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13-14/09/2022 – Future Blood Testing: Challenges & Opportunities

September 13 @ 9:30 am - September 14 @ 5:00 pm


Eventbrite Link: https://fbtn-workshop-sept2022.eventbrite.co.uk 

Formal Event Flyer: https://futurebloodtesting.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/ReadingFlyerFinalVersion.pdf

At the Future Blood Testing Network Plus, we are aiming to build a multi-disciplinary community to develop digital health technologies for remote, rapid, affordable and inclusive monitoring and personalised analytics. This two day workshop will feature speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with this. We will also be launching our second funding call for both our technical landscape report, and for our pilot projects. This event will run as a hybrid event, the physical event will take place at the University of Reading in the Park House Building. Both days will include lunch and coffee breaks, with Day 1 also including a drinks reception with canapés, and dinner. Virtual attendees will be able to join us via Zoom.

NB: Due to venue policies on final numbers we cannot guarantee that we can cater to all dietary requirements after the 30th August. 

Posters & Pitches:
There will be an opportunity to submit a short pitch to present at this 2 day event. Please fill in our Pitch Form to submit a poster or pitch presentation.

  • Pitches will be one minute long with 1-2 slides. Delegates will introduce their expertise and collaborations they are looking for to develop a collaborative innovation project

NB: Pitch Presentations can take place virtually or physically. If you are planning on attending physically to give a pitch, you MUST have registered via our Eventbrite. You need to be registered in order to have your submission accepted. 

The deadline for submissions via this form is the 13th September (however we will email you as soon as we get your submission to tell you if you have been accepted or not).

Electronic copies of pitches should be sent to Dr Samantha Kanza s.kanza@reading.ac.uk by the 13th September. 


Day 1 – 13th September – Park House Building. The main workshop, refreshments, and the conference dinner will take place in the Meadow Suite, and the Drinks Reception will take place in Blandfords.

Time Session/Talk
09:30-10:00 Coffee & Registration
10:00-10:15 Future Blood Testing Network+ Overview
Prof Weizi (Vicky) Li (University of Reading)
Session 1: Chaired by Dr Robert Barker (University of Kent)
10:15-11:00 Transforming the UK’s diagnostics agenda after COVID-19 and grand challenges – Future Blood Testing Landscape report
Prof Dimitris Grammatopoulos (University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, University of Warwick)
11:00-11:45 Measuring platelet function: new strategies for precision medicine to prevent thrombosis
Prof Jon Gibbins (University of Reading)
11:45-12:15 Coffee Break, Networking – There will also be a Group Photo
12:15-13:00 Lab services for a Web 3.0 world: how the next transformation will enable the democratisation of blood testing to have access and control of our own health
Dr Hector Zenil (University of Oxford & Oxford Immune Algorithmics)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Session 2: Chaired by Prof Jeremy Frey (University of Southampton)
14:00-14:30 Remote blood monitoring for cancer patients- a preliminary landscape analysis
Beth Harvey (University of Reading)
14:30-15:00 Improving triaging from primary care into secondary care using heterogeneous data-driven hybrid machine learning: A real-world case study of decision support system using blood test & GP referral letters
Bing Wang and Prof Weizi (Vicky) Li (University of Reading)
15:00-15:45 Unmet Clinical Needs and Case Studies in Blood Testing
Prof Bryant Lin and Dr. Kevin Chang (Stanford University)
15:45-16:00 Coffee Break & Networking
Session 3: Chaired by Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Reading)
16:00-16:30 Collaborative Innovation Project funding launch
Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Reading)
16:30-17:00 One-minute pitch
Delegates introduce their expertise and collaborations they are looking for to develop a collaborative innovation project
17:00-19:00 Drinks Reception & Networking
19:00-20:00 Dinner & Networking

Day 2 – 14th September – Park House Building. The main workshop, and refreshments will take place in the Meadow Suite.

Time Session/Talk
09:30-10:00 Coffee & Registration
10:00-10:05 Welcome back
Prof Weizi (Vicky) Li (University of Reading)
Session 4: Chaired by Prof Serhiy Korposh (University of Nottingham)
10:05-10:35 Digital Solutions and Remote Monitoring in Real World Clinics
Dr Antoni Chan (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust)
10:35-11:05 ”Tiny Test Tubes” for affordable microfluidic blood measurements at the point of need
Dr Alexander Edwards (University of Reading)
11:05-11:20 Coffee Break & Networking
Session 5: Chaired by Claire Read (Healthcare Writer)
11:20-13:00 Panel discussion:
– Grand challenges of future blood testing
– Can NHS make use of remote blood monitoring and lessons learned from COVID testing
– Fake it till you make it? How do we achieve the future of blood testing without becoming the next Theranos?
Panel: Prof Neil Anderson, Dr Keith Arundale, Dr Antoni Chan, Dr Alexander Edwards, Prof Dimitris Grammatopoulos, Julie Hart
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Session 6: Chaired by Dr Mark Elliott (University of Warwick)
14:00-14:45 Artificial intelligence for identification of blood cells
Prof Huiyu Zhou (University of Leicester)
14:45-15:15 Precision Health and AI: improving health for everyone
Arjun Panesar (DDM Health)
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break & Networking
Session 7: Chaired by Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Reading)
15:30-16:15 One-minute pitch
Delegates introduce their expertise and collaborations they are looking for to develop a collaborative innovation project. Groups developed from the event present their concept and proposal outline 
16:15-16:30 Closing Remarks
Prof Weizi (Vicky) Li & Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Reading)



September 13 @ 9:30 am
September 14 @ 5:00 pm
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