Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dominick Burton: First impressions

It has now been four months since I started my Marie Curie Fellowship at Aston University.  So what are my impressions and what have I undertaken so far?  First off, it was great to see such a culturally diverse number of students studying at Aston University despite many being stressed due to the exam period. Within the Griffiths lab there were students from Portugal, Egypt and Nigeria.  I personally believe that a culturally diverse working environment makes life more interesting and provides the opportunity to learn more about people from all walks of life.  Life would be so boring if we were all the same.

As for the science, I found Aston University to be well equipped for me to fulfil all my experimental goals.  I am also taking advantage of the expertise of some the researchers here to investigate aspects of my work I would not have even thought possible if I were not exposed to it during my time here so far.  In addition, I also discovered that there are labs here at Aston University that I was initially unaware of before my arrival that have particular expertise in aspects of my project proposal and as such have generated some interesting preliminary data for ongoing collaborate endeavours.  I am also learning a lot more about immunology which was a particular goal of mine during this Fellowship.   In addition I will be undertaking a phlebotomy course so that I can withdrawal blood in order to isolate primary immune cells.

Whilst my research was initially off to a slow start, it is now beginning to pick up and I hope to generate some interesting data over the coming months.  Along with my lab research I was invited to write a book chapter on cellular senescence, ageing and metabolic disease, so I will have plenty to keep me busy.  Luckily I have a research scholar (Badr Ibrahim) volunteering in the lab to help with aspects of my work whilst he looks for a postdoctoral position.  In my next blog I will discuss more specifically about my research area, so please check back.






Vania Almeida: IPSIBiM project

My research project entitled “Improved Patient Safety through Intensive Biosignal Monitoring” project targets the monitoring of post-operative patients, an area where hospitals are facing difficult experiences in targeting early signs of patient deterioration,  leading to late intensive care referrals, excess mortality and morbidity, and increased hospital costs.

Nowadays, there is an increasing interest to improve patient safety during hospitalizations. So, it is fundamental to detect clinical deterioration early so that clinicians may intervene before a life-threatening event occurs.

The major limitation of early warning systems is that they are based on manual checks performed by nursing staff, and that the observations only occur intermittently.

This projects consists of the implementation of a system based on wireless recording of real-time vital signs and analytical algorithms capable of providing guidance to clinicians of early signs of deterioration.

It aims to be specific to post-operative orthopaedic patients. Typically, caring for the orthopaedic patient includes a multidisciplinary team and treatment that includes: acute pain control, monitoring for post-operative complications and rehabilitation.

The potential health benefits are evident to the patients, avoiding serious patient safety incidents attributed to lack of systematic vital sign observations and providing a better decision-support system for the interpretation of vital signs. However, the economic impact of such systems (reducing the time allocated to bedside monitoring and also, reducing the hospital stay) is of great importance to our society.

Along the project multidisciplinary technical and scientific training will be required, namely:

(to be continued…)