Scientists in Oxford are looking for help in their research on how dementia affects language use. They hope in the future to be able to develop sensitive tests for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, and are asking for people to get in touch with examples of their writing, such as letters and diaries. Dr Celeste de Jager of the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) at Oxford University is interviewed about the effect of Alzheimer's on language.
The results of the first study designed to find ways to slow or halt the development of diabetes and heart disease in those at risk of the conditions have been announced. Professor Rury Holman participated in the study.
Obesity and alcohol both increase the risk of liver disease, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Glasgow show in two separate studies published in the British Medical Journal. Dr Bette Liu of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University led the study.
‘It’s hard to think back and remember how we worked then. We were scrabbling around in the dark,’ says Professor Mark McCarthy of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, recalling how research on the genetic causes of disease had to be carried out before the human genome was sequenced.
A simple and cheap way of making vaccines stable – even at tropical temperatures – has been demonstrated by scientists at Oxford University and Nova Bio-Pharma Technologies. The British technology has the potential to revolutionise vaccination efforts, particularly in the developing world where infectious diseases kill millions of people every year, by removing the need for fridges, freezers and associated health infrastructure. Dr Matt Cottingham of the Jenner Institute led this study.
A team from the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism (OCDEM) show that having a ‘pear shape’ is not just less bad for you than an ‘apple shape’, but actively protects against diabetes and heart disease. Dr Fredrik Karpe and Professor Keith Frayn took part in the study.
A £15m study is to explore the genetic roots of type 2 diabetes to an unprecedented depth to help discover better ways to diagnose and the treat the disease. The study will read the complete DNA of 3,000 people, 'moving genomic research into a new phase', in the words of Professor Mark McCarthy of Oxford University, who is leading the British part of the study. Professor McCarthy said: 'We will be able to pin down many more genetic effects on disease, to understand the biology more completely and give the pharmaceutical industry new targets for drugs'. (The Times, p. 12, Mark Henderson, 05/01/2010)
Professor Valerie Beral, Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit and Fellow of Green Templeton College, is made a DBE for services to science.
2010 University Research Lecturer awards have been announced by the Medical Sciences Division. The title of University Research Lecturer is given in recognition of substantial independent research achievement, along with contribution to the general academic life of the Medical Sciences Division and the NDM over the last 3 years. This year's recipients: Dr Benedikt Kessler from Centre for ...
The cases show the ability of Tamiflu-resistant pandemic H1N1 to spread among healthy people who are not taking the antiviral drug, say the scientists from Vietnam's National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and Oxford University's Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam. Dr Peter Horby took part in the study.
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