This was a novel collaboration between clinicians, the healthcare industry and academics. The purpose was to develop methodologies for characterising the needs of patients with chronic exuding wounds, improving dressing design and performance, and evaluating outcomes. It encompassed work in Birmingham, Bradford, London and Oxford by four clinical partners, the Surgical Materials Testing :Laboratory and 12 industrial partners. The project was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for two years.
This was a network inspired originally by the Southern Medical Alliance and funded by the South East England Development Agency to advance collaboration between academics, clinicians and industry to advance acute brain injury and stroke treatment. From a standing start in early 2003, it developed through a series of regionally-based meetings to a network of more than 350 individuals.
Don is clear, goal focused and calm in the face of pressure, and is able to communicate highly complex technical ideas in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing. He has highly developed interpersonal skills, which have been invaluable in maintaining and expanding (from 12 to 21 industrial collaborators) the complex collaboration established with that first tranche of research council funding...
Professor Sarah Cowley
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The BIAS network was originally set up by SEEDA to bring together key stakeholders to network and discuss patient care pathways for acute brain injuries (stroke and trauma). In my view it has clearly fulfilled this role under the excellent stewardship and commitment of Don Grocott . It has been a pleasure to work with Don as a member of the steering group and a very large part of the network’s success has been down to his efforts...
Professor Lars Sundstrom