Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you will not see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Groundbreaking research by three young Oxford scientists has earned them £80,000 each to develop their inventions.

From left, scientists James Dimmock, Campbell Brown and Brianna Stubbs
From left, scientists James Dimmock, Campbell Brown and Brianna Stubbs

Campbell Brown and James Dimmock, of Oxford Science Park’s Sharp Laboratories, and Oxford University’s Brianna Stubbs, were awarded fellowships by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and £80,000 for their work.

Mr Brown is developing a mobile phone screen-sized laboratory chip, to test patients’ blood for diseases quickly and cheaply.

Miss Stubbs is helping to create a more effective sports energy drink.

Mr Dimmock is developing more powerful solar cells.

They were three of just eight people from across the UK who received awards from hundreds who applied.

Mr Brown, 26, from Abingdon, said: “It was a real shock and surprise. It feels surreal. I am trying to develop a way to detect infectious diseases quickly. At the moment you go to a GP and give a blood sample which goes to a central laboratory and this takes time. The new method should mean you have a result in an hour or two so you know which antibiotics to use.” He thinks his new “laboratory on a chip” is between five and 10 years away from being ready.

Miss Stubbs, 22, from Headington, is developing a new ketone-based sports drink for company TdeltaS to market. She became involved as an Oxford University rower and 2013 World Champion for the lightweight women’s double skulls. The body produces the chemical ketone naturally from fat if a person is hungry. She said: “It means you can get levels of ketone in the blood just by drinking a drink. It is a different, more efficient energy. It is basically like putting better petrol in a car. It uses less oxygen in your body so you can train for longer." The drink has been approved for use in the United States but still needs the go-ahead from the EU.

Mr Dimmock, 27, from Headington, is developing more effective solar cells to be used as green energy. He said: “My aim is to make solar power a no-brainer – cheap and effective. "It is great to win. It means I can spend three more years doing what I love.”

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts congratulated the Oxford winners at the awards ceremony in London. He said the winners’ inventions show the innovation and talent that exists in the UK.

The £80,000 money for each winner comes from the Royal Commission for the 1851 Great Exhibition. Cash raised from the exhibition in the Crystal Palace, London, funds the awards.

Source: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10783850.Inventors_win___80_000_each_to_develop_their_bright_ideas/

Similar stories

How the kidney contributes to healthy iron levels and disease

Lakhal-Littleton Group News Publication Research

A new study from the Lakhal-Littleton Group has addressed a long-standing gap in our understanding of systemic iron homeostasis. It provides the first formal demonstration that the hormone hepcidin controls iron reabsorption in the kidney, in a manner that impacts the body’s iron levels, under normal physiological conditions. It also demonstrates for the first time how this mechanism becomes critically important in the development of iron disorders.

Scott Waddell honoured by the Academy of Medical Sciences

Awards and Honours Head of Department's News

Congratulations are in order to Professor Scott Waddell FMedSci on his election to The Academy of Medical Sciences.

Nchimunya Nelisa Tebeka wins Diabetes UK Early Career Investigator Award

Awards and Honours EDI News Students

Congratulations are in order to Rhodes Scholar Nchimunya Nelisa Tebeka, who has been awarded this year's Diabetes UK Early Career Investigator Award for her DPhil work. This award is awarded for the best basic or clinical science oral abstract presentation at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

New research to radically alter our understanding of synaptic development

Publication Research

A new study from the Molnár group on the role of regulated synaptic vesicular release in specialised synapse formation has made it to the cover of Cerebral Cortex.