Oxford University has announced plans for a new £8m research centre that will provide personalised healthcare.

The centre will facilitate the improved study and treatment of conditions such as asthma, liver cancer and strokes.

An example of such individualised approach to healthcare is mobile phone technology developed at Oxford, which will allow those suffering from long-term conditions to constantly monitor their health and receive personalised advice. It is hoped that the centre will provide the opportunity to extend this to the developing world.

“Much of the 20th Century was devoted to developing treatments that are broadly effective in most people. However, it has become clear that long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma and cancer are best managed by taking into account how the individual is responding to their particular therapy,” commented Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Director of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering.