University of Bath

Detecting & treating bacterial infection on medical devices

During this lecture, Professor Toby Jenkins will focus on making infection detecting & infection treating devices and how this will progress in the future.

7 Nov 20184.30pm
7 Nov 20185.30pm
The prototype dressing glows brightly when a wound becomes infected, allowing doctors to diagnose infections quickly and accurately.
Detecting and treating bacterial infection on medical devices

'Medical devices such as wound dressings and catheters are vulnerable to bacterial infection, which can delay healing and worsen a patient’s healthcare outcome. However, devices can, in principle, be modified to provide the possibility of an ‘early warning’ alert of bacterial infection to allow improved patient monitoring and better targeting of interventions such as antibiotics.'

In the first half of his inaugural lecture as Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, Toby Jenkins will discuss current research in his group at Bath, focused on making infection detecting and infection treating devices, and where the work will go in the future. The final half of the lecture will chart the tortuous journey from obtaining his PhD in Electrochemistry and Corrosion to his current research area via the work of collaborators and his PhD students and post-docs over the years.