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New method developed to discover polymers for the cryopreservation of cells


The storage and transport of cells is crucial for fundamental biological studies and to ensure cell-based therapies can be delivered to the patient intact and functional. The Gibson Group has developed a semi-automated method to rapidly make 100’s of new polymers, which allowed them to identify new design rules to help make more active materials.

Stubbs, C., Murray, K.A., Ishibe, T., Mathers, R.T. and Gibson, M.I., 2020. Combinatorial Biomaterials Discovery Strategy to Identify New Macromolecular Cryoprotectants. ACS Macro Letters, 9, pp.290-294.

Wed 12 Feb 2020, 11:04 | Tags: BMS

Researchers recommend early walking in a brace for Achilles tendon rupture

A new study from Warwick Medical School and the University of Oxford reveals a breakthrough for sportsmen and women in the treatment of Achilles tendon rupture.

Fri 07 Feb 2020, 11:15 | Tags: news

Student quiz team retain title for third year running

A team of four third year MB ChB students, the 'Titanic Swim Team', have been crowned winners of this year's WMS Game Show Jamboree - for the third year in a row!

Fri 07 Feb 2020, 09:50 | Tags: news

Online tool for carers demonstrated for Minister of State for Care

A new tool developed by Warwick Medical School to help carers manage the daily challenges of life when caring for a friend or loved one has been presented to the Minister of State for Care at Westminster.

Tue 04 Feb 2020, 12:08 | Tags: news

MB ChB Prizegiving celebrates student and staff success

The 2020 MB ChB Prizegiving Evening took place on 30 January, celebrating the fantastic work and achievements of our medical students over the last year and recognising teaching and personal tutoring excellence amongst our staff.

Fri 31 Jan 2020, 15:36 | Tags: news

PhD Congratulations to Nathan Pearson

Nathan Pearson has been awarded a PhD in Health Sciences for his PhD on ‘Improving the Assessment of Fatigue in Axial Spondyloarthritis: improving patient outcomes’. Nathan was supervised by Kirstie Haywood, Jon Packham and Liz Tutton in the Division of Health Sciences.

Wed 29 Jan 2020, 12:23 | Tags: HS_SSSH HealthSciences

Congratulations to Professor Colin Macdougall - National Teaching Fellowship 2019

Congratulations to Professor Colin Macdougall (Warwick Medical School), who is honoured with a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award at graduation this week.

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 09:55 | Tags: HS_SSSH HealthSciences

Congratulations winter graduates!

Our 2020 winter graduation ceremony took place on 21 January, celebrating the fantastic achievements of our new Master's, PhD and Orthodontic Therapy alumni.

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 15:31 | Tags: news

‘Sleepwalking into male-orientated medicine’: WMS academic speaks on medical feminism

Dr Sarah Hillman of WMS has highlighted how the medical profession’s historical focus on men has left a legacy of male-orientated medicine today in a talk for TEDxNHS.

Thu 23 Jan 2020, 11:12 | Tags: news

Recurrent pregnancy loss is associated with a pro-senescent decidual response during the peri-implantation window


We used high-throughput single-cell RNA sequencing to reconstruct the decidual pathway in human endometrium in vitro and in vivo. This work has revealed a novel mechanism of breakdown of the feto-maternal interface in pregnancy and identified endometrial biomarkers which can be used to assess the risk of miscarriage prior to conception.
Lucas, Vrljicak et al., Communications Biology 2020,

Wed 22 Jan 2020, 09:36 | Tags: BMS

€150k European funding for University of Warwick research into cryopreservation technologies

Professor Matthew Gibson from the Department of Chemistry and Warwick Medical School has received €150,000 to develop methods to store and transport cells used in toxicity testing.

Tue 14 Jan 2020, 11:27 | Tags: news BMS

Recurrent miscarriage: diabetes drug could lead to new treatment

A drug designed to tackle diabetes could also be repurposed as the first treatment to prevent miscarriage by targeting the lining of the womb itself, according to a clinical trial led by Warwick Medical School.

