i-sense Director, Professor Rachel McKendry delivered the Public Lecture "Harnessing the Power of Nanotechnology, Mobile Phones and Big Data for Global Health" as part of the UCL Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) MedTech week 2015.
Event background and information
Worldwide many infections remain undiagnosed and untreated due to poor diagnostic tools at the point of care. Professor Rachel McKendry presented her research to create a new generation of mobile phone-connected diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, which offer increased access to testing outside of hospital settings such as GP surgeries, pharmacies, developing countries and the home.
This research sets the way for a global early-warning system, linking the millions of symptoms that are self-reported online to mobile phone-connected tests, in real-time and with geographically-linked information.
The IBME MedTech Week 2015 ran from 15-19 June and is a series of free talks and events at UCL focusing on medical technology innovation. Along with Rachel's talk, the week included daily lunchtime lectures focused on the business perspective of medtech innovation and a champagne event to celebrate 3 years of UCL's medical technology successes. UCL joined national and international tech experts for London Technology Week, a festival of face-to-face events celebrating London’s global position as a hotbed of tech innovation, business successes, entrepreneurship and creative talent.
The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) is a leading university-based deliverer of medical technology R&D and innovation. The IBME brings together businesses, clinicians and academics to establish the technical feasibility, clinical desirability and commercial viability of cutting edge medical technology.