flexible electronics

Taking advantage of recent advances in flexible electronics, researchers have devised a way to “print” devices directly onto the skin so people can wear them for an extended period while performing normal daily activities. Such systems could be used to track health and monitor healing near the skin’s surface, as in the case of surgical wounds.
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neoMimix uses an active microfluidic platform to naturally select sperm with unrivaled DNA quality for use in assisted human reproduction.

Rapid Innovation Unit

Ireland's first hopsital-based innovation hub for medical device innovation.

Design for Health and Wellbeing, MSc

Work and co-design with stakeholders right across health care, from hospitals, to mental health services, to public health, to well-being of consumers in society.

Product Design & The performing Arts

PD+PA (Product Design + Performing Arts) research cluster. The Creative Process meets the Creative Product - enhancing the performance Artist through research, design and technology.

Health in a Box

Johnson & Johnson & The School of Design, University of Limerick Postgraduate PhD Scholarships

2017 Graduates from Design Factors

Congratulations to Dr. Fiona Wixted and Dr. Eoin White from their Design Factors friends and from the School of Design, who have graduated with their PhDs at the August 2017 UL Conferrings.


A novel securement device to reduce catheter related complications, infections, and improve the quality of life in patients requiring long term central venous access.


SoloPEP is an Enterprise Ireland funded commercialisation project that aims to deliver a disposable positive expiratory pressure device to patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, emphysema and COPD.


XoSoft is a soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton which aims to assist people with mobility impairments.

Development of a Fuzzy Front End design framework to optimise commercial success of low risk medical device development

The aim of this research is to focus on developing an alternative approach to determine unmet user and clinical needs in low risk medical devices.

Design of an improved approach to laparoscopic resection of the colon and surrounding mesentery

Exploring opportunities to improve clinical outcome in laparoscopic abdominal surgery using human factors methods to identify specific design needs.

Axo Suit

A lower-body, upper-body and full-body assistive exoskeletons which supports older adults in carrying out their daily tasks, and participating in occupational and social activities.

Human Factors Associated with Deployment Accuracy of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is an emerging treatment option for previously contraindicated patients suffering from Aortic Stenosis (AS)


Ostoform is medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies.


A simple, wearable technology to measure tongue pressure during swallowing to enable patients with dysphagia to carry out therapies and to track their progress.


We co-design applied solutions collaboratively with a variety of disciplines and stakeholders both within UL and in the wider healthcare environment.

Design Factors research in the field of health focuses on the experience of the users within the healtcare systems. We work on products and product service systems that improve the experience of the patient, clinician and/ or carers. Connected Health and UX (User Experience) form a basis for much of the research work as products work in an interconnected mix of medical devices, digital user interfaces and data systems. Our research projects bring together expertiese from a variety of disciplines with a view to designing holsitic solutions that reshape our understanding of health. If you are interested in colaborating with Design Factors on a health related project please see: http://designforhealth.ie



Design Practice & Education

We are actively engaged in research for design education, continuing professional development and design practice.

Design for Health

Our user-centered work in health and wellness focuses on humanising technology that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Design for Sustainability & Society

Our research projects take a design led approach to framing and tackling societal, environmental and consumption issues.

Human Factors in industry

Our research on work related musculoskeletal disorders examines occupational health and industrial ergonomics.