Life Sciences News
IAS Fellowship success in SLS
John Sidda has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship from the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study (IAS).
PhD student Vincent Poon takes his science to Parliament
Vincent Poon, a PhD student in Dr Chris Corre’s group in the School of Life Sciences, attended Parliament to present his research on exploiting soil bacteria to unlock the production of novel antibiotics.
SET for Britain aims to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress in and development of UK research.
BBSRC award for research on antibiotics
Dr Christophe Corre, Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry, has been awarded funding from BBSRC for his project on ‘Novel inducible gene expression systems based on furan inducers and the MmfR transcriptional repressor’.
Insecticide-based brassica seed treatment to help protect against Turnip yellows virus, estimated to save the industry £58M in 2015
Research by Dr John Walsh from the School of Life Sciences, funded by the Horticultural Development Company, has provided the scientific evidence required to justify an Emergency Crop Protection Authorisation enabling the use of an insecticide-based seed treatment in the UK.
John’s research demonstrated the role played by peach-potato aphid in carrying Turnip yellows virus (TuYV), the most damaging of all viruses transmitted by aphids in brassica crops, which results in yield losses and tipburn after storage. The seed treatment technique protects plants from aphid attack for up to ten weeks after planting and effectively reduces and delays TuYV infections.
The Brassica Growers Association estimated that this has saved the industry around £58M in 2015 due to the reduced requirement for additional insecticide treatments, and prevention of yield and storage losses. Current research funded by BBSRC is based on developing an integrated strategy for control of TuYV in crops.
BBSRC award £601,861 to study Footrot in sheep
Professor Laura Green and Dr Kevin Purdy from the School of Life Sciences and Professor Matthew Keeling from the School of Life Sciences and the Mathematics Institute, at the University of Warwick have been awarded £601,861 to study the issue of Footrot in sheep.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) Animal Health Research Club (ARC) announced the award on Friday 27th March 2015 as part of a range of new research projects to improve the health of livestock.
Professor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick said:
“Footrot is very common in sheep in the UK, affecting more than 95% of sheep flocks. Footrot is caused by Dichelobacter nodosus, a bacterium that causes inflammation of the skin of the foot which leads to lameness. Using swab samples collected from the feet of sheep kept under different managements, the study will determine which molecular factors in Dichelobacter nodosus and which managements in sheep are most important in disease progression and how these lead to disease spread and persistence, informing on potential approaches to improve flock resilience to the disease."
Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills, said:
"By targeting these livestock diseases the Animal Health Research Club projects have the potential to protect farmed animals and food supplies and save UK farmers and the wider economy millions of pounds a year.”
“The Club shows that the public sector and private industry can work together to fund and support excellent research tackling important research challenges.”
Nick Dale, Professor of Neuroscience awarded a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
Nick Dale, Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, which recognises experienced researchers with a track record of outstanding achievements and the potential to make further significant contributions to their field of research.
The funding will support Nick’s research on the role of CO2 sensing mediated by connexin-26 in health and disease. Connexin-26 is a protein that forms a channel between neighbouring cells, allowing them to communicate with one another via the movement of signalling molecules; it is found in specialised nerve cells in the brain and has been implicated in the regulation of breathing.
This pioneering study has the potential to make very significant advances in the understanding of CO2-mediated signalling in the brain by linking the structural biology of connexin-26 channels and cell signalling to neurophysiological function, offering the prospect of major impacts on human health through the advanced understanding of the regulation of cerebral blood flow and the roles of this novel CO2-signalling mechanism.