A team from Cambridge University which included member of the Dept of Medicine has won the £1,000 top prize in the annual contest co-organised by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI). Photograph copyright to Tim Gander 2012.
Archives for 2012
Scientists have discovered a patient-friendly and efficient way to make stem cells out of blood, increasing the hope that scientists could one day use stem cells made from patients’ own cells to treat cardiovascular disease. Their research was published today in the journal Stem Cells: Translational Medicine.
For the first time, researchers have used DNA sequencing to help bring an infectious disease outbreak in a hospital to a close. Researchers from the the University of Cambridge, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Cambridge University Hospitals used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to confirm the presence of an ongoing outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus […]
A drug which ‘reboots’ a person’s immune system has been shown to be an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who have already failed to respond to the first drug with which they were treated (a ‘first-line’ therapy), as well as affected individuals who were previously untreated. The results of these two phase III […]
Fundraising is under way for a joint Cambridge University and Papworth Hospital Heart and Lung Research Institute – to sit alongside the anticipated new Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus – enabling a major expansion of cardiorespiratory research in Cambridge. Plans (subject to final design selection) of the Heart and Lung Research Institute […]
Study highlights benefits of rapid whole-genome sequencing In a new study released today in New England Journal of Medicine, researchers demonstrate that whole genome sequencing can provide clinically relevant data on bacterial transmission within a timescale that can influence infection control and patient management.Scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge, and […]
New discoveries by Cambridge scientists about a molecular waste-disposal process that ‘eats’ bacteria are influencing the clinical management of cystic fibrosis, and could be the basis of innovative new treatments to fight off bacteria. Broken pieces of internal structures, damaged organelles and harmful clumps of proteins are all examples of the molecular detritus that […]
Researchers from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (Dr Sanjay Sinha and Ms Christine Cheung) and the Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine (Prof Roger Pedersen and Dr Andreia Bernardo) have for the first time been able to reproduce three of the major embryonic developmental pathways for vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the culture dish. This system […]
A collaboration between Professor John Sinclair (Dept of Medicine) and neuroscientists at Cambridge University has demonstrated how viruses that cross the blood/brain barrier could be exploited to slow down, or even halt, the progress of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Image Pensive parent Credit: Jez atkinson from Flickr Creative Commons