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Tackling threats which are a major concern and challenge to the fruit industry

At Fera, a state of the art research laboratory based in York, Dr Audsley and colleagues have been investigating means to control a fruit fly, an invasive pest which is causing major damage to fruits such as strawberries and cherries.

Impaired Theory of Mind in very preterm birth

Dr Margot Taylor’s research utilises innovative brain imaging technology, such as magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and MRI to understand the neural bases of cognitive development.

Safe Doors, Safe Homes – Evaluating Home-Based Safety Measures for Female Survivors of IPV

Stroud Beresford Group is run by a team of volunteer trustees and paid staff team.  We fundraise and apply for grant funding to provide our services.  We are also supported by a team of members of our local community who raise funds on our behalf as the ‘Friends of Stroud Beresford Group’.

Dr Christine Wekerle – CSA

Looking to create an engaging video which showcased her work to a wider audience, Dr Wekerle at McMaster University approached us at Sci Ani to see what we could do. She wanted to use the video as an entry for the IHDCYH Talks competition in Canada, run by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). After being a runner up in last year’s competition, she was hoping to go the extra step and win with this year’s entry.

Center For Network Systems Biology – CNSB

The Center for Network Systems Biology at Boston University supports ambitious research initiatives to map these protein interaction networks in different biomedical contexts to address this critical knowledge gap. CNSB provides the essential interdisciplinary knowledge as well as the technical prowess to get to the heart of network systems biology. With research programs based across both Boston University campuses – BU Medical Center and Charles River – the center offers a leading hub from which to chart the molecular networks of cells and tissues.

Is there an alternative to fossil fuels?

Green Biologics are a renewable chemicals company who are not only changing the face of renewable chemicals, but are changing the world while they are at it. Dr Liz Jenkinson is one of the lead researchers at the company, and it is her work that is providing the answer to the question: is there an alternative to fossil fuels? Her work proves that the answer is yes, and that it only relies on three key components – bacteria, genetic engineering and sugar.

A technology based future for psychotheraphy

Professor Namkee Choi from the University of Texas has been investigating how video conferencing can be used to deliver cost-effective mental health care for low-income homebound older adults suffering from depression.

High precision dose monitoring can enhance targeted tumour therapy

Proton beam therapy offers the potential to treat cancerous tumours without damaging the surrounding tissue. Dr Steven Vigdor, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Indiana University, hopes that his new venture, Phenix Medical LLC, will bring this technology closer to the patients it can benefit.

The ‘intelligent’ human immune system can respond naturally to fight cancer

Dr Xuemei Zhong, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, in the Haematology and Oncology section of the department. Her research looks at how the ‘intelligent’ human immune system can be stimulated to fight diseases like cancer without reliance on high doses of drugs and short-lived therapies, with a particular focus on a process called immunosurveillance.

An innovative, nutrition-based approach to managing kidney stones

The biotechnology company Captozyme is spearheading an innovative approach to nutrition to prevent the formation of painful kidney stones and other complications arising from the absorption of calcium oxalate from food. The company’s research efforts are led by Dr Qing-Shan Li, co-founder and CSO of the company.