Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Meet the 50 faces of CATCH
As the centre continues to grow, we introduce the 50 faces of CATCH: a diverse team comprised of different groups working towards the same goal: to research, develop, evaluate and implement new technologies to enable people to live well and age well.
Originally founded by Professors Mark Hawley and Pam Enderby, the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology group (RAT) began in 2007 when Mark and his team joined Pam in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. Nine years on and a number of the original members remain in CATCH.
Today, with 50 members in the core team, CATCH occupies more than one small office. We’re very fortunate to count some top academics in the fields of Health Services Research, Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare amongst our core team. This includes our Centre Director Professor Mark Hawley who also leads the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Group, Professor Sue Mawson who leads the NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) Yorkshire and Humber, Professor Arlene Astell and Professor Gail Mountain.
Research remains at the core of what we do and, to facilitate this, the centre is made up of a number of groups, from PhD students and researchers developing knowledge to contribute to the development and evaluation of new technologies, to Professional Services colleagues driving business development, marketing strategy and vital project support.
CLAHRC theme Telehealth and Care Technologies forms just one group under the CATCH umbrella. A number of CATCH researchers’ and academics’ work is focussed here.
The six-weekly CATCH Networking lunches were pioneered by members of the team in Professional Services roles, reiterating the importance of face-to-face networking to spark future collaborations. When the wider network and our collaborators were invited to come and meet our new Professor Luc de Witte this month, the lunch grew into our most successful event to date. To register for the next Networking Lunch on Wednesday 30th November from 12.15 - 14.00, please contact Laura Murray.
In addition to the work of the core team, we also bring together and co-ordinate the activities of more than 70 academics, across 17 departments and five faculties allowing our research to tap into specialist knowledge which extends further than Medicine, Science and Engineering to Architecture and English to name a few.
To discover the people behind the research, you can meet our team here.