Thu 09 Jan 2020, 09:49 | Tags: news WCTU BMS

Congratulations to Lise Worthen-Chaudhari - PhD awarded


PhD student awarded

Congratulations to Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, who has been awarded a PhD (by Published Works) in Health Sciences for her PhD on ‘Neurorehabilitation: Skill Learning After Neurotrauma'. Lise was supervised by Prof Diane Playford in the Division of Health Sciences.

Wed 08 Jan 2020, 12:00 | Tags: HS_SSSH HealthSciences

Commercial weight management groups could support women to manage their weight after giving birth

Women who were overweight at the start of their pregnancy would welcome support after they have given birth in the form of commercial weight management groups, Warwick Medical School-led research has found.

Mon 06 Jan 2020, 13:09 | Tags: news WCTU

DORA signatories


The Division of Biomedical Sciences are now signatories to @DORAssessment - we are working to develop and promote best practice in the assessment of scholarly research.

Thu 28 Nov 2019, 10:51 | Tags: BMS

The real Frozen: What can we do with ice?


We are all very familiar with ice – from scraping our windscreens and tackling slippery roads, to putting frozen peas on an injury and ice cubes in our drinks. But, even though ice is present in our everyday experiences, it turns out we don’t fully understand it. Scientists at Warwick are researching the properties of ice with a view to harnessing its power. No – not to build a magical crystal castle and set off an eternal winter - but to unlock the many real life applications with an icy key.

Read more here

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 14:19 | Tags: BMS

Pulmonary hypertension: Exercise programme could improve breathlessness and quality of life for those with rare lung condition

A new exercise rehabilitation programme developed at Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust could have the potential to improve fitness and quality of life for people living with pulmonary hypertension.

Fri 15 Nov 2019, 08:04 | Tags: news WCTU

200 medical and life sciences students to deliver CPR and defibrillator training to campus and community

200 University of Warwick students are to be equipped with CPR skills thanks to a scheme that will see medical students train their fellow students and the local community in the lifesaving techniques.

Mon 11 Nov 2019, 13:28 | Tags: news

Warwick Medical School MB ChB receives accreditation from Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

WMS has become the first medical school in the UK to receive accreditation for its MB ChB curriculum from the Faculty for Medical Leadership and Management.

Tue 05 Nov 2019, 09:06 | Tags: news

Discovery of ‘cellular bike couriers’ clue to disease spreading

A previously unknown component of our cells that delivers proteins like a bike courier in heavy traffic, discovered by researchers at WMS, could shed light on the mechanisms that allow cells to spread in diseases such as cancer.

Fri 01 Nov 2019, 09:43 | Tags: news

MRC DTP student awarded Royal Society internship

Congratulations to Karen Dhillon, one of our final year students on the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, who has been awarded a prestigious three-month internship with the Royal Society.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 15:01 | Tags: news

Wendy Robertson

Congratulations to Dr Wendy Robertson, who has been made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through the Warwick Academic and Professional Pathway for Experienced Staff (APP EXP). All HEA Fellows have, through their applications, demonstrated a personal commitment to learning and teaching in higher education.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 14:59

Congratulations: Wendy Robertson

Congratulations to Dr Wendy Robertson, who has been made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through the Warwick Academic and Professional Pathway for Experienced Staff (APP EXP). All HEA Fellows have, through their applications, demonstrated a personal commitment to learning and teaching in higher education. Further information about APP EXP and HEA Fellowships can be found here.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 14:22 | Tags: HealthSciences HS_STATS

Take a journey through your DNA in new artwork at Coventry Cathedral

The stories of families and individuals affected by genetically-inherited conditions are to be told in a new installation based on Warwick Medical School research that invites members of the public to explore their own ‘genetic baggage’.

Tue 29 Oct 2019, 14:30 | Tags: news

How to have it all: Stories of success from Women in Science


On 4 November we will be holding an event with the School of Life Sciences on 'How to have it all: Stories of success from Women in Science’. Take a look at the great programme of speakers and register :

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 14:38 | Tags: BMS

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