Aquarius Population Health

Evaluating multi-bug point-of-care tests for sexually transmitted infections

Evaluating multi-bug point-of-care tests for sexually transmitted infections

We were a collaborator on a recent Innovate UK-funded SBRI project with Binx and the Applied Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Unit at St George’s University of London. In this project, our team compared the overall costs, patient benefits and cost-effectiveness of three different multi-pathogen point-of-care testing strategies with the current strategy of microscopy and lab-based Read More >

Integrating Personalised Medicine into the NHS

Personalised Medicine

Personalised medicine is an emerging field that brings exciting changes to patient care. So, what exactly is personalised medicine and what are its benefits? In the past, various terms have been used interchangeably: ‘stratified medicine’, ‘personalised medicine’ and ‘precision medicine’. These terms refer to data driven medicine, in which data can be a patient’s genetic Read More >

Antimicrobial resistance: Why it matters

Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been described as one of the world’s greatest threats to human and animal health. Some reports suggest that by 2050, AMR could kill around 10 million people each year worldwide.  Public health leaders warn we could enter a ‘post-antibiotic’ era where easily treatable common infections become untreatable.

Antimicrobial resistance: How to combat AMR

Antimicrobial Resistance - Combat AMR

Part 2: What, if anything, can we do as individuals to help combat AMR? In the second part of this article, we explore what we can do to combat AMR. Don’t get ill. That might sound ridiculous, since no one wants to get ill. However as individuals, we can  reduce our risk of picking up Read More >

Antimicrobial Resistance: Innovation in rapid diagnostics

Antimicrobial Resistance: Rapid Diagnostics

Part 3: What role does innovation such as rapid diagnostics have in preventing AMR? Just as new technology has helped us in the fight against global warming (fuel efficiency, clean energy etc.), technology can also help us in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). One such area is rapid diagnostics – identified as a key Read More >

Using a systems approach to complex problems in public health

systems approach to complex problems

I recently returned from Scotland where I was guest lecturing at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine. This is the second year I’ve been asked by my good friend, Dr. Damien Williams, to deliver a lecture as part of their MSc in Global Health Implementation programme. The topic of the lecture was ‘Addressing health inequities: Dynamic systems approach for global health implementation.’ Tackling complex problems in public health is an important topic; I want to give a brief overview of using a systems approach to complex problems in public health.