Jo Johnson will today announce £17.7m for new healthcare technologies research.
The research programmes which are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be led by The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Leeds, and University of Glasgow.
The programmes will look to:
- extend the use of 2D materials such as graphene in developing therapies and technologies for wound care and management (relevant to diabetes); neural rehabilitation by electrical stimulation (relevant to dementia); cell therapeutics (relevant to ophthalmological and cardiovascular disease); and immunotherapeutics (relevant to cancer)
- improve the range of applications for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
- develop novel testing methods for new knee therapies that combine laboratory-based simulation and computer modelling to predict mechanical performance and optimise design and usage
- develop more effective methods for the use of growth factor molecules in regenerative medicine that have a reduced potential for unwanted side effects