Currently few medical devices are developed specifically for or tested in children and young people whilst others are repurposed from adult applications or used off-label resulting in failure or complications. Designing medical devices for children poses a number of challenges including the need to be versatile to meet the demands of changing anatomy, physiology and development as children grow and mature, the need to consider the child in the context of the family, and the incorrect assumption that the market for paediatric devices is small.
During the European Biotech Week (27th of September to 3rd of October 2021), the European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure (EPTRI) has organised a webinar to explore the relationship between medical devices and biotechnology in the context of the needs of children and young people. It will also provide a case study on the challenge in developing resorbable implants for children and the need from the patients’ point of view.
The webinar will be addressed to researchers from academia and industries who deal with paediatric medical device challenges.
The speakers will be:
- Prof. Paul Dimitri: Professor of Child Health and Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Prof. Annelie Weinberg: Professor of Orthopedic and Trauma specialised in children’s trauma at University of Graz
The webinar is taking place on 29 September 2021, 15.00-16.00 CEST.
- 15.00 CEST Convergent technologies in child health – Prof. Paul Dimitri
- 15.25 CEST Paediatric orthopedic trauma: bioresorbable implants from bench-bedside – Prof. Annelie Weinberg
- 15.40 CEST Q&A