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Opening of new centre set to improve lives

Published: 5 October 2017
Opening of new centre set to improve lives

The University of Bradford and the Digital Health Enterprise Zone launched a new research and innovation centre last week to develop pioneering relationships between academics, students, businesses and health professionals.

The DHEZ Academic building was officially opened on Friday 29 September.  It has been created to support the research and development of digital health innovations to improve the lives of people living with long-term conditions.

The DHEZ Academic building on the University of Bradford City Campus, Phoenix South West, has undergone an extensive transformation to become a leading edge digital health research facility.  It is the University’s focal point for access to the newest technology, research, and projects in digital health.  It offers four floors of research, learning, exhibition and business incubation space.  It has public clinics for physiotherapy, eye examinations and reviews of patient medicines which use the latest industry standard technology for high quality teaching and patient experiences.

An exciting feature is a full-size two bedroom Technology Smart House that links to a 50-seat lecture theatre. The Technology House will serve as a dynamic demonstrator of research and undergraduate and postgraduate projects to showcase technological advancement in digital health that can benefit people in their homes.

DHEZ Academic also houses dedicated research units for healthcare engineering, digital diagnostics and health promotion. We will be using the latest technologies in digital pathology, embedded electronics, mobile, wireless and satellite communications, biosensors, Internet of Things, semantic web, cloud computing, big data analytics, image processing, and biomaterials, and exploiting open standards and open-source platforms

Professor Allan Kellehear, Director of the Centre said: “By creating unique relationships between different groups of professionals we can design new and innovative projects that improve the way health and health care is delivered in the future.  This new DHEZ Academic building is designed to inspire and nurture these innovations and I’m very excited and proud to be leading it.”

Matthew Swindells, National Director (Operations and Information) for NHS England officially opened the DHEZ (Academic) building, sharing the NHS perspective on this new development, as well as other speakers from Bradford and the region.

The Inaugural lecture provided an opportunity to hear from the inspirational Shafi Ahmed. A surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an evangelist in Augmented and Virtual Reality, currently working as a laparoscopic colorectal surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals.  The lecture was followed by a Q&A session with Mr Ahmed and representatives from DHEZ Academic.

Facilities housed in the centre include:

  • Medicines Advice Hub
  • Eye clinic, ocular and refraction rooms, and gait lab
  • Pathology Suite
  • Phlebotomy Lab
  • Physiotherapy Clinic, movement lab and walk lab
  • Business Incubation offices

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DHEZ is a partnership between

Bradford Council University of Bradford

DHEZ is part funded by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy