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Dr NezisNext step towards preventing cancer and Alzheimer's

Dr Ioannis Nezis has led a research team to identify, and create a database of, the proteins needed for an essential cellular process, autophagy, which keeps our bodies healthy, but which declines as we age.

Better understanding of how these proteins work could lead to the development of drugs to stop this decline, and keep cells healthy for longer - thus preventing major age-related conditions, such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, neurodegenerative conditions, as well as viral and bacterial infections.

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AntibioticsPublic Science Events:
Tuesday 15 November 'Getting to grips with antibiotic resistance'
Friday 25 November 'The Fly Room'
Tuesday 7 February 'Food Security - keeping plant pathogens at bay'
Tuesday 18 April 'The Micobiome'

On Tuesday 11 October Professor Nick Dale organised a public science event devoted to the human brain.

Members of the public were given the chance to find out about the cutting-edge neuroscience research taking place at the University of Warwick. Researchers gave demonstrations of science in action and tours of our laboratories. The event, ‘A healthy brain for a healthy life’, gave visitors the opportunity to find out how we can keep our brains in shape as we get older and how to put things right when the brain goes wrong.

If you missed this opportunity to visit the School of Life Sciences, other events will be running throughout the year. See our Upcoming Events

More SLS Outreach activities

bronze.pngThe School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years.

"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Laura Green.

SLS Athena SWAN webpage


Studies on livestock diseases are informing management practices used by vets and farmers, leading to improvements in animal health and welfare.

Animal WelfareImproved understanding of mastitis in sheep

More than 80% of research in the School was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF2014