International Collaborative Team, including Birmingham Scientist John S. Fossey, Awarded Daiwa Adrian Prize

A the team of six scientist led by Professor Tony D. James from the University of Bath and Professor Seiji Shinkai from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan including Steven D Bull (Bath), John S. Fossey (Birmingham), Kazuo Sakurai (Kitakyushu) and Yuji Kubo (TMU) have won a Daiwa Adrian Prize, awarded every three years by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in recognition of “significant scientific collaboration between Japanese and British research teams”.

Their collaboration aims to develop diagnostic devices to target age-related diseases - specifically non-invasive glucose sensors for diabetics and blood tests for early stage diagnosis of cancer and dementia.

Professor James said: “Our hope for the future is to design a cheap and simple to use, handheld diagnostic device. The teams aim is to transfer science fiction to science fact.”

Dr John S. Fossey said “It’s a great honour to be part of a team that has received this prestigious award. We are making good progress towards delivering point of care devices that might make a contribution to diagnostics”

The £10,000 prize will be awarded at a ceremony held at The Royal Society in London on Wednesday 27 November.

For more information see the official prize winners announcement here:


Notes to Editiors:
The team leader Professor Tony James (University of Bath) started his independent career at the University of Birmingham and some of the work of this prize forms part of one of our REF impact studies.


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