Healthcare technologies grand challenges

Diagram describing the EPSRC healthcare technologies strategy, showing the healthcare technologies grand challenges and how the cross cutting themes are connected.



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The healthcare technologies theme supports research across the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)’s remit.

The aim is to accelerate translation to healthcare applications.

In order to achieve this, we aim to address four grand challenges:

  • developing new therapies: focusing on the need to produce safer, more targeted treatments fit for the demands of the decades up to 2050 and beyond
  • expanding the frontiers of physical intervention: the potential to enhance established techniques and develop pioneering new approaches to such intervention that deliver high precision, minimal invasiveness and maximum impact
  • transforming health and care beyond the hospital: meeting the need for novel technologies that enable timely interventions beyond hospital settings and help people manage their own physical and mental health
  • optimising disease prediction, diagnosis and intervention: addressing both physical and mental health with techniques that optimise patient-specific illness prediction, accurate diagnosis and effective intervention.

There are six areas of research that are essential for delivering the grand challenges, which are described as cross-cutting themes.

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