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Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Influenza

Pandemic influenza is rated amongst the gravest national risks on the UK government risk register. Pandemics can occur with unpredictable frequency, infecting populations with a new virus over a relatively short period of time, causing significant illness and mortality and disrupting the function of normal communities. Early detection is key to preventing the spread of 'ordinary' seasonal and pandemic flu.

Flagship 3: Sensor Systems for the Detection and Identification of Bacteria

Flagship 3 aims to develop sensor systems to detect and identify bacterial pathogens, including Clostridium difficile, MRSA and VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci).

Mobile diagnostics will be developed for use in GP surgeries and care homes, taking advantage of new biomarker discovery tools to guide the development of a variety of capture molecules.