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Life-changing research at the University of York

14 Feb 2020 - Barni Homden

Research at the University of York plays a huge role in shaping the education you can receive there. It can also have a big impact on the world. Innovative research really does change people's lives, and the University of York is one of the world's leading research institutions.

Right at this moment, the University is exploring fascinating and important research areas, using its expertise and cutting-edge facilities to advance our knowledge of the world.

Here are 3 examples of life-changing research at the University of York

1. Using creativity to prevent traffic accidents in East Africa

The University of York's Dr Steve Cinderby is leading a project that uses creativity to raise awareness of the growing problem with fatal road traffic accidents in East Africa. Local communities joined in painting, poetry writing and other artistic activities, all to help communicate road safety measures.

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Cities in East Africa are facing a persistent road traffic accident problem, which is killing more and more people each year. Places such as Nairobi, Kampala, Accra and Dar es Salaam all face a crisis on their roads, and children and young people are the most affected.

Howard Cambridge, who co-led the project, observed:

"For me this has been one of our most successful projects. The teams we’re working with are really engaged. The science is important, but what’s equally important how we take the science and present it to policymakers so they can use it effectively. For us, and for the people living in these cities, that’s the best outcome.”

2. Developing technology to help patients cope with Parkinson's

Working with the NHS, Professor Stephen Smith of the University's Department of Electronic Engineering has been exploring ways to help people with Parkinson's disease.

A new device, known as an Levodopa Induced Dyskinesia (LID) Monitor, will track the side effects of Parkinson's medication. This will give a valuable insight into the effectiveness of treatments.

By getting a more accurate picture of how Parkinson's medicine affects individual patients, medical professionals can tailor the medicines and doses to suit individual needs. It could be life-changing for those suffering with the disease.

3. Realistic 3D audio for virtual reality

The University of York's Audiolab, also based within the Department of Electronic Engineering, has been working with Google on 3D audio. This is the audio that is used in virtual reality (VR) across the internet and in related apps.

The lead researcher on the project, Dr Gavin Kearney, had this to say:

"Our research focuses on spatial audio — the creation of immersive 3D sound fields that give you the impression of hearing sound all around you, either over headphones or using loudspeakers. We’re creating a plausible sound field, where the listener really feels that the virtual acoustic environment is a real one."

Because Google adopted the data, the company's open source policy means that the research has had a big impact. The wider industry has started incorporating the research into their own technologies.

Now the team at York is already trying to tackle the next VR sound challenges, and are also exploring augmented reality. Clearly, York is playing an influential role in the sound of the future!

To sum up, you can see that university research is incredibly important for so many people around the world! Research at the University of York in particular is paving the way for great change in the world, and you could benefit directly if you choose to study there.

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