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IBST Newsletter - August 2008

Welcome to the first IBST newsletter - keeping you updated with IBST news and information about the latest technologies and opportunities, including funding programmes, conferences and events. If you do not wish to receive our newsletters, or if you have colleagues who would like to be included, please contact us using the email address at the bottom of this page.


IBST is an initiative of UWE, Bristol

IBST trade mission to New Jersey

Last month, Dr Richard Luxton and Dr Janice Kiely traveled to New Jersey on a trade mission to showcase IBST and partner technologies and innovations. The focus of the visit was to consider what synergies can be developed in the general area of health and to explore possible collaboration, partnership and other opportunities. They met with Innovation New Jersey representatives including Rowan University, AlwaysReady (advanced power and sensing solutions) and Gabe Milton NJ Spinal Cord Research Commission, as well as representatives from Hackensack University Medical Center, Gallo Prostate Center, Montclair State University and Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences.

IBST becomes affiliate member of the Sensors and Instrumentation KTN


The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology has become an affiliate member of the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN. Affiliate membership will bring benefits to both organisations and offers us the opportunity to show a joined-up approach to the biosensing and instrumentation community. It will aid us in developing our links with industry and provide additional exposure for IBST and its members to the biosensing and instrumentation community.

As part of the Affiliate agreement, IBST and the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN will work on joint projects in support of the biosensing and instrumentation community, including input to government consultations, road-mapping exercises and development of action groups and initiatives. IBST and the Sensors & Instrumentation KTN will also work together to identify relevant companies operating in the biosensing field to understand their needs and to tailor relevant services.

Dr Olena Doran joins IBST team

We would like to introduce the latest member to join the IBST team, Dr Olena Doran, who joined in May as Institute Coordinator. Her main role is to coordinate the research activities of the Institute, to develop national and international collaborations and research programmes. This involves identification of funding opportunities, developing research consortia, establishing and developing strategic, collaborative relationships with industry, higher education institutions, governmental agencies and other relevant bodies. View Olena's biography to find out more about her background and areas of interest.

Project news

In collaboration with DePuy (a Johnson+Johnson company) and Gwent Electronic Materials, the Institute of Bio-sensing Technology has been successful in obtaining a £1.1M project grant from the Technology Strategy Board. The project aims to develop a new rapid, point-of-care diagnostic system for the measurement of metal ions after joint replacement. This will inform clinical decision making around the need for pre-emptive revision in case of high levels of metal wear.

The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology has also received funding (£162,400) from BBSRC, Genesis Faraday Partnership and Pfizer Ltd for a PhD studentship to study the genetic control of fat partitioning. This will be a collaborative project with Neil Avent from the Bristol Genomics Research Institute at UWE. The project will focus on studying physiological candidate genes controlling fat deposition and on identification of polymorphisms which could be used for the development of genetic tests.

BBSRC Industrial CASE Studentships

Applications are invited for BBSRC 4-year CASE studentships to start on 1 October 2009. BBSRC Industrial CASE studentships are awarded to partnerships between UK-based industrial companies and eligible UK universities or research institutes to support collaborative postgraduate research. The company can define the research project in an area relevant to their operations or to their future skills needs. Closing date for applications: 8 October 2008. Number of awards available: 88. Further information can be found at www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/training/calls.html

Forthcoming events

Annual Scientific Meeting of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine


Date: 2-4 September 2008
Location: University of Bath

Website: www.ipem.ac.uk

Application of Biosensors in the Water Industry


Date: 18 September 2008
Location: University of the West of England, Bristol

Website: www.swig.org.uk

The 9th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science and Regenerative Medicine

NJ Biomaterials

Date: 29-31 October 2008
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Website: www.njbiomaterials.org

Nano-Molecular Analysis for Emerging Technologies III & Surface Science of Biologically Important Interfaces 10

Date: 5-6 November 2008
Location: National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

Website: www.nmaet.npl.co.uk

Contact us

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Denise Hope - Marketing Officer
T: +44 (0)117 32 81110, E: denise@biosensingtech.com


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