Links will be facilitated through Swansea University's international facilitators Dr Jim Abbey (US), Dr Weixi Xing (China)and Mr Daniel Spagni (France).
Swansea University's Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) and Human Computer Interactions research group is set to become a global nanohealth hub with the help of a new £500,000 grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The 'Global Hub in Medical Technologies and NanoHealth at Swansea University' came into effect on April 1, 2012.
It will facilitate a series of staff exchanges over a 12 month period to build on current and new research initiatives with Swansea's international research partners.
The EPSRC grant, Building Global Engagements in Research (BGER) awarded specifically to internationally mobilise staff expertise, means that factors which often stifle and frustrate academic activity and advances will be eliminated. Through the Hub, Swansea researchers will have the freedom to take their knowledge and creative solutions about vital health issues to countries including China, France and the US.
The Global Hub will rapidly internationalise areas of strength in Swansea University's existing EPSRC-funded portfolio of activities in four key areas: technology development, safety assessment, therapeutics, and human factors engineering.