Ideas for Life: University of South Wales

To celebrate Universities Week and some of the ground-breaking research work undertaken at Welsh universities, Higher Education Wales is to feature a case study from each of our universities over the coming week to highlight the impact they’re having through creating Ideas for Life.

The following case study is from University of South Wales.

Biostatistical modelling combats ‘one size fits all’ approach to prescription

Research conducted by PhD student Farzana Rahman at the University of South Wales seeks to develop a new method of preventing the risk of a bacterial strain becoming toxic, by using a more personal approach to prescription, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model that can cause drug resistance.

Using data mining and biostatistical modelling with high performance computers connected via an internet or satellite-based cloud service, doctors will be informed about the nature of bacteria in the patient’s sample and will then assign the most effective antibiotic. This will be achievable in hours, rather than days or weeks, with the potential to have a huge impact both socially and commercially.