Study by Roger Parslow and colleagues allays out-of-hours admissions fears
Published on Tuesday 7th May 2013
Research undertaken by the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet) has shown that children admitted to UK intensive care units in out-of-hours emergencies are at no greater risk of dying than children arriving during normal working hours.
The full paper (Phil McShane, Elizabeth S. Draper, Patrician A. McKinney, Jillian McFadzean, Roger C. Parslow on behalf of the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network), ‘Effects of Out-of-Hours and Winter Admissions and Number of Patients per Unit on Mortality in Pediatric Intensive Care,’ was published in The Journal of Pediatrics last week, and has been reported on by:
The BBC News
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Professor Alastair Hay quoted in New Scientist
Published on Wednesday 1st May 2013
An international team of chemists and epidemiologists were in Cyprus last week, poised to fly to Syria at the request of the country's president, Bashar Al-Assad, in the first investigation of an alleged use of chemical weapons since the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force in 1997.
In an article in New Scientist, Prof Alastair Hay (Division of Epidemiology) explained how chemical weapon use can be detected after their use.
Read the article here.
Pioneer Professor Mark Kearney leads battle on heart disease
Published on Wednesday 1st May 2013
Professor Mark Kearney (Division of Cardiovascular) is fronting the British Heart Foundation’s latest campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and the work of academics and clinicians across the UK. Here he is interviewed by the Observer’s Science Editor Robin McKie.
Read more about Professor Kearney’s role in the campaign here.
Watch their television advert, which features Prof Kearney.
Peter Grant – World Diabetes Congress 2013
Published on Thursday 25th April 2013
Peter Grant has been invited to speak at the World Diabetes Congress 2013 in December and will deliver a PowerPoint presentation on "Clinical relevance of nuclear receptors and circadian rhythm in type 2 diabetes" within the Symposium titled “Cicardian rhythm and metabolic control”. The sessions is part of the Basic and Clinical Science team.
The International Diabetes Federation is the global voice for people with diabetes and those at risk. Twenty years after the World Diabetes Congress in Japan, the Western Pacific Region is again in the global health spotlight and is why Melbourne has been chose to hose the World Diabetes Congress in 2013.
MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics student is awarded the prestigious Tetley
Published on Thursday 25th April 2013
Jenna Strathdee, a student from Winter Springs in America, has been awarded the highly prestigious Tetley & Lupton Scholarship for International Students for the academic session 2013/14.
This sought-after scholarship will cover the cost of Jenna’s tuition fees as she joins LIGHT to complete her MSc with Paul Baxter (Programme Lead for the MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics) in September.
This is a great success for Jenna; less than a dozen of these scholarships are awarded to the ‘best of the best’ each year, and Paul and his teaching team are very much looking forward to welcoming her onto their MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
LIGHT PhD Student awarded prestigious Leeds International Research Scholarship
Published on Wednesday 17th April 2013
Lina Alrefaai has just been awarded a prestigious Leeds International Research Scholarship (LIRs) which will support her as she studies for a PhD in LIGHT with George Ellison, Graham Law and Eleanor Scott as supervisors. Although students from the School of Medicine have been on the reserve list before, Lina is the first to actually secure the award so this is a major achievement.
After schooling in the Emirates, Lina went to the University of Kalamoon in Syria where she gained a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science. She then came to Leeds to study for the MSc Nutrition, Obesity and Health, which she completed last year.
Lina is very much looking forward to starting her PhD later this year, which will examine gestational diabetes in relation to diet and patterns in lifestyle.
“I really like the community here in Leeds” Lina told me. “We can find friendly people everywhere. I feel proud for my country. I am proud that I have come here from Syria at such a difficult time and have been able to achieve a great thing. I think that is really special, and my family are very proud of me.”
Professor Mark Kearney’s research into type-2 diabetes featured on the BHF website
Published on Wednesday 17th April 2013
Prof Mark Kearney, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, has been highlighted as a ‘BHF Top Researcher’, in an article published about the ground-breaking work he and his team are undertaking which could lead to new treatments for people with type 2 diabetes.
You can read the full article on the BHF website.
Rumour also has it that Mark will be appearing on our TV screens on Saturday night so we’ll definitely be keeping a look out for him!
Peter Grant invited to present at the World Diabetes Congress
Published on Wednesday 13th March 2013
Peter Grant (Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes) has been invited to present a lecture at the World Diabetes Congress organized by the International Diabetes Federation. This event will be held in Melbourne, Australia between 2 and 6 December 2013.
Peter will present on "Clinical relevance of nuclear receptors and circadian rhythm in type 2 diabetes" within the Symposium titled “Cicardian rhythm and metabolic control”. This session is part of the Basic and Clinical Science stream.
Please visit www.idf.org/worlddiabetescongress for further details of the event.
Two Award Nominations for George Ellison
Published on Wednesday 13th March 2013
It has been informally announced that George Ellison (Division of Biostatistics) was nominated lecturers for the Leeds University Medical Students Representative Council ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. George Ellison was one of seven nominated lecturers for this wonderful award.
George has also been nominated for the ‘Extra Mile’ Partnership Award, in particular for the Summer School he set up last year for medical students from a variety of years to attend. A student describes George’s summer school:
“George has only been at the Med school for a year or so, and last year he helped a group of 15 students from different years in Medicine with a summer school project. This was a research based project, on completely new data, and out of it we have not just learned different statistical methods of analysing data, but also have been to poster presentations, prepared oral presentations and hopefully in the next month or so will be publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal. And this is just our group! there were four groups, and he's doing the same again this year.”
Two fantastic accolades which we are extremely proud to promote.
Robert Ariëns and colleagues in LIGHT, Physics and Sheffield have been awarded a £1.15M Programme Grant by the British Heart Foundation
Published on Thursday 21st February 2013
Title: Mechanisms of Fibrin Structure in Thrombosis
PI: Robert Ariens, Co-I: Helen Philippou, Ramzi Ajjan, Victoria Ridger (Sheffield), Simon Connell (Physics Leeds)
This award will allow the research team to study the architecture of blood clots that lead to heart disease.
One in three people in the developed world have heart disease. Ultimately it is the generation of a blood clot that results in death or severe damage to health. The structure of the blood clot that is formed will determine the risk of having a bad or good health outcome.
This research aims to discover the mechanisms that change the structure of the blood clot. A molecule in the blood called fibrinogen forms the scaffold of a blood clot. Robert and his team will investigate how altered fibrinogens affect the development and structures of blood clots as well their ability to be broken down.
The team will also identify how they influence clot elasticity and the incorporation of cells involved in the blood clot. This will inform them about how sites on fibrinogen change the structure of the blood clot and enhance its ability to be broken down.
Chris Gale featured in NIHR ‘Faculty World’ e-magazine
Published on Wednesday 13th February 2013
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) began publishing an e-magazine last year (‘Faculty World’) which focuses on NIHR Faculty members and their achievements. Last month’s edition included a glowing article about Dr Chris Gale, from the Division of Epidemiology.
Entitled ‘Making Research Happen; An NIHR Researcher’s Experience’, the article highlights Chris’ recent research into national variations in cardiovascular care, as well as his ability to juggle a multitude of projects!
Assad may be using poison gas ‘to test Obama’s red line resolve’ (Times, 17/01/13)
Published on Wednesday 23rd January 2013
Evidence has been found suggesting that Syria’s military used chemical weapons against its own people last month. Professor Alastair Hay (Division of Epidemiology, LIGHT) was asked to examine video footage of alleged victims of an attack in Homs, and suggests that their symptoms are consistent with a type of chemical agent called sternutators.
Read the full article.
Publication in Blood for the Division of Cardiovascular
Published on Wednesday 19th December 2012
LIGHT Supervised medical student receives prestigious HealthWatch prize from broadcaster Nick Ross
Published on Wednesday 31st October 2012
Jonathan Batty, a student at our School of Medicine, supervised by Alistair Hall and Tony Balmforth (both from the Division of Epidemiology), has just been awarded first prize in the UK-wide HealthWatch competition in which students are invited to show their skills in assessing research protocols.
Jonathan received his award from journalist and broadcaster Nick Ross at an awards ceremony held at The Medical Society of London on Tuesday 23rd October.
HealthWatch (www.healthwatch-uk.org) is a UK medical charity which promotes the proper scientific testing of all types of medical treatments, from orthodox to complementary and alternative medicine.
Richard Cubbon and colleagues secure £723,221 BHF Grant
Published on Tuesday 30th October 2012
Richard Cubbon (Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research) and co-applicants Mark Kearney (also Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research) and David Beech (Faculty of Biological Sciences), have been awarded a five year British Heart Foundation Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship commencing Feb 2013.
The project, entitled “Does cellular insulin signalling modulate endogenous vascular repair and endothelial progenitor cell function via interaction with VEGF signalling?” will involve Richard spending a year in the lab of Peter Carmeliet in Leuven, Belgium.
The work will look at how the response to a molecule critical in promoting blood vessel growth and repair (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) is altered in the context of type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and obesity.
