Centre for Inflammation Research

Proteus participates in all-IRC conference in Bath

June 2017: On 28 and 29 June 2017, the first EPSRC all-IRC conference for healthcare technologies took place at the University of Bath, during which the work of Proteus was showcased.

Named "The Future of Healthcare Technologies", the IRC (Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration) conference brought together Proteus, i-sense (based at UCL) and SPHERE (based at the University of Bristol) to share information about each project, and provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas and practices.



With the funding provided by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), an organising committee consisting of members from each IRC developed a two-day programme of talks and poster presentations. The morning of day 1 started off with an introduction from Annette Bramley, the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Lead, followed by an overview of each project from the project Directors. After coffee and a fun ice-breaker game ("Have you ever fallen asleep during a conference?" "Have you ever sung karaoke?"), session 2 was under the theme of "Identifying Targets and Screening". Session 3 in the afternoon covered hardware devices being developed by each IRC, and the talks were brought to a close with an invited talk given by Dr Sheryl Warttig, from the National Institute for HealthCare Excellence (NICE). Over a casual drinks reception, there was plenty of time to investigate all of the wonderful posters before votes were cast for everyone's favourite. 



The first session on the morning of day 2 was titled "Developing Sensors for Health", and the post-coffee talks covered different aspects of data processing. Following lunch, the various public engagement strategies being implemented by each IRC were highlighted (who knew you could teach people about the spread of disease with a llama outbreak?!), with the final session of the conference going on to discuss "Implementation of Technology and End-User Needs".

Before bringing the meeting to a close, prizes were awarded for the best posters as judged by Annette Bramley (EPSRC), Helen Szoor-McElhinnery (Proteus), Ben Miller (SPHERE), and Erin Manning (i-sense). The winners were:

1st Prize: Harry Wood (Proteus)

2nd Prize: Helen Parker (Proteus)

3rd Prize: Jobie Budd (i-sense)

Huge thanks must be given to the organising committee from Proteus for making the meeting engaging and a great success.

A group photo of the attendees of the IRC conference “The Future of Healthcare Technologies”, hailing from Proteus, i-sense and
A group photo of the attendees of the IRC conference “The Future of Healthcare Technologies”, hailing from Proteus, i-sense (UCL) and SPHERE (University of Bristol).