(FutureScot) A Glasgow University-led project to develop the next generation of quantum-powered health sensors has received a £5.5m funding boost.
The Healthcare Quest initiative will pioneer the use of massively enhanced computer processing power to spot the earliest signs of disease at home.
The cash boost is part of a £32m funding package announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.
Professor Jon Cooper, the University’s Wolfson Chair of Bioengineering and the project’s principal investigator, said: “We believe that the home environment has huge potential as a place where transformational healthcare changes can occur in the future. We hope to find new ways to make the home an extension of our physical bodies, providing the kind of detailed feedback on our wellness and monitoring of health markers that we cannot do ourselves. The analysis of the data streams from the sensors will be validated using clinically-approved models, providing users with 24/7 medical expertise to help them keep fit and healthy. The data collected by the sensors might also help to predict the early stages of non-communicable diseases like heart attacks and strokes and provide invaluable new ways to track the transmission of infectious diseases.”‘