Our work is guided by patients and their carers, focusing on issues that are most problematic. We will work to find new ways to keep people independent in their homes, improve general health and sleep, and reduce confusion and agitation.

Cross-cutting these is the Helix Centre providing support for patient-centred design process and health economic modelling to support the case for wider use of the technology we develop.

The UK DRI Care Research and Technology Centre currently has six core programmes:

Research programmes


Biosensor Hardware

Dr Timothy Constandinou
Biosensor Hardware Development will create low-cost continuous monitoring devices that provide measures of behaviour, brain activity and sleep, which have previously been difficult to measure in the home.


Point-of-care Diagnostics

Prof Paul Freemont
Point-of-care Diagnostics will exploit advances in synthetic biology to develop new approaches to infection diagnosis and neurodegeneration testing.


Robotics to Enhance Independence and Improve Safety

Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan
Robotics to Enhance Independence and Improve Safety will integrate robotic devices into the home to improve safety and improve quality of life.

Research programmes


Improving Sleep & Circadian Disruption

Prof Derk-Jan Dijk
Improving Sleep and Circadian Disruption will produce new approaches to monitoring sleep and circadian rhythms in the home.


Cognition and Behaviour

Prof David Sharp
Cognition and Behaviour will develop ways to directly measure behaviour in the home and new approaches to supporting activities that are key to an individuals life.

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Healthy Homes

Prof Payam Barnaghi
Healthy Homes will combine our engineering and technological innovation into a single system to produce an intelligent environment that transforms and personalises care.