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New talking therapy could help cancer survivors cope after treatment New talking therapy could help cancer survivors cope after treatment

A new project to develop and test a talking-based therapy for cancer survivors, led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Barts Health NHS Trust and King's College London, has been awarded £2.5m by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

16 November 2017
Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime Women who have HPV jab may only need three cervical screens in a lifetime

Women may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime if they have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a new study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

10 November 2017
New DNA antenatal screening for Down’s syndrome is a ‘transformational advance’ New DNA antenatal screening for Down’s syndrome is a ‘transformational advance’

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have shown for the first time that it is possible to incorporate DNA analysis into antenatal screening for three serious chromosome disorders, including Down’s syndrome, in a way that is far more accurate, and safer and less stressful for mothers.

9 November 2017
Cancer researcher wins Lifetime Achievement Award Cancer researcher wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received the Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on cancer prevention and detection.

6 November 2017
Brain tumour’s 'addiction' to common amino acid could be its weakness Brain tumour’s 'addiction' to common amino acid could be its weakness

Starving a childhood brain tumour of the amino acid glutamine could improve the effect of chemotherapy, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and funded by Children with Cancer UK and the Medical Research Council.

1 November 2017
Latest medical research celebrated at William Harvey Day 2017 Latest medical research celebrated at William Harvey Day 2017

William Harvey Day 2017 saw hundreds of attendees gather to celebrate the best of research at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

31 October 2017
Royal London Hospital Hoardings

Learn about the historical partnership between Queen Mary University London (QMUL) and Barts Health Trust (BHT) on your walk to work

27 October 2017
LSI Studentships: 2017 PhD Cohort

The Life Sciences Initiative would like to welcome the following students who have been awarded the LSI studentships from the 2017 cohort

25 October 2017
LSI studentships 2018 – Call for projects

The LSI invites applications for PhD projects that fit within the following remits: Bioengineering; Computational Biology; Genomic Health; and Mind in Society.  

25 October 2017
Upcoming funding calls

The LSI Research Centres offer many funding opportunities throughout the year, from equipment and small grants to travel and showcasing. 

25 October 2017
Professor Panos Deloukas appointed Dean for Life Sciences

Professor Panos Deloukas has been appointed as new Dean for Life Sciences, starting Tuesday 3 October.

17 October 2017
Antidote to synthetic cannabis intoxication could be found in slimming drug Antidote to synthetic cannabis intoxication could be found in slimming drug

Early research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has potentially found an antidote that can rapidly stop the intoxicating effects of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.

12 October 2017
Children born prematurely have greater risk of cognitive difficulties later in life Children born prematurely have greater risk of cognitive difficulties later in life

Babies born preterm have a greater risk of developing cognitive, motor and behavioural difficulties and these problems persist throughout school years, finds a new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

11 October 2017
Medical school in Malta welcomes its first students Medical school in Malta welcomes its first students

A new medical school, based on the Maltese island of Gozo, has been launched by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

10 October 2017
Indian government needs to do more to tackle unapproved antibiotics Indian government needs to do more to tackle unapproved antibiotics

In India, the sale of antibiotics requiring the tightest control and regulation is rising the fastest, according to an analysis by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Newcastle University. 

9 October 2017
High BMI and blood pressure create a heavy heart High BMI and blood pressure create a heavy heart

Being overweight or obese creates damaging changes to the structure of the heart, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

4 October 2017
Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

3 October 2017
Duchess of York visits QMUL research centre Duchess of York visits QMUL research centre

The Duchess of York was announced as an official British Heart Foundation Ambassador, marking the occasion by spending the morning at The William Harvey Heart Centre, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

21 September 2017
New toothpaste uses latest research to put minerals back into teeth New toothpaste uses latest research to put minerals back into teeth

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have launched a new toothpaste which repairs decaying teeth using ‘bioactive’ glass.

20 September 2017
European Commission reverses decision on drug, following QMUL research European Commission reverses decision on drug, following QMUL research

A drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) has been granted a license by the European Commission, following evidence from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that it improves patients’ quality of life and is safer than previously thought.

