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DHEZ Seminar Series 2022

Our Seminar Series showcases innovations in digital health and provides a forum for researchers, healthcare professionals, community, and business to network and learn about public engagement in healthcare and pathways to implementation of digital health solutions and new models of care.

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Date Time SpeakersTitle 
24 March 13.00 - 14.00 Dr Liz Breen, DHEZ Director at the University of Bradford and Karen Regan,  NIHR Patient Recruitment centre Clinical Manager at Bradford Institute of Health Research. How DHEZ can help you
28 April 13.00 - 14.00 Dr Krzysztof Poterlowicz, academic lead on the FAIR Data Stewardship Training Project and Xènia Pérez Sitjà, ELIXIR_UK Data Stewardship Community Manager both from the University of Bradford together with Tom Lawton, consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthetics at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Getting to grips with Health Data
26 May 13.00 - 14.00  Prof. Fun Hu, Wireless Communications Engineering professor and holder of the Yorkshire Forward Chair in Wireless Communications (2007) and Dr George Oguntala, Lecturer with the Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University Emerging Technological Innovations for Future Connected Health
29 June 13.00 - 14.00 Paul Wilson, Digital Lead at City of Bradford & Metropolitan Council andSteph Oliver-Beech, Regional Healthtech Lead at West Yorkshire Combined Authority Local and regional digital strategies and their health impact
20 July 13.00 - 14.00 Prof. Rami Qahwaji, visual Computing Professor, works with different industries in the fields of satellite/space imaging, remote sensing, digital health and imaging, Biometrics, AI and data visualisation, developing intelligent systems in collaboration with NASA, ESA, NHS and different SMEs. AI in Healthcare - Practical Case Studies 

28 September

13.00 - 14.00 Steve Manns, the Integrated Digital Care Record (IDCR) Project Lead for Bradford Council and Dr. Dhaval Thacker, associate Professor at UoB's Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and Director of Postgraduate Research (DPGR) as well as the lead at the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Lab.  IoT and remote sensors: using technology to create better societies

23 November 

13.00 - 14.00 Jeremy Gee,Clinical Pathway Rehabilitation Coordinator - Post Covid Syndrome Pathway for Airedale NHSFT, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHSFT and Bradford District Care Trust Airedale and Bradford Long Covid Project


Local and regional digital strategies and their health impact - 29 June 2022 1pm until 2pm

Digital Strategy for Bradford District

Paul Wilson, Digital Lead at City of Bradford & Metropolitan Council will provide an overview on the Draft Digital Strategy for Bradford District. The Strategy is currently being consulted on with a view to finalise later this year. This is an overarching strategy for the region and not sector specific but some of the key themes and proposals will support and augment the emerging healthcare strategies for the region.

Building regional momentum: Healthtech and Life Sciences

Steph Oliver-Beech, Regional Healthtech Lead at WYCA will provide an overview on the West Yorkshire Healthtech Strategy recently adopted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Alongside this, Tom Hutchinson/ Jen Robson (Sector Manager – Healthcare and Life Sciences) will give a flavour of the ongoing work to support and develop the healthcare and life sciences sector within West Yorkshire through international trade and investment.

Both these talks will be 20 minutes long with time for questions at the end.

About the speakers

Paul Wilson joined Bradford Council in 2020 with a brief to help develop the digital agenda for the city and district. Paul has over 30 years’ experience working with the public sector, mostly in local government and recently in the health sector. For the last ten years much of Paul’s work has been supporting local authorities develop their Digital, Smart Place and IT Strategies, working with senior leaders to help achieve their digital/Smart Place aspirations.

Steph Oliver-Beech joined the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in October 2021, in the newly-created role of Healthtech Regional Lead. The position was created in recognition of the significance of healthtech to our regional economy, as well as the transformative opportunities presented by health and care innovation. Since coming into post, Steph has secured approval for the region’s first ever Healthtech Strategy and is working with partners on developing projects and delivering the strategic goals and vision. Steph brings a strong background in policy, partnership working and service delivery within both the local government and third sector. She also holds a PhD in Biological Sciences gained at the University of Warwick, and loves to keep in touch with research, especially in virology.

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Emerging Technological Innovations for Future Connected Health - 26 May 2022

Remarkable advances in telecommunication, computing power and the semiconductor industry have significantly transformed the medical world.

