During the latest round of funding made available through the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITNs), three bids led by Bath researchers were successful, two of which are biosensor projects. Marie Curie ITNs are highly prestigious funding awards, focused on the training of a large number of PhD students and Postdoc students across several European institutions, working towards a common high impact scientific goal. Each of the three awards is worth around €4 million, with around €1 million allocated to Bath as overall coordinator.
The two successful biosensor bids are:
PROSENSE: This project is being led by Dr Pedro Estrela from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and aims to increase current understanding of the clinical relevance of prostate cancer biomarkers. Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men each year in the UK, and through this project the research team hopes to improve the sensitivity, selectivity, robustness and speed of biosensing technologies for the testing for this disease.
SEWPROF: Led by Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, from the Department of Chemistry, this project explores ‘sewage epidemiology’ – the testing of sewage to improve public health monitoring at a community level. The research will be applying innovative sewage epidemiology techniques to deliver the real-time profiling of community-wide health and lifestyle through the analysis of human biomarkers in sewage. This conceptually simple but highly sophisticated research could become an early warning system for outbreaks of disease and a unique tool for the identification of hot-spots for pandemics.
For more information about Marie Curie ITN projects please see the Europa website at http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/