Education – the important way to clinical application

FRK Education

Mission of Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development is introduction into clinical practice modern techniques and technologies for heart diseases treatment. But it is also a famous educational center.

Numerous conferences, meetings, presentations to exchange experiences of modern techniques and technologies used in surgery are held in this educational center.Annual conferences "Medical Robots" and "Surgical Workshops", organized at the Foundation, are attended by many enthusiasts of modern surgery. During the workshop's exercises it is possible to learn about the tools' advantages and disadvantages, starting from the classic ones up to the laparoscopic and robotic. We hope that soon robots and half-automatic surgical tools will be used in clinics and hospitals, helping surgeons and their patients. In our surgical workshops over the past 10 years, attended by about 1,500 young enthusiasts surgery. For them, we prepare innovative research and training stations. We use our experience achieved by preparing an original testing station for the Stiff-Flop robot.


The developed system allows for the implementation of specific tests to verify robot's maneuverability:


test rig



Our next step for anatomic test rig will be develop a realistic 3D model of human lower gastro-intestinal tract and of entire human abdomen to be used as soon as we will have a prototype with all technical characteristics as desired in a 1:1 scale as shown below:





The operational area will enable us to install some flexible elements to simulate some abdominal organs, and contain measuring sensors. Each element can be easily adapted to the need of the benchmark testing:


test rig



Traditionally in December we invite all professionals and hobbyists of medical robotics to Zabrze. The XI Conference on Medical Robots conference is organized by the International Society for Medical Robotics. In response to a broad interest among representatives of science, medicine and the media, the scope of our annual meeting of research workers, designers, constructors and users of robots, shall cover all robotized equipment used in medicine. Medical Robotics also includes some artificial organs. This year we decided to demonstrate and practically implement the integration approach, multi-disciplinary problem-solving treatment of heart so we joined in one, two meetings of doctors, biologists and engineers. The conference will begin with the presentation of the progress of research conducted by the Silesian Center for Heart Diseases, together with the Foundation for the Development of Cardiac Surgery and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice in a meeting titled "Regeneration of hearts - from the cell to the machine ." Then we will show new Robin Heart robot the effectiveness of these procedures in treatment and we will move on to different technical solutions in robotics used in other areas of medicine. During the International "Medical Robots 2013" conference a progress of surgery robot, Robin Heart project development and the FRK contribution to Stiff-Flop project will be demonstrated. During the conference will have a special session of the competition for young scientists for the "Statue of Robin" Jury award and the audience award "Arrows of Robin". For more information about taking part in the conference we invite you to have a look at the site of the Medical Robots International Conference -




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