World leaders in the field of diagnostics will assemble at Dublin City University next week to participate in the launch of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (Irish Prime Minister).
The agenda for the event will include internationally-renowned speakers including Professor Adam Heller, founder of diagnostics giant Therasense. The event will also include a panel discussion entitled “Who Will Monitor Your Health?” on the controversial topic of access to personal health information by third parties such as health insurance companies.
The development of sophisticated diagnostic technologies means that more information will be available to our doctors than ever before. The health benefits offered by these advances are clear, but there are other potential uses for this information that have broader societal implications. For example, could your health insurance policy be linked to your compliance with a healthcare regime, monitored by diagnostic tests? The panel will include Oliver Tattan, CEO and founder of Vivas Health, Gerry McQuaid, Commercial Director of O2 Mobile Communications, and Dr. Karina Halley, Lecturer in Ethics at TCD.
Professor Heller’s talk will focus on the founding of Therasense, a company which developed blood glucose monitoring technology for diabetes management, based on discoveries made in his lab at the University of Texas. TheraSense was acquired in 2004 by Abbott Laboratories for $1.25 billion, the largest acquisition ever in biosensors. TheraSense based sales of Abbott in 2005 exceeded $500 million and the company employs 1,500 people worldwide.
The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute
The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) is a unique industrial-clinical-academic research collaboration focused on the development of next generation biomedical diagnostic devices for use in the home or at the Point-of-Care. These advanced devices will enable the detection of life-threatening events long before the critical stage is reached - thus improving people’s lives and enhancing the efficiency of our healthcare system. Research is being carried out to exploit “markers” in blood, breath and saliva that will give these early warnings in illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, with “exquisite accuracy” according to Professor Brian MacCraith, Director of the Institute.
The integration of fundamental and applied research, from the wide-ranging scientific and engineering disciplines required, into working device demonstrators is a unique feature of the BDI. The BDI brings together key academic researchers, led and hosted by Dublin City University, including the Royal College Surgeons Ireland, National University Ireland Galway and University College Cork; six industrial partners, Åmic, Analog Devices, Becton Dickinson, Enfer Scientific, Hospira, and Inverness Medical Innovations/Unipath, as well as the clinical environment, to form an integrated, cohesive, multi-disciplinary team of more than 70 people.
Shane Kenny | alfa
Norovirus evades immune system by hiding out in rare gut cells
12.10.2017 | University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract
11.10.2017 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.
Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....
Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).
When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...
Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.
How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.
It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF...
17.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
17.10.2017 | Life Sciences
17.10.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
17.10.2017 | Life Sciences