News in 2013

  • Top postgraduate research students honoured 11 November 2013 Dr Martin Cheung one of six University of Bristol postgraduates to have been awarded a prize for the exceptional quality of his doctoral thesis.
  • Prof Chris Paraskeva talks to the BBC about chemical found in Yew Trees used to help treat cancer 29 October 2013 Chris Paraskeva, Professor of Experimental Oncology and Head of the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, was interviewed by BBC Points West [29 Oct] about the harnessing of a naturally-occurring chemical called 'taxol' found in the bark and leaves of Yew Trees that can be used in chemotherapy drugs to treat breast and lung cancer.
  • University spinout announces positive results from peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 5 September 2013 Apitope, a University of Bristol spinout company that focuses on treating the underlying cause of autoimmune diseases, has announced positive results from its peptide therapeutic trial for patients with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Founded by Professor David Wraith in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Apitope has completed the second Phase I clinical trial to assess the safety of its peptide therapeutic ‘ATX-MS-1467’, as well as biological parameters, in a total of 43 patients with relapsing MS. Review of the MRI data showed a significant decrease in new lesions; an early indicator of potential efficacy.
  • New findings could influence the development of therapies to treat dengue disease 2 August 2013 New research by Dr Andrew Davidson in the fight against Dengue, an insect-borne tropical disease that infects up to 390 million people worldwide annually, may influence the development of anti-viral therapies that are effective against all four types of the virus.
  • Silk and cellulose biologically effective for use in stem cell cartilage repair 8 May 2013 Over 20 million people in Europe suffer from osteoarthritis which can lead to extensive damage to the knee and hip cartilage. Stem cells offer a promising way forward but a key challenge has been to design a ‘smart material’ that is biologically effective for cartilage tissue regeneration. Now researchers have identified a blend of naturally occurring fibres such as cellulose and silk that makes progress towards affordable and effective cell-based therapy for cartilage repair a step closer. The EPSRC-funded study, published in Biomacromolecules and undertaken by University of Bristol researchers including lead author Dr Wael Kafienah, explored the feasibility of using natural fibres such as silk and cellulose as stem cell scaffolds – the matrix to which stem cells can cling to as they grow.
  • Bristol student wins first ever award for dog health research 14 March 2013 An University of Bristol vet undergraduate student, who is currently undertaking a year study with the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, has won a prestigious award in recognition of her work to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs.
  • Best of Bristol Lectures go digital as they return for a third series 5 February 2013 The most inspiring lecturers at the University of Bristol, as voted by students, will be sharing their wisdom with the public in a series of free lunchtime lectures. It will be the third series of the Best of Bristol Lectures, which are organised by students to give fellow students, university staff and members of the public a chance to experience the best teaching Bristol University has to offer.
  • Three new lecturer / senior lecturer posts available 24 January 2013 The School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol is undertaking a major initiative to further strengthen its internationally competitive research base. To enhance the schools three research themes in cancer biology, infection and immunity and stem cell biology/tissue engineering the school is recruiting up to three new Lecturers or Senior Lecturers.
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