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Project Title

Improving the lives of children with disabilities using postural support equipment: scoping collaborative industry-academic-clinical opportunities


Research Focus:

Maternal and Child Health 

Funder & Dates

Medical Research Council Proximity to Discovery, Industry Engagement Fund (2017)

Principal Investigator or Primary Supervisor (if PhD project)

Dr Claire Kerr

Co-Investigators or additional supervisors

James Leckey Design (Leckey) 

Research Fellow(s) or PhD Student

Dr Karen McConnell and Dr Jenny McGowan (Research Fellows) 

Name & Institution of Collaborators


Name of External Partner Organisations

Industry partner, Leckey

Description of Project:

Aim; Methods; Expected Outcomes


This relationship development project aims to explore the feasibility of development of an industry/academic/clinical partnership between QUB and an internationally-facing industrial partner. The project will enable knowledge transfer and exchange between academics and industry that will facilitate greater understanding of the needs and demands of each sector in relation to their mutual interest in childhood disability. Specific aims: (1) scope mutual research interests; (2) identify national collaborators; (3) increase industry expertise in formal patient and public involvement in research; (4) jointly establish feasibility, organise and co-host, a joint meeting on Conservative Methods of Hip Management in Cerebral Palsy; (5) identify a focused area of research and conduct a systematic review in same.


URLs to external pages, e.g., study webpage, reports, publications etc.


Leckey website