It is hoped that the findings will guide the development of novel strategies to improve vascular repair, either in the form of drug therapy, or improvements in the efficacy of future progenitor cell based therapies.
Research on diet in pregnancy gets national press coverage
Published on Monday 29th October 2012
Dr Laura Hardie and Dr Sarah Fleming were two of the authors on a recent paper published as part of the European Union funded NewGeneris study exploring the relationship between levels of acrylamide (a chemical formed in fried starchy foods such as crisps and chips during cooking) and birth weight.
The study measured acrylamide levels in 1,100 infants across England, Denmark, Greece, Norway and Spain. The babies from England were part of the Born in Bradford birth cohort.
The results received national press coverage including the BBC News, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph in which Dr Hardie was quoted.
Sikha Saha and colleagues make the final of Medipex’s 2012 NHS Innovation Awards
Published on Thursday 25th October 2012
Dr Sikha Saha and Professor Peter Grant have been working collaboratively with Dr Gin Jose (from the Institute for Material Research) to develop non-invasive glucose-sensing technology. Their product has been so successful they were nominated finalists in the Medical Devices and Diagnostics category of Medipex’s 2012 NHS Innovation Awards.
You can read more about their achievements on the Medipex website via this link.
Professor Alastair Hay quoted as expert in National Newspapers
Published on Wednesday 17th October 2012
The Independent on Sunday published an article entitled ‘Iraq records huge rise in birth defects’, in which Professor Hay (from the Division of Epidemiology) commented on the findings of a new study which has linked an increase in military action by Western forces to a rise in birth defects and miscarriages in Iraqi cities.
The following day, the New Zealand Herald replicated Professor Hay’s comments in their article entitled ‘Living with the legacies of war’, and the news was also featured in the Huffington Post.
Read the article in the Independent on Sunday.
Read the article in the New Zealand Herald.
PICANet Annual report shows children’s intensive care units performing well despite low staffing levels
Published on Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Standards of care in children's intensive care units come under scrutiny in a new audit report published last month by the University of Leeds (staff from the Division of Epidemiology) and the University of Leicester.
The report, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and carried out by the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet) showed that death rates in children’s intensive care units are low and continue to fall. However, there continues to be a higher risk of mortality for children of south Asian origin observed in earlier years.
This national audit also found that only 5 children’s intensive care units across Britain and Ireland were staffed with the number of qualified nurses recommended by the Paediatric Intensive Care Society.
PICANet collected data from 31 institutions providing paediatric intensive care. They looked at details of over 55,000 admissions to these units of nearly 39,000 individual children aged between 0 and 15 years over a three year period from 2009 to 2011.
The ninth annual report from PICANet on activity and outcome in paediatric intensive care services throughout the UK and Ireland is available to download free from here: www.picanet.org.uk.
Double publication success for Steven Sourbron
Published on Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Two papers by Steven Sourbron and colleagues were accepted for publication this week:
The first is for the journal 'Investigative Radiology', which reports the result of a collaboration with the Mannheim Hospital of the University of Heidelberg: M Sertdemir, SO Schoenberg, S Sourbron, et al. Interscanner comparison of dynamic contrast enhanced MRI in prostate cancer: 1.5- versus 3 T MRI.
The second will be in the 'Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging', reporting the initial results of our collaboration with the group in Tokyo: K Saito, J Ledsam, S Sourbron, et al. Assessing liver function using dynamic Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI with a standard 5-phase imaging protocol.
Steven Sourbron has been invited to give lectures in Norway and Italy
Published on Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Steven Sourbron (Division of Medical Physics) has been invited to deliver two separate lectures later this year on the work he and his colleagues have done on renal function measurement with MRI.
The first is on the "Nordic Congress of Radiology" in Bergen, Norway (http://nordicradiology.eu/), and the second is on the "International Symposium on Radionuclides in NephroUrology (ISCORN)" In Varese, Italy (http://www.iscorn.org/).
Project grant and publication success for Karen Porter and colleagues
Published on Friday 28th September 2012
Karen Porter, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling, has been awarded a project grant from the Dunhill Medical Trust with co-investigators Neil Turner (from the same Division) and Ian Wood (from the Faculty of Biological Sciences).
The project is entitled “Investigating epigenetic and molecular control of metabolic memory in vascular cells from Type 2 diabetes patients” and the award was for £113,705 over 2 years. The funds will provide continued employment for post-doc Kirsten Riches, who currently works within Karen's research group.
Kirsten and Karen also just published an invited review article in the online journal “Cholesterol”, entitled “Lipoprotein(a): Cellular Effects and Molecular Mechanisms”
Innovative maternity team recognised at prestigious awards ceremony
Published on Tuesday 25th September 2012
Dr Eleanor Scott (Senior Lecturer in Medicine, LIGHT) and her ‘Diabetes in Pregnancy’ team won the prestigious award of ‘National Multidisciplinary Team of the year’ at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity Care (APPGM). The APPGM, which is serviced by NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, is a cross-party group whose aim is to highlight maternity issues within Parliament and bring together health professionals and service users with politicians.
The award recognised the work Eleanor and her team have done to support women with diabetes and their families to ensure and encourage optimal health prior to pregnancy and throughout the childbirth continuum.
The awards were presented at the APPGM summer reception, on Monday 9 July, in the Members Dining Room of the Houses of Parliament by Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health.
LIGHT’s Summer School Introducing Medical Students to Research and Academic Medicine
Published on Tuesday 25th September 2012
Last month 14 Leeds University undergraduate medical students were given an unusual opportunity to engage with hands-on research as part of a summer school organised by Dr George Ellison, from the Division of Biostatistics.
George moved to Leeds University at the beginning of the last academic year, and after several undergraduates had approached him asking for advice on how they might get involved in research, he arranged a summer school with LEADERS (the MSRC’s new student academic medicine society) in collaboration with Dr Eleanor Scott (Clinical Senior Lecturer in LIGHT) drawing on diabetes and pregnancy audit data generated by her team over the past 4 years.
Through an audit of care provided by St James’ Hospital to pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes and those at risk of developing gestational diabetes, George, Eleanor and their colleagues Wendy Harrison and Dr Graham Law were able to introduce advanced analytical skills to the summer school students, giving them a better understanding of how to approach advanced statistical analyses and what a career in academic medicine might involve.
After two weeks work, the students completed four manuscripts which are being edited prior to submission for publication.
Feedback from the students involved has been enthusiastic - despite their different levels of expertise and their very different aspirations for a future career in medicine, all felt that they had gained invaluable skills and experience in clinically-relevant research design and practice.
High profile publication in The Lancet for John Greenwood and his global collaborators
Published on Tuesday 11th September 2012
The results of a global multi-centre study that John Greenwood (Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling) was involved with were presented at the European Society of Cardiology (hosted in Munich on the 27th August) as a late breaking clinical trial. The study was also published in The Lancet that day.
The project “sought to compare the long-term safety of two devices with different antiproliferative properties: the Endeavor zotarolimus-eluting stent (E-ZES; Medtronic, Inc) and the Cypher sirolimus-eluting stent (C-SES; Cordis, Johnson & Johnson) in a broad group of patients and lesions.”
Designed in collaboration with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), this was the largest global head to head trial of two drug-eluting stent platforms, in which they recruited 8791 patients undergoing stenting at 196 sites in 36 countries.
John Greenwood was on the trial writing committee, and was an author on the methods paper and the main trial results.
To find out more about the work undertaken and the results of the trials, read the article in The Lancet.
Professor Peter Grant secures an £800k BHF Programme Grant
Published on Wednesday 8th August 2012
Professor Peter Grant, Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, has been awarded a 5 year BHF Programme Grant for his study entitled “The role of Coagulation Factor XIII-A in myocardial tissue repair and cardiac function”.
Poor repair to heart tissue (myocardial fibrosis) is a common consequence of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart attacks, frequently resulting in decreased heart function and sudden death. Peter and his team of researchers have identified that an important clotting factor (Factor XIII), when deficient leads to spontaneous myocardial fibrosis.
The aim of this programme is to investigate the factors involved in this abnormality and the potential mechanisms underpinning this finding. Inhibition of clotting is an important part of the management of heart disease, it is therefore important to understand if there are potential negative effects of this strategy which might lead to inhibition of repair processes.
Professor Chris Peers and his international research team make the BBC news with their ground-breaking discovery
Published on Tuesday 7th August 2012
Professor Chris Peers (Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling) and his international research team hit the BBC news this week with findings from their recently published paper entitled “Carbon Monoxide Induces Cardiac Arrhythmia via Induction of the Late Na+ Current” (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine).
They discovered that renolazine, an anti-angina drug, could help protect the heart against carbon monoxide poisoning.
