The future of breast cancer care
The bra is currently in the early stages of development. It has been tested on healthy volunteers and is about to undergo first clinical testing with patients. Eventually, we hope the bra will be manufactured and adopted as standard throughout the NHS.
These projects could only have come about by bringing researchers together with clinicians and businesses to work on projects collaboratively.
Sheffield Hallam University is uniquely placed to do this, thanks to our world-leading expertise in design, healthcare and materials engineering, combined with strong links with the NHS and the healthcare technology industry.
'Best Breakthroughs' recognition
In 2018, the SuPPORT 4 All project featured on the UK's Best Breakthroughs list, part of Universities UK's MadeAtUni campaign. Lead researcher Professor Heidi Probst subsequently featured in the campaign's Lifesavers list.
The campaign highlights how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives.
About the team
This research is a collaboration between health researchers and art and design researchers at Sheffield Hallam, with input from researchers from Weston Park Hospital - part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – and lingerie company Panache.
We have held focus groups with patients, interviewed oncologists and sought views from radiographers as part of the design process.
This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Invention for Innovation Programme (project reference II-LA-0214-20001). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.