Friday, 16 March 2018

Student in Parliament

One of our Nutrition, Exercise & Health students -- Rachel Hine -- represented the Nutrition Society in Parliament yesterday as part of the Royal Society's 'Voice of the Future' program, which is designed to get young scientists involved in government policy. Her question was answered by Dr Rupert Lewis, who leads the Government Office for Science, this link contains the edited snippet of the question and response.

Rachel writes: "I had an excellent experience at Voice of the Future and I am very grateful to the Nutrition Society for giving me such a rare opportunity. This event has given me first-hand experience of what it is like to sit on a real select committee with members of all different societies in science and technology across the UK. It has made me aware of the potential benefit of more young scientists pursuing a career in politics and particularly how nutritionists may work within government to improve public health". Below: Rachel in the committee room.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Graduate helps set up spinout company

Dr Anas Sattar (pictured below), one of our own graduates, is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Simon Jackson's group and they have just helped set up a company,  MolEndoTech, to develop their invention of a simple and cheap test for faecal contamination of bathing water (those of us who are sea swimmers will be very aware of the need for this).

Anas writes "I always believed that hard work, determination and resilience are key characteristics a researcher must have when pursuing a research career. It is amazing how an idea or a research question can be translated into a viable product that can be potentially useful to millions of people around the globe. I am pleased that my research is en route to commercialisation and very excited to the next challenges in the future. The spinout of MolEndoTech is a step forward to push fundamental research into application and direct benefit to users."

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

DodgeBall: students v lecturers

We recently held our our first ever student vs lecturer DodgeBall tournament. This was apparently great fun and, who knows, it may even become an annual tradition….
Congratulations to Feisal and his team ‘Diversity’ for being the first winners of the BHCS Students Vs Lecturers Cup.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Lecturer's TEDx talk on immunology/inflammation

See Professor Simon Jackson's new TEDx talk on communication between immune cells (based on some of his work with cell models and lung infections) entitled "Every breath you take – how cell barriers protect the body"

Lecturer wins 'Jewel of India' award

One of our newer lecturers, Tina Joshi, has just been awarded the Hind Rattan, or ‘Jewel of India’. This is one of the highest awards given to non-resident Indians by the NRI Welfare Society of India, and celebrates her work in combating the rise of antibiotic resistance. You can read more about this on the university site here.

Friday, 5 January 2018

School responds to importance of genomics

The increasing awareness of the importance of genetic differences between individual patients poses a series of challenges to modern healthcare and related education. Two of our teaching staff, Lynn McCallum and Elaine Green, went to the recent meeting of the Westminster Health Forum entitled Future of Personalised and Genomic Medicine held on the 14th of December 2017 in London.

Over the past two years the School has moved to meet these challenges, specifically as laid out in the QAA's 2015 Benchmark statement for Biomedical Sciences. This has resulted in the inclusion of genomic and bioinformatics within undergraduate taught programmes to ensure graduates are skilled and prepared to deal with this massive change of practice within their career. The MSc in Biomedical Science has a core taught module on Genomics and Proteomics to provide a comprehensive overview of basic genomics and proteomics, understanding the latest experimental techniques and interpretation of data. Bioinformatics is also available as an optional taught module.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Lecturer wins national teaching award

Congratulations to Andy Foey, our Associate Professor in Immunology, who has just won the inaugural Teaching Excellence Award of the British Society for Immunology.

You can read more about this on the university website and there will be an interview with Andy in the next edition of Immunology News, due out February 2018.