Wireless and satellite communication knowledge is bridging the divide between patients and providers separated by geography. These developments increase the possibility of advancing healthcare delivery systems, like the “Triple Aim” health framework targeted at improving people’s experience of care, the health of the population and reducing costs. The development of interactive medical devices with improved sensing ability aid early detection of symptoms and provides sample data on community infection rates. The data then informs therapeutic methods to support healthcare delivery.

Modern technologies are critical to health care delivery. Medicine and healthcare delivery are shifting focus to technology-enabled ideas to enable patients to stay at home for as long as possible and still receive a high level of home care.

‘Connected Health’ or’ technology-enabled health’ is a dynamic, fluidic conceptualised ecosystem of digital health that combines technologies and health innovations such as eHealth, telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, and mobile health (mHealth) for the health management of patients. It brings a diverse set of researchers together to support predictive, preventive, and personalised medicine. Professor Fun Hu and Dr George Oguntala will use this seminar to share more about their research in ‘Connected Health’ and how it is making a difference.


About the speakers

Professor Fun Hu is Professor of Wireless Communications Engineering since 2005 and the holder of the Yorkshire Forward Chair in Wireless Communications (2007). Since starting her academic career in 1992, Prof. Hu has received considerable funding support through participations and contributions to many flagship projects funded by the UK funding councils, the EU, ESA and TSB. Much of her research activities have been conducted in collaboration with industry and other universities and research organisations over the globe. Her major research is in integrated mobile, wireless and satellite communication networks with particular applications to vehicular communications networks including aircrafts and trains. Prof. Hu has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and international conferences, and have co-authored 1 book, edited two books and contributed to 5 book chapters. She was the Head of the Biomedical & Electronics Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics between 2018-2022. She is currently the Centre Director of the Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI.

Dr. George Oguntala is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering with the Department of Life Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Birmingham City University. He is Co-Lead of the Interdisciplinary Research for Healthcare, Technology and Diseases Research Cluster within the School of Health. Before joining Birmingham City University in 2020, George worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Research Assistant in wireless communication, digital and smart health with the Department of Biomedical and Electronics Engineering, University of Bradford. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Bradford, UK, whilst he served as the Lead researcher on a parallel research strand on thermal enhancement and consumer electronics. He has published over 60 papers and conference in top-notch scientific journals and international conferences and have authored 2 books and contributed to 2 book chapters.

He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and a Chartered Engineer.

Emerging Technological Innovations for Future Connected Health Seminar Slides

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Getting to grips with Health Data - 28 April 2022

Tom Lawton will talk about simulation modelling. Simulation modelling is a powerful tool which is under-used in UK healthcare. Reasons for this include a lack of easily-available expertise to design models, and a heterogeneity of patients which leads to an "explosion of categories" when attempting to use traditional methods. However, the use of routinely-collected healthcare data can drive models in a "bootstrapping" approach which we have used successfully in multiple healthcare settings both pre- and mid-pandemic, and are now using to plan for the future of healthcare in Yorkshire.

Xènia Pérez Sitjà, ELIXIR_UK Data Stewardship Community Manager and Dr Krzysztof Poterlowicz, academic lead on the FAIR Data Stewardship Training Project from the University of Bradford will be talking about the work of the ELIXIR-UK Data Stewardship Fellowship Programme. The University of Bradford led project, funded as part of the UKRI Innovation Scholars for data science training in health and biosciences, has a delivery team at Cardiff University, the Earlham Institute, the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford. The programme focuses on building capacity and professionalising Data Stewardship, while leveraging the local expertise of diverse UK universities and research institutes – changing the data management culture from within the institutions. The project is recruitimg a total of 20 Data Steward Fellows, who will act as research data management ambassadors. A first cohort of nine Fellows has already been meticulously selected from a diverse range of universities and institutes across the UK. They have started working on short training videos called RDMbites, and online and on-site courses.

Getting to grips with health data - slides

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How DHEZ can help you - 24 March 2022

Dr Liz Breen, Director of DHEZ, will talk to you about DHEZ. The different ways DHEZ can support your digital health innovation using our facilities and services, from room hire and office space to research projects and student support, and our ambitious plans for continuing to improve what we offer. She will be giving examples of how we’re working with industry and government partners to influence change, like the Council and NHS. Then hear from Karen Regan, NIHR Patient Recruitment centre Clinical Manager, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who is leading on the Covid 19 Novavax vaccine trials. Karen and team have been the using DHEZ facility for their trials for the last 18 months. She will talk about the trial and how using the DHEZ Facility has supported them to achieve what they have so far.

How DHEZ can help you - Slides

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