Academic in £1000 award for software

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A CITY-based academic researcher has been awarded £1000 to develop new computer software for people suffering from long-term conditions such as obesity or coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Daniel Turner created the software, Quirkos, to analyse text in interviews with patients to try and get to the root causes of their health problems.

The software is designed to identify common themes behind complex public health issues and lead to early intervention.

He won the £500 cash and website development package at the Business Blazer event organised by Starbit Media and hosted by science and ­technology park Edinburgh Technopole.

Mr Turner is now hoping to perfect the software and is already looking at developing a tablet-based version.

He said: “During my work I interview a lot of patients ­suffering from complex health issues such as obesity or coping with a cancer diagnosis.

“The issues behind these are often complex and it is often hard to find the root ­problem purely by using statistical data.”