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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

4 Pump Priming Projects awarded funding in Round 3

Published: 11 April 2016
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Four new projects are now underway having been successfully funded in the latest NAMRIP Pump Priming competition. Information on these wide ranging projects which bring together reseachers from engineering and physical science (EPS) with those from non-EPS disciplines can be found below. This brings the total number of projects funded to 16.

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Pump Priming projects awarded in Round 3


  • Examining and optimizing flows in endoscope working channels to improve reprocessing efficacy using cold atmospheric plasma Project Team - Dr Rodolphe Herve, Dr Robert Zmijan, Dr Xunli Zhang and Prof. Bill Keevil. Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP) is a new technology developed for cleaning and disinfection using free radicals. This project will undertake flow modelling with the aim of optimising the flow of CAP to improve decontamination of equipment such as endoscopes.
  • Preventing the spread of infection in hospital care settings: Health professionals, the agency of microbes and imaging tracking technology ProjectTeam - Dr Emma Roe, Dr Jacqui Prieto, Prof Lisette Schoonhooven, Dr Sandra Wilks, Dr Xunli Zhang and Dr Paul Hurley. This project is a collaboration between nursing, microbiology and cultural geography. It will use digital imaging technology to track human and microbial activity within a simulated hospital ward. This data will be used to develop an art performance demonstrating infection spread and prevention.
  • Using micro computed tomography (micro CT) to understand crystalline biofilms in urinary catheters Project Team - Dr Sandra Wilks, Dr Orestis Katsamenis, Prof Many Fader, Prof Bill Keevil and Dr Xunli Zhang. The team will apply expertise in microfluidics and micro CT imaging to understand how biofilms are formed on catheters. This is key to developing new antimicrobial catheter materials.
  • Testing Startstream in two hospitals outside of Hampshire Project Team - Prof Tim Leighton, Dr Stephanie Dancer and Professor Mark Tooley. In this new collaboration Starstream's ability to clean using cold water will be trialled within NHS Lanarkshire's envrionmental screening facility and at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Notes for editors

NAMRIP is funded by the University of Southampton and benefits hugely from £868,704.00 of funding from EPSRC's Network for Antimicrobial Action 'Bridging the Gap' call (EP/M027260/1).

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