Product Design Lecturer Carlos Peralta and team win prestigious British Medical Journal 2018 Innovation Award

Congratulations to our colleague Carlos Peralta, Senior Design Lecturer who teaches on our Product Design courses. Carlos recently took part in a research project with colleagues from the Brighton and Sussex Medical school, funded by Public Health England. The team included academics from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, HIV expert Dr Jaime Vera , Dr Gillian Dean, Dr Suneeta Soni and Dr Carrie Llewellyn, and designers Dr Liliana Rodriguez (Diptico/Martin Fisher Foundation) and Carlos.

The team worked together to develop a distribution system of HIV self-test kits through vending machines, and on Thursday 10th May 2018 were announced as the winners of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) 2018 Innovation Award. There were 3500 applicants overall in 15 categories. Each category had six finalists and one winner.

The BMJ Awards, now in their 10th year, are the UK’s premier medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work done by doctors and their teams. Organised by The BMJ, one of the world’s great medical journals, the awards reflect its mission to improve patient outcomes and showcase the very best healthcare in the UK.

So far the team have published the results of this research in three main HIV international conferences and publications (CROI in Boston, BHIVA in Edinburgh & BASSH in Belfast) and soon in the design for Health 2018 Conference in Sheffield. They will also be included in the Compendium of Good HIV Practices in the WHO European Region. They are also currently developing other two related projects, a campaign to increase HIV testing in GP practices and a digital campaign to eliminate HIV stigma.