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Exploratory Projects 2014: Early Warning Sensing Systems for influenza

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The Exploratory Projects programme launched in May 2014 with a call for applications in 'Early Warning Sensing Systems for Influenza.' 

Four exciting projects were awarded funding to strong, interdisciplinary team of experts from across UCL, UCL School of Pharmacy, Farr Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London, Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI), and Public Health England.

These collaborations have contributed to our mission to grow the i-sense network into a self-sustained hub of innovation and develop global early warning systems to help protect populations from the threat of a pandemic flu outbreak. 

Round one: Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Influenza (2014)

Building and Maintaining Public Trust in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Influenza

i-sense teamed up with the Department of Philosophy at UCL and the National Centre for Infectious Disease Surveilance to provide an analysis of the key ethical and regulatory challenges for early warning sensing systems for influenza. 

People involvedJames WilsonBenedict RumboldRosanna PeelingRachel McKendryRichard Pebody, and Ingemar Cox
Collaborating institutions: UCL, PHE, LSHTM

Flusurvey: Digital health detection of influenza in the community

i-sense are collaborating with Flusurvey, the UK’s biggest crowd-sourced study of influenza, to help monitor the spread of flu in the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before.

People involved: John EdmundsRachel McKendryEllen FragaszyAndrew HaywardRichard PebodyDaniela PaolottiIngemar CoxPatty KostkovaHenry PottsAnn BlandfordMatthew Donati and Clare Wenham
Collaborating institutions: UCL, LSHTM, PHE

Carbon nanotube electrodes for sensitive and rapid influenza diagnostics

Together, with scientists from Imperial College, i-sense is exploring the suitability of carbon nanotubes as electrodes in paper-based devices for accurate, machine-readable test results. 

People involvedMilo ShafferClaudio ParoloBenjamin MillerNeal Skipper and Rachel McKendry
Collaborating institutions: UCL, Imperial College London

A Novel Sensor System for Influenza: Combining chemical sensors with mobile phones for rapid diagnosis 

In a collaboration between the Hilton, McKendry and Stevens laboratories, we will demonstrate that the influenza virus can be detected with chemical sensors and more importantly, that the level of infectivity can be quantified instantly using a mobile phone camera for diagnosis. This would enable the immediate analysis of infection. 

People involvedStephen HiltonRachel McKendry, and Molly Stevens
Collaborating institutions: UCL, Imperial College London