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A PhD student from Ulster University has won a top global engineering award for his outstanding research into heart monitoring technology that provides early detection of heart disease and could save the lives of millions.

Alan Kennedy has been recognised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for his sensor technology research that will develop a low-cost, disposable solution for monitoring abnormal heart rhythms. It will provide significantly more accurate heart rhythm analysis compared to current technology, helping to deliver both time and cost efficiencies for the healthcare industry.

Speaking about the award, Alan said: "I am delighted to have beaten off tough international competition to win this prestigious award. At the University, we are using world-leading engineering skills to advance healthcare and improve patient care across the globe.

"The £10,000 scholarship will be used to further develop my research for application in the global healthcare sector. As well as this it will facilitate international research visits with partnering institutes, allowing for collaboration with some of the world-leading experts in the area of wearable health technologies."

The research is taking place at the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) based at Ulster University. Professor Jim McLaughlin and Dr Dewar Finlay who supervise Alan's research, which is supported by the Department of Employment and Learning, were delighted with the news and recognition this brings to such an important area of research.