“When patients are admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning, the main problem doctors face is preventing damage to the body whilst the body slowly removes the chemical,” said University of Leeds’ Professor Chris Peers, who led the research. “We’ve shown that ranolazine can rapidly protect the heart and prevent the kind of cardiac events which threaten patients long after their exposure to the gas.” (Quote taken from the University of Leeds press release)
High profile Department of Health report cites Paediatric Epidemiology research undertaken by LIGHT staff
Published on Monday 6th August 2012
A Department of Health report was published last week on the health outcomes of children and young people - www.dh.gov.uk/health/2012/07/cyp-report
The main report will underpin future investment in research into children’s and young people’s health and has many interesting recommendations regarding the collection of data/information. Throughout the report there are very few mentions of specific organisations or agencies or projects, however on page 60 the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet - www.picanet.org.uk), run from the Division of Epidemiology (PI: Dr Roger Parslow) in collaboration with the University of Leicester (PI: Professor Liz Draper), is commended.
Four supplementary reports were produced alongside this national report focussing on specific themes. The report on ‘improving outcomes for children with long term conditions, disabilities and life threatening conditions’ states that one of the biggest barriers to improving outcomes for children is the paucity of robust and comprehensive data. However, examples are quoted of where data does exist including for palliative care where Dr Lorna Fraser’s published paper ‘Rising National Prevalence of Life-Limiting Conditions in Children in England’ from March this year provides the only robust source of data.
It is highly significant that work in paediatric epidemiology has been cited in such high profile key national reports; congratulations to all those involved in the continuing work.
Professor Hay quoted as expert in The Washington Post.
Published on Friday 3rd August 2012
He states "It is difficult to be specific about the order. It could cover legitimate government agencies anxious to ensure quality control so that they can meet the expectations for other governments regarding the quality of exports."
Steven Sourbron and colleagues awarded a £150k project grant
Published on Thursday 2nd August 2012
In July Steven Sourbron and colleagues were awarded a £150k project grant from Kidney Research UK.
This is a collaboration with the Computer Science department in Leeds and the Nephrology department of the University of Manchester (PI: Steven Sourbron).
The project will fund a full-time post-doctoral researcher for 3 years to work on "Optimisation and validation of single-kidney GFR measurement with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI". The post-doc will be working closely with a new PhD student funded by a CASE studentship in collaboration with the School of Mathematics and Glaxo-Smith-Kline.
Richard Cubbon has been awarded a BHF Training Fellowship
Published on Monday 30th July 2012
Richard Cubbon, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, has been awarded a 3-year British Heart Foundation Training Fellowship for the sum of £161,664.
The Fellowship, entitled “Examining the effect of NADPH oxidase inhibition on endothelial regeneration in an in vivo model of whole body insulin resistance”, will be undertaken by Dr Noman Ali.
Chris Peers and Jason Scragg secure a BHF PhD Studentship
Published on Monday 30th July 2012
Congratulations to Chris Peers and Jason Scragg, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling, for successfully securing a British Heart Foundation studentship for the sum of £102,540.
The PhD studentship, entitled “Thioredoxin, T-type Ca2+ channels and vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation”, will take place over the next 3 years.
New NIHR Funding for R Ajjan and colleagues
Published on Monday 30th July 2012
Professor Allan House (PI), Ramzi Ajjan (co-investigator) (Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research) et al. have been awarded £769,000 by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The study will investigate Type 2 diabetes in individuals with learning difficulties through a clinical observational/ interventional study over 3 years. This portfolio work is in the set up stage and due to start recruiting in February 2013.
Publication success for Dr Mike Routledge
Published on Wednesday 25th July 2012
Dr Mike Routledge, Division of Epidemiology, has had a paper from the EU funded ENNSATOX project published in the Open Access Journal, Particle & Fibre Toxicology:
Mu Q, Hondow NS, Krzeminski L, Brown AP, Jeuken LJC and Routledge MN (2012) Mechanism of cellular uptake of genotoxic silica nanoparticles. Particle & Fibre Toxicology 9, article 29.
The work, which was a collaboration with colleagues in the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience, is an investigation of the uptake and toxicity of engineered nanoparticles by human cells in vitro.
Stephen Wheatcroft awarded 1.5 million euro ERC grant
Published on Friday 13th July 2012
Congratulations go to Stephen Wheatcroft, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, who has successfully secured a 1.5 million euro European Research Council Starting Grant entitled ‘BP-CarDiO - IGF and IGF Binding Proteins in Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Obesity’. The work will take place over the next 5 years, which Stephen is aiming to start on the 1st November 2012.
The project builds on research carried out through Stephen’s BHF-funded Intermediate Clinical Research Fellowship between 2007-2011. It combines complimentary molecular, cell-based and in-vivo approaches to investigate the potential for modulating the insulin-like growth factor / binding protein axis as a strategy to prevent cardiovascular disease in the setting of diabetes and obesity. The emphasis is on exploring key players in the IGF/IGFBP axis as putative therapeutic agents in preventing the development of insulin resistance, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.
LIGHT Early Career Group event to introduce funding pathways available from three funding organisations
Published on Thursday 5th July 2012
On the 28th June the LIGHT Early Careers Group invited three speakers; Dr Hélène Wilson, British Heart Foundation; Dr John Wilkinson, National Institute for Health Research; and Dr Stephen Muench, an MRC funded career development fellow based in the Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology, to present a summary of the fellowship and grant schemes each organisation has available. Each speaker also gave tips on what they look for in a successful application including the importance of the 3 Ps: person, project and place. They also highlighted that the project needed to have clear aims and objectives, achievable outcomes and be suited to the expertise available in the institution you were applying from.
This was followed by a question and answer session where members of the audience were able to ask for more details on the schemes and how to apply. Further links for information from the three funding bodies and the schemes they have available can be found in the Early Careers Group section of the Sharepoint site.
The event was also an opportunity to launch the LIGHT early careers group grant competition – further details are available in the 'launch' news article.
LIGHT Early Career Group launch pilot grant competition
Published on Thursday 5th July 2012
· Got a new idea you want to test through laboratory experiments, data analysis or another technique in a pilot study?
· Interested in receiving up to £2,500 to purchase, for instance, lab consumables, access to a specific data-set or piece of software to carry out the work?
· Will the work be important as part of your future career plans such as a fellowship or grant application?
The LIGHT ECG grant completion is open to all LIGHT postdoctoral and early career researchers, and involves completing a short application summarising the research project, what the funds will be spent on and how it will further your future career plans with a grant available for up to £2,500 for the successful applicant.
All applications will be judged through external peer review. The deadline for completing and submitting the application form is 5pm, Wednesday 31st October. Your completed application should be forwarded to Matt Gage (M.C.Gage@leeds.ac.uk) and the successful applicant will be announced at the ECG Christmas party and the official award presented at the Post Graduate Symposium in March 2013.
Further details are available including the application form on the ECG section of the LIGHT sharepoint site.
Methodologies for analysing high dimensional data presented at the WUN Bioinformatics workshop
Published on Wednesday 4th July 2012
Over 40 delegates from across the University of Leeds and beyond attended the WUN Bioinformatics workshop on the 26th June 2012, in which invited speakers presented examples of the application of several new methodologies for the analysis of high dimensional data.
Subjects covered a range of statistical techniques being applied to –omics and mass spectrometry data-sets including machine learning, Bayesian networks, penalised logistic regression, partial least squares and self-organising maps. Several posters were also presented giving different examples of research results in the area and the workshop gave the opportunity for researchers in the area to network and discuss ideas for future collaboration. The event was supported by funding from the World Universities Network.
The organising committee for the meeting included: Prof Mark Gilthorpe, Dr Yu-Kang Tu, Dr Graham Law, Dr Sarah Fleming, Mr Thomas Fleming (Biostatistics, LIGHT) and Dr Leeds Hazelwood (BHRC Bioinformatics Group, FBS).
RSS and LIGHT two-day conference on Statistical Challenges in Lifecourse Research
Published on Wednesday 27th June 2012
Following the successful meeting in 2010, the Royal Statistical Society and LIGHT are jointly organising another two-day conference on Statistical Challenges in Lifecourse Research on 17 and 18 July 2012 at Hinsley Hall in Leeds.
The conference will bring together researchers from epidemiology, statistics, and the social sciences to exchange ideas on how to analyse longitudinal lifecourse data to identify the critical phases related to social, psychological and physiological wellbeing in later life.
The conference will be preceded on 16 July by a half day workshop "Lifecourse Analysis: Pitfalls and how to Avoid Them". This will comprise a critical review of current lifecourse methods facilitated by researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Bristol.
Speakers at the conference will include:
Bianca De Stavola (LSHTM),
Fiona Steele (University of Bristol),
Fiona Matthews (MRC Biostatistics Unit)
Jos Twisk (University Amsterdam),
Tim Cole (UCL),
Clive Osmond (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit), Kate Tilling (University of Bristol), Darren Dahly (University of Leeds) and Yu-Kang Tu (University of Leeds).
Registration for the conference is now open at:
For further information please contact Paul Baxter
Professor Peter Grant receives prestigious invite
Published on Thursday 17th May 2012
Professor Peter Grant, Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research, has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences from April 2012.
