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Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
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Tiny ‘cages' to keep vaccine supplies safe
Tiny ‘cages’ to keep vaccine supplies safe
Vaccines and antibodies could be transported and stored without refrigeration by capturing them in tiny silica ‘cages', a discovery which could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous places much easier, cheaper and safer. Vaccines and many other medicines contain proteins which break down and become unusable at room temperatures, meaning they must be kept refrigerated for storage and transportation in a so-called ‘cold chain'.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
22.04.2017
The eyes have it for new camera system inspired by animal vision
Scientists have taken inspiration from how animals' eyes work to create a new way for computer-controlled cameras to ‘see'.
Life Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
21.04.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.04.2017
How gut bacteria change cancer drug activity
How gut bacteria change cancer drug activity
The activity of cancer drugs changes depending on the types of microbes living in the gut, according to a UCL-led study into how nematode worms and their microbes process drugs and nutrients. The discovery highlights the potential benefit of manipulating gut bacteria and diet to improve cancer treatment and the value of understanding why the effectiveness of drugs varies between individuals.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.04.2017
Brain's
Brain’s "hand area" used by other body parts in people born with one hand
The area of the brain used to control the hand gets used instead to support the lips, feet or arms of people who were born with only one hand, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. ‘Our brains have evolved over millions of years so that a specific area of the brain becomes specialised in controlling hand function.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.04.2017
Imperial wins bid to host new UK Dementia Research Institute centre
Imperial wins bid to host new UK Dementia Research Institute centre
A new multidisciplinary UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) centre is to open at Imperial College London later this year.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.04.2017
£13m dementia research centre
Cardiff University will be playing a major role in the UK's biggest dementia research initiative with the launch of a £13m dementia research centre.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
19.04.2017
CRT Pioneer Fund, Cancer Research UK and NCI Collaborate to boost research against the 'undruggable' RAS
CRT Pioneer Fund, Cancer Research UK and NCI Collaborate to boost research against the ’undruggable’ RAS
Cancer Research UK and the Cancer Research Technology Pioneer Fund (CPF)* have committed £2.5 million in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the US to tackle one of the toughest challenges in cancer that has thwarted researchers for more than 30 years.
Life Sciences
19.04.2017
‘Past Mortems' - Life and death behind mortuary doors
‘Past Mortems’ - Life and death behind mortuary doors
A new book by Carla Valentine, pathology technician at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), reveals her experience of working with the dead and what she has seen behind the doors of our mortuaries.
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
19.04.2017
Saving leopards from human threats
Saving leopards from human threats
Leopard populations in part of South Africa are decreasing in greater numbers and at a greater speed than expected, due in large part to illegal killing by humans according to new findings. A research team led by Dr Samual Williams , an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology , conducted a long-term study of the leopard population in the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa and found that leopard density (the number of leopards per 100 km 2 ) had decreased by 44% between 2012 and 2016 and by 66% since 2008.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.04.2017
Imperial branches out to develop synthetic biology in East Africa
Imperial branches out to develop synthetic biology in East Africa
Synthetic biology experts from Imperial College London headed to East Africa to help identify where the field could have a life-changing impact.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
11.04.2017
Research identifies brain cells that keep mice active
Researchers at King's College London and the Francis Crick Institute have discovered a type of brain cell that prevents mice from being overly immobile. The research provides insight into the brain circuits underlying what motivates us to be physically active. The cells, called GAD65 neurons, are located in the mouse equivalent of the human lateral hypothalamus.
Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Everyone has different 'bad spots' in their vision
Everyone has different ’bad spots’ in their vision
The ability to distinguish objects in peripheral vision varies significantly between individuals, finds new research from UCL, Paris Descartes University and Dartmouth College, USA. For example, some people are better at spotting things above their centre of vision while others are better at spotting things off to the right.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Warwick polymers in NASA-funded project to high altitude
Anti-freeze polymers designed by University of Warwick launched into high altitude as part of successful NASA-funded schools project in the USA The polymers – developed in Professor Matthew Gib
Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Prog rock giants Pink Floyd honoured in naming of newly-discovered shrimp
A strikingly bright pink-clawed species of pistol shrimp, discovered on the Pacific coast of Panama, has been given the ultimate rock and roll name in recognition of the discoverers' favourite rock band - Pink Floyd.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
11.04.2017
Eat wild venison to support native woodland birds, says ecologist
Wild deer in Britain should be hunted for venison to drastically reduce their populations and support the re-emergence of our native woodland birds, according to an academic at The University of Nottingham. The comments follow the publication of a new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology which suggests that huge deer populations in England are damaging the important natural habitat which many ground-nesting woodland birds require.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.04.2017
Innovative brain cancer research
Cardiff University hosted an event on Wednesday 5 th April to showcase the innovative research taking place within the University to target the most aggressive and lethal forms of brain cancer.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.04.2017
Puffins that stay close to their partner during migration have more chicks
Puffin pairs that follow similar migration routes breed more successfully the following season, a new Oxford University study has found.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.04.2017
Public invited to help tackle antibiotic resistance
Puffin pairs that follow similar migration routes breed more successfully the following season, a new Oxford University study has found.
Religions - Life Sciences
04.04.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
04.04.2017
Catapult open for business with £1m investment in cutting-edge lab capacity to support UK drug discovery
World-class technology and expertise are now available to UK drug discovery companies as a result of new laboratory facilities developed by the Medicines Discovery Catapult and launched on Wednesday 29 th March at the University of Warwick. The Catapult's investment in solid-state NMR will provide technology previously been unavailable in the UK.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
03.04.2017
Malaria parasites soften our cells' defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites soften our cells’ defences in order to invade
Malaria parasites cause red blood cells to become bendier, helping the parasites to enter and cause infection, says a new study. Malaria is caused by a family of parasites that are carried by mosquitoes. Once parasites enter the body through a mosquito bite, they multiply in the liver before invading red blood cells where they cause the symptoms of malaria disease.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
03.04.2017
New experimental drug offers hope for menopausal women with frequent hot flushes
New experimental drug offers hope for menopausal women with frequent hot flushes
Women plagued by frequent hot flushes during the menopause could cut the number of flushes by almost three-quarters, thanks to a new drug compound. In a trial carried out at Imperial College London, researchers showed that women who suffered seven or more hot flushes a day could reduce the number by as much as 73 per cent, as well as reducing their severity and impact.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
03.04.2017
Experts discuss the role of the body's microbes in gastrointestinal cancers
Experts discuss the role of the body’s microbes in gastrointestinal cancers
Two leading researchers discussed the role that microbes in our bodies play in gastrointestinal cancers in a recent seminar.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
03.04.2017
Lung probe that spots infections aims to cut antibiotic overuse
Lung probe that spots infections aims to cut antibiotic overuse
A new imaging tool that rapidly diagnoses bacterial lung infections could help prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
03.04.2017
NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre: £21 million research partnership launches
NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre: £21 million research partnership launches
A £21 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Bristol will launch this week [1 April].
