Public gets chance to air hopes and fears about new biosensing technologies

Issue date: 11 March 2014

An erray of Biosensors in front of a persons face.

Date: 18 March 2014
Time: 18:30
Venue: Watershed, Bristol

Have you ever wondered about biosensing and the social impact of these new rapid detection technologies in medicine, food safety, environmental analysis and security? If so, there is a chance to find out more at the Watershed in Bristol on 18 March.

Professor Richard Luxton is a pioneer in biosensing technologies from UWE Bristol and is facilitating the event as part of National Science and Engineering Week.

Biosensing is an exciting and rapidly developing area of science with a wide range of applications. Biosensing technologies can be applied to the detection, monitoring and measurement of a wide range of compounds in the bio-medical, environmental, agri-food, forensic, bio-security and other areas.

Professor Luxton, who is co-director of the Institute of Biosensing Technology at UWE Bristol, said, “Our research involves applications which could revolutionise the way we interact with health services and promote independent living.

“For example, biosensing technology is already being used by many thousands of patients with diabetes to measure their blood glucose levels. Many other technologies are currently being developed that may become a familiar sight in the future. These include the use of mobile phones for simple diagnostics, magnets for rapid diagnostics, microbial detection for healthcare and food safety, and vapour sensing for rapid disease diagnostics and environmental monitoring.”

The event is free of charge and is part of UWE's Social Science in the City programme. Its open structure will allow audience participants to ask questions about the technologies and explore their expectations and concerns for the future. In this way they will be able to contribute to the creation of a 'technology map' that will highlight hopes for and fears about this technology. This groundbreaking evening will then enable a rolling programme of events to explore, in more depth, issues identified in the 'map'.

To attend, register for the event here.

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