Hospi­tal leads way in cancer di­ag­no­sis after £14m boost

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS -

that UK Re­search and In­no­va­tion will in­vest £14 mil­lion into a con­sor­tium led by Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Coven­try and War­wick­shire NHS Trust - as part of the In­dus­trial Strat­egy Chal­lenge Fund.

The con­sor­tium ‘PathLAKE’ is a part­ner­ship with Univer­sity of War­wick and Philips will col­lab­o­rate on a three year project that will in­volve ex­perts from NHS hos­pi­tals and univer­si­ties at Belfast, Ox­ford and Not­ting­ham.

The project will be hosted by the new UHCW In­sti­tute of Pre­ci­sion Di­ag­nos­tics and Trans­la­tional medicine to en­sure rapid trans­la­tion into clin­i­cal prac­tice.

To­gether they could rev­o­lu­tionise the fu­ture of cancer care by speed­ing up the de­tec­tion of some can­cers while be­ing more ac­cu­rate, as well as paving the way for per­son­alised care.

The fund­ing will also be used to es­tab­lish a ‘Data lake’ where anony­mous pa­tient data will be col­lected and used in re­search to look for pat­terns and trends - help­ing to fur­ther ad­vance cancer care and other treat­ments.

Pro­fes­sor David Snead, con­sul­tant histopathol­o­gist and clin­i­cal lead, said: “Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence used to be a thing of the fu­ture but I am de­lighted it is now set to trans­form how we do some pathol­ogy tests.

“It will mean that re­sults will be quicker, more ac­cu­rate and more sen­si­tive than ever be­fore, lead­ing to im­proved pa­tient care.

“This is an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing time for the fu­ture of cancer di­ag­no­sis.”

An­drew Hardy, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Univer­sity Hos­pi­tals Coven­try and War­wick­shire NHS Trust, said: “This an­nounce­ment is in­cred­i­ble news for pa­tients and is tes­ta­ment to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our pathol­ogy team and their part­ners.

“Work­ing through the new UHCW In­sti­tute of Pre­ci­sion Di­ag­nos­tics and Trans­la­tional medicine this al­lows UHCW to lead the way in trans­lat­ing new tech­nolo­gies to clin­i­cal prac­tice.”

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