The East Midlands Breathomics Pathology Node (EMBER)

Posted by bz57 at Feb 23, 2017 02:55 PM |
A brief introduction of the EMBER project and its aims.

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The East Midlands Breathomics Pathology Node (EMBER) is one of the six MRC and EPSRC supported molecular pathology nodes, hosted at the University of Leicester with partnerships with Loughborough University and Industry.

EMBER project featured in BBC East Midlands News


EMBER is to develop novel breath-based systems for molecular pathology. Exhaled breath contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that reflect biological processes occurring within the lung and, via the vena cava, more distant organs. Analysis of VOCs in breath provides rapid, at-patient and in clinic non-invasive approaches for diagnosis, phenotyping and stratifying patients. Importantly the range of clinical conditions is large and includes: respiratory infections, cancers, respiratory disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disorders such as heart failure.

EMBER will deliver near-patient and remote sensing technologies to analyse breath and by consolidating the assets and expertise across the consortia build an infrastructure that will result in novel methods to analyse complex omics data that will be applicable ultimately to many areas of diagnostic pathology; translated from EMBER's leadership in the analysis of breath signatures.

Education & Training

EMBER provides training to clinicians, allied health professional and basic scientists. Degree courses such as BSc, MSc and new PhD programmes are also available here.

For more information about EMBER or opportunities, please visit or contact

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College of Life Sciences
University of Leicester
Maurice Shock Building
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