By Kalwinder Kaur
Cyprus has been judged as an innovation follower as per the Innovation Scoreboard of the European Commission along with countries such as the UK and France, with innovation performance levels same as the EU-27 average. This is significant for a country with below a million population, which became a part of the EU in 2004 and designed its first research system after University of Cyprus establishment in 1992.
EU membership has enabled Cyprus access to cross-border projects and EU funding helping Cypriot researchers to perform breakthrough work in a range of fields like sensor technology, healthcare and environment. The Join-MED project is an EU- supported multi-country initiative that offers a large number of advantages to participating researchers. The Cyprus-based Research & Consultancy Institute (RCI) took part in the project.
The Nature Medicine journal featured a study wherein Cypriot researchers declared the development of a simple blood test to predict if their babies have Down’s syndrome avoiding the need for complicated procedures.
Another AAI Scientific Cultural Services Cypriot Research team are working on monitoring and diagnosis tools for another serious disorder, epilepsy impacting over 50 million people globally. The researchers used sophisticated technologies to monitor the changes and communicate the same to the doctors. A system is being developed by researchers that will offer precise, real-time and continuous brain and body multi-parametric data measurements in line with the medical condition of the patient and normal environment with the objective of present diagnostic techniques.
In the biomedicine ICT field, University of Cyprus researchers are contributing to the GRANATUM project. This project aims at bridging the knowledge, information and collaboration gap among European biomedical researchers working on chemoprevention techniques for different cancer forms.
The Cyprus University of Technology is also a part of the PHOSFOS project for a new variety of novel optical sensors combined with electronic and opto-electronic circuitry in stretchable and flexible skin-like polymer films. The technology has promising applications in fields such as robotics, aeronautics and aerospace, healthcare and the automotive sector.