Inflammation in the brain linked to several forms of dementia

Inflammation in the brain may be more widely implicated in dementias than was previously thought, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The researchers say it offers hope for potential new treatments for several types of dementia.

Cambridge University News
March 17, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience dementia inflammation

World’s first artificial pancreas app licensed for people with type 1 diabetes in UK

The world’s first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes launches today, based on over a decade of research by Professor Roman Hovorka at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Cambridge University News
March 16, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: type-1-diabetes diabetes future-therapeutics spotlight-on-future-therapeutics app

Cambridge research team working towards vaccine against COVID-19

The race is on to find a vaccine against the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Professor Jonathan Heeney explains why a cautious approach is needed and how his team is using new technology developed for influenza and Ebola viruses to target the new infection.

Cambridge University News
March 13, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: spotlight-on-future-therapeutics future-therapeutics infectious-diseases

Women in STEM: Dr Maria Russo

Dr Maria Russo is a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry, where she studies the physical and chemical processes at work in the atmosphere. Here, she tells us about the links between climate and air pollution, the excitement of 'blue-skies' research, and achieving work/life balance while raising a family.

Cambridge University News
March 12, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: climate climate-change sustainable-earth atmosphere women-in-stem

Experts call for more mental health support for parents of children with genetic learning disabilities

Parents of children with genetic conditions that cause learning disabilities are at risk of mental health problems, suggests new research published today in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The teams behind the study have called for greater support for parents whose child receives a genetic diagnosis for their learning disability.

Cambridge University News
March 11, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: children spotlight-on-neuroscience genetic counselling disability

Women in STEM: Krittika D'Silva

Krittika D'Silva is a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a member of Jesus College. Alongside her academic research in AI and machine learning, she has worked for NASA on monitoring astronaut health with AI and wearable devices, and for the UN in using data science to inform public policy. Here, she tells us about her motivation, goals, and how she ended up playing a tennis match against HRH Prince Edward.

Cambridge University News
March 5, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: computer-science artificial-intelligence machine-learning women-in-stem

New tools show a way forward for large-scale storage of renewable energy

A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will assist in the development of strategies to extend battery lifetimes in support of the transition to a zero-carbon future.

Cambridge University News
March 2, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: battery energy imaging climate-change sustainable-earth

Wine glass size may influence how much you drink in restaurants

The size of glass used for serving wine can influence the amount of wine drunk, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The study found that when restaurants served wine in 370ml rather than 300ml glasses they sold more wine, and tended to sell less when they used 250ml glasses. These effects were not seen in bars.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 28, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: spotlight-on-public-health alcohol

Learning difficulties due to poor connectivity, not specific brain regions, study shows

Different learning difficulties do not correspond to specific regions of the brain, as previously thought, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. Instead poor connectivity between ‘hubs’ within the brain is much more strongly related to children’s difficulties.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 27, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children adhd

Women in STEM: Oluwaseun Ogundele

Oluwaseun Ogundele is a research assistant in the Hendrich Lab at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. Here, she tells us about her work studying the body’s master cells and their role in disease, meeting Nobel Prize winners, and how she’s using social media to increase the visibility of women of colour working in STEM fields.

Cambridge University News
Feb. 27, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: women-in-stem stem-cells

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