The Academy of Medical Sciences promotes advances in medical science and campaigns to ensure these are translated into healthcare benefits for society. Fellowship of the Academy is based on exceptional contributions to the medical sciences either in the form of original discovery or of sustained contributions to scholarship.
Paul Baxter’s latest Royal Statistical Society Guy Lecture was a success
Published on Wednesday 16th May 2012
Paul Baxter, from the Division of Biostatistics, travelled to Cambridge to give his latest RSS Guy Lecture to an audience of 124 students (aged 14/15) and 34 teachers, from 29 different schools.
Paul received positive feedback for his talk entitled “Are large databases good for your health?”
Paul’s talk summarised:
The big increase in computing power over recent years has made it possible to routinely record large volumes of information about our daily lives (and especially our health). Statistics is the essential tool for making sense of the huge quantities of data available. There are many exciting challenges – often the data that are missing or poorly recorded are at least as informative as the data that are present. The real strength of such databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk we look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.
Paper accepted in Environmental Health Perspective Journal
Published on Tuesday 1st May 2012
Yun Yun Gong from the Division of Epidemiology and collaborating colleagues have just had a paper accepted for publication in Environmental Health Perspective.
Yun is the first author of the paper, entitled Aflatoxin Exposure May Contribute to Chronic Hepatomegaly in Kenyan School Children (impact factor 6.19)
Gong YY, Wilson S, Mwatha JK, Routledge MN, Castelino JM, Zhao B, Kimani G,Kariuki HC, Vennervald BJ, Dunne DW, Wild CP (2012)
The paper reported a novel finding on the potential association between aflatoxin exposure and childhood hepatomegaly which is a common condition in African children.
The paper will appear in June’s edition of the journal and it is available to read online at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1104357
Two high impact publication successes for John Boyle and Chris Peers
Published on Friday 27th April 2012
John Boyle and Chris Peers, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling, have recently had two high impact publications accepted. The first, which will be published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ journal, has an impact factor of 9.8:
Linley, J.E., Ooi, L., Pettinger, L., Kirton, H., Boyle, J.P., Peers, C. & Gamper, N. (2012) Reactive oxygen species are second messengers of neurokinin signaling in peripheral sensory neurons. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (in press).
The second paper, also currently in press, will be published in ‘Antioxidants & Redox Signaling’, which has an impact factor of 8.2:
Hettiarachchi, N.T., Boyle, J.P., Bauer, C.C., Dallas, M.L., Pearson, H.A., Hara, S., Gamper, N. & Peers, C. (2012) Peroxynitrite mediates disruption of Ca2+ homeostasis by carbon monoxide via Ca2+ ATPase degradation. Antiox. Redox. Signal.
Paper in 'Diabetes' Journal for staff in the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research
Published on Thursday 26th April 2012
The following paper has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal, Diabetes (impact factor 8.89):
"Novel role of the IGF-1 receptor in endothelial function and repair: studies in endothelium-targeted IGF-1 receptor transgenic mice".
Helen Imrie, Hema Viswambharan, Piruthivi Sukumar, Afroze Abbas, Richard M Cubbon, Nadira Yuldasheva, Matthew Gage, Jessica Smith, Stacey Galloway, Anna Skromna, Sheik Taqweer Rashid, T Simon Futers, Shouhong Xuan, V Kate Gatenby, Peter J Grant, Keith M Channon, David J Beech, Stephen B Wheatcroft, Mark T Kearney
Publication success for Lorna Fraser
Published on Friday 13th April 2012
Lorna Fraser, from the Division of Epidemiology, has had her paper ‘Fast Food and Obesity; A Spatial Analysis in a Large United Kingdom Population of Children Aged 13–15’ accepted for publication amongst a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
ABC News reported on the findings of the studies on the 10th April in an article entitled ‘Obesity Linked to Neighborhood Features: Do You Live in a Fat Neighborhood?’
You can read Lorna’s paper via an online early release on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine website.
Andrew Davies awarded a three year grant (€312k) from the ENIAC JU scheme
Published on Thursday 12th April 2012
Andrew Davies (Division of Medical Physics) has been awarded a three year grant of €312k as part of the ENIAC JU scheme. Andrew is the Principal Investigator for this project, and has recently returned from Eindhoven where they had their first meeting.
The grant project is called 'PANORAMA - Ultra Wide Context Aware Imaging' and is a EU consortium project. The project aims to introduce intelligence into image acquisition devices by taking into account image content and imaging context, and to more intelligently deal with data from a number of sources.
The application areas that will be explored are medical, broadcast and surveillance imaging. Andrew in particular is looking at improving X-ray dose control systems, to optimise image quality based on the current clinical task, at the lowest possible radiation dose to the patient.
More information about ENIAC JU can be found at www.eniac.eu/web/index.php.
New MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics officially launched
Published on Wednesday 11th April 2012
After the success of the MSc Statistical Epidemiology, programme manager Paul Baxter (Division of Biostatistics) set out to develop the course further with the aim of expanding the range of module topics whilst also enabling students to focus on a specialised area within the subject. This resulted in the new MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which starts in September 2012.
Paul, along with colleagues from LIGHT, LIMM, and the School of Geography, has extended the curriculum topics to include a set of four Common Core modules, after which you are given the choice of four Specialist Themes, of which the student will focus on one. The themes are Statistical Epidemiology, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Spatial Epidemiology and Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology.
Full details of the MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics can be seen on the new website.
Dr Richard Feltbower awarded a project grant of £7k from Candlelighters Trust
Published on Thursday 5th April 2012
Dr Richard Feltbower (Division of Epidemiology) has been awarded a small project grant of £7000 from the Candlelighters Trust to screen for molecular diagnostic markers among children and young adults with Central Nervous System tumours in Bradford.
The aim of the work is to test whether there are particular molecular markers which differ in protein expression between south Asian and non-south Asian populations, specifically those proteins which can be detected by PMS2, MLH1, MSH2, and MSH6 antibodies. Differences in protein expression between ethnic groups will enable early diagnosis for children and young adults, and other family members, who may be at an increased risk of cancer.
The work complements the epidemiological research programme of the Yorkshire Specialist Register of Cancer in Children and Young People, also held within the Division and which will be used to identify the patients with CNS tumours. The Register itself is also supported by the Candlelighters Trust. The study involves collaboration with molecular and genetic scientists in LIMM (Dr Sean Lawler and Dr Eamonn Sheridan), clinicians and neuropathologists from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Dr Sue Picton and Dr Aruna Chakrabarty).
NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young Adults features research carried out by LIGHT staff
Published on Wednesday 4th April 2012
The NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young Adults has recently been published and includes a case-study partly based on work carried out by the Paediatric Epidemiology Group in the Division of Epidemiology. The case-study highlights the work of the Yorkshire and Humber Paediatric Diabetes Network and the actions they took to reduce variability in diabetes control among children and young people attending 21 clinics in the region. This variability was identified in a detailed regional audit report produced by the Paediatric Epidemiology Group for the region, (Lorna Fraser, Roger Parslow, Carolyn Stephenson, Tricia McKinney). The Yorkshire Register of Diabetes in Children and Young People is run by the Group and provides supplementary data to enable the assembly of a complete dataset for the audit and additional information for more sophisticated analyses.
The outcome of this report has directly impacted on the care delivered to children across the region, with improved outcomes, and development of a collaborative model that has been replicated in most of the other SHAs in England.
LIGHT Early Career Group Event Success
Published on Monday 26th March 2012
The LIGHT early careers group's (ECG) ambitious questions and answers session held on the 21st was a resounding success. Both early career researchers and staff enjoyed the opportunity to discuss strategies in establishing a scientific career.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Michael Arthur introduced the session with a talk describing the current economic climate regarding research funding, emphasising that quality not quantity of research will be the currency of the future.
Questions put to the panel highlighted the concerns of the LIGHT early career researchers, and also allowed them valuable insight into the decisions that senior academics on the panel had made to get to where they are now.
The LIGHT ECG would like to thank Prof. Mark Gilthorpe, Prof. Patricia McKinney, Prof. Helen Picton, Dr. Angela Carter and Prof. Jim Deuchars for their bravery and openness in partaking in such a ground breaking event.
Jon Askham has a paper published in the national cancer journal 'Oncogene'
Published on Saturday 24th March 2012
Jon Askham, from the Division of Epidemiology, has had a paper published in Oncogene (one of the World’s leading cancer journals) this week:
Ross RL, Askham JM, Knowles MA.
PIK3CA mutation spectrum in urothelial carcinoma reflects cell context-dependent signaling and phenotypic outputs.
Oncogene. 2012 Mar 19. doi: 10.1038/onc.2012.87. [Epub ahead of print]
You can read the paper online here.
Collaborative papers for LIGHT and National Taiwan University
Published on Wednesday 21st March 2012
Angela Carter (Division of Cardiovascular & Diabetes Research) has had a paper accepted for publication with collaborators from College of Medicine at the National Taiwan University (NTU), and Yu-Kang Tu (Division of Biostatistics) has two papers with collaborators at the College of Public Health.
