We are pleased to share news that eight members of the WMS community have secured Fellowships with the University's Institute of Engagement.
Warwick Medical School continues to be proud of the contribution our medical students are making during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
TV and film ‘thump’ is not effective alternative to CPR, researchers at University of Warwick demonstrate
In a new study from Warwick Medical School, the effectiveness of three alternatives to CPR were examined, and it was concluded that none were beneficial.
Co-production of knowledge: the future - BMJ
It is with sadness that we share with you the news that one of our alumni, Rolland Iriarte has recently died. He graduated from the MB ChB programme in 2010 and will be remembered as a gregarious, kind and caring man.
On the UN's International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the University spoke to some our researchers and asked them about their hopes for their research and the importance of equality in their chosen field.
CryoLogyx spin out from GibsonGroup
A new spin out company has been awarded funding from innovateUK to develop new frozen cell products. The company will use technology developed in the Gibsongroup which uses synthetic polymers to protect cells (and other biologics) during freezing, and to make them easier to transport and deliver. The company is being led by a postdoc in the group, Dr Tom Congdon.
Read the press release here
Read about the group’s research here
Congratulations to Professor Felicity Boardman
Congratulations to Professor Felicity Boardman who has been made a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Institute of Engagement.
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'.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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!
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. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0SC05360K
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.