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Intercalated student gives symposium on her research project at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

22 March 2021

Suprapubic catheter
Suprapubic catheter

Congratulations to Elisha Koonjul, who gave an excellent symposium presentation on her iBSc research project to clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). Elisha's project investigates the effect of catheter clamping on the capacity and biomechanics of urinary bladder in patients with a spinal cord injury. This technique is proposed to increase bladder capacity and reduce the stiffness of the bladder wall. This is important for maintaining continence and quality of life as well as protecting against reflux of urine which can damage the kidneys. Existing evidence for the efficacy of bladder clamping is inconclusive so Elisha has been analysing anonnymised urodynamics reports of patients undergoing diagnostic testing.

The project is part of Elisha's intercalated BSc in Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London and is supervised by Prof Martin Knight in conjunction with clinicians and clinical scientists in the Spinal Injuries unit at RNOH. Elisha is submitting a conference abstract and is planning a full journal paper on this important work.

Contact:Martin Knight

Updated by: Martin Knight