Loughborough team demonstrates UKIERI project to British Council in Delhi
A Loughborough University team has demonstrated its research to representatives of the British Council at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
The research, funded by the United Kingdom Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), concerns the use mobile phones to improve health care by monitoring heart disease and diabetes, which affect millions globally. The technology allows the transmission of data representing vital signs such as the electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure and blood glucose level, so that the patient does not have to travel to a hospital for a check-up.
The LU team from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was led by Dr David Mulvaney. Other members were Professor Emeritus Bryan Woodward, the originator of the project, and Dr Sekharjit Datta. With the project’s Indian co-ordinator, Dr Anoop Vyas, of IIT Delhi, they met Dr Carole Sweeney, Head of International Education Partnerships, and Frazer MacDonald, Senior Policy Advisor of the China, India & Africa Team, both of the British Council’s Joint International Unit in Education, Employment and Social Affairs.
The other UK partner is Kingston University, and the other Indian partners are the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Since the project started in 2007, there have been 22 exchange visits to and from India for both staff and research students.
UKIERI was launched by the former Prime Minister, Rt Hon Tony Blair, in April 2006, and the first awards, including one to Loughborough, were announced by Rt Hon Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. UKIERI is a five-year programme that aims to improve educational links between India and the UK with a view to future long-term partnerships in Higher Education. Three rounds of funding have now been completed, with a total of £20 million provided by both the UK and Indian governments for 102 awards, including major awards up to £500,000 and standard awards up to £150,000. The private sector has added to this contribution through corporate champions BP, BAE, GSK and Shell.
During the two-week visit, the LU team also visited hospitals to talk to staff about transmitting patients’ data from small regional centres, called primary care hospitals, to larger centres, called secondary care hospitals, and to main city hospitals. The hospitals they visited were a PCH at Dayalpur in the State of Haryana; a SCH at Balabhgarh, near Faridabad, also in Haryana. The main city hospitals were the Rajiv Gandhi Hospital at Alwar in the State of Rajasthan, and AIIMS, one of the project partners, which is in Delhi.