Barriers to taking up running revealed

Cardiff University researchers have revealed the biggest barriers to people taking up running as exercise (Cardiff University, 2017). Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Sciences investigated what motivated people to run.The barriers include people simply being too busy, safety fears over running alone, particularly among women, and concerns about running on busy roads. Study participants were … Continue reading Barriers to taking up running revealed

Genetic variation is the reason some immune systems overreact to viruses

Researchers at Cardiff University have discovered genetic variation is the reason why some immune systems overreact to viruses (Cardiff University, 2017). Previous research had revealed that a gene called Ifitm3 influences how sensitive people are to influenza, with a variant form of the gene making cells more susceptible to viral infection. This new research reveals … Continue reading Genetic variation is the reason some immune systems overreact to viruses

MoU between Cardiff University and Monash University

Cardiff University’s Systems Immunity Research Institute and the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University have signed a memorandum of understanding (Cardiff University, 2017). The five year mutual agreement recognises highly productive joint projects already being conducted around inflammation and immunity, and provides a mechanism for enabling additional projects in the areas of research collaboration, exchange … Continue reading MoU between Cardiff University and Monash University

Cardiff University announce partnership with Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research

Cardiff University has announced its scientists will develop new treatments, technologies and techniques with the charity-based Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research (NPIMR) (Cardiff University, 2017). They will develop pre-clinical medical research across areas including medical device technologies, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Initial projects with NPIMR, based in Harrow, Middlesex, will focus on work … Continue reading Cardiff University announce partnership with Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research

Cardiff University’s new way of making drug compounds

Researchers at Cardiff University have developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds, including for an anti-malaria drug (BBC News, 2017). Sesquiterpenes can be found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and are used to battle colds, cancer and malaria. A Cardiff University team said it could synthesise them more quickly and cost-effectively than … Continue reading Cardiff University’s new way of making drug compounds

Cardiff University are coordinating a new cancer study

The first patient has been successfully recruited into an important new cancer study being co-ordinated by a team of experts at Cardiff University (Cardiff University, 2017). The trial could have profound ramifications for treatment of an uncommon form of cancer that affects the elderly, who cannot tolerate aggressive chemotherapy treatments. MONOCLE is a Phase II … Continue reading Cardiff University are coordinating a new cancer study

Novel approach to treating common diseases

Researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have discovered a new clinical approach that could provide a new avenue for treating a range of common diseases including cancer, strokes and high blood pressure (Cardiff University, 2017). The novel approach consists of indirectly targeting enzymes within cells, called kinases, which cause these often … Continue reading Novel approach to treating common diseases

NeedleBay could prevent life changing complications according to Cardiff University study

A study by Cardiff University has shown a simple device for controlling and organising diabetes medication could prevent patients from developing life changing complications and save the NHS millions of pounds (Cardiff University, 2017). Participants in the study were given a NeedleBay device which allows the user to prepare insulin needles a week in advance, … Continue reading NeedleBay could prevent life changing complications according to Cardiff University study

Cardiff University will be the title sponsor of BioWales 2017

Cardiff University has been confirmed as title sponsor of BioWales 2017, the leading event for the life sciences sector in Wales (Cardiff University, 2017). BioWales returns to Wales Millennium Centre on March 7th – 8th 2017. Now in its fifteenth year, BioWales builds on Wales’ collaborative strength, bringing together industry experts, life science investors and … Continue reading Cardiff University will be the title sponsor of BioWales 2017

Cardiff University bid to create osteoarthritis smart patch

Cardiff University scientists are hoping to create a smart patch which could detect the early onset of osteoarthritis in patients’ knees (BBC News, 2017). The team uses damage sensors from aircraft wings to catch subsonic cracking sounds in joints before the disease fully develops. They believe a disposable patch using them could save expensive diagnosis … Continue reading Cardiff University bid to create osteoarthritis smart patch

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