YPS Professional Member receives 2022 Young Innovator Award

Congratulations to Dr Amelia Seifalian, a Professional member of the Young Professionals Society for winning the 2022 Young Innovator Award from Innovate UK.


Dr Amelia Seifalian is a junior NHS doctor with plans to train in obstetrics and gynecology. Amelia is also a part-time PhD student at Imperial College (London). Her PHD project focuses on the development of a novel pelvic implant to treat prolapse using graphene-based nanocomposite materials and stem cell technology. Amelia hopes to revolutionise women’s health with her innovation.


Pelvic organ prolapse affects half of women worldwide. A previous, unsuccessful treatment using a polypropylene-based mesh resulted in a ban. Dr Amelia Seifalian is in the early stages of researching a substitute product that would be made using a novel graphene-based nanocomposite material. She is proposing stem cell technology to overcome previous issues with the mesh treatment and provide a potential cure for the condition.


The award, supported by Innovate UK, KTN, UK Research and Innovation, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will include funding to support the development of her idea.


Dr Amelia Seifalian said: “It is such an honour to have this fantastic award to accelerate the start of my PhD project at Imperial College London developing a novel surgical adjunct for pelvic organ prolapse surgery using graphene-based nanocomposite materials (Hastalex®) and stem cell technology.”


Amelia already has a track record in the application of nanotechnology in medicine, having published over a dozen papers in the field. Given the success with her proposed membrane, her goal is to go on to develop further products with the potential to revolutionise healthcare.

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