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Enhancing the range and quality of patient care and sponsoring pioneering research


The 2017 Smile4Wessex...

The 2017 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner
We are delighted to announce that the 13th Annual Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday 14th October 2017 at what is without question one of the most prestigious venues in Hampshire.   The fabulous Hampshire...

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Pre-Order Your Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards by 20th October
It's almost that time of year again, and thanks to the lovely people at 'Design and the Bear' we can offer Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards for ther first time in several years. These lovely cards come in packs of 12 (6 of each...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers raise over £11,000
A total of 11 brave souls volunteered to have their heads shaved for our inaugural 'febBRAINairy' fundraising event, collectively raising a quite incredible £11,182 for Smile4Wessex. Throughout February (and into March),...

Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

You Smile, We Smile,...

You Smile, We Smile, They Smile - Promo Video Launched
We're delighted to reveal the new promotional video about Smile4Wessex - You Smile, We Smile, They Smile.  You may find it moving, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, or a combination of all those things, but we hope...

Brain Pulse Project

Non-Invasive Measurement of Cerebral Fluid Pressure

Dr Tony Birch and Dr Bob Marchbank, from the Medical Physics Department Research Lab at Southampton General Hospital, coined the phrase ‘brain pulse’ to describe the pulsation of fluid pressure in the head which in most normal people is quite low, however when this rises it can lead to, or be indicative of problems. Normally it's pretty hard to measure this without surgery so a ‘non-invasive’ measurement technique would be tremendously helpful and provide clinicians with a way to use this information to guide treatment in a variety of conditions. Tony and Bob came upon the idea of listening in on the brain pulse by measuring very accurately the displacement of the tympanic membrane in the ear. 

Impressed by their application and by the potentially huge benefits to be gained if their theories could be proven, Trustees of Smile4Wessex awarded a relatively modest grant to Dr Birch and Dr Marchbanks to 'kick-start' their research and to fund trials with volunteers from three specific patient groups.

Though the project is running behind its original schedule, this is largely due to the interest their work has attracted and the subsequent expansion of the project. Their initial work, made possible in no small degree due to the grant from Smile4Wessex, has now attracted a further grant of over £340,000 from the government's Technology Strategy Board. This is a huge boost to the project and here at Smile4Wessex we're delighted that our support has played, and will continue to play, a part in the Brain Pulse Project.

The latest report on progress of the project (dated August 2017) can be read in full by clicking HERE