Accelerate supports the development of safer VR experiences in healthcare

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) and Cardiff University’s Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA) are collaborating with Rescape Innovation Ltd to improve the safe deployment of virtual reality for health care staff and patients. Rescape Innovation are pioneering the use of VR in healthcare to reduce pain, anxiety and improve … Continue reading Accelerate supports the development of safer VR experiences in healthcare

Welsh made ventilator trialled in Bangladesh

A new Covid-19 ventilator, designed and built in Carmarthenshire, is being trialled on patients in Bangladesh. The BBC reports initial results from clinical trials in Dhaka have been described as “very encouraging”. We reported in March how consultant anaesthetist Dr Rhys Thomas and engineer Maurice Clarke from Ammanford built the Emergency Covid-19 C-PAP device prototype … Continue reading Welsh made ventilator trialled in Bangladesh

Crab shells could protect NHS staff from coronavirus

A material derived from waste crab shells is being tested for use as a virucide for use on PPE and other medical devices. Bangor University reports its experts are working Pwllheli based Pennotec (Pennog Limited) to develop a unique coating which has long lasting virus destroying properties. The BBC reports the crab shells providing the … Continue reading Crab shells could protect NHS staff from coronavirus

Study focussing on the best way to handle 999 calls from coronavirus patients

A new Swansea University study examining the best way for ambulance services to deal with suspected Covid-19 999 calls has just won major funding support. Covid-19 is new and unpredictable for communities and individuals. The number of emergency ambulance calls related to Covid-19 increased enormously at points during the coronavirus pandemic. In some areas the … Continue reading Study focussing on the best way to handle 999 calls from coronavirus patients

Agreement between Cardiff University and Cytox to tackle Alzheimer’s disease

Cardiff University has signed an agreement with Cytox to help the company develop a genetic risk assessment tool for Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiff University says under the licence Cytox will access its IP regarding polygenic risk scoring algorithms for predicting the future onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Cytox will gain exclusive commercialisation rights to IP and know … Continue reading Agreement between Cardiff University and Cytox to tackle Alzheimer’s disease

Investment of £20m extends AgorIP project to 2023

The AgorIP Project, which has helped the economy and innovation in West Wales to prosper over the last four years, has been extended to benefit all of Wales, with a total investment of more than £20m. AgorIP brings academics, clinicians and businesses together to pioneer research into cutting edge technologies and drive commercial success with … Continue reading Investment of £20m extends AgorIP project to 2023

Welsh scientists helping to understand how the immune system responds during coronavirus

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine and Systems Immunity Research Institute are part of a UK wide effort to identify what makes a good or bad immune response to Covid-19. The UK Covid-19 Immunology Consortium will also look at how factors like age can influence the immune response to coronavirus. Evidence from the pandemic has shown … Continue reading Welsh scientists helping to understand how the immune system responds during coronavirus

International study reveals low levels of wellbeing among children in Wales

Children in Wales have some of the lowest levels of wellbeing among children across thirty five countries, a team of Cardiff University researchers has found. The university reports the team, from the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD), surveyed over two thousand six hundred children from across Wales about their own … Continue reading International study reveals low levels of wellbeing among children in Wales

Inbreeding reduces cooperation in mongooses

Inbreeding can reduce cooperation in banded mongooses, according to a recent study. Swansea University reports its researchers, along with colleagues from the University of Bielefeld and University of Exeter, studied inbreeding and cooperative care in banded mongooses, an African mammal which lives in colonies with a complex social structure. In the Thirties it was proposed … Continue reading Inbreeding reduces cooperation in mongooses

Microneedle skin patches to administer vaccines

A revolutionary new way to give vaccines through microneedle skin patches is being tested at Swansea University, thanks to £200,000 of EU funding announced by the Welsh Government. The coronavirus pandemic is giving extra urgency to the search for vaccines and new ways of delivering them. This important research is being conducted by Innoture, a … Continue reading Microneedle skin patches to administer vaccines

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