Bacteria vs Antibiotics?

Find out the real winner in a game of Bacteria Combat!

By Carla Brown, University of Glasgow

In a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on digital devices, apps and ‘quick fix solutions’, how do we continue to engage the public with science?  After attempting several methods of public engagement during my PhD at University of Glasgow, I believe that the solution for this lies within gamification.

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Five things having a career break has taught me

By Marjorie Gibbon, Daphne Jackson Fellow, University of Bath2015-11-09 13.06.02

After a 16 year break from my research career I am really enjoying the opportunity that my Daphne Jackson Fellowship has given me. Based at the University of Bath, my project is to investigate the effects of hyperglycaemia (an excess of glucose in the bloodstream) on the immune response. People with diabetes have an impaired immune response and this, as well as the many other complications, is thought to be the result of the uncontrolled binding of sugars to proteins. To study this I am developing an invertebrate model of hyperglycaemia, which can be used to study these damaged proteins.

Having a career break has its ups and downs and I have summarised the five top things I have learned from my experience below. I hope they will help inform and inspire others in my position. Continue reading

Crystal Clear Visibility in Vercelli


By Pietro Roversi, Research Associate, University of Oxford

I am a Research Associate at Oxford University and I attended the annual meeting of the Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC) held in Vercelli, Italy, 14-18 september 2015. As it turned out, the AIC president had organised a special structural biology symposium straight after my talk, which was on the last morning of the meeting. This meant that I gave my talk in front of the whole Italian structural biology community – plus a few invited speakers from the UK!

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Top challenges facing big data in healthcare


shutterstock_52453933People tend to use the word ‘astronomical’ to illustrate an enormous size of numbers. Dr Bissan Al-Lazikani, computational biologist and data scientist from the Institute of Cancer Research, joked at our recent Policy Lunchbox event on big data that we should call huge numbers ‘genomic’, rather than ‘astronomical’ – it’s just more accurate that way.

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