These collaborations arose as a direct result of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Leeds and NTU and a joint meeting between LIGHT and NTU held in Taiwan last April aimed at developing collaborative research. Both Angela and Yu-Kang attended the meeting and delivered workshops to students and staff at NTU.
Jung-Nan Wei, Hung-Yuan Li, Fung-Chang Sung, Chau-Ching Lin, Chuan-Chi Chiang, Angela M Carter, Lee-Ming Chuang. Obesity and Clustering of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors are Associated with Elevated Plasma Complement C3 in Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Diabetes; 2012: in press.
Ke-Vin Chang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Wen-Shiang Chen, Yu-Kang Tu, Kuo-Liong Chien. Comparative Effectiveness of Focused Shock Wave Therapy of Different Intensity Levels and Radial Shock Wave Therapy for Treating Plantar Fasciitis: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012; in press.
Yi-Tsen Tsai, Jen-Pei Liu, Yu-Kang Tu, Meei-Shyuan Lee, Pei-Rong Chen, Hsiu-Ching Hsu, Ming-Fong Chen, and Kuo-Liong Chien. Relationship between dietary patterns and serum uric acid concentrations among ethnic Chinese adults in Taiwan. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2012: in press.
International media coverage and publication in 'Pediatrics' journal for Dr Lorna Fraser
Published on Wednesday 14th March 2012
So far this exciting study has been covered by the Yorkshire Post, the Chicago Tribune, Reuters Health, and there is a possibility it will be featured in a Lancet editorial next week.
Two high impact publications for Dr Yu-Kang Tu
Published on Wednesday 14th March 2012
Dr Yu-Kang Tu from the Division of Biostatistics has recently had a paper entitled " A Bayesian Network Meta-analysis on Comparisons of Enamel Matrix Derivatives, Guided Tissue Regeneration and their Combination Therapies" published in Journal of Clinical Periodontology, which is the top journal in dentistry and has a journal impact factor of 3.933.
Dr Tu also has a paper entitled “Addressing the Identification Problem in Age-period-cohort Analysis: A Tutorial on the Use of Partial Least Squares and Principal Components Analysis” published in Epidemiology, one of the top three journals in epidemiology with an impact factor of 5.866.
These papers are collaborative works with colleagues in Germany, Brazil and Taiwan.
BHF New Horizons grant awarded to staff in the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling
Published on Monday 27th February 2012
Sven Plein, Azhar Maqbool and Justin Ainscough, together with colleagues from the School of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biological Sciences, have been successful in securing a £300k BHF grant entitled ‘Gadolinium labelled aptamers as targeted contrast agents for use in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Targeting Tenascin C at sites of cardiac injury and remodelling.'
Professor Hay invited to become an IUPAC Fellow
Published on Monday 20th February 2012
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is an international organisation which helps regulate the practice of chemistry. National chemical societies like the UK Royal Society of Chemistry or The American Chemical Society are members of the organisation. Roughly 60 national chemical societies are members and around 30 have observer status. All practices likely to influence the practice of chemistry usually work through IUPAC.
Professor Hay, from the Division of Epidemiology, has done work for IUPAC on educational issues for chemists, including material on chemical warfare and ethics, and has now been given the honor of being invited to become a Fellow of the organisation.
British Heart Foundation Grant awarded John Greenwood and Sven Plein
Published on Wednesday 15th February 2012
John Greenwood and Sven Plein, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling, and Martin Conway (from the Institute of Psychological Sciences) have been awarded £233,754 by the British Heart Foundation for “Cardiovascular MR evaluation of the safety and efficacy of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation compared to surgical Aortic Valve Replacement”.
Spot-LIGHT on postgraduate health research
Published on Wednesday 25th January 2012
The 2012 LIGHT Postgraduate Research Symposium on 24th January was a resounding success.
Over 70 students and staff attended sessions at various stages throughout the day to hear presentations from 7 students preparing to submit their theses, and to discuss posters displayed by 13 students mid-way through their projects.
Emma Spary kicked off the Symposium with advice about courses in generic and transferable skills run by the Faculty for postgraduate research students and early career staff. For more information please see their website.
Jovita Castelino was awarded the Best Oral Presentation award for her paper on: "The effect of aflatoxin exposure on child growth and cancer development" with Simon Lines a worthy runner-up for his paper on: "The influence of vitamin E bonded haemodialysis membranes on erythropoiesis stimulating agent requirements, fibrin clots structure and function, oxidative stress, inflammation and clinical outcomes".
Andrew Davies won the best poster prize for: "Assessment of myocardial perfusion with X-ray angiography" and Lorna Blackwell's poster on: "The optimisation of a two-step serum-free culture system enabling the development of ovine oocytes from early preantral follicles" was awarded best poster by second-year MBChB students, 250 of whom attended the extended afternoon poster viewing session as part of their I&P2 course.
The day culminated in a reception hosted by the LIGHT Early Career Researchers Group (ECG), with a "speed-networking" event giving students and staff a chance to learn more about each other’s research. Further information about future ECG meetings - which will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 4pm - will be placed on the LIGHT intranet (http://tinyurl.com/light-ecg).
Anyone interested in getting involved with the ECG should contact Sarah Fleming (S.J.Fleming@Leeds.ac.uk) or Matthew Gage (M.C.Gage@Leeds.ac.uk).
Many thanks to all the students and staff who participated in the Symposium, and especially to Sou Sit Chung for helping to organise the event.
Next year's Symposium will be held on 26th March 2013 - do make a note in your diaries!
Please contact George Ellison (G.T.H.Ellison@Leeds.ac.uk) if you would like to find out more, or offer suggestions for topics or events to include next year.
£1.2m British Heart Foundation Grant awarded to staff in the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling
Published on Friday 20th January 2012
Dr JP Greenwood (PI), Dr S Plein, and Professor SG Ball (from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling), along with colleagues from Leeds, York, Leicester and Glasgow, have just been awarded £1.2M from the British Heart Foundation for a 5year programme grant.
The project, entitled ‘Clinical Evaluation of 3T Magnetic Resonance imaging for the management of patients with Coronary heart disease: the CE-MARC 2 study’, will test the strategy in a UK multi-centre randomised controlled trial of 1200 patients with known or suspected Coronary Heart Disease, of using state-of-the-art 3Tesla Cardiac Magnetic Resonance imaging to guide management decisions compared to current best practice (NICE guidelines).
British Heart Foundation grant awarded to staff in the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling
Published on Friday 20th January 2012
Neil Turner, Justin Ainscough, Mark Drinkhill and Karen Porter from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling have been awarded £218,278 by the British Heart Foundation to carry out a study investigating the role of a stress-activated signalling molecule (p38 MAP kinase) in cardiac fibroblasts, key cells that regulate remodelling of the heart following injury.
The project, entitled “Modulation of myocardial remodelling by fibroblast-selective inhibition of p38-alpha signalling” will be funded for 3 years.
British Heart Foundation Grant Awarded to staff within the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research
Published on Thursday 19th January 2012
Paper accepted in Radiology Journal
Published on Monday 16th January 2012
Steven Sourbron from the Division of Medical Physics, and collaborating colleagues from the University of Munich, have just had a journal paper accepted for publication in Radiology, the leading journal in the field.
Steven was the first author of the paper, entitled “Combined quantification of liver perfusion and function with Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced DCE-MRI”, which has an impact factor of 6.1. The study looks at developing a new method to measure partial liver function non-invasively using MRI, and the injection of a hepatobiliary contrast agent (available commercially since 2004).
The paper is a technical development showing the feasibility of the approach, using data in patients with liver metastases of neuro-endocrine tumors.
Staff from the Division of Epidemiology have a paper accepted for publication in the BMC Cancer journal
Published on Tuesday 10th January 2012
Marlous van Laar, Tricia McKinney and Richard Feltbower (all from the Division of Epidemiology) have just had a journal paper accepted for publication in the BMC Cancer journal, which has an impact factor of 3.15. The paper examines whether the occurrence of childhood central nervous system (CNS) tumours might exhibit space-time clustering suggestive of an environmental aetiology.
During the study, information was extracted on individuals aged 0-14 years, diagnosed with any CNS tumour between 1974 and 2006 from the ‘Yorkshire Specialist Register of Cancer in Children and Young People’. The researchers found statistically significant space-time clustering for a certain subtype known as primitive neuroectodermal tumour (PNET) only, indicating some evidence for a transient environmental component to the aetiology of PNETs.
As yet we are not sure when the paper will appear in the journal, but will most likely be some time in the summer months of this year.
Medical Physics paper chosen as featured article in 'Physics in Medicine and Biology' Journal
Published on Monday 9th January 2012
A paper by Steven Sourbron and David Buckley (from the Division of Medical Physics) entitled 'Tracer kinetic modelling in MRI: estimating perfusion and capillary permeability', has been chosen as a featured article within the Journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology.
As such access is free for all via the link below, and the paper is also to be featured from today as the Editor's Choice on journal's sister website, Medicalphysicsweb.
