Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues

A 3D-printable prosthetic foot, a low cost tool to help prevent the spread of Ebola and tartan designed by people with Alzheimer’s disease are just some of the projects on show at a conference looking at innovative new approaches to global healthcare issues.

The third Design4Health conference, sponsored by Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, will be hosted by 'Lab4Living' at Sheffield Hallam University next week. From Monday 13 July to Thursday 16 July the conference will see designers, clinicians, researchers and policy makers coming together to share their cutting edge research in the expanding field of design and creative practice in health and social care.

prosthetic

Amongst a whole range of papers discussed at the event, a low-cost 3D-printable prosthetic foot will be considered. The approach takes advantage of rapidly evolving home 3D printing technology to potentially supply prosthetic feet for children in developing countries. The concept addresses the requirement to change the size of the prosthetic as the child grows, whilst keeping costs down.

Another project describes work to challenge perceptions about Alzheimer ’s Disease. Design workshops for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s has resulted in a new signature tartan for Alzheimer Scotland. The project challenges pre-conceptions by demonstrating how people with dementia can fully participate in the creative process.

The Design4Health exhibition will also present a diverse range of exhibits, including live performances addressing the future of the NHS and a device to assist in preventing the spread of Ebola. The Ebola bleach gauge is a low cost tool to help create the right bleach to water ratio for disinfectant. The design has been included into the World Health Organisation's 2015 'Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low Resource settings'.

prosthetic2

The conference takes place in the Cantor Building at Sheffield Hallam University, with the accompanying exhibition taking place in the gallery until 26 July.

Professor Paul Chamberlain, Design Director at Sheffield Hallam University’s Lab4Living, said “We are looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the country and indeed the globe. There will be some ground-breaking ideas and design on show.

"We now have over 10 years of experience in health and wellbeing research that uses creative approaches to help change people’s lives. This third conference cements Sheffield Hallam's leading role in this debate, providing an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in this field of research.”

Citations

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Sheffield Hallam University. (2019, June 18). Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues. News-Medical. Retrieved on September 28, 2021 from https://www.news-medical.net/news/20150709/Design4Health-conference-to-demonstrate-innovative-approaches-to-global-healthcare-issues.aspx.

  • MLA

    Sheffield Hallam University. "Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues". News-Medical. 28 September 2021. <https://www.news-medical.net/news/20150709/Design4Health-conference-to-demonstrate-innovative-approaches-to-global-healthcare-issues.aspx>.

  • Chicago

    Sheffield Hallam University. "Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues". News-Medical. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20150709/Design4Health-conference-to-demonstrate-innovative-approaches-to-global-healthcare-issues.aspx. (accessed September 28, 2021).

  • Harvard

    Sheffield Hallam University. 2019. Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues. News-Medical, viewed 28 September 2021, https://www.news-medical.net/news/20150709/Design4Health-conference-to-demonstrate-innovative-approaches-to-global-healthcare-issues.aspx.

Comments

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Medical.
You might also like... ×
Scientists at Sheffield Hallam University receive major funding boost for animal-testing reduction project