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Congratulations to Professor Felicity Boardman

Congratulations to Professor Felicity Boardman who has been made a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement.

Wed 20 Jan 2021, 12:24 | Tags: HS_SSSH

Congratulations to Professor Sophie Staniszewska

Congratulations to Professor Sophie Staniszewska who has been made a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement. Sophie says becoming a Foundation Fellow creates 'a great link for us and a chance to further embed involvement and engagement in our teaching and research'.

Thu 14 Jan 2021, 12:38 | Tags: HS_SSSH

'Reconnecting Academic Primary Care in the SW Region'

The Unit of Academic Primary at Warwick Medical School are delighted to be hosted the SW Society for Academic Primary Care 2021 on-line conference.

Call for abstracts and registration are now open!

Tue 12 Jan 2021, 10:19 | Tags: news HealthSciences HS_APC

MB ChB student led clinical audit highlights importance of mental health support for older adults

Dr Jean-Pierre Laake, a final year MB ChB student at WMS, who has continued to work as an epidemiologist alongside his studies, is highlighting the need to support good mental health in older adults during the winter months.

Wed 06 Jan 2021, 14:56 | Tags: news HS_APC

PhD student receives BEM for services to healthcare

Congratulations to WMS PhD student Liz Corrigan who has been included in the New Year Honours List for her contribution to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tue 05 Jan 2021, 15:38 | Tags: news

Warwick hails news of landmark Covid-19 vaccination in our region

The eyes of the world turned to Coventry and Warwickshire this month as the very first patient to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine (outside of a clinical trial) did so at our partner site, University Hospital Coventry.

Thu 17 Dec 2020, 13:14 | Tags: news

Faces of the frontline against COVID-19

While working on a Covid 19 ward medical student Matthew Thompson came up with the idea of a photography project documenting NHS workers labouring during the pandemic. The results of his photographic observations can be seen in his work 'Humans of the Pandemic.' Read more about his work here.

Tue 08 Dec 2020, 17:12 | Tags: news

‘COVID-19 control measures choking rural, slum dwellers’. Professor Frances Griffiths

Sci Dev Net (26.11.2020) ‘COVID-19 control measures choking rural, slum dwellers’. Professor Frances Griffiths, the study’s co-author and a professor at the UK-based Warwick Medical School, tells SciDev.Net that slum dwellers were already disadvantaged by unreliable water supply, poor provision of toilets and makeshift housing in the slum communities and there is a danger of them being deprived further by COVID-19 control restrictions.

Wed 02 Dec 2020, 13:56 | Tags: HS_SSSH

Thank you

Thank you to some MBChB unsung heroes who have been keeping things running by providing large numbers of training sessions to equip teachers in GP, in the community and at WMS for online working; Sue Davies, Catherine Bennett, Imogen Davis, Cath Fenn, Clare Blackburn and Jan Cooper. The wheels would have fallen off without you!

Wed 02 Dec 2020, 13:55 | Tags: HS_SSSH

Using unnatural sugars to target galectins

The GibsonGroup, as part of a large BBSRC/Innovate funded collaboration have published their latest results into using nanomaterials to probe glycan-binding events. In this collaborative work, a combined chemical and enzymatic synthetic route was exploited to generate glycans which could be attached to nanoparticles for glycan/lectin screening - a platform technology developed by the GibsonGroup. Using this approach, it was shown that selective addition of fluorine atoms allow selective binding of galectins which is not possible using natural disaccharides, and may offer a route for targeting therapies and diagnostics.

Tue 24 Nov 2020, 15:52 | Tags: BMS

Modelling of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection frequency

One of the key questions in predicting the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is how well and for how long the immune response to the virus protects people from reinfection. The Robb group modelled early SARS-CoV-2 infection and fatality data from different regions around the world to predict how many reinfection cases would be expected if there was no immunity to the disease. Numerous serological studies now support the conclusion that short-term immunity to the virus exists. doi:10.2196/21168

Tue 24 Nov 2020, 12:18 | Tags: BMS

WMS academics listed as world-leading researchers as part of Stanford University’s global listing

Congratulations to the 20 current Warwick Medical School professors who were acknowledged in Stanford University’s world-wide list of researchers that recognises the top 2% of global leading scientists.

Tue 24 Nov 2020, 09:32 | Tags: news

PhD Congratulations

Ines Kander, who has been awarded a PhD in Health Sciences for their PhD on ‘Care Pathways in Traumatic Brain Injury’. Ines was supervised by Diane Playford in the division of Health Sciences and Sudakshina Lahiri

Thu 19 Nov 2020, 11:48 | Tags: HS_SSSH

WMS/UHCW Covid response wins International Pathology Conference poster competition

The College of Pathologists' annual International Pathology Day Conference recognises and celebrates the contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that work to address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities.