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
03.04.2017
Science photography prize for polymer particles resembling golf balls
They might look like golf balls but they are far from it. These tiny ‘golf ball' shaped mircoparticles – only 0.04mm across – could one day be used to repair damaged human tissue. High res and web images can be found here. This prize winning image shows a collection of biodigradable dimpled microparticles for enhanced cell growth.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
31.03.2017
Biochemical superglue opens new approach to vaccine development
An Oxford University spinout company is developing a molecular superglue for the rapid development of vaccines targeting a range of diseases.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Life Sciences
29.03.2017
Focusing on mechanics may be key in unlocking the heart's ability to heal itself
Focusing on mechanics may be key in unlocking the heart’s ability to heal itself
Fish do it, amphibians do it, so why can‘t we' Scientists are questioning why human hearts lose the ability to regenerate, while other animals don't. In a perspective piece researchers from Imperial College London suggest that the loss of this ability may be down to the way the human heart develops.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
29.03.2017
Success for 5th annual Brain Games
Sunday 19 March saw the annual extravaganza return to the museum for its fifth consecutive year of educational, brain-themed fun.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.03.2017
The OCD Brain: how animal research helps us understand a devastating condition
When David Adam was just 18, a teasing comment from a university friend triggered a series of thoughts that he had contracted HIV and would die of AIDS.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
28.03.2017
From synthetic biology to global health challenges
From synthetic biology to global health challenges
The University of Bristol is at the forefront of synthetic biology research, teaching and innovation.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.03.2017
Major genetic study identifies 12 new genetic variants for ovarian cancer
Major genetic study identifies 12 new genetic variants for ovarian cancer
A genetic trawl through the DNA of almost 100,000 people, including 17,000 patients with the most common type of ovarian cancer, has identified 12 new genetic variants that increase risk of developing the disease and confirmed the association of 18 of the previously published variants. Published today , the findings are the result of work by the OncoArray Consortium, a huge endeavour led by scientists in the UK, the USA and Australia.
Life Sciences
24.03.2017
Miniature ultrasound device wins Imperial's Venture Catalyst Challenge 2017
Miniature ultrasound device wins Imperial’s Venture Catalyst Challenge 2017
Student start-up Microsonix took home the £10,000 prize at last night's Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC) final.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
24.03.2017
Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells
Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells
Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells.
Life Sciences - History/Archeology
22.03.2017
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle - and vice versa
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle - and vice versa
New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Life Sciences
22.03.2017
Imperial entrepreneurs make final of Mayor of London's green tech competition
Imperial entrepreneurs make final of Mayor of London’s green tech competition
The Mayor of London's Low Carbon Entrepreneurial Challenge seeks to find low carbon solutions to some of the city's greatest problems.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Sir David Attenborough immortalised, in lobster-like fossil find
Sir David Attenborough immortalised, in lobster-like fossil find
Scientists have discovered a 430 million-year-old lobster-like fossil and named it in honour of veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
21.03.2017
Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts
Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts
Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
New 'gene silencer' drug injections reduce cholesterol by 50% in early research
New ’gene silencer’ drug injections reduce cholesterol by 50% in early research
The first in a new class of gene-silencing drugs, known as inclisiran, has halved cholesterol levels in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. The technique, known as RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, essentially ‘switches off' one of the genes responsible for elevated cholesterol.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
New trial for blindness rewrites the genetic code
Researchers have started a new gene therapy clinical trial to treat X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP), the most common cause of blindness in young people. Retinitis pigmentosa is currently untreatable and leads to a slow and irreversible loss of vision. The trial is being run by Nightstarx Ltd (Nightstar), a biopharmaceutical spinout company of Oxford developing gene therapies for inherited retinal diseases, and researchers from the University of Oxford.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
Science in Health Live
How can we generate new tissues and organs' What can stop cancer cells from spreading? Can our genes make us susceptible to psychiatric disorders? A-Level pupils from across Wales and the border coun
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.03.2017
Securing the future of cattle production in Africa
A ‘world-first' study of the genomes of indigenous cattle in Africa has revealed vital clues that will help secure the future of cattle production on the continent. Cattle are an increasingly important resource in Africa as sustainable sources of food, milk, traction and manure. With its human population growing and the economy and subsequent wealth predicted to expand greatly, there will also be a huge increase in demand for livestock.
Life Sciences - Event
16.03.2017
UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017
UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017
Two images by UCL researchers depicting embryos - of†a mouse and†of a zebrafish - are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
16.03.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.03.2017
Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries
Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries MedCity's ‘Collaborate to Innovate' programme has today announced the 16 winning projects chosen to collaborate with leading universities and academics to address a specific challenge.
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