2015 Australian Universities' John Monash Scholar Dr Laura Diment developing personal respirators for frontline health workers
Dr Laura Diment is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southampton specialising in digital technology and prostheses and has now joined an exceptional team of researchers at the University. The team has created an open-source air-purifying respirator to be used by frontline health workers in danger of exposure to COVID-19.
The prototype personal respirator called PeRSO comprises of available materials and manufacturing methods and delivers clean air with a battery-powered fan pack and High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.
Following its success and growing interest with manufacturing partners, the team is now looking to support low-resourced countries so they can manufacture their own respirators to meet the global shortage of personal protective equipment.
Picture: Dr Laura Diment being presented with her John Monash Scholarship Certificate by Foundation Patron-in-Chief His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd).
Risk modelling on COVID-19's spread in Germany and the world tracked by 2005 John Monash Scholar Dr James Daniell
James Daniell is the CEO of Risklayer, a leading think tank in Karlsruhe, Germany analysing and managing risk during disasters. By following and tracking the spread of COVID-19 in Germany, Risklayer has provided a model and analysed the effect in local areas covering different aspects of society using the latest technology and expert networks.
2017 Helen and Michael Gannon John Monash Scholar Dr Ling San Lau writes on COVID-19's impact in humanitarian settings
Dr Ling San Lau has published in the Nature Medicine Journal an important analysis on how COVID-19 will affect displaced populations including refugees and migrants. The article identifies public stigma and how trust and community engagement is important in supporting vulnerable people during a pandemic. San currently works with disadvantaged populations around the world establishing dialogue on how host communities can support refugees and displaced people.
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