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News roundup on 11th October 2013

Published: 11 October 2013

A summary of the latest news and intelligence from around the Faculty.

The Daily Echo has featured our researcher's pioneering new study to help sufferers of multiple sclerosis. The SAIL project is being led by Dr Ann-Marie Hughes with research fellow Trish Sampson and is as a result of a £40,000 grant from the MS Society.


Cheryl Metcalf and Sara Demain were invited expert panellists to Health Startup, which was held in Amsterdam this week. Cheryl was asked to talk about her expertise in motion capture of the hand and particularly their recent work with the Microsoft Kinect, and Sara was asked to speak on the importance of user-centred design and the perspectives of the patient and end-users of health technologies. It was an excellent example of multidisciplinary work in the Faculty. It was an interesting meeting with representatives from health technology startups, inventors and investors. This prestigious international invitation-only event that was supported by Microsoft EU Health.   


Greta Westwood and colleagues wrote in Health Service Journal recently about how clinical academics are transforming patient care by fostering six core values to help improve patient experiences and outcomes in everyday clinical care.


Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, will be visiting the University as part of the University's Distinguished Lecture series. His talk entitled ‘Changing cancer, influencing health through science and management' will centre on the changing picture of cancer and the changing NHS. The lecture takes place on 17th October at 6.30pm. For further information see here.


And finally, a big warm welcome to Professor Jonathan Drennan who joins us this week, taking the helm as Head of Academic Unit 2. 

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