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WMG in 2021 : Day 7

Day 7: The ever-evolving world of digital healthcare 

WMG researchers are forever innovating and working tirelessly to help healthcare patients worldwide through technological breakthroughs. This year was no different. 

Theo Mark Elliott

Advanced imaging and AI classifies child brain tumours 

In February, a UK-based multi-centre study including researchers from WMG discovered a new form of classifying the type of a brain tumour. The study found that diffusion weighted imaging and machine learning can successfully classify the diagnosis and characteristics of common types of paediatric brain tumours. Being able to characterise the tumour(s) faster and more accurately is crucial, as it means they can be treated more efficiently. 

Professor Theo Arvanitis, Director of the Institute of Digital Health at WMG, University of Warwick and one of the authors of the study concluded: “If this advanced imaging technique, combined with AI technology, can be routinely enrolled into hospitals it means that childhood brain tumours can be characterised and classified more efficiently, and in turn means that treatments can be pursued in a quicker manner with favourable outcomes for children suffering from the disease.” 

Read more on the study here. 

Partnering up with a leading health-tech company 

July saw WMG’s Associate Professor Mark Elliott announce he would be working alongside health tech experts at EQL, in a two year part-time secondment, focusing on the impact of digital health technology. 

Dr Elliott explained: “The aim of the secondment is to support EQL in evaluating and validating their platforms using rigorous research methods, whilst also gaining knowledge of the state-of-the-art technologies that EQL use to support people with their musculoskeletal health; it’s a really exciting opportunity.” 

Learn more on the benefits of the partnership here. 

Assessing exercise trends in lockdowns 

Earlier this year, researchers led by WMG found a significant drop in exercise during the first UK lockdown of 2020. Groups including those who are BAME, obese and/or city dwellers reported a greater reduction in physical activity during the lockdown than others.  

WMG’s Dr Mark Elliott said: “The long duration of the lockdowns can mean it is difficult for people to return to their old routines, and therefore, there should be targeted interventions to ensure that the already significant issue of sedentary behaviour doesn’t become exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic.” 

Read the full story here.