We were delighted this month to receive congratulations from the Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Professor Dame Pam Shaw.

CATCH played a key role in consortia that won two prestigious funding calls and has also had papers published in a high impact journal.

Professor Dame Shaw went on to feature the two projects in detail:

Profs Mark Hawley and Luc de Witte from CATCH were part of a consortia led by CATCH academic Prof Sue Yeandle from Sociological Studies that won £2.5M from the ESRC Large Grants scheme. This included colleagues from Kings College London, the universities of Alberta. Birmingham, Stirling, Swansea and Ulster and charity Carers UK as well as an international network spanning 15 countries. The programme focuses on the care needs of adults living at home with chronic health problems or disabilities, and seeks sustainable solutions to the UK’s contemporary ‘crisis of care’.  Profs Hawley and de Witte will be investigating the potential of technology to be one of these solutions.  ESRC have awarded £1.5M to Sheffield.

The second prestigious funding that CATCH has been awarded is an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks European Training Network (ETN). Dr Heidi Christensen and Dr Jon Barker from CATCH will lead the University of Sheffield element of the €4M PhD training network called TAPAS (Training Network on Automatic Processing of Pathological Speech) alongside colleagues from 9 academic and 5 clinical institutes, 2 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and one large company (Philips).  TAPAS will train a new generation of 15 researchers, two of which will be supervised in Sheffield, in automatic speech recognition for people with debilitating speech pathologies (e.g., due to stroke, Parkinson’s, etc).  Christensen and Barker have been awarded £470K to undertake this research.

Professor Dame Shaw then went on to feature a number of publications from CATCH.

We’re delighted to be recognised by the faculty and look forward to sharing progress updates from these two projects. To find out more about the work that we do – explore our projects pages.