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Translate in Action 2018

date_range Event date: 25/04/18

access_time 09:30 - 16:30

location_on Leeds

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Translate in Action 2018

When: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (tbc)

Where: The Studio, Leeds, LS1 4AW

This free to attend, one-day event will bring together key medtech experts from the Leeds City Region and beyond to discuss:

  • Opportunities and challenges faced by the sector
  • Technologies that are moving closer to market, developed through new collaborations in the City Region (academic, industry, clinical and patient)
  • Innovation awareness, understanding and capacity that enables effective medical technologies research translation


  • panel discussions and audience live voting
  • pre-bookable 1-to-1 meetings with industry mentors, secondment hosts, technology innovation managers, and more

Full programme to be announced


Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Share your approaches and discoveries in medtech innovation in the Leeds City Region – and win £50

Show how your project in medtech innovation supports the Leeds City Region’s vision to become the driver of UK excellence in the med tech sector at Translate in Action 2018.

Translate is accepting poster presentation proposals that cover the range of support that has been leveraged from the Leeds City Region for their event to be held on 25 April 2018.

Researchers and other delegates have the opportunity to enhance their projects by sharing their basic science results, innovations and clinical outcomes at a meeting that has already attracted more than 100 registrations.

Prizes of £50 (Amazon vouchers) will be awarded to the best posters and pitch’s, judged by the event committee and public and patient representatives.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 March 2018.

Scope of the call

Abstract submissions are invited from researchers in the Translate academic community for quickfire, 1 minute presentations followed by poster presentations during lunch and networking breaks.

We would particularly like to receive proposals that showcase the range of support and collaborations that have been leveraged from the Leeds City Region (e.g. Translate support such as secondments, mentoring, courses, Technology Innovation Manager support and other innovation enablers).

Abstract submissions can come from any organisation, but must describe:

  • Development of a medical technology and innovation capability
  • A range of support and interventions from the Leeds City Region

Our 1 minute poster pitches followed by a long poster display offers an informal setting to showcase a wide variety of research, career development and collaboration. This combined podium and poster session provides an excellent interactive platform for researchers to present their own research work undertaken in collaboration with the wider Leeds City Region community and receive further recognition.

Prizes will be awarded for the three best poster presentations, judged by public and patient representatives.  Please make your poster as accessible as possible.

Poster presenters will also be invited to pitch to a professional film crew who are attending the event.


  • Abstracts should be submitted by email to Claire Perry (hello@translate-medtech.ac.uk download the form here
  • The deadline for submission is Friday 2 March 2018
  • Poster presenters must attend the full conference, and pre-register attendance vie booking page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/translate-in-action-2018-tickets-40545789548
  • All presenters will be expected to give a 1 minute pitch during the conference. This leads to significantly more engagement during the poster viewing session
  • Presenters should liaise with their supervisor for final sign off of poster designs
  • Posters should be A1 size, the format and style of the poster is up to you. The poster boards are 2m high x 1m wide. You may bring a landscape or portrait poster but it must fit within the poster board dimensions with no overhang whatsoever.
  • Posters should be printed and brought to the venue on the day of the conference, and presenters will be expected to make themselves available during conference break times for networking and discussion
  • Poster presenters will also be invited to pitch to a professional film crew who are attending the event
  • The display boards will be covered in nylon loop material and we will supply Velcro tabs to secure your poster to the board

Key Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 2 March 2018

Acceptance announcement: w/c Wednesday 28 March 2018

Translate in Action Conference: Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dr Kate Allatt – a patient experience expert – is providing the keynote presentation at the upcoming Translate in Action event on 25 April 2018.

Super-fit Kate spectacularly recovered from a massive brainstem stroke leaving her unable to move absolutely anything – but still thinking, feeling, seeing and hearing –  like being buried alive, she was diagnosed with Locked In Syndrome.

Kate has won an Extraordinary Women Award, and wrote an internationally published book, founded and voluntarily ran a global digital charity, ADVOCACY, and pioneered the successful research – @ESCAPS_study (£250,000) – via an opportunist tweet, which is now going multi-centre.

Kate is also pursuing strategies to improve the way emergency care clinicians spot the early signs of young stroke. She is collaborating on research to develop stroke motivation interventions and strategies to make communication the 5th vital sign in ICU.

Kate delivers TEDx talks and regularly speaks at or delivers workshops. She is a prolific health influencer on Twitter (@kateallatt), an international media commentator and blogs for The Huffington Post.