Fri 13 Nov 2020, 09:36 | Tags: news BMS

New diagnostic test detects and identifies SARS-CoV-2 virus in less than five minutes

Scientists, led by Dr Nicole Robb, have developed an extremely rapid diagnostic test that detects and identifies viruses in less than five minutes. The test uses artificial intelligence to distinguish between microscope images of fluorescent viruses in throat swab samples. Unlike other technologies that detect a delayed antibody response or that require time-consuming sample preparation such as viral lysis or amplification, the new test quickly detects intact virus particles; meaning the assay is simple, fast and has the potential to be carried out in non-laboratory conditions. Read about the research here

Thu 29 Oct 2020, 08:25 | Tags: BMS

Modulating Immune Cells using GlycoMaterials

The GibsonGroup have collaborated with immunologists at Nottingham to develop immune-instructive materials. Using the GibsonGroups technology for immobilising glycans (sugars) onto surfaces, they were able to screen for specific mixtures of glycans which modulated the behaviour of dendritic cells - key components of our immune system. This work shows that the incorporation of synthetic glycomaterials could be useful for the development of advanced implantable materials or in regenerative medicine. Read about the research here

Tue 27 Oct 2020, 15:41 | Tags: BMS

Taking a LEAP forward: Compulsive exercise training in Sweden

Compulsive exercise is an important symptom of the eating disorders. It affects up to 80% of patients and is associated with longer length of hospitalisation, poor recovery, increased physiological complications and relapse rates. Work conducted by Professor Caroline Meyer and her team has increased our understanding of the causes and maintenance factors associated with problematic exercise and has led to the development of screening and assessment tools. In addition, this work has resulted in the development of LEAP, which is a cognitive-behavioural based approach specifically aimed at reducing compulsive exercise cognitions and behaviours.

Thu 22 Oct 2020, 17:16 | Tags: HealthSciences

Dr Michelle Miller Elected to the Executive Committee of British Sleep Society

Dr Michelle Miller, a Reader in Biochemical Medicine at the University of Warwick, has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the British Sleep Society. Find out more here.

Thu 15 Oct 2020, 15:30 | Tags: news HS_MHWB Sleep Medicine

Professor Siobhan Quenby meets Duchess of Cambridge during visit to London miscarriage research centre

Professor Siobhan Quenby joined scientists in meeting Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday at Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research to mark #BabyLossAwarenessWeek

Thu 15 Oct 2020, 14:38 | Tags: news

Queen’s Birthday Honours for colleagues at Warwick

Professor Debra Bick, Deputy Pro Dean for Research at Warwick Medical School has been awarded an OBE for services to midwifery. Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam, Honorary Professor at WMS, who has also been awarded an OBE.

Mon 12 Oct 2020, 08:54

Cryopreserving proteins with polymers

Proteins are used as medicines, catalysts and many other application areas, but require careful storage conditions. Cryopreservation (freezing) is a widely used method to bank proteins but it is often necessary to add solvents (or other excipients) to protect them. The GibsonGroup have published an investigation into using polymers which control ice crystal growth, to protect proteins during freezing, which are now being investigated to help store and transport protein therapies.

Tue 06 Oct 2020, 13:54 | Tags: BMS

Warwick Medical School spinout - NanoSyrinx

NanoSyrinx is the first company to engineer ‘nanosyringes’, a selective non-viral peptide and protein delivery system identified in an undisclosed organism. The company will focus on direct cytosolic delivery of genome editing enzymes and therapeutic proteins in vivo, with key applications in the cell and gene therapy space.

CEO Dr Joe Healey, who joined from the Waterfield Lab to lead the company, said, “We believe that our nanosyringe platform will unlock new approaches for the treatment of many intractable diseases and will be of value to a wide range of potential partners and customers. The company is delighted with the early progress made in both in vivo active pharmaceutical delivery and ex vivo cell engineering applications.”

Dr Nick Waterfield commented, “We are pleased with the traction the company has made, with both academics and industry leaders across a range of applications. In particular, our academic collaborations have provided excellent opportunities for us to build out a synthetic biology platform and validate compatibility with a range of payloads, including pro-apoptotic peptides, reporter proteins, and larger functional proteins (such as DNA modifying enzymes and toxins). We will also be exploring a diverse range of other payloads. The team would welcome discussions with the right partners as we move to the next phase“.

NanoSyrinx’s initial focus will be on the development of its ex vivo gene editing nanosyringe concept, having already engaged with a number of leaders in the cell therapy field.

Read more here

Thu 01 Oct 2020, 13:01 | Tags: BMS

Diagnostic tool for Coronavirus being developed by University of Warwick makes significant step forward

Scientists at the University of Warwick have demonstrated that a potential diagnostic tool for detecting COVID-19 using sugars will work with a virus rather than just its proteins, a significant step in making it a viable test in future.

Fri 25 Sep 2020, 12:05 | Tags: news HealthSciences

Autistic Children in Berkshire School to Benefit from New Digital Healthcare Apprentice Support

Prior's Court is working with WMG to help recruit two specialist Digital Healthcare apprentice staff. The new Digital Healthcare Apprentices will study towards a Bachelor of Science Undergraduate degree in Digital Healthcare Science drawing on the expertise of WMG and WMS.

Thu 24 Sep 2020, 15:12 | Tags: news

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