University of Bath appoints Professor of Healthcare Engineering

16 August 2012

The University of Bath has appointed Professor Richie Gill to pull together multi-disciplinary expertise in healthcare engineering from across the institution.

Professor Gill leaves a role as Group Head of the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre which he has held for the past 12 years, and as University Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences.

With a degree and early career in aerospace engineering, Professor Gill made the move to healthcare when he started his DPhil degree at Oxford, followed by a two-year appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.

He brings a wealth of experience in both academic and industrial healthcare engineering to the role, which will be based in the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

At Bath, Professor Gill will continue his research interests in Orthopaedics, maintaining his collaborations with Oxford, as well as developing new projects in the wider field of healthcare.
His research covers the development of novel assessment methodologies and computational models to understand musculoskeletal function together with clinical studies with the overall aim of improving patient outcome.

He will also be responsible for assessing the broad range of healthcare engineering research currently taking place, with the aim of establishing opportunities for collaboration between different groups, and exploiting the knowledge and expertise within the University.

Professor Gill said: “My research and experience has combined laboratory-based research with clinical research and mathematical modelling, applying engineering methods to orthopaedic problems.
“I am bringing to Bath experience of the clinical environment in which these solutions are required to work, and a wealth of involvement in multi-disciplinary research. I feel this is going to help me in my wider remit here of developing links with researchers across the University interested in the healthcare applications of their work.”

Professor Tony Miles, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has previously collaborated with Professor Gill in orthopaedic research. He said: “We’re thrilled to be adding Professor Gill’s experience in both the academic and clinical aspects of biomechanics to our Department. His extensive experience will be an asset to our current orthopaedic research, and to the future of healthcare engineering throughout the University”


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