Mobile technology is embedded in our daily lives. We have the power in our pockets to follow current affairs, access entertainment or shop at the touch of a screen and are increasingly wearing devices that can collect all kinds of information about ourselves and our activities.
Technology like this can also empower us to manage our health. Digital medicine will transform individual healthcare and also help tackle global challenges, such as ageing populations, the rise of long-term conditions such as obesity, diabetes and depression, and spiralling healthcare costs.
Healthcare consultations and treatments are traditionally face-to-face. The University of Nottingham’s research focuses on remote interventions, which will preserve resources and tailor care to individual need.
We will explore:
- New, ethical approaches to data-gathering from patients
- Solutions to technological challenges and poor infrastructure
- Novel ways of monitoring patients’ physiological states with behaviour and mood-influenced interventions, such as personal apps, avatars and virtual reality
- The effectiveness of current technology including apps for mental health use and wearable health monitors
Nottingham’s research is already making an impact on patient care, for example, through our partnership with the East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care.
Our focus on finding inventive solutions to real-world challenges will deliver truly translational research, from exploring fundamental questions to delivery of new healthcare interventions.
The RPA brings together expertise from across the University including:
- Horizon Digital Economy Research Centre
- Institute of Mental Health/ NIHR MindTech HTC
- Engineering and Human Factors
- Intelligent Modelling and Analysis Research Group
- The Centre for Applied Linguistics
- School of Computer Science
- Business School
- Human Genetics
- Health Informatics
- School of Medicine
We also work with external stakeholders including the NHS, NHS England and NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), as well as collaborating with commercial partners to transform fundamental research into usable technologies. Funding opportunities from organisations including the Wellcome Trust, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres, RCUK Large Centre Grants and Doctoral Training Centres will also be targeted.
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