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June 2018

11 Jun 18New lab technology could reveal treatments for muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new cell-based technologies which could improve understanding of the muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and test potential drugs for the disease. DMD is a genetic disorder causing muscle degeneration and weakness, caused by an absence of the protein dystrophin. DMD ... [more]

May 2018

15 May 18An Organ-on-a-Chip device (Emulate, Inc.)Queen Mary Awarded Funding to Establish Organ-on-a-Chip UK Network
Queen Mary University of London has been awarded funding to establish and lead a UK network in the development of ‘Organ-on-a-chip’ devices. The network will be part of a major new Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding venture, Technology Touching Life [1], which aims to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative technology in ... [more]

April 2018

20 Apr 18Neuron Pod:  architect Professor Will Alsop OBE RAWhat is a Neuron Pod? Find out more about the ‘nerve cell’ in London’s East End
Construction has begun on the Neuron Pod - a striking 23-metre long and 10-metre high free-standing structure which will be used as an informal science learning centre at Queen Mary University of London’s Whitechapel campus. The pod is a new addition to Centre of the Cell – an award-winning science ... [more]

March 2018

12 Mar 18Madeleine HartQueen Mary student to take her research to Parliament
Madeleine Hart, a PhD student from Queen Mary University of London, will present her research to the Houses of Parliament as part of a Parliamentary poster competition. Madeleine Hart, from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to take part in STEM for Britain, ... [more]
6 Mar 18The Life Sciences Image awards competitionLife Sciences Image Awards
The Life Sciences Image awards competition is open and seeks outstanding and engaging images produced by Queen Mary staff and students. Now in its second year, it focuses on three themes: health and well-being; health and technology; and beauty in medicine. Shortlisted submissions will be shown at 3 public exhibitions and ... [more]

February 2018

22 Feb 18Professor Amrita Ahluwalia and Dr Dan Jones“Beetroot pill” could help save patients from kidney failure after heart x-ray
Beetroot may reduce the risk of kidney failure in patients having a heart x-ray, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London. The new research project funded by national charity Heart Research UK will look into whether dietary inorganic nitrate, found commonly in beetroot, could be used in ... [more]
21 Feb 18Protein Nanosheet Mechanics Controls Cell Adhesion and Expansion on Low-Viscosity LiquidsCells can ‘walk’ on liquids a bit like the way geckos stick to other surfaces
Cells are typically grown on solid materials, such as tissue culture plastic, degradable polymers and bioceramics. It is thought that the strong mechanical properties of these biomaterials are required to allow cell adhesion, an important process often controlling the behaviour of stem cells and promoting implant incorporation by surrounding tissues ... [more]
16 Feb 18Cells spreading on the outside of a scaffoldResearchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Queen Mary herald in new printing technique using cells and molecules to recreate biological structures
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures. These structures are embedded in an ink which is similar to their native environment and opens the possibility to make them behave ... [more]

January 2018

29 Jan 18Cardiomyocytes Use Non-myofibrillar Contractions to Apply Tension on the Environment during SpreadingResearchers from the Institute of Bioengineering (IoB) and Queen Mary identify a new mechanism in which adhesive structures within the cells of the heart sense stiffness through muscle contractions and resting tension at the same time
Cells in the heart sense stiffness by measuring contraction forces and resting tension simultaneously. The study, published in 'Developmental Cell', further shows that the resting tension in the heart cells is increased after a heart attack and other heart diseases. This changes the way that heart cells can sense the ... [more]
24 Jan 18Institute of Bioengineering Spring Seminar SeriesInstitute of Bioengineering Spring Seminar Series
The Institute of Bioengineering Spring Seminar Series gets underway today with Professor Francisco Goycoolea, from the University of Leeds. His talk, Oil-core chitosan based nanocapsules and their influence on 'life networks', begins this series of talks that aim to bring you the very latest research findings in the field of ... [more]
10 Jan 18Frequency fluctuations typically around 50 Hz in the UK 
(Fig b details the evening period)Impact of renewables and trading on power grid frequency fluctuations
The researchers also found that splitting a large grid into small microgrids – as a way of integrating additional renewable power generation or creating smaller, mostly independent grids - will lead to larger frequency deviations which can potentially damage sensitive electronic devices. The work was carried out by academics from the ... [more]

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