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

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)


28/03/2022 – Future Blood Testing Network launches Mini Track at HICSS

The Future Blood Testing Network Team are running a Mini-Track at the HICSS Conference in Hawaii, 3-6th January 2023.

Details of our track on Digitally-Enabled Blood Testing in Healthcare can be found here: https://hicss.hawaii.edu/tracks-56/information-technology-in-healthcare/#digitally-enabled-blood-testing-in-healthcare-minitrack

We invite you to submit papers to our minitrack, the deadline is 15th June. Submission details and author instructions can be found here: https://hicss.hawaii.edu/authors/

Full details can be found here: https://futurebloodtesting.org/hicss-minitrack/

21/12/2021 – Network Launch Report

On the 23rd November 2021 we launched our Network with an online event hosted via Zoom. The session was kicked off by our Principal Investigator Dr Weizi (Vicky) Li, and the University of Reading Team: Prof Adrian BellProf Adrian Williams, and Prof Keiichi Nakata. This was followed by talks from Vicky to introduce the network, and each of the Co-Investigators on the different themes of the Network. The second part of the session comprised of different healthcare themes, and further details about the Network from the Coordinator Dr Samantha Kanza. The session ended with a panel discussion with all of the speakers, chaired by Prof Adrian Bell. The full programme with speaker details can be found here.

The following talks were presented at the event:

A majority of the talks were recorded and made available on our YouTube Channel. All of these videos can be found in the Future Blood Testing Network Launch Playlist.

07/12/2021 – Funding Call 1 – Landscape report

Our first funding call will be to fund three projects to produce content for our landscape report that will provide the roadmap of developing new digital health systems to support real-time blood monitoring, self management and timely intervention in community health and care. Each report will include a systematic review of the key literature and involve interviewing key stakeholders to establish the current picture and identify the gaps.

The report will have three main streams, and you can apply for a full stream or part of a stream.

  • Future blood testing in healthcare practice: For example but not limited to: clinical needs, early adopters, challenges and opportunities, regulations, buy-in, user acceptance, existing and potential use cases for healthcare professionals and hospitals, clinical researchers, patients, laboratories etc
  • Remote blood processing and monitoring: For example but not limited to: sensing, imaging, point of care blood testing, portable and affordable , non-invasive, and other promising technologies for detecting blood biomarkers outside clinical settings
  • ICT, Data, Analytics and AI: For example but not limited to: challenges and opportunities in entire data lifecycle from point of testing/monitoring, to linking in with NHS Systems and other healthcare Systems including aspects of ICT infrastructure, data security, trust, ethics, data quality, provenance etc, and the AI technologies and analytics methods required to create the personalised analytics in patient pathways

The key dates are as follows:

  • 3rd February 2022 – Call formally announced
  • 10th March 2022 – Deadline for applications (to be emailed to s.kanza@reading.ac.uk)
  • 7th April 2022 – Successful projects announced

Please read the Guidance Document carefully before filling in the Application Form (both files can be downloaded by following these links, or from the Documents Page). The Terms and Conditions can be found in our FBTN Single Letter Agreement (Coming soon).

Please note, individual projects can request up to £20,000 funding (total spend up to £25,000 as per fEC 80%). Applicants will be awarded 80% of the full cost and the institution receiving the award is responsible for the remaining 20%. If you have any questions please contact our Network+ Coordinator Dr Samantha Kanza on s.kanza@reading.ac.uk.

Here are some key points about the application requirements:

