Biomedical Engineering – Not Just Science Fiction

By Chelsea Reighard, University of Michigan, USA

I remember my first exposure to bioengineering vividly. My love for science started in primary school, when I received a gift subscription to weekly science magazine. One Saturday afternoon I sprawled out on my parents’ living room carpet to read an issue about ‘wacky inventions’. I could not believe my eyes when I turned the page to find a mouse with an ear on his back—a human shaped ear!

While many of these tissue engineering and 3D printing applications seem to be the stuff of science fiction; the innovative medical devices and education approaches are real. I am fortunate to be spending this academic year researching biomedical solutions to clinical problems under the mentorship of Dr David Zopf.

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Policy Lunchbox: Review on Antimicrobial Resistance

Thoughts on Policy Lunchbox events at Charles Darwin House by Paul Richards, Policy Officer at the Microbiology Society.

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Antimicrobial-resistant infections are an increasing global threat, serious enough that in July 2014 the then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked Lord Jim O’Neill to lead a major independent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, to analyse the global challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to propose international solutions to tackle the problem.

Two years on, the Review has published several reports addressing different aspects of the AMR challenge and set out its final recommendations. These outputs have regularly featured in the news, and the team has engaged broadly with experts and stakeholders internationally, including governments, multilateral bodies like the World Health Organization, academia, industry and healthcare providers. Anthony McDonnell, Head of Economic Research for the Review on AMR, joined us for last month’s Policy Lunchbox event to discuss the Review’s work.

Getting the world worried

To help change behaviour and illustrate the seriousness of AMR, the Review drew on…

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Insights into animal research

By Gabriele Butkute, Science Policy Assistant at the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology

Animal research has led to the development of asthma inhalers, anaesthetics, vaccines and antibiotics. I’d be surprised if there was a person who hasn’t benefited from at least

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one of the above. Yet, there are many people who oppose animal research and still associate it with testing cosmetics, which has been illegal in the UK and EU since 1998 and 2013 respectively. A recent survey by UAR has showed that only 38% were aware of this.

As a signatory of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, the Biochemical Society was recently offered a visit to the King’s College London animal research facility which was kindly organised by Understanding Animal Research. King’s College London was awarded the Openness Award due to its outstanding achievements in raising awareness of their animal research and engaging with the public and the media (they had invited a reporter from the Mirror to visit its marmoset facility and take photos in response to an article from Animal Aid calling for charities to stop funding primate research).

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Celebrating Manchester – European City of Science 2016

By Helen Albert, Community & Press Editor, Biochemical Society

IMG_0204In 2013, Manchester was awarded the accolade of being the 2016 European City of Science in recognition of the city’s status as a world leader in scientific research and technology. While conferences, educational events and cultural activities have and will continue to go on throughout 2016, the highlight of the year is the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference held in the city this week, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton, a famous Manchester scientist. In addition to ESOF 2016, which is the largest general science meeting in Europe, a week-long festival of science related events and exhibitions has been going on across the city. Continue reading