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International research agreement set to transform wound care
Date:3/13/2013

An innovative research agreement will put patients first in a bid to advance technology in the treatment and management of wounds saving valuable time and money for health organisations throughout the world and helping to deliver safe and effective care.

The University of Strathclyde has started work on a three-year research collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Qatar, following funding from the illustrious Qatar Foundation through its Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

The research will focus on sensors for advanced wound care, developing new pH sensors for wound dressings as part of the study of wounds, moisture and pH in the main government hospitals in Qatar.

Staff and students from the University of Strathclyde will have the opportunity to spend time in Qatar conducting joint research with counterparts from HMC visiting Scotland to work on the project.

Wound diagnostics is a key element of the United Kingdom Department of Health's 3 million lives programme aimed at improving the lives of people through telehealth and telecare, transforming the way patients are treated.

WoundSense, a moisture sensor developed by Strathclyde spin-out company Ohmedics, will be used as part of the study to improve treatment for patients, bringing faster relief and reducing the need for hospital treatment.

Professor Patricia Connolly, CEO of Ohmedics and a bioengineer at the University of Strathclyde, said: "Wound diagnostics and the management of wounds in patients is a critical area in the healthcare sector and this research collaboration allows us the opportunity to radically advance current technology.

"At Strathclyde, we have been at the forefront of recent technological developments in the field and by working with HMC we can extend our international reach and make further improvements."

"Significant investment has been made in encouraging patients to self-diagnose without the ne
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Contact: John Beaton
john.beaton@strath.ac.uk
44-141-548-2924
University of Strathclyde
Source:Eurekalert

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