health outcomes for patients. This trend will only continue and engaging now can help everyone develop important skills for their future careers. I think medical technology and engineering innovation in healthcare are important now more than ever. The COVID pandemic has forced many areas of healthcare into remote delivery which raises it’s own difficulties. These difficulties require the input of many different skill-sets if they are to be overcome, and if patient care is to be improved. 

 

I’m looking forward to all the interesting events that are going to be held this year and I would encourage everyone to get involved!

Vee Patel

MED SCHOOL

REPRESENTATIVE

 

SUPPORTERS AND AFFILIATES

Our Engagement Initiative

The Medtech Foundation first began in Leeds in 2015. Originally known as the Healthcare Technology Co-operative Foundation (HTCf), the original MedTech Foundation is a student-led affiliation of the Surgical MedTech Co-operative, an NIHR-funded research group at the University of Leeds, and its objective is to encourage innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration amongst students and trainees around the UK.

  

The Leeds MTF is supported by several other organisations from Leeds and beyond. We are incredibly grateful to these bodies, without whom it would not be possible to run our events.

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The MedTech Foundation has expanded from Leeds to now include spokes in Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick, London and Hull. Each spoke is supported by the National MedTech Foundation who provide support and guidance to the spokes. 

 

If you would be interested in helping to establish a spoke at your university then please get in touch. 

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The NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative is based at the University of Leeds. It brings together healthcare professionals, scientists, engineers, patients and industry to provide technological solutions to unmet clinical needs in colorectal, vascular and hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery.  

The MIC provides key logistical support to the MTF as part of its commitment to training the medtech innovators of the future, and many of its clinicians and scientists also individually support the MTF by guiding our curriculum and organising internships for programme participants. 

If you are interested in assisting us with our innovation or internship programmes then please feel free to contact us.