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PDR and Cardiff Met Recognised with Award of Queen's Anniversary Prize

By: Lucinda Dargavel Date: 24/11/2015

Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious academic award - the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
 
The prize is awarded every two years by the Queen in recognition of an academic or vocational institution, and falls within the UK’s national honours system. This honour was awarded to the University as a result of the great work carried out by design technologists here at PDR and the Prize Medals will be awarded to the team at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February.
  
The University established a widely–recognised lead, going back over some fifteen years, in the use of design and related 3D digital scanning technologies as applied to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery in treatment of disease or following trauma.
 
Pioneering work by the Surgical & Prosthetic Design team at PDR has enabled the rapid production of devices for use in surgical procedures. This has produced a direct benefit in the making of prosthetics for individual patients and major advances in surgical training- through improved accuracy in the use of simulation on surgery training and other educational applications. 

"The team's interdisciplinary research is consistently pioneering and is making a real difference"

PROFESSOR ANTONY CHAPMAN
PRESIDENT & VICE CHANCELLOR, CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

 
This work is characterised by innovation and a particular breakthrough has been the use of haptic technology in the computer gaming industry – 'digital sculpting' – to create fine-tuned, naturally shaped skull plates by CAD (Computer Aided Design Systems.). This reduces the time involved and the number of surgical interventions needed to produce an optimum result. The application of these technologies has led to improved quality and dignity of life for over two thousand patients and significant savings in public funds.

The close partnership between design technologists at PDR and surgeons and other clinicians in a large number of hospitals has driven the application of this approach, which continues to provide leading edge services to the NHS in the management of complex cases and internationally through connections promoting the work in, for example, the USA, China and Japan.

Cardiff Metropolitan University's President & Vice Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman explained that, "PDR continues to garner international recognition for the level of expertise and research established here. The team's interdisciplinary research is consistently pioneering and is making a real difference to the lives of service users and fellow clinical leaders. It is a great honour to receive this award."

The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, said, "The UK is a world leader in science and research and The Queen's Anniversary Prizes celebrate the achievements of our universities and colleges. The outstanding academics recognised with these awards bring benefits to the everyday lives of millions of people in the UK and deserve this high honour for their work."
 
On hearing about the awarding of the Prize, Health and Social Services Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford exclaimed, “I’d like to offer my congratulations to Cardiff Metropolitan University for being awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize. It truly is a fantastic achievement and clear recognition of the innovative work that has been undertaken.  Applying digital scanning technologies to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery has brought real benefits to patients and to surgical training programmes.”

"Applying digital scanning technologies to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery has brought real benefits to patients and to surgical training programmes.”

PROFESSOR MARK DRAKEFORD
HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTER

"It is a great honour to receive this award."

PROFESSOR ANTONY CHAPMAN
PRESIDENT & VICE CHANCELLOR, CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
 




 
 
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