Snake venom did not evolve for self-defence

It’s estimated that every year, over one hundred thousand human deaths can be attributed to snakebite from the world’s seven hundred venomous snake species, all inflicted in self-defence when the snakes feel threatened by encroaching humans. However, Swansea University reports new research by its experts and colleagues from Bangor University has concluded snake venom didn’t … Continue reading Snake venom did not evolve for self-defence

Music bringing comfort to Welsh speakers with dementia

Welsh speakers living with dementia can now enjoy songs from their past in Welsh, thanks to a Bangor University and Merched y Wawr initiative supported by the Welsh Government to help caregivers across Wales improve their quality of life. Music is said to help soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long forgotten memories. As part … Continue reading Music bringing comfort to Welsh speakers with dementia

Funding to develop next generation of AI leaders

Swansea University has been awarded funding from the UK Government to create one of sixteen new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Artificial Intelligence. It is part of a £100m investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) aimed at enabling a new generation of PhD students to use AI technology to improve healthcare, tackle climate … Continue reading Funding to develop next generation of AI leaders

Researchers assess the value of dementia support groups

New ageing and dementia research, led by University College London, centres around people living with rare dementias, and will involve the first major study of the value of support groups for people living with or caring for someone with a rare form of dementia. Bangor University reports a team from the Bangor Institute of Health … Continue reading Researchers assess the value of dementia support groups

Ken Skates visits BioComposites Centre

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates visited Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre recently to see examples of the centre’s collaborative research. The BioComposites Centre undertakes projects to develop sustainable bio-based technologies that will minimise the impact of materials on the environment. The centre collaborates with large multinationals, SMEs, micro companies and research institutes interested in lowering … Continue reading Ken Skates visits BioComposites Centre

Brain cancer stem cells manipulated on a lab on a chip

The first stage has been achieved in a new European research collaboration to combat two of the most aggressive brain cancers (www.sumcastec.eu), and academic and industry participants met at Bangor University last week to discuss the next steps. Bangor University reports the SUMCASTEC project combines the expertise of leading biologists and electronic engineers to develop … Continue reading Brain cancer stem cells manipulated on a lab on a chip

Human cancer therapies successfully treat sea turtles

Therapies used to fight human cancers successfully treat genetically similar tumours in sea turtles, a new study shows. In fact, turtles can survive their own tumours and help scientists better understand human cancers. A disease, known as fibropapillomatosis, has been rapidly spreading to sea turtles around the world. Fbropapillomatosis results in large tumours growing on … Continue reading Human cancer therapies successfully treat sea turtles

More accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA

Bangor University’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) PollerGEN project team is now working on a way to detect airborne pollen from different species of allergenic grass. Roughly one in five Europeans suffers from allergic reactions to tree, grass and weed pollen causing pollinosis, hay fever and allergic asthma. Allergies to substances such as pollen are … Continue reading More accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA

Obese people enjoy food even less

Researchers at Bangor University have carried out research to try and understand reward driven eating. Laboratory experiments have shown that obese people are less rewarded by food than people who are lean. The researchers wanted to know if this held true when people were in a more natural environment. Global obesity rates have risen sharply … Continue reading Obese people enjoy food even less

Part of brain that understands social interactions located

A research team recently identified the part of the brain that understands social interactions. They found this region is not only sensitive to the presence of interactive behaviour, but also to the contents of interactions. In a study led by Dr Kami Koldewyn, of the Developmental Social Vision Lab at Bangor University, researchers used functional … Continue reading Part of brain that understands social interactions located

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