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Working with Buzz Interactive
A revolutionary research initiative in Cornwall is using mobile technology to transform the treatment of a rare and poorly understood condition.
Bringing together the region’s leading academic and digital experts, the project is shedding light on how the symptoms of Ménière’s Disease can be mitigated and managed.
Ménière’s is an inner ear condition that profoundly affects the hearing and balance of around 160,000 people in the UK, yet there are large gaps in our understanding of how the disease is triggered and develops.
In a bid to transform how we treat this chronic illness, the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, part of the University of Exeter Medical School has partnered with Cornish digital company, Buzz Interactive, to develop a mobile application that can record symptoms on a daily basis.
The team are creating a database of information on the disease to help in their analysis and are feeding results straight back to sufferers – empowering them to manage their own symptoms more effectively.
“Working with Buzz Interactive has meant that our application hasn’t just been beneficial to researchers, but has also become a really useful tool for patients.”
Cornwall boasts a burgeoning and innovative digital technology sector and working closely with the region’s private sector on co-created projects is changing the landscape of scientific research. Dr Jessica Tyrrell has led the Ménière’s study and believes its collaborative design has been essential to its success:
“Working with Buzz Interactive has meant that our application hasn’t just been beneficial to researchers, but has also become a really useful tool for patients. It gives them unique feedback on how their condition is changing and has allowed us to recruit and retain large numbers of participants. Without Buzz’s insight, that’s something that almost certainly wouldn’t have featured.”
To read more about this project visit the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health website