Antimicrobial Resistance Research


18 May 2016

New Funding Awarded: Novel diagnostics for bacterial speciation in would healing

The following project has been awarded funding by the AMR network:

'Novel diagnostics for bacterial speciation in would healing'

The novel diagnostics for bacterial speciation in wound healing project seeks to identify what role new diagnostic technologies developed at Loughborough University can play in speciating bacteria present in biofilms at wound sites. Identifying the bacterial species present rapidly using these technologies, will lead to more targeted and reduced utilisation of antibiotics, thus limiting the development of antimicrobial resistance, as well as improving patient outcomes by preventing infections getting established.

This is a multi-disciplinary project across several schools and in addition to using and departments and will use mass spectrometry, fluorescent probes and acoustic point-of-care sensors in conjunction with biological process modelling and data modelling and analysis for the detection of wound related bacteria. Following on from this project we intend to collaborate with partners in Chemical Engineering in evaluating biofilm substrates with our technologies and SSEHS to evaluate the effect our diagnostics can have on prognostic outcomes for patients.

Project Lead: Jim Reynolds