University of South Wales scientists secure grant to address antimicrobial resistance

Two lecturers from the University of South Wales have been awarded £14,000 to help develop a revolutionary machine that will improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases in order to tackle the chronic overuse of antibiotics (MediWales, 2016). Microbiologist Dr Emma Hayhurst and molecular geneticist Dr Jeroen Nieuwland have formed 123 USW, which … Continue reading University of South Wales scientists secure grant to address antimicrobial resistance

Little girl can sit up next to her friends for the first time

A University of Wales Trinity Saint David graduate has helped created a specialist chair that allows a seven year old girl to sit, play and eat alongside her family and friends for the first time. Evie Hopkins, from Swansea, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia when she was four months old. The condition affects … Continue reading Little girl can sit up next to her friends for the first time

Cardiff University receives £1m investment to look after the brain’s immune system

£1m investment from the Hodge Foundation will enable researchers at Cardiff University to explore the role the brain’s immune system in brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and epilepsy (Cardiff University, 2016). The new five year partnership will establish The Hodge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Immunology and bring together leading experts in neuroscience and immunology. The centre … Continue reading Cardiff University receives £1m investment to look after the brain’s immune system

Research will look at 999 calls by people with dementia

A project led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is going to look at calls to emergency services by older people with multiple health problems that include dementia (University of the West of England, 2016). Working with East of England Ambulance Service … Continue reading Research will look at 999 calls by people with dementia

Scientists develop the world’s smallest extracellular needle-electrodes

A research team at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Information Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan has developed 5μm diameter needle-electrodes on 1 mm × 1 mm block modules (Scienmag, 2016). The neuron networks in the human brain are extremely complex. Microfabricated silicon needle-electrode devices are … Continue reading Scientists develop the world’s smallest extracellular needle-electrodes

First proposed human test of CRISPR passes initial safety review

A cancer study that would represent the first use of CRISPR in people passed a key safety review on June 21st (Science, 2016). The proposed clinical trial, in which researchers would use CRISPR to engineer immune cells to fight cancer, won approval from the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the US National Institutes of … Continue reading First proposed human test of CRISPR passes initial safety review

Doctors move closer to creating babies with DNA from three people

Doctors are a step closer to creating babies with DNA from three people after research on healthy embryos found the procedure was likely to produce normal pregnancies (The Guardian, 2016). Studies on embryos made with extra DNA showed that the majority were indistinguishable from standard IVF embryos, although further tests hinted that the procedure still … Continue reading Doctors move closer to creating babies with DNA from three people

Wearable device could help with rehab in acute knee injury

A wearable device that records the sounds of knees cracking could reveal clues about the condition of the joint (Scientific American, 2016). The device has been developed by Omer Inan, an electrical engineer at Georgia Tech, who said “I actually feel like there’s some real information in them that can be exploited for the purposes … Continue reading Wearable device could help with rehab in acute knee injury

Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression

Researchers at Imperial College London have given twelve people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms, to combat depression (Nature, 2016, BBC, 2016). At the start of the trial, nine of the participants had at least severe depression and three were moderately depressed. All had been clinically depressed for a significant amount of time, on … Continue reading Magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression

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