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Heriot-Watt University’s Festival of Research – celebrating research excellence; enhancing research culture; building research capacity.

Chair - Graham Watson, Executive Chairman, Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL); Member of Court, Heriot-Watt University

Prof Marc Desmulliez – Sonopill – minimally invasive gastrointestinal diagnosis and therapy

Winner of the National Instruments ‘Global Humanitarian Engineering Impact Award, 2019’, this EPSRC-funded project is a collaboration between Heriot-Watt, Glasgow and Dundee Universities. Sonopill aims to relay ultrasound images from inside the body after being swallowed by patients, thereby removing the need for uncomfortable endoscopic exams. According to the Wellcome Trust, “Sonopill could revolutionise the way gastrointestinal diseases like cancer and Crohn’s disease are diagnosed and treated”.

Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas – is cancer therapy working?

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. To ensure improved survival outcomes, the future of cancer healthcare must prioritise earlier detection and diagnosis of the disease, and seek to utilise the most effective treatments for individual patients. This EPSRC Healthcare Technology Challenge Award (£1.3M, 2018-2022) aims to develop a new device that can extract DNA from blood and help test whether cancer therapy is working.

'Pioneering Research' Strand

From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers impact, helping to transform society, stimulate economic growth, and change lives. Find out more about the award-winning, pioneering research being undertaken at Heriot-Watt University and why it is attracting academic and innovation interest worldwide.


Research Futures Academy