February 2011 For immediate release Leeds Met award to combat biological danger

A Leeds Metropolitan University academic has been successful in a bid for a project to the Government¶s Centre for Defence Enterprise to combat bioterrorism. Dr Duncan Sharp, a senior lecturer in Health Sciences, won the approval of the submitted research proposal to the Centre for Defence Enterprise, for the development of a new µsensor platform¶, or way of detecting biological dangers.

The £47k, 3-month research contract has been offered to Dr Sharp in response to the increasing threat of bioterrorism and the call for new technologies to aid the detection of its threats. Dr Sharp said: ³This is a perfect opportunity to develop this new approach and to continue my interest in new technologies to ensure we are equipped to tackle future bioterrorism activities.´ The completion of the project will form the proof -of-concept for a new sensor platform; the multi-elemental composite sensor that offers the potential for specific detection of suspected biological agents from samples including suspicious powders and biological fluids, to allow their immediate detection. These advancements are sought to allow the rapid, at -source detection of deliberately released biological age nts by first responders, military personnel and emergency services, using handheld controllers that can be cheaply manufactured and only require changing of the disposable sensors after use.

The research project starts a new direction for research withi n the Health Sciences subject group. Successful completion of this proof -of-concept project is anticipated to lead onto greater programmes of research and establishment of a strong collaboration with the G overnment¶s Centre for Defence Enterprise and Defen ce Science and Technology Laboratory.

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For further details please contact Helen Goodwin in the News and Media team at Leeds Met on 0113 812 5935 or email h.g.goodwin@leedsmet.ac.uk
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The University has achieved its best ever Research Assessment Exercise results. Sports-Related Studies is in the top 6 institutions in the country with research rated at the highest levels of 4* and 3*.

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Leeds Metropolitan is one of only a handful of UK universities to have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard.

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