Intelligent Medicine & Healthcare 

Challenges in medicine and healthcare on a global scale are all too apparent, with the world’s population growing and aging in many regions. The vision in the College of Science and Engineering is to attack these challenges through the design of materials, devices and systems for healthcare in an intelligent way.

The work of the College in this area is underpinned by numerous important facilities, with the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) as an outstanding example. JWNC has a comprehensive portfolio of tools capable of handling a vast range of materials. It supports work from prototypes to small production volumes and is complemented by specialised facilities in many individual laboratories. Intelligent Medicine & Healthcare

Examples of what we do include the use of surface acoustic waves to manipulate samples for diagnostic applications, miniaturised ultrasound devices for intestinal diagnosis and therapy, and surface design of medical devices.

Research into intelligent medicine and healthcare takes place across the College, with activities in the Schools of Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology. Researchers are very often paired with colleagues in the College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences; such links are vital to allow translation of basic science effectively into healthcare.

We have a huge range of external partners across all aspects of our work in intelligent medicine and healthcare in the UK, EU, China, India, the USA and other countries. These partners are drawn from industry, universities, governments and healthcare providers and help us to generate significant impact. This is  well-illustrated by the technologies found in the next generation sequencing system, IonTorrent, and spin-out companies such as sawDx, modeDx and ClydeBiosciences. 

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Key Projects

The Multi-corder:

We propose to create the world's first broad spectrum sensor technology - the Multi-Corder. The world of electronics is dominated by complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. CMOS has made modern computing and communications possible and has also made an enormous impact on sensing technology such as the digital camera chip. Most recently CMOS has enable the development of the personal genome machine - a next generation sequencing system.

This programme grant funded by EPSRC led by Professor David Cummings is a collaboration between the Newcastle University and the Univeersity of Oxford. The purpose of this research is to create technology to sense the personal metabolome. This is where the genome may indicate an individual's propensity towards a disease, the metabalome is an immediate measurement of body function, hence provides a means of diagnose.