Lambert visits UWE's Genomics Institute

Issue date: 03 June 2005


Issue date: 03/06/05

Richard Lambert, author of the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration, visited the University of the West of England on 24 May. During his visit, which was co-ordinated by Linda Skinner of the Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, he toured UWE’s Bristol Genomics Research Institute where he saw a presentation on the Bloodgen project. This large collaborative project is aimed at improving patient safety and blood transfusion compatibility. Co-ordinated by Professor Neil Avent of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, it involves nine blood transfusion services and research groups from throughout Europe, and is funded by the European Union. Novel DNA-based techniques using gene chips capable of performing over 300 reactions on a small slide will permit more comprehensive screening for blood-type compatibility. These techniques could help save lives by reducing the risk of problems caused by incompatibility of rare blood types during transfusion. Professor Wendy Purcell, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, explained to Mr Lambert and his team of advisors how Science Research Investment Funds had enabled the creation of the Genomics Institute that was now an acknowledge leading centre in the region working in partnership with industry in furthering international-level scientific innovation.
Mr Lambert, who was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Alfred Morris, also saw robotics research in action in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems laboratory, and visited the Revolutionary Aerospace Machining Project, UWE’s purpose-built laboratory for developing new machining strategies for aerospace materials.

Mr Lambert is an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and was formerly editor of the Financial Times. He was visiting the region to talk to a number of organisations and groups about the work of the Monetary Policy Committee and receive feedback from business on economic conditions. The Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration was published on 4 December 2003 and encourages increased collaboration between business and universities.
The review can be accessed at:
http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/EA556/lambert_review_final_450.pdf

For more information on the visit, which was co-ordinated by the Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, contact linda.skinner@uwe.ac.uk , telephone 0117 32 82347.

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Editors note

Visual available – caption to read Richard Lambert with Dr Chris Melhuish in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory

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