Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer Visits SPHERE

8th Dec 2014

The team was delighted to receive the visit of Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. She was invited to have a look at the SPHERE house, a highly instrumented space designed to test the sensor platform designed by SPHERE to monitor the wellbeing of people at home.

Demos using ambient sensors and off-the-shelf cameras showed the possibilities of using technologies to analyse data related to changes in behaviour and how this may be linked to health. Dame Sally Davies was accompanied by Dr Tony Soteriou, Research Infrastructure and Growth Senior Manager. SPHERE plans to use the house not only to test the accuracy of the sensors but also to record the experiences of people living in a monitored environment.

Her visit has been organised by theElizabeth Blackwell Institute, named after one of Bristol's unsung pioneers in improving public health. It has recently announced a £3 million funding boost to continue its work to bring together leading researchers from a range of different fields to help solve the most pressing health problems of the 21st century.

ProfessorJeremy Tavaré, Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, said: "It's a huge honour to welcome Dame Sally to Bristol and to have this opportunity to show her the work going on, both at the University and in the wider city, to tackle various pressing health problems faced by the nation as a whole”.

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