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A new collaboration sees the opening this summer of a laboratory for blood clot research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) visited the Portfolio Partnership in Complex Fluids and Complex Flows at the School of Engineering on 7th July.

A highlight of the visit was the inauguration of a new collaboration between EPSRC, the School of Engineering, the Medical School and the Swansea NHS Trust. This collaboration sees the opening this summer of a Laboratory at Morriston Hospital for blood clot research.

EPSRC Programme Managers Dr Alicia Greated and Dr Elizabeth Hylton, together with Portfolio Lead Investigator Professor Rhodri Williams and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Davies, presented a plaque to Mr Hugh Thomas, Chair of the Swansea NHS Trust, and Dr Adrian Evans, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, to formally establish the collaboration as the EPSRC Portfolio Partnership Division of Clinical Haemorheology.

The significance of haemorheology (the science of blood flow) in coagulation is that it has particular prominence in terms of changes in clot elasticity associated with myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease, cancer and diabetes. The new collaboration, in which Dr Adrian Evans acts as Clinical Director with Professor Williams as Scientific Director of research, will seek to establish new methods for studying blood clot formation and structure.

This is one of 25 research projects supported by the £3.1M Portfolio Partnership grant, one of only 3 of its kind awarded to Engineering in the UK, and the only one in Wales.