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Professor Laura Green awarded OBE

Prof Laura GreenCongratulations to Professor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences at Warwick, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017.

The award is in recognition of services to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.

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Warwick Graduates in top ten for highest earnings in Life Sciences

The Government’s latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset published this week, on Tuesday 13 June 2017, shows that in over a dozen subjects, including Life Sciences, University of Warwick graduates are ranked in top 10 in the UK for high earnings five years after their graduation.

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Thu 15 June 2017, 09:30 | Tags: Study Faculty of Science

How far from a sneeze can you catch a disease?

How To Stay WellOn Monday 12 June, Virologist Professor Andrew Easton spoke about sneezing on the new Channel 4 documentary 'How To Stay Well'.

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Tue 13 June 2017, 09:19 | Tags: Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

Demonstrating Food Security Research at the Kenilworth Show - Saturday 10 June

Crop with sunsetA team of academics and students, supported by the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust and British Society of Plant Pathology, are taking part in the Kenilworth Show on Saturday 10 June with a stand demonstrating aspects of their research related to food security, plant pathogens and soil health.

QS rank Warwick in World’s top 100 and UK’s top 10 universities

The QS World University Rankings 2018 have named the University of Warwick as one of the world’s top 100 universities and one of the UK’s top 10 universities.

Thu 08 June 2017, 12:39

Supporting Women's Careers in Science

AS labOn Tuesday 4 July 2017 (10:00 - 18:30), the School of Life Sciences is proud to host a national Athena SWAN event on the topic of 'Supporting Women's Careers in Science'. This event will take place in the Medical Teaching Centre at the Gibbet Hill Campus of the University of Warwick. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is now open.

University of Warwick study to help understanding of childhood epilepsy

MarkA University of Warwick study to understand a form of epilepsy that affects children has received a grant from the charity Epilepsy Research UK. The research focuses on absence epilepsy which is largely a childhood condition which is characterised by sudden, brief interruptions of consciousness.

In severe cases there may be more than 200 of these episodes each day, and these can be accompanied by or develop into convulsive seizures. Many children with absence seizures don’t respond to existing antiepileptic medication, which can present numerous difficulties in daily life, particularly with schooling.

Dr Mark Wall, Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences, is leading the research. He said: “Our work will hopefully identify a new therapeutic target to treat absence epilepsy and increase understanding of the disease. The findings from this project will give important new information about how absence seizures arise, and may reveal new targets for the development of more promising treatments. The methods used will also be useful for the screening process of anti-absence seizure drugs in the future.”

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University of Warwick ranked eighth in the UK by the Guardian University Guide with Life Sciences listed in top 5 departments for biosciences

UndergraduateThe University of Warwick has once again been ranked top ten in the latest UK university league table with Biosciences (Life Sciences) listed in the top five in the UK.

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Ebola: lives to be saved with new management approach

Ebola outbreaks are set to be managed quickly and efficiently – saving lives – with a new approach developed by an international team of researchers, including the University of Warwick, which helps to streamline outbreak decision-making.

Dr Michael Tildesley from the School of Life Sciences - with researchers from Penn State University in the USA – have discovered that educating people in areas affected by Ebola about how the disease spreads through communities is the most effective strategy for halting an epidemic.

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26 May 2017: Inaugural Elizabeth Creak Distinguished Guest Lecture on Food Security

Professor John PickettOn Friday 26 May Professor John A Pickett, from Rothamsted Research, will be coming to the School of Life Sciences to give the Inaugural Elizabeth Creak Distinguished Guest Lecture on Food Security. The title of his presentation is 'Global food security: removing production constraints with GM but learning from nature'.

The need further to intensify, in a sustainable way, global agriculture becomes ever more pressing. Our current tools mainly comprise seasonal inputs for dealing with constraints relating to crop protection and production but delivery of associated traits via seed, and other planting material, sets high demands often without obvious solutions. GM will need to play a major part certainly in dealing with constraints and because of the low impact on primary metabolic processes, secondary plant metabolism presents powerful new targets. By definition, the genetic apparatus for exploitation of these metabolites only requires identification and natural regulatory processes provide evidence of value already realised in some elements of biological control such as companion cropping. Synthetic biology can then extend these opportunities and will be exemplified for the isoprenoid pathway in plant defence and production.

The lecture will be in GLT1 13:00-14:00
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For any queries, please contact the host Professor Murray Grant

Head of Life Sciences shortlisted for BBSRC Innovation Award

LauraProfessor Laura Green, Head of the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick, has been shortlisted for an Innovator of the Year award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Nominated in the ‘Social Impact’ category, Professor Green’s research has led to halving the level of lameness in sheep flocks - from ten percent to five percent - in a decade, saving a million sheep a year from becoming lame.

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Free event: Monday 8 May 2017 - Fixing houses to fight Chagas disease

Fixing houses to fight Chagas disease

Public talk by Professor Caryn Bern of University of California, San Francisco 'Fixing houses to fight Chagas disease'.

Please register to attend this free event. Spaces are limited on a first come first served basis.

Chagas disease is caused by a parasite transmitted to humans by a large bloodsucking insect called a triatomine, which lives in the walls and roofs of rural mudbrick houses in Latin America. In the southern Bolivian villages where we work, more than half the people are infected and about a third develop potentially fatal Chagas heart disease. Come and learn about the disease and our project to improve houses using local materials to reduce places for the insects to hide and prevent children from becoming infected in the first place.

Please note: This event will take place in the Oculus Building, OC0.03 from 6-8pm. Refreshments and a selection of sandwiches and wraps will be available on arrival.