To read the article follow this link:
Paper in 'Diabetes Care' for staff in the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research
Published on Friday 6th January 2012
This study was funded by the British Heart Foundation through a Clinical PhD studentship (Riyaz Somani supervised by Angela Carter). The key novel results of this study indicate that elevated properdin, factor B and SC5b-9 are associated with family history of type 2 diabetes in South Asians independent of insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance and classical metabolic risk factor clustering. Increased properdin, factor B and SC5b-9 levels may therefore predate the development of type 2 diabetes and represent novel biomarkers in South Asians with a family history of type 2 diabetes.
John Greenwood receives national recognition for his research into MRI scans for heart checks
Published on Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Over the festive period John Greenwood, from the Division of Cardiovasular and Neuronal Remodelling, appeared on ITV and BBC news programmes describing the results of his ground-breaking research, which was then also reported in the Yorkshire Post and the Telegraph. John explained that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for coronary heart disease is better than the most commonly-used alternative.
The five-year study led by John, involving 752 patients, has now shown that an MRI scan is a reliable way of detecting signs of significant coronary heart disease (CHD). The researchers also showed that MRI was better than SPECT at diagnosing CHD and at ruling out heart disease in patients who did not have the condition.
The findings by John and his colleagues could change the way that people with suspected heart disease are assessed, potentially avoiding the need for tests that are invasive or use ionising radiation.
Full results of the study, which was funded by a £1.3 million grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), were published online by The Lancet medical journal on the 22nd December.
To read the official University of Leeds press release please follow this link.
David Miller and international colleagues awarded 3.36m Euro Framework 7 grant
Published on Tuesday 6th December 2011
David Miller (Division of Reproduction and Early Development) and colleagues from around the world have recently been awarded 3.36m Euro over four years beginning January 1st 2012.
The training programme (REPROTRAN) has partners in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Holland and Spain and is coordinated by Rafael Oliva in Barcelona. The work in Leeds will involve detailed molecular investigation of chromatin modifications and RNA packaging in mammalian spermatozoa including the roles played by these epigenetic factors in early embryonic development.
An additional project will look for markers of prostate and testicular cancer that can be developed for non-invasive diagnostics. The work will be undertaken by two new PhD students and a postdoctoral fellow and will be a joint collaborative effort between Leeds University and Medipex. An additional 3 PhD students will spend 3 months of their project at Leeds with David and his students will spend up to 6 months of their training at partner laboratories in Europe.
Robert Ariens and Julian Scott awarded £244,000 from the Garfield Weston Trust
Published on Monday 28th November 2011
Prize of 125 Euro for Kristina Standeven
Published on Friday 18th November 2011
Dr Kristina Standeven in the Division of Cardiovascular & Diabetes Research has recently made an oral presentation at the Young Life Scientists of Ireland (YLSI) meeting at University College, Dublin. Her talk on on transglutaminases in the heart won her a personal prize of 125 Euro.
Young Life Scientists Ireland was founded by Postgraduate Students to bring young researchers together to present their work, learn valuable new skills and techniques and network with other young researchers.
Richard Pease Awarded £172,160 from the British Heart Foundation
Published on Tuesday 15th November 2011
Dr Cubbon awarded £178,773 from British Heart Foundation
Published on Monday 7th November 2011
Prof Kearney awarded £231,110 from the British Heart Foundation
Published on Monday 7th November 2011
Book publication for Dr Yu-Kang Tu and Professor Mark S Gilthorpe
Published on Tuesday 25th October 2011
Published July 27th 2011 by Chapman & Hall, ‘Statistical Thinking in Epidemiology’ is about thinking statistically when looking at problems in epidemiology. The authors focus on several methods and look at them in detail: specific examples in epidemiology illustrate how different model specifications can imply different causal relationships amongst variables, and model interpretation is undertaken with appropriate consideration of the context of implicit or explicit causal relationships.
This book is intended for applied statisticians and epidemiologists, but can also be very useful for clinical and applied health researchers who want to have a better understanding of statistical thinking.
Chris Gale's research on care inequalities in elderley patients is published
Published on Wednesday 19th October 2011
Exciting new findings from Professor Chris Peers' research
Published on Tuesday 18th October 2011
Professor Chris Peers, from the Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling, has been working collaboratively with academics from the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee on research that could lead to new treatments for patients who are at risk of stroke because their energy supply from blood vessels feeding the brain has become compromised.
Yesterday their work on the way our brains protect us from harm was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and was also referenced in the Yorkshire Post and on the Science Daily website.
Our media office has published a full press release, which you can read via this link.
Yu-Kang Tu awarded a grant from the FIRC
Published on Monday 17th October 2011
Yu-Kang Tu, from the Division of Biostatistics, has just been awarded a research workshop fund grant from the Fund for International Research Collaborations (FIRC). The project is to organise an international workshop on high-dimentional data analysis in bioinformatics.
Speakers from the UK, Europe, US and Taiwan will be invited to give presentations on how to analyse this type of data at the event, which will be hosted at some point during the summer of 2012.
Details on the event will follow nearer the time.
Invited to Lecture: Dr Ramzi Ajjan
Published on Friday 14th October 2011
Paedeatric Intensive Care Audit Network (PICANet) featured in the Independent
Published on Thursday 13th October 2011
Following the publication of their annual report, which scrutinised the standards of care in children's intensive care units, the work of the PICANet team (within the Division of Epidemiology) was featured in an article entitled "Too few qualified nurses in children's intensive care units" in the Independent on Monday 10th October.
To read the University of Leeds official summary of the annual report please follow this link.
And to read the article in the Independent click here.
Research showing link between waist size and bowel cancer risk hits the headlines.
Published on Wednesday 14th September 2011
Darren Greenwood has been providing expert advice on the statistical methods on research being led by Imperial linking waist size to bowel cancer risk.
A review of research into the links between bowel cancer and body fat has shown that carrying fat around your waist is particularly harmful.
The review, carried out on behalf of World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) by researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Leeds, has updated the findings of WCRF's landmark 2007 report, which found convincing evidence that being overweight increases bowel cancer risk.
Leeds University news article here
Fat around the waist adds to the risk of developing bowel cancer, say scientists (Independent, 13/09/2010)
Research by Imperial College London and University of Leeds says for every inch on the waist above a health measurement, the risk of bowel cancer grows 3 per cent.
Bowel cancer risk increased by fat around waist (Yorkshire Post, 12/09/2010)
The YP picks up on research, mentioned above, on waist size and bowel cancer
Waist size ‘linked to cancer risk’ (Mirror, 13/09/2010)
The Daily Mirror joins others in reporting on research regarding waist size and cancer
Bigger waistlines increase bowel cancer risk (The Scotsman, 13/09/2010)
The Scotsman reports on research by experts at Imperial and the University of Leeds
Big waist ‘increases bowel cancer risk’ (ITN, 13/09/2010)
ITN picks up on research undertaken by University of Leeds academics
Presentations at the American Heart Association for Helen, Hema and Piru
Published on Wednesday 14th September 2011
"Novel role for Insulin-like growth factor-1 receptors (IGF-1R) in endothelial function and repair: Studies in an endothelial IGF-1R overexpressing transgenic model"
**This has also been put forward for the ATVB Council Award for Outstanding Research by an Early Career Investigator**
"Enhancing endothelial Insulin Sensitivity Reduces NO bioavailability: a role for NADPH oxidase-derived Reactive Oxygen Species"
"NADPH Oxidase - a Therapeutic Target to Restore Endothelial Function in Insulin Resistance"
Papers in ATVB for Robert Ariens and his group
Published on Wednesday 14th September 2011
Undas A, Ariëns RA. Fibrin Clot Structure and Function: A Role in the Pathophysiology of Arterial and Venous Thromboembolic Diseases. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011; in press.
Scott DJA, Prasad P, Philippou H, Rashid ST, Sohrabi S, Whalley D, Kordowicz A, Tang Q, West R, Johnson A, Woods J, Ajjan RA and Ariëns RAS. Clot architecture is altered in abdominal aortic aneurysms and correlates with aneurysm size Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011; in press.
Darren Dahly wins 'Young Investigator Award'
Published on Thursday 18th August 2011
Congratulations go to Darren Dahly (Division of Biostatistics), who won the Young Investigator Award for a poster presentation (Cutting Edge Methodology) at the World Congress of Epidemiology held in Edinburgh this month.
The title was "A latent class analysis of socioeconomic status and obesity in young adults from Cebu, Philippines" and Mark Gilthorpe was a co-author.
Paper published in the Journal Diabetologia
Published on Monday 15th August 2011
Congratulations to Ramzi Ajjan and members of the Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research for their paper recently accepted for publication in Diabetologia:
“A novel mechanism for hypofibrinolysis in diabetes: The role of Complement C3”
K Hess, S Alzahrani, M Mathai, V Schroeder, AM Carter, G Howell, T Koko, MWJ Strachan, JF Price, KA Smith, PJ Grant and RA Ajjan
This work describes a novel mechanism for impaired fibrin clot lysis in diabetes. It provides evidence for increased incorporation of complement C3 into the fibrin network in diabetes, thereby modulating fibrinolysis potential.
