Bristol research reveals clues to dementia and Parkinsons11 December 2014Researchers based in Bristol and London have uncovered a link between Lewy body diseases like Parkinson’s and the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. The findings could help to explain the close relationship between Parkinson’s, more commonly known for causing movement difficulties, and dementia.
New drug could protect the heart from damage following heart attack21 November 2014The deadliest form of heart attack is frequent with around 250,000 in the USA and about 60,000 in the UK per year. A collaborative team of researchers have been awarded £1 million to accelerate the development of a new drug able to protect the heart from these attacks in the latest round of Biomedical Catalyst funding announced yesterday [Thursday 20 November] by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK.
UK’s first national networked brain tumour tissue archive13 October 2014A new tissue banking initiative, called the Brain Tumour Archive Network, that will unlock thousands of previously hard-to-access brain tumour samples for researchers throughout the UK was announced onTuesday 7 October.
Lost protein could prevent hardening of the arteries23 September 2014Researchers have found that when the protein matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14) is reduced or lost, white blood cells, known as macrophages, become good and could prevent hardening of the arteries, rupture and sudden death.
£70,000 funding boost for dementia research5 September 2014Scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Bath will come together to help defeat dementia, thanks to a new research network across the UK being funded by a leading dementia research charity.
Negative feedback makes cells 'sensitive'9 January 2014New research has shown that negative feedback loops in cell signalling systems can be essential for a cell’s ability to perceive the strength of a growth stimulus. Cells lacking the feedback loop became insensitive to the level of the stimulus in a manner similar to a cancerous cell displaying unrestrained growth.
Why do some people develop type 1 diabetes rapidly while others at risk do not?9 January 2014The autoimmune process leading to type 1 diabetes can develop quickly in some children and young people but very slowly in others despite the presence of proteins in their blood indicating an on-going autoimmune process in the pancreas. Thanks to combined funding of over $1 million a new study hopes to understand why some people develop type 1 diabetes very early while others who are known to be at risk are protected for decades.