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October 2020

Professor Steve Thornton

Queen Mary joins alliance offering 20,500 extra COVID-19 tests a day

12 October 2020

London's leading life science and academic institutions have united to respond in an unprecedented way to the coronavirus pandemic by ramping up diagnostic testing capacity for the UK. The Testing Alliance, set up by life science cluster MedCity, brings together world-leading universities, healthcare institutes, industry and pathology service providers. They ... [more]


September 2020

Organ-on-a-Chip Logo

Queen Mary hosts new Organ-on-a-chip Research symposia

22 September 2020

Queen Mary University of London has launched a new e-symposia series with research presentations related to organ-on-a-chip and other predictive in vitro models. The symposia are part of the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network which is funded via the Technology Touching Life scheme and directed by Prof Hazel Screen and Prof ... [more]

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Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21

16 September 2020

Innovate UK is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. ... [more]

St Bartholomew\'s Hospital

Specialist centres hold key to keeping heart attack victims alive, major study shows

7 September 2020

A trial led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health researchers looking at the effect of stem cell therapy in treating heart attack patients has revealed the importance of specialist centres to extending life. In the biggest pan-European trial of stem cell therapy to date, researchers found that 3.5 ... [more]


August 2020

Breast screening

Breast screening women in their forties could save lives

13 August 2020

Breast screening women aged 40-49 reduces breast cancer mortality, with minimal increased overdiagnosis, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London that looked at data from 160,000 women. The UK, along with many other countries, has a breast cancer screening programme offering mammography to women aged 50–70 years ... [more]

View of east London and the Royal London Hospital

Funding awarded for data-driven healthcare in East London

12 August 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded funding to Queen Mary University of London, as part of the Barts Life Sciences partnership, to develop a proposal for data-driven next generation healthcare in Whitechapel. Led by Barts Life Sciences, the project will harness artificial intelligence and data technology to provide better ... [more]


July 2020

Ranjit Manchanda, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology

Broadening cancer gene testing is cost effective and could prevent millions more cancer cases worldwide

20 July 2020

Screening entire populations for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations could prevent millions more cancer cases across the world compared to current clinical practice, according to an international study led by Queen Mary University of London. The research also shows that it is cost effective in high and upper-middle income ... [more]

Queen Mary University of London

Discovery of protective Alzheimer’s gene and develop rapid drug-testing platform

13 July 2020

A gene has been discovered that can naturally suppress the signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in human brain cells, in research led by Queen Mary University of London. The scientists have also developed a new rapid drug-screening system for treatments that could potentially delay or prevent the disease. The main ... [more]


June 2020

Emulate's organs-on-chips technology. Credit: Emulate

Using Organs-on-chips technology to accelerate COVID-19 research

15 June 2020

The Queen Mary & Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre is involved in a new initiative to use miniaturised living systems with human cells, known as organ-chips, in the fight against COVID-19. As part of this initiative, Emulate, Inc have donated blank Organ-Chips to the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network to support the development of ... [more]

New antibody technology for monitoring MS patients may have potential in COVID-19 testing

5 June 2020

A new study led by Queen Mary University of London has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a novel light technology to monitor the presence of anti-drug antibodies in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), which can lead to drug resistance and treatment failure. The researchers say that they have also ... [more]


May 2020

You can still sign up to study to identify highest risk factors for COVID-19

22 May 2020

Scientists are calling on the public to sign up to a new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease. The COVIDENCE UK study, led by Queen Mary University of London, opens today [... [more]

BBC Radio 4's Nick Robinson interviews Professor Sir Mark Caulfield

13 May 2020

This morning on BBC Radio 4 Today's Programme @BBCr4today Nick Robinson interviewed Professor Sir Mark Caulfield from the The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London. Why do some people become very "ill with this infection & others have mild or asymptomatic courses"? "We want to read the whole ... [more]

Professor Adrian Martineau, Queen Mary University of London

New study to identify highest risk factors for COVID-19

1 May 2020

Scientists are calling on the public to sign up to a new study which will help identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others with the disease. The COVIDENCE UK study, led by Queen Mary University of London, opens today [... [more]


April 2020

Cell screening implant material

Queen Mary secure new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

29 April 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science and the Institute of Dentistry have been awarded two new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) to support innovation and knowledge transfer with industry partners. The new KTPs, which represent funding of over £500,000, will support engineering projects aimed at developing new ... [more]

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On Air! BioMin Toothpaste to feature in BBC Four documentary at 8pm

9 April 2020

BioMin, created by researchers at Queen Mary and Imperial College, London, will be featured in a documentary on toothpaste due to air on 9 April at 8pm. Tune in at the link below or watch live at 8pm.


February 2020

Professor Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and Professor John Field, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, comment on recently published result

'Irrefutable evidence' that lung cancer screening works

5 February 2020

Professor Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and Professor John Field, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, comment on recently published results from a lung cancer screening trial. Currently, lung cancer kills more people than ... [more]

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Pinpointing rare disease mutations

3 February 2020

A new study from Queen Mary University of London and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute has uncovered the genes essential for supporting life, which could help researchers to identify mutations responsible for rare childhood diseases. Identifying which genes are linked to a rare disease is one of the most difficult ... [more]


January 2020

Emulate's organs-on-chips technology. Credit: Emulate

Queen Mary opens Organs-on-Chips Centre for advancements in medical research and drug development

17 January 2020

A new research centre which aims to revolutionise medical research and drug development using microengineered Organs-on-Chips has opened at Queen Mary University of London. Organs-on-Chips contain tiny hollow channels lined by living human cells that recreate the microenvironment experienced by cells within the human body. As miniaturised living systems with ... [more]

Queen Mary Dentistry Professor finds a low-cost, non-intrusive solution to save children’s teeth

Queen Mary Dentistry Professor finds a low-cost, non-intrusive solution to save children’s teeth

16 January 2020

A study led by Queen Mary’s Professor of Dental Public Health, Professor Cynthia Pine, has identified a low-cost and low-intensity intervention technique that could prevent tooth decay for thousands of children across the UK. Nearly a quarter of five-year-olds in the UK experience tooth decay. During 2017-18, 33,779 children aged ... [more]

Research on the salt content of bacon and implications by Queen Mary University of London

Bacon – the salt mine on your breakfast table

13 January 2020

Survey results published today by Action on Salt (based at Queen Mary University of London) have confirmed bacon’s unwelcome status as the second biggest contributor to salt in the UK diet. Action on Salt’s experts are urging the newly formed government to launch a comprehensive salt reduction programme, ... [more]

Sketch of the syndecan-4 molecule connecting the cell inside with the space outside. Credit: 3DforScience/ 3DforScience.com

Study sheds new light on how cells interact with their surroundings

7 January 2020

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London identify novel pathway behind how cells sense and respond to their environment. The study, published today in Nature Materials, found that a previously overlooked protein, known as syndecan-4, is important for transmitting external signals into the cell. Syndecan-4 senses movements outside the cell ... [more]