Paper in the journal "Blood" for Robert Ariens and Helen Philippou
Published on Thursday 11th August 2011
Robert Ariens and Helen Philippou were authors on a paper recently published in Blood:
Factor XIIa regulates the structure of the fibrin clot independently of thrombin generation through direct interaction with fibrin.
Konings J, Govers-Riemslag JW, Philippou H, Mutch NJ, Borissoff JI, Allan P, Mohan S, Tans G, Ten Cate H, Ariëns RA.
Blood. 2011 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]
In a collaboration with the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the team discovered that activated factor XII, a contact activation protein, directly regulates the structure of the clot, bypassing the role of thrombin. This is a novel pathway in blood coagulation which contributes to our understanding of the role of FXII in thrombosis.
Alastair Hay interviewed on ITV Calendar News
Published on Wednesday 10th August 2011
Further overseas coverage for Patricia McKinney
Published on Thursday 4th August 2011
Professor Patricia McKinney’s comments on a recent study investigating the effect of magnetic fields on childhood asthma (original article can be found via this link) are receiving increased international coverage.
The story has also been reported by Reuters, Chicago.
Patricia McKinney quoted in the Scotsman
Published on Thursday 4th August 2011
Professor Patricia McKinney was quoted this Tuesday in an article in The Scotsman, entitled ‘Power lines increase risk of asthma, warn scientists’. Professor McKinney's comments also gained widespread coverage in Australia, including the Brisbane Times, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
The article reports that a study led by Dr De-Kun Li of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California investigated the effect of magnetic fields on miscarriage. Around 800 pregnant women each wore a magnetic field recording device for 24 hours and, after birth, data on the number of infants developing asthma was collected. The study concluded that when mothers were exposed to a high magnetic field level, infant asthma risk more than tripled.
Professor McKinney, however, highlighted “major deficiencies” in the study, particularly the fact that data was only collected over a 24-hour period, and argued that the study’s conclusions “cannot be justified based on the evidence provided”.
The full article can be read at the Scotsman website.
Rosettes for Amy and Victoria at the ISTH in Japan
Published on Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Klaus Witte quoted in Daily Mail
Published on Friday 29th July 2011
Alastair Hay quoted in Guardian article
Published on Monday 25th July 2011
Professor Alastair Hay has been quoted in an article in the Guardian, entitled 'MoD investigates former chemical weapons factories for contamination'.
The article reports that a four-year investigation of 14 former chemical weapons factories and stores across the UK has recently come to a close, revealing "no indication of significant risk to public health or environment". Professor Hay, however, expressed concerns over a lack of scientific proof that all traces of the weapons have been removed.
The full story can be accessed at the Guardian website here.
Qizhi Huang to give presentation in Stockholm
Published on Wednesday 20th July 2011
Postdoctoral researcher Qizhi Huang has been awarded a travel grant of €1000 and invited to give an oral presentation in Stockholm.
The presentation, entitled 'Circulating IGFBP-3 Levels are Inversely Associated with Gerd and Barrett's Oesophagus Development in an Australian Population Based Case-Control Study' will be given as part of the United European Gastroenterology Week this October.
LIGHT at the UK Environmental Mutagen Society meeting
Published on Monday 11th July 2011
Double abstract acceptance at ESMRMB 2011 for Medical Physics
Published on Tuesday 5th July 2011
The Division of Medical Physics has had success in having two abstracts accepted by the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology Congress to be held in Leipzig this year.
The Division is especially proud as both first authors, Su Wei Lim and Joseph Ledsam, are fourth year medical student intercalating with Medical Physics. The ESMRMB is the second largest meeting on Magnetic Resonance Imaging world-wide, bringing together an estimated 2000 clinicians and scientists to discuss the latest developments in the field.
Publications for Neil Turner and Sikha Saha
Published on Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Both Neil Turner and Sikha Saha have had papers accepted for publication. Neil’s publications are as follows:
Porter KE, Turner NA. Myocardial remodelling and statins: cell and molecular pathways. Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine. Scheduled publication date: July 2011
Turner NA. Therapeutic regulation of cardiac fibroblast function: targeting stress-activated protein kinase pathways. Future Cardiology. Scheduled publication date: September 2011.
Turner NA, Das A, O’Regan DJ, Ball SG, Porter KE. Proinflammatory cytokines induce human cardiac fibroblasts to express endothelial adhesion molecules and secrete ELR-positive CXC chemokines. International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. In press, doi:10.1016/j.biocel.2011.06.008.
Dr Saha has had the following paper published:
Das KK, Saha S. (2010) L-Ascorbic acid and alpha tocopherol supplementation and antioxidant status in nickel- or lead-exposed rat brain tissue J Basic and Clin Pharmacol 21: 325-46
In addition, Dr Saha will be joined for three months beginning 1st July by an international researcher from the Uludağ University in Turkey. Here’s wishing the two of them all the best in their research.
Congratulations Neil and Sikha!
LIGHT Labs Awarded Green Impact Bronze
Published on Monday 20th June 2011
In September last year the University signed up for ‘Green Impact’ which is an accreditation scheme run through the National Union of Students (http://www.eauc.org.uk/green_impact).
We were asked for volunteers within the Faculty and as a result the LIGHT Building Green Team was born. The members are Karen Hemmings, Kay White and Simon Futers.
The ‘Green Impact’ scheme is administered through an online workbook with criteria that have to be met. A fair number of the criteria were already being met or partially met, and when the auditor came the team realized that they were very close to achieving the bronze award. The auditor particularly liked their collection boxes for single side used paper, which they donate to a local Guides troop.
Following the audit the team were given two weeks to meet the outstanding criteria, so there was a final flurry of activity. This included communication to staff regarding open widows and air conditioning; “switch off lights” stickers and light switches labels being put up (just to name a few things), followed by a final audit by telephone.
The team were awareded Green Impact Bronze Standard. The certificate was presented by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Education, Prof Vivian Jones, which was collected on behalf of the Green Team by Simon Futers (please see atached photo).
If anyone has any comments about existing or new green ideas or would like to get involved in sustainability please contact one of the team.
LIGHT gets out and about
Published on Thursday 16th June 2011
Dr Yun Yun Gong is organising and speaking at a Mycotoxin research workshop hosted by LIGHT at Weetwood Hall on 25th June.
This one-day workshop entitled “mycotoxin research: impact on human health, agriculture and disease prevention”, co-organised by Dr Gong and Dr Ningtao Mao aims to discuss recent developments in mycotoxin risk assessment and control, including exposure evaluations in sub-Sahara African populations and human health consequences, the impact of environmental changes on both mycotoxin risk and potential intervention methods, and the research on post-harvest intervention on mycotoxin reduction and its importance for agriculture and health.
Speaking at the workshop are Dr Gordon Shephard (Medical Research Council, South Africa), Dr Martin Kimanya (Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority), Prof Fengqin Li (China CDC, Beijing, China), Dr Archileo Kaaya (College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda), Dr Silvia Gratz (University of Aberdeen, UK), Dr Ningtao Mao (University of Leeds), Dr Bastiaan Brak (University of Leeds), Dr Yun Yun Gong (University of Leeds) and Dr Hong Wang (Donghua University, Shanghai, China).
Anyone wishing to register for this workshop should contact Georgina Davis (email@example.com).
Here’s wishing Dr Gong all the best with the workshop!
Published on Wednesday 11th May 2011
Two Prestigious Young Investigator Awards at the International Society on Thrombosis
Published on Friday 6th May 2011
Two Young Investigator Awards will be awarded at the prestigious International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis Congress in Kyoto to:
Peter Allan, PhD student, on an EPSRC funded research project led by Dr Robert Ariëns And Dr Majid Ali, Post-Doc, on a BHF funded research project led by Dr Helen Philippou
Both Peter and Maj will be presenting their work in an oral presentation at the forthcoming ISTH Congress to be held in Kyoto, July 2011.
Prestigious publication in 'Blood' for Cardiovascular
Published on Wednesday 4th May 2011
Congratulations to the following LIGHT staff for their recent 3* publication in Blood; Uittede Willige S, Miedzak M, Carter AM, Lisman T, Rosendaal FR, Grant PJ, Philippou H, Ariens RAS.
Their article, entitled 'Proteolytic and genetic variation of the alpha-2-antiplasmin C-terminus in myocardial infarction' will appear in the April edition, but has already been published online ahead of print.
The full article can be read here.
The Royal Statistical Society Council has appointed Paul Baxter as Guy Lecturer for 2011.
Published on Wednesday 27th April 2011
Prestigious title for Professor Julian Scott!
Published on Wednesday 20th April 2011
David Miller launches a new MSc in Lifestyle, Ageing and Reproductive Health
Published on Tuesday 19th April 2011
For more information please see the course website.
Prestigious publication for a number of our Cardiovascular and Diabetes staff.
Published on Monday 18th April 2011
Three recent successes for Mike Routledge.....
