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December 2019

2 Dec 19UK and China research team take first steps towards a vaccine for pancreatic cancer
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Zhengzhou University have developed a personalised vaccine system that could ultimately delay the onset of pancreatic cancer. The study provides strong proof-of-concept for the creation of a vaccine for cancer prevention in individuals at high risk of developing this disease and to ... [more]

November 2019

15 Nov 19Centre for Trauma SciencesInnovations in treatment of traumatic injuries with severe bleeding are saving lives
Deaths from severe bleeding after major trauma have been reduced by 40% over the last decade through a programme of research and innovation led by Queen Mary University of London, Barts Health NHS Trust and NHS Blood and Transplant. The study reporting the findings has been published in Annals of Surgery. ... [more]
1 Nov 19The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (LIDo)£20m investment in future bioscience researchers
The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership, known as LIDo, has received a further five years' funding from the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The award aims to develop the next generation of bioscience researchers and will fund 190 PhD studentships overall, of which a minimum of 55 are earmarked ... [more]

October 2019

11 Oct 19Natalia Perdek and Tarhan IbrahimTwo Queen Mary students were highly commended ‘Volunteer Heroes‘
Two Queen Mary students were highly commended ‘Volunteer Heroes‘ at this year’s St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards The two students, who gave CPR to a stranger on their way home from a night out last December, were highly commended in the ‘Volunteer Hero’ category at the 2019 St John ... [more]
9 Oct 19Sir Peter RatcliffeQueen Mary alumnus Sir Peter Ratcliffe awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
Sir Peter Ratcliffe, who qualified as a doctor in 1978 from one of Queen Mary’s founding institutions - St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School - has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. Sir Peter began ... [more]
4 Oct 19Professor Karim Brohi, Queen MaryTrauma surgeon named again as one of London’s most influential people
Professor Karim Brohi, Head of Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary University of London and Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, has been named in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 list, recognising the most influential people in the capital. It is the second successive year that Professor Brohi ... [more]

September 2019

20 Sep 19Professor John O'Keefe Biology Meets Physics Symposium
Both the Institute of Bioengineering and Materials Research Institute were delighted by the turnout for the inaugural Biology Meets Physics Symposium at Queen Mary University of London. There was a great variety of talks that stretched from the birds to the bees - Peter Hore's analysis of migratory songbirds to ... [more]

August 2019

8 Aug 19Call for levy on manufacturers to reduce excessive calories in unhealthy food
Today, Action on Sugar and Action on Salt based at Queen Mary University of London, is calling on the government to introduce a calorie (energy density) levy on all calorie dense processed foods that meet an agreed criteria set by government. ... [more]

July 2019

24 Jul 19Professor Shakila Thangaratinam, Queen MaryMediterranean diet during pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes and weight gain
A simple Mediterranean-style diet in pregnancy does not reduce the overall risk of adverse maternal and offspring complications, but has the potential to reduce weight gain in pregnancy and the risk of gestational diabetes, according to a clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London and the University of ... [more]
18 Jul 19Professor Resmini Queen Mary Professor champions inclusion and diversity in chemical sciences
Professor Marina Resmini from the Institute of Bioengineering has become a Trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Chair of its Inclusion and Diversity committee. The RSC is a professional association in the United Kingdom with the goal of ‘advancing the chemical sciences.’ Mariana Resmini is a Professor ... [more]
8 Jul 19Professor Fran Balkwill with ERC delegates at World Economic ForumCancer scientist represents European researchers at World Economic Forum in China
Professor Fran Balkwill from Queen Mary University of London was selected as a high-level delegation to the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China, this week to discuss her work in cancer research. As one of three researchers selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to attend, she participated in presentations, ... [more]

June 2019

10 Jun 19Professor Mark CaulfieldLeading genomics expert awarded knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours
Professor Mark Caulfield, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Queen Mary University of London and the interim Chief Executive at Genomics England, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Since 2013 Professor Caulfield has been instrumental in delivering the world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, which hit its target of ... [more]

