Recently Dr David Clifton who is a tenure-track member of the Faculty of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, and the Director of the Computational Health Informatics (CHI) laboratory at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering visited Faculty of Integrated Technologies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). During his visit he discussed Collaboration between the Faculty of Integrated Technologies and Dr. Clifton’s group at the University of Oxford on a new theme within the Sensor Technology Research Cluster at UBD and the Institute of Health Science, pertaining to Healthcare Technologies. After several discussions with UBD faculty and relevant parties in BEDB, e-Government Innovation Centre, and Ministry of health it is apparent that work of Dr. Clifton and his collaborators can contribute to the establishment of long-term research collaboration with Brunei and the UK. This will initially consist of research students and post-doctoral research fellows, under the joint supervision of UBD academics and Dr. Clifton. The team of researchers from UBD and Oxford are now preparing to bid for a BRC (Brunei research Council) grant application to support the collaboration.
In his visit to FIT, Dr Clifton has also presented a faculty seminar emphasizing some of the possible areas of research, attended by participants from many different faculties, including many participants from the newly formed Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at UBD. In the presentation Dr Clifton discussed the biomedical engineer's contribution to the next generation of healthcare, with case studies from the work of Dr. Clifton's lab at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Clifton is in the process of defining a research consortium with UBD, in his role as Head of the Computational Health Informatics lab at the University of Oxford. His involvement with UBD will be arranged under the Visiting Professorship scheme at UBD in the future.
In his seminar he coverd 'big data' in healthcare, including the use of medical systems such as BruHIMS, and the use of biomedical sensors within m-health for improving healthcare access in developing / under-resourced rural populations for the management of long-term conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The Oxford-UBD research consortium will build on both of these aspects, with the aim of improving patient outcomes in Brunei, and in building biomedical engineering capacity within UBD. The latter can be further supported by creation of a postgraduate degree programme at FIT to support the next-generation of biomedical specialists in Brunei, and to foster a new tech sector in this area, in collaboration with IHS and the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB). Abstract of the seminar can be found in http://fit.ubd.edu.bn
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