Christopher McCormick

Dr

  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a Senior Lecturer within the Biomedical Engineering Department.  I lead a multidisciplinary research team focused on the development of enhanced medical implants.    All of my research is carried out in collaoboration with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   

 

 

Teaching Interests

I am the Director of Learning and Teaching within the Biomedical Engineering Department.  I also teach on a variety of modules within the MSc/MEng/BEng Biomedical Engineering degree programmes.  My current contributions include:

 

BE911 Engineering Science (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE919 Research Methodology (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE903 Cardiovascular Devices (Coronary Stents and Vascular Grafts lectures)

BE901 Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (Biomaterials for Tissue Scaffolds)

BE101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

I also supervise final year undergraduate research projects and MSc projects.

Research Interests

I have a number of research interests which range from basic to applied research.  My current focus is on the development of cardiovascular and orthopaedic medical implants, which resist infection and integrate effectively with the surrounding cells and tissue. I am currently investigating the role that advanced polymer materials, novel drug delivery technologies, and intelligent monitoring systems have to play in this.  Of particular interest to me is the role that endogenous healing responses play in implant performance and how these might be modulated to enhance performance.  Similarly, the role of haemodynamics and its influence on vascular graft, stent and valve performance is a current area of focus. We are also exploring the mechanisms governing biofilm formation on medical implants and investigating how these might be inhibited through novel surface coatings. All of my research is carried out in multidisciplinary teams, with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   

Expertise & Capabilities

Cardiovascular implants

Drug Delivery Technology

Non-invasvie monitoring of cells and tissues

Synthetic Artery Manufacture

Infection Prevention

Modelling Vascular Response to Injury

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice), University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 19 Sept 2016

Doctor of Engineering, Studies on the development and assessment of a novel prostacyclin-eluting stent for the treatment of myocardial ischaemia, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Bachelor of Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

External positions

Vice Chair NET Grant Panel, Heart Research UK

Member , Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

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