11 September 2017
Theatre project boosts peer support for young people with asthma Theatre project boosts peer support for young people with asthma

An innovative theatre project and a game app have been presented by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) researchers at the British Science Festival as new ways to help teenagers with asthma.

9 September 2017
Repair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births Repair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births

Life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth could be prevented with a new bioengineering approach led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

5 September 2017
Landmark agreement reached for cutting-edge life sciences facility in Whitechapel Landmark agreement reached for cutting-edge life sciences facility in Whitechapel

The creation of a new cutting-edge life sciences facility to bring new treatments to patients faster moved a step closer yesterday as a landmark agreement was signed by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust.

1 September 2017
QMUL scientist shortlisted in national image competition QMUL scientist shortlisted in national image competition

An image submitted by a British Heart Foundation-funded researcher at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has made the shortlist in the charity’s annual ‘Reflections of Research’ image competition.

31 August 2017
Yemen’s Saudi-led coalition is responsible for the ‘worst cholera outbreak in the world’ Yemen’s Saudi-led coalition is responsible for the ‘worst cholera outbreak in the world’

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is overwhelmingly affecting rebel-controlled areas due to Saudi-led airstrikes and blockades, according to a letter by researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), published in The Lancet Global Health.

19 August 2017
Data revealed under FOI shows benefits of MS drug currently blocked by regulators Data revealed under FOI shows benefits of MS drug currently blocked by regulators

A drug that is blocked by the EU regulatory system has now been found to improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

18 August 2017
Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse

Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Bristol involving over 4,300 women.

21 July 2017
Moderate exercise and dieting reduces risk of caesarean section and diabetes in pregnancy Moderate exercise and dieting reduces risk of caesarean section and diabetes in pregnancy

Pregnant women who have a healthy diet and regular moderate exercise are less likely to have a caesarean section, gain excessive weight, or develop diabetes in pregnancy, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) using data from over 12,000 women.

20 July 2017
Research in the emergency room helps predict organ failure in critically injured patients Research in the emergency room helps predict organ failure in critically injured patients

Testing blood samples within the first two hours of injury could help predict which critically injured patients are more likely to develop multiple organ failure, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

18 July 2017
£8.6m awarded for global health research £8.6m awarded for global health research

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have secured new awards totalling £8.6m to deliver medical research that will benefit people in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

14 July 2017
Sugar intake during pregnancy is associated with allergy and allergic asthma in children Sugar intake during pregnancy is associated with allergy and allergic asthma in children

High maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of allergy and allergic asthma in the offspring, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) involving almost 9,000 mother-child pairs.

6 July 2017
New centre to transform treatment of mental illness and ethnic inequality New centre to transform treatment of mental illness and ethnic inequality

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and its partners have received £1.2 million from Lankelly Chase Foundation to establish a centre for transforming health services for ethnic minority people with severe mental illness.

5 July 2017
Women may be failing to take breast cancer drug due to confusion over symptoms Women may be failing to take breast cancer drug due to confusion over symptoms

Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer may be failing to take the preventive anti-cancer drug tamoxifen because they are confusing naturally-occurring symptoms with side effects, according to a study of nearly 4,000 women led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

30 June 2017
Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival returns for seventh year Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival returns for seventh year

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) celebrated a day of science research with a festival for London school kids.

28 June 2017
Researcher wins Engagement Prize for cancer research Researcher wins Engagement Prize for cancer research

Professor Fran Balkwill from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded an Engagement Prize by Cancer Research UK.

27 June 2017
Study of the mouse genome reveals new gene functions and their role in human disease Study of the mouse genome reveals new gene functions and their role in human disease

The first results from a functional genetic catalogue of the laboratory mouse have been shared with the research community, revealing new insights into a range of rare diseases and the possibility of accelerating development of new treatments and precision medicine.

26 June 2017
HPV testing leads to earlier detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancer HPV testing leads to earlier detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancer

Women who receive human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, in addition to a pap smear, receive a faster, more complete diagnosis of possible cervical precancer, according to a study of over 450,000 women by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive Cancer Center.