This presentation will be led by Professor Caryn Bern, University California, San Fransico, in collaboration with the University of Warwick School of Life Sciences.

Further Information: Caryn is currently visiting the SLS and Mathematics departments on an Institute of Advanced Study International Visiting Fellowship. Caryn is an expert on neglected tropical diseases (NTD), particularly Visceral Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease, and has a wealth of experience in field research from working at the Centers for Disease Control in the US for 20 years. For more information about the research that the University of Warwick is carrying out on NTD, please visit the NTD Modelling Consortium webpages.

Fri 21 April 2017, 11:15 | Tags: Biomedical Science Event Faculty of Science

Bill Gates praises University of Warwick’s impact in fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases

Speaking at the Geneva summit on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Bill Gates, co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today applauded the efforts of UK scientists in protecting the world’s poorest people from NTDs: “UK aid and Britain’s world-leading research institutions like the University of Warwick are playing a major role in protecting the world’s poorest people from Neglected Tropical Diseases and enabling them to live healthier, more prosperous lives.”

The University of Warwick’s research, which is part-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on providing quantitative data on the prevalence of NTDs and the impact of the intervention programmes designed to combat them.

Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Warwick, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the international effort to rid the world of these terrible diseases. Over the last two years we have made significant progress in understanding how these diseases spread, measuring the impact of eradication efforts and highlighting areas where additional interventions will be required to achieve our 2020 goals. We're optimistic that, with continued coordination and investment, we can protect more of the world’s poorest communities from NTDs.”

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Catapult open for business with £1m investment in cutting-edge lab capacity to support UK drug discovery

CatapultWorld-class technology and expertise are now available to UK drug discovery companies as a result of new laboratory facilities developed by the Medicines Discovery Catapult and launched on Wednesday 29th March at the University of Warwick.

Professor Chris Dowson welcomed the addition of the Medicines Discovery Catapult to the University. He said:

“This Catapult laboratory has an extraordinary amount of capability in a small space, enabling us to make great advances in microbiology, chemistry and structural biology.

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Tue 04 April 2017, 15:11 | Tags: Biomedical Science Biotechnology Faculty of Science

Free Public Science Evening: Tuesday 2 May 2017

 The microbes on us and around us: We can't see them but can't live without them 

We all have one, but what is a microbiome? Come and find out at the School of Life Sciences Public Science Evening on Tuesday 2 May.

The event will explore the impact of the microbiome on animals, plants and humans and the huge impact that your microbiome has on you and your health. Come and discover how we can manipulate microbiomes to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance.

This event is led by Professor Elizabeth Wellington and follows on from our highly successful Public Science Evenings covering topics such as Neurobiology, Antibiotic Resistance and Plant Pathogens.

The event will include a variety of talks, lab tours and interactive stalls as well as the chance to speak to experts in this field. Light refreshments will be provided. The event will take place in the School of Life Sciences Atrium, Gibbet Hill Campus from 18:00 – 20:00.

Register your place(s).

World TB Day 24 March

On the 24 March 2017 the Fullam lab will be at Cannon Park Shopping Centre from 11:00-19:00.

Come and join us to find out more about TB, and the research that we are doing. There will be the opportunity to talk to people from the lab, take part in a number of competitions to win a tuberculosis petri dish (sponsored by Giant Microbes) and also win a voucher for the best selfie taken in our World TB Day Instaframe that is uploaded to the twitter #WarwickTB. There will be leaflets, balloons and stickers and an interactive activity featuring the 'Big Mouth' clown. Come and join us!

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Biochemistry students reunite after thirteen years

Wellcome FellowsOn 17 March 2017 at a Wellcome Trust Fellows meeting, three Life Sciences students were reunited. Dr Philip Elks, Dr Amy Saunders and Dr Thomas Clarke graduated in 2004 with degrees in Biochemistry. From an undergraduate class of thirty they feel it’s pretty impressive that three of them have secured prestigious Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale fellowships which have enabled them to set up their own research groups at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester and Imperial. They have fond memories of Life Sciences and the School wishes them every continued success in their careers.

Dr Emily Noel, from the same year group, is a British Heart Foundation Fellow holder also in Sheffield.

Tue 21 March 2017, 10:17 | Tags: Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

Professor Laura Green appointed to new Science Council

Laura GreenThe Food Standards Agency has announced that Professor Laura Green is to be a member of its new Science Council. The Council will provide high-level, expert and independent advice and challenge to the Agency on how it uses science to underpin its work.

Thu 09 March 2017, 13:35 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Producing a rapid diagnostic blood test for stroke to improve treatment and recovery

Sarissa TeamProfessor Nick Dale tells the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) about a point-of-care device for the detection of stroke. Hear what inspired his research, the challenges he faces and the role NIHR has played in his success.

Thu 09 March 2017, 13:25 | Tags: Biomedical Science Biotechnology Research

New TB drug candidates developed from soil bacteria

A new treatment for tuberculosis (TB) is set to be developed using compounds derived from bacteria that live in soil - according to an international collaboration of researchers, including the University of Warwick.

The research, ‘Sansanmycin Natural Product Analogues as Potent and Selective Anti-Mycobacterials that Inhibit Lipid I Biosynthesis’ is published in Nature Communications today.

The collaboration was led by the University of Sydney, and included the University of Warwick, Monash University, Colorado State University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Queensland.

Key reagents and expertise in antimicrobial resistance from the research groups of Dr David Roper, Professor Chris Dowson and Professor Tim Bugg at the University of Warwick, played a crucial role in successfully targeting TB bacteria with the new compounds.

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Wed 01 March 2017, 11:32 | Tags: Biomedical Science Biotechnology Research Faculty of Science

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