Bath, in South West England, has a lot more besides its historic beauty…The Jenkins Chemistry lab at the University of Bath has a fair few innovative solutions to the problem of infectious disease detection. Their latest design is a burns dressing which glows when a pathogenic biofilm is detected (as part of the Bacteriosafe Project) which collectively has up to €5.12M funding from the European Commission’s FP7 Program.
The Jenkins lab at the University has several focal areas based on limiting the spread of infectious diseases. From looking at materials used in developing med-tech (i.e. anti-biofilm polymers for catheters etc.) to identification of such hospital-acquired pathogens (using the IO system), Jenkins and his team have been comprehensive in their approach to anti-microbial innovation.
Infection resulting from wound dressings is also a major problem in burns victims. However, the biggest problem lies in the detection of these pathogens, which the team has now addressed with a ‘smart’ coated dressing in collaboration with The South West UK Children’s Burn Centre in Bristol and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (Sussex).