Quantum Powered Health Sensors
A University of Glasgow-led project to develop quantum-powered healthcare sensors.
12:53 05 October 2020
A University of Glasgow-led project to develop quantum-powered healthcare sensors have received a £5.5million funding boost from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation. The Healthcare Quest initiative aims to introduce the next generation health sensors designed to spot the earliest signs of disease at home.
Under the scheme, the University of Glasgow's engineers, psychologists, physicists and computing scientists will collaborate with primary and secondary care clinicians to explore how healthcare sensors can be integrated into the home of the future.
Professor Jon Cooper, the University’s Wolfson Chair of Bioengineering and the project’s principal investigator, said: “We believe that the home environment has huge potential as a place where transformational healthcare changes can occur in the future.
“We hope to find new ways to make the home an extension of our physical bodies, providing the kind of detailed feedback on our wellness and monitoring of health markers that we cannot do ourselves.
“The analysis of the data streams from the sensors will be validated using clinically-approved models, providing users with 24/7 medical expertise to help them keep fit and healthy.
“The data collected by the sensors might also help to predict the early stages of non-communicable diseases like heart attacks and strokes and provide invaluable new ways to track the transmission of infectious diseases.
“We’re delighted that our funding bid was approved by EPSRC. We’ve put together a really strong research team, with expertise in bioengineering, quantum technologies, primary and secondary care clinicians, artificial intelligence, real time data interpretation and healthcare economics, and we’re looking forward to starting the work which will make this ambitious project a reality.”