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31st July 2019

Medical School celebrates first graduates in new programmes

Swansea University Medical School is celebrating as its first students graduate from two new programmes. Graduates from the Medical School’s first cohorts of the Applied Medical Sciences BSc and the Biochemistry and Genetics MSci programmes have been awarded their degrees at a ceremony this week. The Medical School, which actually trains more life scientists than…

29th July 2019

Improvements in waiting times as busy year for emergency departments continues

The Health Minister Vaughan Gething responds to the latest NHS performance statistics published today. The minister said: The busy year for frontline emergency department staff continued in June and the total number of attendees in the first 6 months of 2019 has now passed 520,000. Despite this pressure, I’m encouraged to see the vast majority…

29th July 2019

Wales leading the way on organ donation

The latest figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant published today show the consent rate for organ donation in Wales have increased by 7% from last year. Wales has the highest consent rate of all the UK nations, now 77%, up from 58% in 2015, when the new a soft opt-out system of consent to…

29th July 2019

New Chair appointed at Hywel Dda University Health Board

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has today announced the appointment of Maria Battle as the new Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board for a 4 year period. On the appointment, the minister said: Maria brings a wealth of experience of the NHS to this role. I’m confident that Maria’s clear knowledge, personal drive and passion…

23rd July 2019

BBI Solutions to showcase mobile diagnostics solutions capabilities at AACC 2019

Leading immunoassay specialist, BBI Solutions, will demonstrate how its lateral flow software is making point-of-care testing (POCT) more accurate, efficient and easier to use than ever before at the world’s largest laboratory medicine tradeshow, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) exhibition, this summer. BBI’s mobile arm, Novarum™, will launch a demonstrator app that can read…

23rd July 2019

Expert Advice: Plastics are not all bad…!!

Written by Tim Hourahine from TCG – view their member profile here Despite the recent media furore with the “War on Plastics”, the campaign would have been hugely more beneficial to have highlighted the awareness to ensure plastics return into the recycling and re-processing chain. Plastics should widely be viewed as a “resource” that can…

23rd July 2019

The Health Technology Wales (HTW) Online Survey

The Health Technology Wales (HTW) online survey has been launched and we’re welcoming all stakeholders to take part. As part of our evaluation, we’d like to know how you feel about our work, what you’re able to learn or gain from it and what you do differently as a result. COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW You…

23rd July 2019

Cancer research project making progress

A £2.6 million investment in a project to improve diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer is going from strength to strength. The Cluster for Epigenomic and Antibody Drug Conjugate Therapeutics (CEAT) based at based at Swansea University’s Medical School received £1.2m by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government earlier this year. Epigenetics…

23rd July 2019

Finger-prick blood test could safely reduce antibiotic use for people with chronic lung disease

A new study, involving researchers from the Centre for Trials Research and the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales), has found a simple finger-prick blood test at a GP surgery could prevent the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More than a million people…

22nd July 2019

Swansea University researcher wins £60,000 funding to aid biomaterial research

A researcher at Swansea University working with AgorIP is the third person in the institution’s history to win funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr Jonathan Widdowson, 26, who is also the CEO of company ProColl, won the funding of £60,000 that will aid their mission to supply biomaterials to help researchers create innovations…