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Media Monitoring – 18th – 25th June

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Over £1 million awarded to Newcastle University to tackle antimicrobial resistance

  • Over £1 million has been awarded to a Newcastle University researcher to study how bacteria change form to protect against antibiotics
  • Dr Katarzyna Mickiewicz, from the Biosciences Institute, has received the funding from UKRI’s Impact Acceleration Account to study the importance of L-form switching in antibiotic evasion and recurrence of bacterial infection
  • Part of a £118 million package announced for critical early-stage translation of UK research to transform public services and create new businesses and jobs

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2022/06/ukrifunding/

 

England appoints Dame Lesley Regan as first woman’s health ambassador

  • England’s first women’s health ambassador has argued for “one-stop shops” where women can solve all of their health requirements
  • Dame Lesley Regan, who is a practising doctor, is seeking to make it easier for women and girls to access care such as contraception and smear tests in the community
  • She will also play a crucial role in the Government’s new women’s-health strategy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-61827013

 

All NHS trusts now have a net zero strategy in place

  • On Clean Air Day – 16th June 2022 – NHS England announced for the first time all 212 trusts have strategic plans in place to reach net zero
  • The plans are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than a million tonnes over the next three years – the same as taking 520,000 cars off the road

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/news/first-time-all-nhs-trusts-have-net-zero-strategy

 

Russian researchers unveil new sensor which detects cancer

  • A research group from the Russian HSE University, Skoltech University, Moscow Pedagogical State University (MPGU) and National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) has developed a nanophotonic-microfluidic sensor which can help with cancer diagnoses
  • The researchers found that the new hybrid sensor device can identify liquids and gases which have been dissolved at low concentrations using a highly sensitive analysis
  • The small size microfluidic channels are able to send the specimens to the sensors, therefore results can be achieved even from miniscule samples

https://www.medicaldevice-network.com/news/hse-university-sensor-detect-cancer/

 

Micro-device could pick up early signs of heart attack or stroke

  • Biomedical engineer Dr Arnold Lining Ju, from the University of Sydney, is developing a biomedical micro-device to detect changes in the blood before a heart attack or stroke takes place
  • Using a pin-prick test, the micro-device would take a blood sample from a person’s finger. The sample would then be analysed for platelet clotting and white cell inflammation responses, information that would be immediately processed by an external operating system
  • Dr Ju is working with a team of PhD students to build highly sensitive computational fluid dynamics simulations to better understand the impact of mechanical forces that could lead to blood pooling and clots

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2022/06/20/micro-device-could-pick-up-early-signs-of-heart-attack-or-stroke.html

 

UK launches ambitious trade deal with Gulf nations

  • Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan is launching free trade negotiations between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE
  • Equivalent to the UK’s seventh largest export market, the GCC bloc’s demand for international products and services is expected to grow rapidly to £800 billion by 2035, a 35% increase – opening huge new opportunities for UK businesses
  • A strong trading relationship would allow the UK to play to our strengths as a manufacturing powerhouse and a world leader in technology, cyber, life sciences, creative industries, education, AI, financial services, and renewable energy

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-launches-ambitious-trade-deal-with-gulf-nations

 

Pre-clinical screening technology could increase cancer test numbers by 50 times

  • A screening tool developed at the University of Strathclyde, UK, could increase the number of tests on a solid tumour sample by up to 50 times
  • The Strathclyde-led study has developed a miniaturised platform for screening 3D tumour models to evaluate the toxicity of CAR-T therapy towards cells. The platform enabled visualisation and quantification of how CAR-T cells rapidly targeted, broke up and killed cancer cells without causing significant harm to other cells

https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/2022/pre-clinicalscreeningtechnologycouldincreasecancertestnumbersby50times/

 

£3m NIHR funding boost for digital diagnostics in African healthcare systems

  • A new £3m NIHR award will see Imperial College London and 13 other institutions work together to research and develop digital diagnostics for African healthcare systems
  • Over the next four years, the funding will enable the GHRG to develop and evaluate next-generation digital diagnostic tests for infectious diseases
  • These digital diagnostics will use Lacewing – a handheld electronic device developed by Professor Pantelis Georgiou’s team at Imperial – which performs highly-sensitive detection of nucleic acids (such as DNA) on the surface of a microchip
  • The tests have similar accuracy to large laboratory machines but are rapid, low-cost, and portable

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/237317/3m-nihr-funding-boost-digital-diagnostics/

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