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Expert comment: Scientific advice on schools reopening

Dr Mike Tildesley provides his expert analysis on the potential reopening of schools.
Read Metro article (21 May 2020).

Fri 22 May 2020, 12:44 | Tags: Biomedical Science Faculty of Science

A new understanding of everyday cellular processes

Orkun SoyerWe use cells to breathe, to moderate body temperature, to grow and many other every day processes, however the cells in these processes are so complex its left scientists perplexed into how they develop in different environments. Professor Orkun Soyer and colleagues say future research needs to look into the bioelectrical composition of cells for answers.

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The need for a measured approach for relaxation of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic

New research, led by Professor Matt Keeling, finds the need for a measured approach to relaxing lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic - which may mean regional social distancing until mid-2021.
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Mon 18 May 2020, 16:29 | Tags: Biomedical Science Press Release Faculty of Science

Lockdown staff and students at University of Warwick to help with wildlife surveys

Members of the Warwick community who are living on campus during lockdown have the opportunity to help survey wildlife for a biodiversity project.


Dr Tildesley talks to BBC News about plans to ease lockdown

Dr Mike Tildesley talks to BBC News about the UK government's plans to ease the lockdown, the need to maintain social distancing and the importance of the R number to stopping the spread of Covid-19.
(BBC News Channel - 10.05.2020)

Mon 11 May 2020, 11:42 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Minimum energy requirements for microbial communities to live predicted

Orkun SoyerA microbial community is a complex, dynamic system composed of hundreds of species and their interactions, they are found in oceans, soil, animal guts and plant roots. Each system feeds the Earth’s ecosystem and their own growth, as they each have their own metabolism that underpin biogeochemical cycles.

Professor Orkun Soyer and colleagues have produced a thermodynamic model for simulating the dynamics of microbial communities.

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UKRI fellowships awarded to Life Sciences Academics

Two academics from Life Sciences have been awarded a UKRI Future Leader Fellowship.

  • Dr Byron Carpenter for his project titled: Developing a synthetic signalling system capable of the precise spatial and temporal control of protein function in living cells.
  • Dr Erin Connelly for her project: Datamining medieval medical texts for modern medicines.

The fellowship scheme is awarded to the best researchers in the UK, keeping research and innovation in the UK world class.

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Warwick Researchers to provide COVID-19 Intervention Modelling for East Africa (CIMEA)

James NokesA £1m grant from the Wellcome Trust has enabled researchers to work with East African countries in their emergency preparations for COVID-19 as the pandemic spreads across Africa. Press Release

Professor James Nokes comments:
'We hope that by closely combining our efforts with in-country expertise in modelling, epidemiology, health economics and systems and vulnerability mapping we can develop models appropriate to each setting with results that will immediately feed into the policy making process to have the greatest impact.'


Impact of marine carbon on climate change to be investigated by Warwick Scientists

Professor David Scanlan185 scientists won part of the European Research Council’s (ERC) €450 million for Europe’s long-term frontier research, one of which was Professor David Scanlan, from the School of Life Sciences.

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Researcher discusses slime mould on The One Show

On Tuesday 31 March, Ian Hands-Portman took part in The One Show discussing the networking ability of slime mould.

Watch on BBC iPlayer (item is 11 mins in).

Learn more about Slime Moulds.

Wed 01 Apr 2020, 16:51 | Tags: Environmental Bioscience TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Professor Andrew Easton discusses the potential development of Covid-19

Andrew Easton, Emeritus Professor of virology from the University of Warwick's School of Life Sciences, discusses the potential development of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines live on anews (19 March 2020).

Tue 24 Mar 2020, 11:02 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Dr Mike Tildesley discusses the coronavirus pandemic

Dr Mike Tildesley, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, discusses the coronavirus pandemic and what lessons can be learned from previous outbreaks of flu (TRT World Now, 18 March 2020).

Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10:57 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Young Coventry performers use Warwick experts to help with climate science in new production

University of Warwick researchers have shared their knowledge in the development of a new play showing at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry this week.

Dr Erin Dilger, a researcher in tropical disease, spent time with the cast and writers of the new production to help feed in and break down scientific facts about climate change and environmental issues. On Friday 13 March, Dr Dilger and other Warwick academics will join in a panel discussion after the performance.

Press release

Thu 12 Mar 2020, 16:22 | Tags: Environmental Bioscience Faculty of Science

Microbial interactions in aquatic environments to be investigated

Prof Orkun SoyerThe microbes found in aquatic environments and their interactions will be investigated by Warwick researcher Professor Orkun Soyer, thanks to an investigator award from The Gordon and Betty Moore foundation.

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Coronavirus:Your Questions

Dr Mike Tildesley answers viewers' questions about coronavirus on the BBC News Channel (Broadcast 09.03.2020).

Mon 09 Mar 2020, 13:26 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Faculty of Science

Arctic's Global Seed Vault to receive 1000 types of seeds from Warwick's Vegetable Genebank

Just under 1000 seed samples from different crop species including kale, carrots and cauliflower are to be deposited at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Arctic Norway on Tuesday 25 February 2020, from the UK Vegetable Genebank (UKVGB) at the University of Warwick Wellesbourne campus.

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UK researchers aim to tackle top horticultural pests and diseases

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) researchers are taking on four new research programmes tackling high priority pests and diseases, thanks to a new £250,000 initiative from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and AHDB.

This pilot initiative between AHDB and BBSRC will address critical research questions associated with high priority pests and diseases that present a significant threat to UK horticultural production. The projects will run from late 2019 until March 2020 and the results will be shared with the industry when available.

Dr John Clarkson is a collaborator with NIAB Research Scientist Dr Helen Bates on a project to develop disease prediction of onion basal rot using a quantitative molecular test.

Fri 14 Feb 2020, 15:09 | Tags: Plant and Crop Science Faculty of Science

Check your pulses

Eric HolubThe Knowledge Centre look at research by Professor Eric Holub into new haricot bean varieties which are suitable for growing in the UK climate.
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Learning and Teaching Workshop: Re-imaging the first year student experience - 20 March 2020

SLS is hosting a FREE Royal Society of Biology sponsored HUBS learning and teaching workshop on 20 March 2020 to develop ideas and strategies to inform our understanding of what makes for the best possible undergraduate bioscience first year.


Professor Andrew Easton comments on the Coronavirus outbreak

Professor Andrew Easton talks live to Sky News about the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak:

Tue 04 Feb 2020, 12:40 | Tags: Biomedical Science TV/Radio Interview Faculty of Science

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