Chemistry

News and events

26 Oct 2018

TOXI-Triage project reported by New Scientist, BBC News, BBC Radio Four and others

A project aiming to revolutionise the way emergency services across the world tackle life threatening incidents has received extensive media coverage over the last few weeks (October 2018) with Loughborough academics and researchers appearing on radio and TV to talk about TOXI-Triage.

The multi-million pound project has been funded by the European Commission and brings together 18 teams spanning the emergency and health services, defence, industry, and university academics. At Loughborough, academics from ChemistryDesign, Business and Economics and Social Sciences have been working on the project, along with campus-based industrial partner T4i Engineering.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that "the multi-million pound TOXI-Triage project was set up to establish novel ways of giving effective and diagnostically sound medical and toxic assessments amid the confusion, disorder and dangers of a CBRN emergency".

In the article dated 3 October 2018, Professor Paul Thomas said:

"Over the last four years, some of the strongest teams across Europe have been working together to help ensure society can respond to and tackle a CBRN incident in the best possible way.

"We live in a time where CBRN terrorism is a real threat, and incidents such as the Birling Gap gas cloud and Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis illustrate how CBRN incidents can and do occur as a result of human error or a natural disaster.

"The emergency services need to have the best possible information when a CBRN incident occurs, in the quickest time possible without having to put further lives at risk.

"TOXI-Triage has created new hot zone assessment, diagnostic, communications and track and tag triage technologies, along with an integrated system that pulls all the information together in real time.”

BBC News reported on the project with a video appearing on its website (below):

For the report, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner visited our chemistry laboratories on campus.

Academics and researchers involved with the project, including Professor Thomas, Dr Dahlia Salman and Professor Tom Jackson were also interviewed for a report featured on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme (listen on the iPlayer from 42mins 23 seconds) and BBC World Service.

Most recently, an article has been published on the New Scientist website titled 'Inside the European Union's high-tech nerve agent attack simulation' (24 October). The piece (which also appears in the printed edition of the weekly magazine, dated 27 October 2018) details a test of the project's suite of new tools for responding to CBRN events that took place near Athens, Greece last week.

For more information about TOXI-Triage visit the webpages in the University's news and events section: www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/toxi-triage/