Kate was made an Honorary Doctorate Litterarum by Sheffield Hallam University – their highest award and considered beyond a PhD – for her ongoing global influencing work in stroke advocacy/research since her own illness in 2010.

Download a copy of the full programme (opens PDF).


9.30 Welcome

Professor John Fisher

9.40 Dr Kate Allatt – Don’t tell me I can’t! – Patient experience expert

Super-fit Kate spectacularly recovered from a massive brainstem stroke leaving her unable to move absolutely anything – but still thinking, feeling, seeing and hearing –  like being buried alive, she was diagnosed with Locked In Syndrome.


Translate in action – progressing new medical technologies

Chaired by Dr Lisa Hill, University of Leeds


Deep learning for diagnosis of  movement disorders in a virtual reality rehabilitation System

Adar Pelah, University of York



Telehealth in speech and language therapy

Anne Hurren and Naomi de Graff, Leeds Beckett University



Label-free molecular diagnostic technology

Steve Johnson,  University of York


11.00 Tea, coffee and networking

Delivering the DAISI project – a collaboration between Academics, New Mums, Midwives and HMA

Emma Casimir, HMA Digital Marketing



Digital Two-way Inhalation/Exhalation profile recorder for airway disease self-training and management to help patients achieve optimal inhalation manoeuvre parameters for efficient lung delivery of inhaled medicines

Hassane Larhrib, University of Huddersfield



Novel cancer and Alzheimer’s marker detection

Nat Milton, Leeds Beckett University and Farideh Javid, University of Huddersfield


12.00 Poster pitches

An introduction to projects that showcase the range of support and collaborations that have been leveraged from the Leeds City Region. Follow up with your favourites over lunch


Pete Culmer, University of Leeds

Uyi Alexander Igbinoba, Leeds Beckett University

Tom Richards, University of Leeds

Chris Russell, University of Leeds

Viswadeep Sarangi, University of York

Farshid Sefat, University of Bradford

James Warren, University of Leeds



Lunch and networking

·         Pre-booked 1-to-1 meetings between delegates, including:

o    Meet the mentors

o    Translate Technology Innovation Managers

o    Business Development Managers from Translate partners

o    All other delegates

·         Exhibition of med tech enablers from the Leeds City Region and beyond

·         Poster exhibition



Leeds City Region Medical Technologies – Opportunities for growth

Chaired by Sue Dunkerton OBE, The KTN



Strategic development of Medical Technology in the Leeds City Region

Prof John Fisher CBE, University of Leeds


The medtech opportunity in the context of Leeds City Region’s emerging Local Inclusive Industrial Strategy

David Walmsley, West Yorkshire Combined Authority



Propositions for investment – an update from Leeds City Region Medical Technologies Action Plan Groups

Clinical Evaluation – John Fisher, University of Leeds

Innovation Support – Ian Revie, Invibio Ltd

Skills – Josephine Dixon-Hardy, University of Leeds


Panel: The future of medtech in the Leeds City Region – challenges and opportunities

Jackie Andrews, Director of Research and Innovation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,

Cassie Doherty, Director, Healthcare, IP Group

Bill Pigg, Director, Holden-Consult

Professor Stephen Smith, Deputy Head of Department (Research, Impact and Innovation), University of York

Ian Sharp, CEO, Digital Health Enterprise Zone Ltd

Ian Revie, Business Manager – Knees, Invibio Ltd

Josephine Dixon-Hardy, Director of Medical Technologies Innovation, University of Leeds



Closing comments and poster prizes

Josephine Dixon-Hardy, University of Leeds

There are plenty of opportunities to have your say at today’s event:


Join the debate on Twitter:

  • We’re using the hashtag #translate18 – why not see who else is tweeting, share discussion outcomes and summarise your thoughts?
  • We’re offering a £50 voucher as a prize for the best tweet of the day! We’ll be assessing on the basis of engagement – so get replying, liking and sharing to get the same in return.

1-to-1 Meetings

If you’ve pre-arranged meetings using our scheduling software Meeting Mojo, please review your personal schedule (available from registration desk). The meetings are held in the room Listen.

Live audience questions

Audience can ask questions to presenters and join in the afternoon discussion by posting questions from their smartphone and up-voting for their favourites live on screen

Best poster live audience voting

Delegates can vote for their favourite posters in a live poll from their smartphone.

Book now