Fighting Infection with a Pioneering Arsenal of Med-Tech Inventions from the UK

28/10/2015 - 3 minutes

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.

University_of_Bath_logo.svgThe 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).

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