Cambridge University to work on brain injury technology

University of Cambridge
Image caption Funding has been given for developing new technology to support brain injured patients

Scientists have been awarded £800,000 to develop a bedside machine which would give hospital doctors images of their patients' brains.

The National Institute of Health Research funding has been given to a team from Addenbrooke's Hospital and the University of Cambridge.

The money will be spent on technology for brain injury patients.

As well as creating a bedside brain imaging device, the team wants to make an iPad app to detect memory problems.

The university-hospital partnership is called the Cambridge Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Cooperative (HTC).

The cooperative hopes the bedside machine will give doctors high quality images of their patients' brains. Such images are currently only available at a handful of centres in the world.

Professor John Pickard, director of the Cambridge Brain Injury HTC, said the partnership would be working with patients and carers as well as some of the technology sector businesses based in and around Cambridge.

Other projects planned during the next two years includes developing a machine which reliably detects seizures and a system for better tracking of brain injury patients when they leave hospital.

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