May 2019

22 May 19 The School of Medicine Athena Swan Working GroupInstitute of Dentistry achieve Athena SWAN Silver Award
Congratulations to the Dentistry Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) who have led the Institute of Dentistry to a Silver Award! This is an exceptional achievement by the Dentistry SAT team, led by Mangala Patel, with the Faculty now a holder of two Silver awards for both Medicine and Dentistry. The ... [more]
16 May 19Microvascularised organ-on-chip platform developed in the Gautrot LabFunding awarded to develop kidney-on-a-chip for animal free drug testing
Institute researcher awarded funding to develop artificial kidneys, known as kidney-on-a-chip, to avoid testing drugs on animals Dr Julien Gautrot, from the Institute of Bioengineering, was awarded the £50,000 grant from The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). Nephrotoxicity, or toxicity in the ... [more]
2 May 19 Dr Karin Hing's Synthetic bone graft Royal Mail stampRecognition for Dr Karin Hing's Synthetic bone graft research
The pioneering work of Institute of Bioengineering researcher Karin Hing has been celebrated with a stamp as part of a new series launched by the Royal Mail. The six stamp set, launched today, marks innovations in British engineering from the last 50 years including the development of a synthetic bone graft ... [more]

April 2019

30 Apr 19Study funded by Cancer Research UK and Myriad Genetics.Test allows doctors to determine most effective treatment for women with breast cancer
A breast cancer test has been found that helps doctors make treatment decisions for some breast cancer patients, following research carried out at Queen Mary University of London and funded by Cancer Research UK. The test was successful in predicting whether chemotherapy would be beneficial for patients with the most ... [more]

March 2019

28 Mar 19Cartilage damage caused by arthritisExercise helps prevent cartilage damage caused by arthritis
Exercise helps to prevent the degradation of cartilage caused by osteoarthritis, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. The researchers show for the first time how mechanical forces experienced by cells in joints during exercise prevent cartilage degradation by suppressing the action of inflammatory molecules which ... [more]
21 Mar 19Renal Denervation SystemSurgery using ultrasound energy found to treat high blood pressure
A one-off operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to maintain reduced blood pressure in hypertension patients for at least six months, according to the results of a clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, ... [more]
19 Mar 19Professor Seif ShaheenLarge study suggests painkillers taken during pregnancy are not a cause of asthma in children
A Queen Mary University of London study of almost 500,000 women indicates that taking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increasing the risk of asthma in children. The research, which uses prescription data on painkillers, does support earlier findings that women taking paracetamol during pregnancy are more ... [more]
7 Mar 19University Mental Health Day 2019
Location: Mile End campus The University Mental Health Day 2019 is Thursday 7th March. This year’s University Mental Health Day is all about the power of using your voice. We all have mental health, we all have stories to share and we can all use our voices to shape the ... [more]

February 2019

14 Feb 19Global HealthGlobal health can learn a lot from feminist research, according to new study
A group of leading academics have called for a new approach to equality and global health which goes further than addressing inequality through gender quotas. The research, co-authored by Professor Sophie Harman from Queen Mary University of London, advocates that a feminist agenda is vital to move gender equality forward. ... [more]
7 Feb 19 Vitamin D helps treat lethal drug-resistant TB
Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria from the lungs of people with multi-drug resistant TB, according to a study of 1,850 patients receiving antibiotic treatment, led by Queen Mary University of London. Vitamin D has been found to speed up the clearance of ... [more]
4 Feb 19Investigating the effects of a protein Myosin IISkin cancer hijacks the immune system
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered molecules in mice that reprogram healthy immune cells causing skin cancer to spread. The molecules, released by invasive skin cancer, could be targeted with inhibiting drugs to prevent this aggressive skin cancer coming back after treatment. The findings of the Cancer ... [more]

January 2019

24 Jan 19Research team awarded £20m to tackle cancer’s biggest questions
A global research team involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London have been awarded £20 million by Cancer Research UK in an initiative that aims to answer some of the biggest questions facing cancer research. Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge brings together the brightest scientists from around the world ... [more]

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