Professor Ian Swain – Life Patron

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Professor Swain BSc (Hons) PhD CEng FIET CSci FIPEM

Professor Swain is Professor of Clinical Engineering at Bournemouth University working mainly in the Orthopaedic Research Institute. He read Electronic Engineering at Southampton and completed his PhD “Adaptive Control of an Arm Prosthesis” in 1982.  He was the first person employed in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering in Salisbury where he established the National Clinical Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Centre which led to the creation of Odstock Medical (OML), the first NHS commercial company in England.  He has 7 patents and has written 180 papers on biomedical engineering.  His main research interests are the use of engineering to help people with long term disabilities, in particular FES.  He is currently Principal Investigator for TETRAGRIP II an INSPIRE funded project researching the restoration of hand function after tetraplegia. He has been part of the INSPIRE Foundation since its first days in the late 1980s and became a Life Patron of INSPIRE in November 2019.