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Remote & Rural Conference 2019 - Creating a community of care

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is organising the Remote & Rural Conference 2019 in Inverness at the university's Centre for Health Science on 12 November 2019.

The conference will address the study of health and healthcare delivery in the rural environment and how providers can meet these needs with education, training and innovation in health technology.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Faculty of Remote and Rural Healthcare 2019 November Workshop, 13 November 2019

The Faculty of Remote and Rural Healthcare (FRRH), launched in September 2019, is organising a workshop at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

If you could like to hear more on their activities, how to get involved and how you can support the development of the Faculty and remote and rural healthcare globally, the event will be hosted by FRRH Deputy Chair, Dr Rikard Moen, Head of Health, Transport for London and supported by FRRH Chair, Alistair Fraser, VP of Health, Shell.

This event will serve as a working meeting to gather feedback and input for the creation of a FRRH Capabilities Framework. This framework will deliver the following:

  • Provide a description of the scope of practice and capabilities required of those working in clinical roles in remote and rural contexts e.g. for healthcare organizations and their employees
  • Provide a foundation against which training providers can align course development for remote and rural health care professionals
  • Act as a basis for development of clinical examinations in remote and rural healthcare.

Three world-renowned remote and rural healthcare speakers will discuss the challenges and successes they have experienced in remote and rural healthcare. The event speakers are three advocates of the professional diversity that the Faculty looks to support in developing remote and rural healthcare. Each speaker listed below will discuss the challenges to healthcare faced within their respective arenas followed by time for open discussion. 

  • Dr Sundeep Dhillon - Medical and Technology Advisory, Case Medicine
  • Dr David Flower -  Senior Health Director, BP
  • Dr Brian Davey - Director, Health and Safety, World Bank

You can book your place here.

The Institute of Health Research and Innovation wins award

The Institute of Health Research and Innovation won the Highlands and Islands Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation at the SCDI Annual Dinner and Business Excellence Awards on 6 September 2019.

Thanks to Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal funding, the university has enhanced its collaboration with some of the world’s leading healthcare and medtech companies to develop new areas of research, technology and innovation with the potential to transform 21st century healthcare in the region and beyond.

Dr Adam Giangreco, Director of Innovation and Commercialisation, commented: "Together we're working to achieve the university's vision of becoming a centre of excellence for health and life sciences innovation that facilitates the creation of new companies and products, promotes economic growth, and transforms health and social acre outcomes within the Highlands and Islands."

 Winners of the 2019 SCDI Highlands and Islands Enterprise Award for Excellence in Research & Innovation

The Active Health Exercise Lab teams up with the BBC Scotland Adventure Show

Members of the university’s Active Health Exercise Lab team, Dr David Muggeridge, Kirsty Hickson (RD) and Dr Daniel Crabtree, featured in the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon and Foxlake triathlon episodes of the BBC Scotland Adventure Show.

Specialist lab equipment was used to accurately measure the physical fitness of three athletes competing in the Celtman Extreme Scottish Triathlon. As Dr Muggeridge was himself taking part in the Foxlake triathlon, Dr Daniel Crabtree, Dr Hannes de Kock and Kirsty Hickson assessed David’s physiological and psychological responses to exercise.

Forming partnerships outside academia: What are the benefits and challenges?

Nicola Hart, Research Translation Manager at Alzheimer's Society, uses the collboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Cognihealth as an example of partnering success on the Association of Medical Research Charities' website.

Evidence suggests that cognitive decline in people with dementia is slower if they can be supported to live in their own homes as independently as possible. At home, most dementia care is provided by families and unpaid carers who often lack adequate support and understanding of this condition. The CogniCare digital platform is a tool that was developed to support carers.

The university will work with Cognihealth to evaluate the CogniCare digital platform. This platform has been designed with users (patients, carers, clinicians, nurse consultants and dementia advisors) with the aim to support carers' competence and confidence, reducing unnecessary hospitalisation, enabling early intervention and facilitating improved patient and carer self-management.

The university is a finalist in run-up to KE Deal of the Year at the PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Awards

The University of the Highlands and Islands has successfully licensed a novel technology involving the enrichment and delivery of naturally occurring therapeutic antibodies to Qingdao Hailanshen Biotechnology Ltd (QHB). The primary market for this technology are the 400,000 Chinese liver cancer patients with $1.2b in annual direct healthcare costs.

The value of this license is very significant in terms of its potential to improve human health, with preliminary data demonstrating a >12 month increase in overall patient survival. Approval, adoption, and successful commercialisation of this work additionally represents a potential annual license income exceeding £7m. In terms of wider institutional impact this deal represents the university’s first successful intellectual property deal with a non-UK partner and has enabled further negotiations for companies interested in the rest of world license opportunities.

Negotiating the deal was a collective effort involving a University of the Highlands and Islands knowledge exchange team that comprised the lead academic, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Head of Research, and Director of Innovation and Commercialisation. A key element to the university’s success was the highly collaborative working relationship between this wider knowledge exchange team and QHB. This allowed the majority of negotiations to take place in a less formal setting, enabling the university to agree pricing, field, and territory terms prior to engaging lawyers.

Overall, the experience has provided the University of the Highlands and Islands knowledge exchange team with the confidence that, despite our status as a young Scottish university, we can nonetheless engage and thrive within the global life sciences marketplace.

For more information on the PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Awards:

Signing of agreement between the university and Qingdao Hailanshen Biotechnology Ltd (QHB)

Nesta and the Scottish Government launch the Healthier Lives Data Fund

The Healthier Lives Data Fund is a new fund in partnership between NESTA and the Scottish Government that will invest in and support innovative digital technologies that make data available and useful to citizens to help them lead healthier, and more independent, lives.

They are looking for bold and ambitious people-facing projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to empowering Scottish citizens with data and information, and develop and showcase the potential of a new generation of data-driven, people-facing digital technology.

The fund will support projects with grants of up to £30,000 and dedicated support from Nesta and the Scottish Government. Deadline for expression of interest is 14 December 2018 at 10:00. Please contact Dr Adam Giangreco on if you wish to submit an expression of interest.

More information on the fund can be found on the Healthier Lives Data Fund page and also in the launch blog.
A workshop is organised in Inverness on Tuesday 4 December 2018 from 11:00 to 14:00 (Highlands and Islands Enterprise, An Lochran, Inverness Campus).
An online webinar will also be held on Thursday 6 December 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00. 

You can book for any of these through this link.