Build-up of brain proteins affects genes in Alzheimer’s disease

New research has shed fresh light on how the build-up of two proteins in the brain might affect the activity of genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Exeter worked in collaboration...

The search for new antimicrobials

Few issues are more pressing than the global problem of antibiotic resistance, so we speak to Professor Mathew Upton, about his work searching for new antibiotics. “For so long now, antibiotics have been seen as...

Recruiting the right people for medical research

Clinical research is making massive strides in the way we treat illnesses, extending length and quality of life for the patient. Making the breakthroughs possible are medical researchers who rely heavily on the willingness...

WEAPONISING THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Could faecal transplants be an effective weapon in the fight back against antibiotic resistance? A research team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust intends to find out, once and for all. By HELEN...

A golden era for blood cancer treatments

It’s an exciting time in blood cancer research. As we deepen our understanding of the biology of blood cancer, researchers are developing better treatments than ever before, and we’re even beginning to talk about...

Stanford shows that breast cancers punch tunnels into neighbouring tissue

Stanford researchers have found that malignant breast cancer cells can extend protrusions known as invadopodia to dig escape tunnels through surrounding tissue, revealing a possible new target for therapies. Cancers pose the greatest danger when...

Research reveals how Tau aggregates can contribute to cell death in Alzheimer’s disease

New evidence suggests a mechanism by which progressive accumulation of Tau protein in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists studied more than 600 human brains and fruit fly models of Alzheimer’s disease...

UK Government invests £5m to develop ‘library’ of MRNA vaccines

CPI has received a £5 million investment to support the development of an mRNA ‘vaccine library’ as part of the Government’s vaccine support package announced in the Budget by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak. The vaccine...

Blood oxygen levels could explain why memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s

The findings demonstrate how the brain’s memory centre operates at a ‘watershed’ making it especially vulnerable to damage Study suggests increasing blood flow in the hippocampus might be really effective at preventing...

Over three million surgical operations and cancer treatments a year in England may become...

New data published by Public Health England (PHE) show that antibiotic resistant bloodstream infections continue to rise in England, with an estimated 35% increase from 2013 to 2017 (from 12,250 in 2013 to...

Thriving commercial ecosystems will help universities to keep making an impact beyond Covid-19

Throughout 2020, the life sciences sector has been in the limelight. In the effort to overcome COVID-19, the sector has put into action an unprecedented global application of expertise. The deployment of great minds,...

Research offers hope

There is hope in the battle against drug-resistant drugs, though. For example, a newly discovered antibiotic, produced by bacteria from a cystic fibrosis patient, could be used to treat cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB),...

3D PRINTED LIVER AIDS LIFE SAVING SURGERY

Surgeons will perform liver resections with greater accuracy and deliver improved patient outcomes thanks to new research by Nottingham Trent University. Senior research fellow Richard Arm has developed a way to 3D-print scan data...

Surface research could help control infection

Another front in the war against infection is the introduction of antimicrobial surfaces into hospitals. By making the environment more hostile to pathogens such as Clostridium difficile and Staphilococcus aureus there will be less...

Entangled exploring the influences on brain development

Throughout history, much attention has been paid to the perceived differences between men’s and women’s brains – but are these differences real or imagined? One scientist overturning the myths of the ‘male’ and ‘female’ brain...

Artificial intelligence yields new antibiotic

A deep-learning model identifies a powerful new drug that can kill many species of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed...