Real time detection, monitoring and modeling of biological threats

Watson, I. (2013) Real time detection, monitoring and modeling of biological threats. In: 2nd International Conference on Biodefense and Natural Disasters, Orlando, FL, USA, 21-23 Aug 2013, (Unpublished)

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Biological threats comprise potential terrorist attack or spread of disease through various infection routes, such as surface contact and ingestion of infective agents through touching, eating or breathing. Being able to detect and monitor biological contaminants is essential to enable effective measures to be taken to reduce or eliminate the threat; these may include treatment and remediation or containment. Modeling routes to infection serves to identify critical points that need control and the likely consequences on the scale of infection for a given outbreak.<p></p> Current work is addressing real time detection of microorganisms using laser optical techniques such as a biodynamic speckle and laser induced fluorescence. With biodynamic speckle, constructive and destructive nterference from microorganisms produces characteristic details. Laser fluorescence produces characteristic spectral information of the cell or specific molecules, helping detection and identification.<p></p> Models of contamination and probability of infection on aircraft have been developed as a means to assess the efficacy of decontamination treatments, and identify important factors in reducing risk, control and abatement.<p></p>

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Watson, Dr Ian
Authors: Watson, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy

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