22 June 2017
Blood cell discovery identifies patients with aggressive prostate cancer Blood cell discovery identifies patients with aggressive prostate cancer

Patients who have aggressive prostate cancer could be identified by a highly accurate and simple blood test, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

15 June 2017
Teenagers with asthma feel mocked for using their inhalers Teenagers with asthma feel mocked for using their inhalers

Teenagers with asthma are embarrassed to use their inhalers even though they could prevent life-threatening asthma attacks, a new study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found.

14 June 2017
Previously unpublished trial data explain side effects of key MS drug Previously unpublished trial data explain side effects of key MS drug

Through a Freedom of Information request to the European Medicines Agency, researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have gained access to data from drug trials, revealing new information about a key drug for multiple sclerosis (MS).

12 June 2017
New research centre to improve health of women and unborn babies New research centre to improve health of women and unborn babies

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received £2m from Barts Charity to launch the Barts Research Centre for Women's Health, with the aim of tackling problems that affect mothers and their unborn and newborn children.

10 June 2017
QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative hosts new image award competition for staff and students QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative hosts new image award competition for staff and students

The cross-faculty Life Sciences Initiative (LSI) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) hosted its first Image Awards to celebrate wellbeing, health, technology and beauty in science.

9 June 2017
Genetic test for anal cancer could identify those at high risk Genetic test for anal cancer could identify those at high risk

A new genetic test could be an accurate and inexpensive way to find and treat those at highest risk of anal cancer - a disease with growing incidence in women, men who have sex with men (MSM) and people with HIV.

26 May 2017
Clinics should choose women’s breast screening appointment times to improve attendance Clinics should choose women’s breast screening appointment times to improve attendance

For women who miss a breast screening appointment, giving a fixed date and time for a new  appointment could improve poor attendance and be a cost-effective way to shift national participation trends, according to an analysis led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

16 May 2017
The Guardian ranks QMUL best in London for Medicine, Dentistry, Law and Film The Guardian ranks QMUL best in London for Medicine, Dentistry, Law and Film

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is 2nd in the UK for Dentistry, 3rd for Medicine and Law, and 4th for Film, as published today in the Guardian University Guide for 2018.

16 May 2017
Scans of brains and spinal cords reveal new insights into MS Scans of brains and spinal cords reveal new insights into MS

Some common assumptions about the nature of multiple sclerosis (MS) are being challenged in two new studies led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that analyse the brains and spinal cords of patients.

12 May 2017
New study will tackle challenge of treating multiple medical conditions New study will tackle challenge of treating multiple medical conditions

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have launched a new study to look at how older patients manage when they are prescribed multiple medications.

5 May 2017
Some statin-related side-effects are due to 'nocebo' effect Some statin-related side-effects are due to 'nocebo' effect

Patients report more side effects when they know they are taking a statin, than when they do not know whether they are on the drug or a dummy pill, according to a study by researchers from Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

3 May 2017
£1.5m awarded to apply preventive medicine to brain disorders £1.5m awarded to apply preventive medicine to brain disorders

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will establish a new Centre for Preventive Neurology, thanks to £1.5m of funding from Barts Charity.

28 April 2017
QMUL tops UK league table for Dentistry QMUL tops UK league table for Dentistry

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is the UK’s highest ranking university for Dentistry, as published today in The Complete University Guide league table for 2018.

26 April 2017
Father and son team win prestigious prize for surgery innovation Father and son team win prestigious prize for surgery innovation

A team of clinical researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Barts Heart Centre have won a prestigious prize at the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery’s Annual Meeting in Belfast.

23 April 2017
‘Past Mortems’ – Life and death behind mortuary doors ‘Past Mortems’ – Life and death behind mortuary doors

A new book by Carla Valentine, pathology technician at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), reveals her experience of working with the dead and what she has seen behind the doors of our mortuaries.

19 April 2017
Some stroke survivors disregard GP advice on medications Some stroke survivors disregard GP advice on medications

Some stroke survivors say they are disregarding GP advice on secondary prevention medications, such as statins, with some patients stopping their medication completely after only one or two consultations, according to a study of an online stroke forum led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

10 April 2017
Cancer Research UK Barts Centre receives £10m Cancer Research UK Barts Centre receives £10m

The Cancer Research UK Barts Centre at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received an award of over £10 million to renew its status as an official CRUK Centre.