Published on Wednesday 6th April 2011
Mike Routledge (Division of Epidemiology) chaired a session on Oxidative DNA Damage at the recent UKEMS/Dutch EMS-sponsored workshop on biomarker of exposure and oxidative DNA damage meeting in Munster, Germany. At the same meeting, Mike's PhD student, Alex Charlton presented a poster entitled: "Particle characteristics and their influence on DNA damage induced by exhaust particulate matter collected from a heavy duty diesel engine using biofuels".
Mike also gave two talks on Cancer Risk Factors to sixth form students at Gateways School, Harewood during the recent science week. The talks received strong feedback and the sixth form students asked a lot of very interesting questions.
Lastly, Mike is part of a successful internal bid for funding from the Integrated Knowledge Centre in Tissue Engineering and Cardio Vascular diseases. The project, "Restoration of lost enamel using engineered acid-resistant and photosensitive minerals and eyesafe pulsed lasers" is led by Prof Aminesh Jha, who is developing new methods for replacing worn enamel from teeth, and the contribution of LIGHT will be to test the engineered particles for genotoxicity in human cells.
Heart publication for Division of Cardiovascular and Neuronal Remodelling...
Published on Tuesday 5th April 2011
Annalisa Mather, Timothy Fairbairn, Stephen Ball, John Greenwood, and Sven Plein have recently had their article "Reperfusion haemorrhage as determined by cardiovascular MRI is a predictor of adverse left ventricular remodelling and markers of late arrhythmic risk" published in March's edition of Heart
(2011 Mar;97(6):453-9. Epub 2010 Nov).
For more details please have a look at the summary on pubmed.
Four publications for Karen Porter!
Published on Tuesday 5th April 2011
Li J, McKeown L, Ojelabi O, Stacey M, Foster R, O’Regan D, Porter KE, Beech DJ. Nanomolar potency and selectivity of a CRAC channel blocker against store-operated Ca2+-entry and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells. British Journal of Pharmacology 2011, (in press)
Li J, Cubbon RM, Wilson LA, Amer MS, McKeown L, Hou B, Majeed Y, Tumova S, Seymour VAL, Taylor H, Stacey M, O’Regan D, Foster R, Porter KE, Kearney MT, Beech DJ. Orai1 and CRAC channel dependence of VEGF-activated Ca2+-entry and endothelial tube formation. Circulation Research 2011 (published on-line March 25th 2011).
Accepted for publication:
Maqbool A, Keswani A, Galloway S, O’Regan DJ, Ball SG, Turner NA, Porter KE. MMP-3 (5A/6A) polymorphism does not influence human smooth muscle cell invasion. Journal of Surgical Research 2011 (in press).
Nature Genetics publication for LIGHT
Published on Tuesday 5th April 2011
Congratulations to Owen Richardson for his work on the 'Researchers in Residence' scheme
Published on Friday 25th March 2011
Yorkshire Post coverage for the Leeds Aneurysm Study
Published on Tuesday 15th March 2011
Congratulations to Professor Julian Scott, Dr Robert Ariens, Research Nurses Anne Johnson and Janet Woods, and BSc student Priya Prasad for their research on the causes and high risk groups of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA).
Their study (involving over 1,000 patients and control subjects) was heavily referenced in an article in the Yorkshire Post relating to former professional footballer Ray Henderson.
Exciting new book edited by Dr Neil Turner
Published on Friday 4th March 2011
Dr Neil Turner has edited a book entitled “The Cardiac Fibroblast” that has just been published by Research Signpost. This book is the first dedicated solely to the cardiac fibroblast (an important cell type in the heart) and comprises 15 invited review chapters written by international authorities in the field, including chapters by Dr Turner and Dr Karen Porter.
More information is available at:
3* rated publication for Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research academics....
Published on Friday 18th February 2011
Dr Prasai, Dr Pernicova, Prof Grant and Dr Scott have just had a review published in the 3* rated Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
'An Endocrinologists Guide to the Clock' illustrates the importance of the molecular clock and circadian rhythms to diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
You can read the full review here: http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/rapidpdf/jc.2010-2449v1
Honey Prasai selected by Diabetes UK...
Published on Friday 18th February 2011
Dr Honey Prasai (working with Dr Eleanor Scott) has been selected to give an oral presentation at Diabetes UK in March, for her research on circadian rhythms in relation to metabolism and cardiovascular disease. She is funded on a BHF Clinical Research Training Fellowship.
For more information on the event, please see their website: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/apc
Congratulations to Dr John Huntriss!
Published on Thursday 17th February 2011
Dr John Huntriss was awarded the prize for the best overall presentation at the recent Fertility 2011 conference in Dublin in January.
This meeting, which is held every two years, is the joint meeting for all UK fertility societies. John's presentation was entitled "Global DNA methylation profiling of single human blastocysts on CpG island arrays".
Dr Robert Ariens and Dr Helen Philippou have been invited to speak at the 55th German Thrombosis and Haemostasis meeting (GTH)
Published on Thursday 10th February 2011
Helen will speak on :
Role of the barrel domains in FXIII A subunit (FXIII-A) (E.L. Smith, P.J. Adamson, R.A.S. Ariens, K Smith, W.N. Goldsberry, M.C. Maurer, P.J. Grant, and H. Philippou)
Role of cross-linking by FXIII in fibrin structure and function (Smith EL, Abou-Saleh R, Standeven KF, Connell SD, Weisel JW, Grant PJ, Philippou H and Ariens RAS).
Full details of the meeting are available at the GTH website.
Professor Patricia McKinney is quoted in a number of sources giving expertise on the subject of behavioural problems in children being linked to mobile phone use in pregnancy.
Published on Monday 13th December 2010
Regular use of mobile phones in pregnancy has been linked to bad behaviour in children – Patricia McKinney is quoted in the Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and MarieClaire arguing that recent research results have been "over-interpreted".
Mobile phone use in pregnancy linked to bad behaviour (read this article in the Telegraph, 07/12/2010)
Risk to babies from mobile phones is ‘questionable’ (Yorkshire Post, 08/12/2010 - article not available online).
Using mobile phones in pregnancy linked to behavioural problems in children (read this article on MarieClaire.co.uk, 09/12/2010)
Professor Peter Grant and colleagues have success with a recent paper submitted to 'Blood'
Published on Thursday 18th November 2010
Professor Peter Grant's involvement in the American Heart Association Annual Meeting.
Published on Thursday 18th November 2010
More information on the event can be found here.
Dr Marc Bailey was awarded the ING Prize (500 Euro) for the best short communication at the International Meeting on Aoritc Diseases in Liege, Belgium.
Published on Thursday 7th October 2010
The academic vascular surgery group attended the International Meeting on Aoritc Diseases in Liege, Belgium.
Marc Bailey (Academic Clincial Fellow) and Soroush Sohrabi (Clinical Lecturer) presented the following abstracts:
Calcium Channel Blockers Enhance Sac Shrinkage Following EVAR
MA Bailey, S Sohrabi, K Flood, KJ Griffin, A Kordowicz, JV Patel, DJA Scott
The Renal Sequalae of EVAR Revisited
MA Bailey, SW Lines, MJ Bottomley, KJ Griffin, A Kordowicz, AJP Lewington, JV Patel, DJA Scott.
Do Statins Affect AAA Growth Rates?
JA Dunne, C Murray, MA Bailey, KJ Griffin, DJA Scott
Analysis of cardiovascular risk factors in male and female patients with AAA
S Sohrabi, ST Rashid, MA Bailey, A Kordowicz, KJ Griffin, Z Sun, A Johnson, DJA Scott
Analysis of cardiovascular risk factors in patients with diabetes and AAA
S Sohrabi, ST Rashid, MA Bailey, A Kordowicz, KJ Griffin, Z Sun, A Johnson, DJA Scott
At the end of the meeting Marc was awarded the ING Prize (500 Euro) for best short communication.
Yorkshire Post coverage for Dr Lorna Fraser and Dr Kimberley Edwards
Published on Monday 20th September 2010
More evidence of the link between childhood obesity and junk food has been uncovered. The study shows a link between the number of fast food outlets in Leeds and the likelihood of local children becoming obese, and that such outlets were more likely to open in areas of high deprivation.
Read the University's press release here
Press Release for Professor Patricia McKinney!
Published on Monday 17th May 2010
Largest study reports on brain tumours and mobile phones
Professor Patricia McKinney took part in a press conference at the Science Media Centre in London on Monday 17th May 10:30am to talk about the results of the Interphone study into mobile phone use and brain tumours.
The Interphone study was coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and carried out in 13 countries, of which much the largest contribution was from the UK. Tricia McKinney co-led the work in the UK with Professor Anthony Swerdlow at the Institute of Cancer Research.
Press Release for Dr Karen Porter!
Published on Monday 10th May 2010
Scientists have uncovered a new molecule that could protect diabetes patients from the heart damage associated with insulin treatment.
The research was picked up in the Daily Telegraph and the Yorkshire Post on 10th May 2010.