  • Projects are expected to have a maximum duration of 18 months. There is no minimum length for the projects, but applicants must be available to work within our timelines and attend the review meetings for the different iterations of the report. Applications should demonstrate how these timelines can be met via the inclusion of a Gantt Chart. NB: We expect applicants to be available to attend our review workshops and speak at them about their work. Receiving the funding is conditional on meeting these milestones.
    • May 2022: All projects MUST start by 1st May 2022
    • Nov 2022: 1st iteration of landscape report due
    • Mar 2023: 2nd iteration of landscape report due
    • Nov 2023: Final version of landscape report due
  • Applications should demonstrate how the overall team has the required skills to produce both the systematic review in their area of chosen expertise, but also to conduct the interviews and analyse them.
  • Making sure your finance team understand what you are applying for is vital. This is an EPSRC funded Network so everything must fit within their rules. Understanding the fEC 80/20 rule can often be an issue if not made clear right at the start. This is why we ask for finance costing and sign off with every application.
  • Applications should detail who the applicants are planning to interview if they are funded. The interviews are really important. We don’t just want the work to be born out of the literature, we encourage you to think about who you are going to engage with and who the key stakeholders in the area that you are going to work on. An in depth view of the field is very important for the landscape report as we want to guide not only the academic research but also the industry practice as well. We strongly encourage including interview letters or emails of intent to demonstrate who would be willing to be interviewed by them. (NB: These can be attached to the submission or emailed to s.kanza@reading.ac.uk).
  • Obtaining ethics approval to conduct the interviews is a condition of receiving this funding. Applications should demonstrate how they are planning to do this. NB: Members of the Future Blood Testing Network Team will be available to provide advice on this.
  • Make sure you follow the rules. PhD Students are a key area where this can be misunderstood. You cannot hire a PhD student to work for you FULL TIME unless they are seconded, and it is not work that counts towards a continuation of their PhD. However PhD students can work a certain number of hours a week (visa dependant) again as long as this does not fall into the remit of work that counts towards their PhD.
  • Applications must be made on the Future Blood Testing Network Application Form, and must not exceed 7 pages, using 11pt Arial Font, with no adjustments to margins. They must be accompanied by a 1 page Gantt chart style project plan.
  • We will acknowledge everyone who takes part in this project irrespective of their role, so the Final Report will acknowledge not just the authors but also the advisors, interviewees, reviewers etc.

23/11/21 – Future Blood Testing Network+ Launch

Eventbrite Link: https://futurebloodtechlaunch-231121.eventbrite.co.uk

This is the virtual launch event for the Future Blood Testing Network! The Future Blood Testing Network+ is a new Network funded by EPSRC. We are aiming to build a multi-disciplinary community to develop digital health technologies for remote, rapid, affordable and inclusive monitoring and personalised analytics. Sign up to our launch event to meet the Network Team, and find out more about our Network! There will be presentations on our different Network themes given by the Network Management Team, in addition to presentations given by healthcare professionals and medical reseachers. There will also be a Q+A Panel with the Network Management Team to enable you to find out more about our research and planned activities! This event will be run on zoom and the talks from the different Network Managers will be recorded and made available on our YouTube Channel.


Time Talk Speaker
09:30-09:35 Welcome Dr Weizi Li (University of Reading)
09:35-09:50 Introduction from University of Reading team Prof Adrian Williams, Prof Adrian Bell & Prof Keiichi Nakata (University of Reading)
09:50-10:50 Session 1: Introducing the Network & Network Themes
09:50-10:00 Network Introduction Dr Weizi Li (University of Reading)
10:00-10:10 Network Theme: Sensor Technologies Dr Serhiy Korposh (University of Nottingham)
10:10-10:20 Network Theme: Continuous blood processing for patient specific therapies Dr Rob Barker (University of Kent)
10:20-10:30 Network Theme: Can blood sampling become a new data source in the role of self-monitoring and self-management of health? Dr Mark Elliott (University of Warwick)
10:30-10:40 Network Theme: Digital and data-driven blood monitoring and analytics for patient centred care pathways Dr Weizi Li (University of Reading)
10:40-10:50 Network Theme: The potential of machine learning and AI for blood based investigations Prof Jeremy Frey (University of Southampton)
10:50-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:15 Session 2: Healthcare Theme
11:00-11:15 Remote Immune Monitoring: Need, Opportunities and Challenges Prof Kourosh Saeb-Parsy (University of Cambridge & Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
11:15-11:35 The Application of Machine Learning for Classification on Blood Pressure Variability. A New Approach for an Old Idea Prof Kelvin Tsoi (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Public Health and Primary Care)
11:35-11:50 New Technologies and therapies in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus management Dr Theingi Aung (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust)
11:50-12:05 Remote management of acute illness – bringing the safety of the hospital to the comfort of the patient’s home Dr Joseph Nunan & Dr Dionne Tannetta (Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust)
12:05-12:15 Communicating with the Network & Landscape Workshops Dr Samantha Kanza (University of Southampton & University of Reading)
12:15-12:25 Coffee Break
12:25-13:00 Panel Discussion with Speakers – Chaired by Prof Adrian Bell (University of Reading) Dr Weizi LiDr Rob Barker, Dr Mark Elliott, Prof Jeremy Frey, Dr Serhiy Korposh, Prof Kourosh Saeb-Parsy, Prof Kelvin Tsoi, Dr Theingi Aung, Dr Joseph Nunan & Dr Dionne Tannetta
13:00-13:15 Wrap up Dr Weizi Li (University of Reading)