£200 million to boost mental health research

Funding to bring researchers together to improve understanding and treatments for depression and anxiety Wellcome is committing an additional £200 million to mental health research, Wellcome’s Director announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos,...

Scientists test new technology for same-day diagnostics

A new lab at St Thomas’ Hospital has opened to test whether new nanopore-based DNA sequencing technology could support same day diagnosis of infections such as sepsis in NHS hospitals. The research at St...

Scientists drafted in to help protect trees

Two new projects have received a share of £2m for research to help combat threats to trees and plants as part of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI). The projects are: Global threats from...

High levels of scarlet fever remain across England

Public Health England (PHE) has reported a continuation of the high levels of scarlet fever across the country with 405 new cases reported in the last week (from 21 to 27 April). A total...

Artificial bile ducts could help treat childhood liver disease

Artificial human bile ducts have been grown and transplanted into mice by Medical Research Council-funded scientists, paving the way for the improved treatment of childhood liver diseases. The University of Cambridge researchers took healthy cells...

Vital research into incurable lung condition affecting millions to take place in Kensington

1,000 people are needed for ground-breaking research into an incurable lung condition at Imperial College London. Supported by the British Lung Foundation, a research team led by Professor Wisia Wedzicha, will conduct a nationwide...

Making a difference to patients with debilitating conditions – new Healthcare Technologies Institute opened

A new Institute where research will look into improving healing and make a difference to patients with debilitating conditions has opened at the University of Birmingham. The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) will strive to advance...

Medicines Discovery Catapult appoints new Chair as it moves into the next phase of...

Medicines Discovery Catapult has appointed Dr Robin Brown as its new Chairman.  The company has established itself rapidly within the UK community and is now engaged in multiple R&D collaborations with UK biotech and...

Algenuity appoints new Chief Scientific Officer

Algenuity, a leader in algal biology and industrial biotechnology, is delighted to welcome Dr Alex Pudney to the team as Chief Scientific Officer. Alex brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously...

STEM Sussex, helping you engage with the workforce of tomorrow

At the end of June, almost 10,000 students from across the South East will gather at the South of England Showground for one of the biggest and most important events of the academic year. Now...

Study supports vitamins re-think

In the first ever study of its kind using low doses of vitamin D in fortified food, researchers investigated which of the two types of vitamin D, D2 or D3, was more effective in...

New class of drugs could help tackle treatment-resistant cancers

Researchers have discovered a new class of drug that has the potential to help cancer patients who no longer respond to existing therapies. The drug may not become available to patients for a number of...

The challenges inherent in Excipients

Have you ever wondered how a cough lozenge dissolves just at the right speed or how some medicines smell and taste so good? We have ‘excipients’ to thank for these useful properties in our...

Research centres are confirmed

Two Cambridge institutes have been confirmed as major research centres by biomedical research charity Wellcome. The Wellcome/CRUK Gurdon Institute and Wellcome/MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute have been named as two of 14 Wellcome Centres which...

Researchers develop catalyst to increase the yield of biodiesel

Researchers from the Cardiff Cataylsis Institute have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using waste left over from its production process. Using catalysis, the Cardiff University researchers have been able to...

Welcome for packaging

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has welcomed the Government’s proposal to publish the cost of medicines to the NHS on packs of those costing more than £20. Alison Clough, ABPI Acting...