Research projects

Research projects

Driving research

RAFT aims to push back the boundaries of research, using the very latest technology and pioneering new techniques and treatments to deliver results to patients as quickly as possible – usually within seven years!



3D Printing for Facial Reconstruction Surgery

In the UK alone, approximately 60,000 craniofacial reconstruction surgeries – operations to repair the skull and jaw bones – are carried out each year. The procedures are needed as the result of trauma, such as road traffic accidents, surgery to remove tumours or to correct congenital anomalies for babies and children born with conditions such as cleft lip and palette.

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3d printing for facial reconstruction



Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

An estimated 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, around 40% of whom will undergo a mastectomy.   Currently fewer than half the women in the UK who have a mastectomy chose to have breast reconstruction because of the unreliable outcomes of the surgery and the trauma of having to undergo multiple operations.

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Bone Regeneration

Severe bone defects and non-healing fractures caused by accident, disease or tumour removal are amongst the most debilitating injuries worldwide. Bone injury or deterioration can affect anyone as a result of accidents, cancer or disease, but older people face a significantly higher risk of degenerative bone disease and fractures which can often lead to permanent disability.

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3D illustration hip painful skeleton x-ray medical concept.



Intuitive Bionic Prosthetics

According to the MOD, in Afghanistan 240 British servicemen suffered amputations after being wounded between 2007 and 2013. In addition, around 5,000 children and adults in the UK are currently living with an upper limb amputation as a result of accidents, birth defects or disease

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Wound Healing

Chronic or hard-to-heal wounds are a big problem. It’s estimated that around 200,000 patients in the UK and 50m globally suffer from hard-to-heal wounds such as diabetic leg ulcers and pressure sores. Around 20 amputations are undertaken each day in the UK due to diabetic leg ulcers and other diabetic related complications. The increase in the incidence of diabetes together with an aging population, means the number of people affected in the UK and globally looks set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years.

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