Congratulations to Cambridge University and Imperial College London who have been chosen as the joint winners of our 2018 Interdisciplinary Award. The theme of this year’s call was interdisciplinary research combining medicine with physics/chemistry. We received a number of excellent applications but after expert review and final assessment by our scientific panel, Cambridge and Imperial were chosen as joint winners.

Professor Michael Levin, Imperial College London

Imperial College London-Development of a rapid diagnostic test for accurate detection of bacterial infection in children using microchip technology

Academic Leads: Dr. Pantelis Georgiou, Dr. Jethro Herberg and Professor Michael Levin

Infection is the commonest reason for children to present to healthcare, yet discrimination of bacterial and viral illness in children remains unreliable. The aim of this multidisciplinary project is to develop a rapid and accurate test for bacterial infection using novel microchip based lab-on-chip diagnostic technology, combining the complementary expertise of the paediatric and electronic engineering teams at Imperial College.

Mr. Grant Stewart, Cambridge University

Cambridge University-Screening at Point-of-care for early assessment of renal cell cancer

Academic Leads: Mr. Grant Stewart and Professor Russell Cowburn FRS

Kidney or renal cell cancer (RCC) is the 7th commonest cancer in the UK (12,500 patients/year). There is no premalignant RCC condition in which to intervene and therefore a pressing unmet need to develop an early diagnostic test for RCC to help shift the identification of RCC to an earlier, surgically curable stage. The aim of this project is to develop a point-of-care diagnostic to detect early stage RCC using lithographically-defined magnetic carrier (LMC) technology.