Project to develop exosomes for cancer treatment

A new Welsh Government and industry backed SMARTExpertise project part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund has been announced. Swansea University reports that RISE is a large £1.2m collaborative project focusing on the development of therapeutic exosomes, which brings together world class expertise in clinical exosome therapeutic development from ReNeuron, immuno-characterisation and purification from Ig … Continue reading Project to develop exosomes for cancer treatment

New data platform for young people’s mental health research

Swansea University has reported that mental health research charity MQ has announced a partnership with them to develop a major new young people’s mental health data platform. The MQ Adolescent Data Platform for Mental Health Research, will be hosted at Swansea University Medical School’s SAIL Databank and will anonymously bring together a large range of … Continue reading New data platform for young people’s mental health research

How online activity influences suicide and self-harm in young people

Swansea University has reported that online activity can increase young people’s exposure to self-harm, but it can also provide support to those in crisis or who feel isolated, according to a review of evidence in the field, led by a Swansea University expert in suicide prevention, who is also a doctor. Research on internet use … Continue reading How online activity influences suicide and self-harm in young people

Bowel cancer research at Swansea University receives Worshipful Livery Company of Wales funding

Swansea University has reported that one of its researchers, Rory Kokelaar, who is examining new ways to tackle colorectal cancer has been awarded a travel scholarship by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, allowing him to present his research at a major international scientific conference. Rory Kokelaar is a clinical lecturer and researcher at Swansea … Continue reading Bowel cancer research at Swansea University receives Worshipful Livery Company of Wales funding

Dragon’s venom could treat blood disorders in humans

New research carried out at the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University has found that the venom of a charismatic group of lizards, including the Komodo dragon, has evolved to be highly variable between species, highly effective, and could lead to the development of drugs to treat blood-related disorders in humans. The research has been … Continue reading Dragon’s venom could treat blood disorders in humans

Blindness from diabetes halves in Wales

The number of people in Wales diagnosed as blind or living with sight loss as a result of diabetes has almost halved since the introduction of a new national diabetic retinopathy screening programme in 2003, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal (Welsh Government, 2017). The research, conducted by the diabetic research … Continue reading Blindness from diabetes halves in Wales

Multi-million pound project will help prevent animal testing in nanotechnology

Scientists at Swansea University Medical School have just received approval from the European Commission for an international collaborative grant expected to be in excess of €12m to develop novel cutting edge tests to prevent the use of animals when assessing safety concerns surrounding nanotechnology (Swansea University, 2017). The grant has been awarded as part of … Continue reading Multi-million pound project will help prevent animal testing in nanotechnology

Welsh Ambulance Service moves its researchers to new base at Swansea University Medical School

The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) has moved its research and innovation offices to the Institute of Life Sciences at Swansea University Medical School, further strengthening the links between the two teams (Swansea University, 2017). WAST has many national and international research and innovation partners, but its longstanding relationships with Swansea University have given … Continue reading Welsh Ambulance Service moves its researchers to new base at Swansea University Medical School

UK’s first artificial heart pump due to begin trials in 2018

Scientists have said the UK’s first artificial heart pump has moved a step closer to being used on patients (BBC News, 2017). The heart pump has been developed at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science 2 by Calon Cardio, and clinical trials are due to begin in late 2018 with the aim of a full … Continue reading UK’s first artificial heart pump due to begin trials in 2018

Work starts on Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village

Work has officially started at Delta Lakes in Llanelli ready for the £200m Wellness and Life Science Village (MediWales, 2017). Initial ground works are now underway to support the “once in a lifetime” future development of the Llanelli Waterside Joint Venture land. Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed to carry out the site preparation … Continue reading Work starts on Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village

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