The future of health

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We have something a little bit different for October, along we the usual software magic, we have inventive hardware design that solves problems for the disabled, and a beginners guide to hacking your genome.

The world of the future is one where we will be monitoring our health and bodies more than ever, modifying and hacking it in ever more sophisticated ways, and where technology will enable the elderly and those with disabilities to be more mobile and independent.

Using biomarkers to take control of your health - Sarah Bolt of Forth (https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/)

How you can take control of your health by understanding what's happening inside it. Fitness trackers are great, but they are limited to monitoring and measuring you from the outside. Forth (https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/) provide a blood testing service and app that lets you monitor key biomarkers over time, guiding your nutrition and exercise, either for health or fitness performance.

How a mobile app is helped elite atheletes win gold at the Olympics and Paralympics - Richard Godfrey of RocketMakers

Richard will be talking about how the application and analysis tools they developed for the English Institute of Sport helped some of the UK's top athletes train and perform so well at Rio.

How to hack your genes with CRISPR - Ben Sharpe, University of Bath

Being able to edit genes quickly, easily, and (relatively) cheaply, was something that many biologists thought was decades away. Then, a couple of years ago, the CRISPR technique was developed and all that changed. Scientists are now able to carry out precision gene editing with relative ease, and at low(-ish) cost. There are even kits that you can use at home to do experiments on yeast.

Ben will be giving us a beginners guide to gene editing and the technique that may revolutionise medicine in the next decade.

Smart solutions for assistive technology - Designability (http://www.designability.org.uk/)

Designability are based at the RUH and University of Bath, and have been going for almost 40 years. They apply smart design thinking, engineering and technology to solve problems for those with disabilities, the elderly, and those with dementia. They've designed solutions ranging from the Wizzy-bug motorised wheelchair for children, to tools to help those with dementia live safer and more independent lives in their own homes.

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This month's BathCamp is supported by the marvellous folks at VentureFest Bristol & Bath ( http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/ )