By Nicole Barnes

Two leading researchers discussed their work on how they are using new techniques to investigate and help tackle respiratory disease.

This seminar was the last in a series of three, hosted by Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, as part of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre Seminar Series. The presentations can be viewed in the videos below.

Dr Pantelis Georgiou, a reader in Biomedical Microelectronics at Imperial College London, explained how the development and use of microchip technology is enabling rapid diagnostics for the detection of infections such as the zika virus and antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Jane Davies, an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, outlined her clinical research on improved methods of detecting, understanding and treating infection in cystic fibrosis patients.

The AHSC Seminar Series events are open to the general public and staff and students from the NHS partner trusts and Imperial College London. The seminars aim to raise awareness of the research taking place at the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

The AHSC is a partnership between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. It aims to advance medicine and improve the quality of life of both NHS patients and patients around the world by taking research discoveries and putting them into practice in healthcare as quickly as possible – introducing new therapies and techniques.

The next AHSC seminar will be hosted by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and will take place on Thursday 14 December. It will explore tumour detection technologies and better surgical outcomes. Presentations will be given by two Professors from the Department of Surgery and Cancer within the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London: Professor Zoltan Takats, a Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Professor Paris Tekkis, a Professor of Colorectal Surgery.

Professor Zoltan Takats will discuss mass spectrometry methods for detecting cancer, while Professor Paris Tekkis will focus on the use of iKnife technology to improve outcomes for cancer surgery. For more details please email ahsc.news@imperial.ac.uk.