Integration in sight: multidisciplinary team tackles vision loss

The challenge Injuries to the surface of the eye – as a result of burns, infections, inflammation, trauma and surgery – are a leading cause of sight loss. Despite this, there are few therapeutic options to modify, minimise or reverse scarring to maintain corneal transparency and visual function, and these are not always effective. With a global prevalence of 5.1%, the incidence of visual loss is around eight million people per year – accounting for … Continue reading “Integration in sight: multidisciplinary team tackles vision loss”

Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks

The challenge Conventional genome sequencing technologies are difficult to deploy in developing countries, particularly where continuous power is not always available and when access to cold chains, lab space and trained personnel is often limited. In addition, some genome sequencer instruments, such as those using optical readings (e.g. the Illumina platform), require precise microscope alignment and repeated calibration by trained engineers. These same inequalities also make less affluent countries more vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks … Continue reading “Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks”

UK & China to expedite innovative treatments

Industry leaders, academic experts and regional government representatives from China and the UK gathered in Birmingham to create a blueprint for transforming biomedical engineering research into innovative treatments for patients. The UK launch of the University of Birmingham – Southeast University Joint Centre for Biomedical Engineering brought together experts from across the Midlands and Jiangsu Province to define the opportunities and barriers for healthcare innovation. Launched in China in May 2018, the centre provides a … Continue reading “UK & China to expedite innovative treatments”

Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment

Healthcare in low- and middle-income countries is not prepared to care for the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, with more than two-thirds of people affected going without treatment. Researchers studied health data for one million people in the “Global South”, discovering that less than half of those affected are diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension. Of these patients, only 30% are treated and only 10% have the disease under control. The … Continue reading “Two-thirds of “Global South” hypertension sufferers missing treatment”

Getting the picture – faster

The challenge To effectively diagnose, treat and monitor patients, clinicians require easy access to a variety of images and reports – both new and historic. Image sharing at present however can be a slow and frustrating process, suffering from the inherent delays of a manual process: image retrieval can take up to four hours. Following the regional implementation of the 100,000 Genomes Project by the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), the need for a … Continue reading “Getting the picture – faster”