3 April 2017
Trial to test for oesophageal cancer risk launches across the UK Trial to test for oesophageal cancer risk launches across the UK

A clinical trial designed by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will allow GP surgeries to test for Barrett’s oesophagus – a condition that can increase the risk of developing oesophageal cancer.

28 March 2017
Announcing the 2017 Life Sciences Image Awards Judges

We're delighted to share the judging panel for our 2017 Life Sciences Image Awards.

28 March 2017
QMUL researchers among Medcity winners

QMUL researchers among winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries

24 March 2017
Announcing the School of Genomic Medicine 3-day express course

The LSI Centre for Genomic Health to sponsor 10 places: Applications now open

16 March 2017
New protein discovered in ageing and cancer New protein discovered in ageing and cancer

A protein has been found to have a previously unknown role in the ageing of cells, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The researchers hope that the findings could one day lead to new treatments for ageing and early cancer.

7 March 2017
Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research

A researcher from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been announced as one of the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.

6 March 2017
Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology

A new £3m grant from Wellcome Trust to a consortium involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will help to set up a new facility for cryo-electron microscopy – a technology that is revolutionising biology.

3 March 2017
Highly effective cervical cancer screening for low income countries Highly effective cervical cancer screening for low income countries

Taking a small sample of cells from women at high-risk of cervical cancer could be a cost-effective and accurate strategy for early diagnosis in low and middle income countries, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

1 March 2017
Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study

A study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) finds that vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections including colds and flu.

16 February 2017
Obesity leads to harmful activation of the immune system Obesity leads to harmful activation of the immune system

Researchers find link between a high fat diet, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk.

10 February 2017
£2.4 million awarded for international trial on major traumatic bleeding £2.4 million awarded for international trial on major traumatic bleeding

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and NHS Blood & Transplant have been awarded £2.4m from the National Institute for Health Research and Barts Charity to carry out a large multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate a new treatment in major traumatic haemorrhage.

9 February 2017
New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people

Over 80 new genetic variants that strongly influence human height have been discovered in a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Montreal Heart Institute, The Broad Institute and the University of Exeter.

2 February 2017
Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension

Scientists have found 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments.

30 January 2017
QMUL and BH announce major new initiative in the Life Sciences QMUL and BH announce major new initiative in the Life Sciences

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust (BH) announce plans for a major new centre for Life Sciences in Whitechapel, home to the Royal London Hospital and a campus of QMUL’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.  

17 January 2017
Major grant awarded to resolve debate on treatment after major surgery Major grant awarded to resolve debate on treatment after major surgery

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded $1.5m (£1.2m) by Edwards Lifesciences to carry out a study into a debated therapy for preventing complications, especially infections, after major surgery.

13 January 2017
Teaching the importance of communication between doctor and patient Teaching the importance of communication between doctor and patient

In this blog post, Jo Brown, Head of Quality in Teaching and Learning at QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, talks about her recent experience of teaching Romanian oncologists about successful communication between doctor and patient.

9 January 2017
App to help smokers quit is developed by health psychologists and game designers App to help smokers quit is developed by health psychologists and game designers

A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to New Year’s resolutions to quit has been developed by academics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Kingston University.

4 January 2017
Three QMUL academics to receive honours from the Queen Three QMUL academics to receive honours from the Queen

Academics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been given two appointments of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and an appointment of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as published today in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

30 December 2016
Up to 8,400 heart attacks and strokes prevented through NHS Health Checks Up to 8,400 heart attacks and strokes prevented through NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check programme in England may have prevented an estimated 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes, or death from these causes in its first five years, according to an independent review of the programme led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

20 December 2016
£1m awarded for global health research £1m awarded for global health research

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded grants totalling £1m for medical research projects in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

16 December 2016
White blood cell treatment could prevent leading cause of foetal death White blood cell treatment could prevent leading cause of foetal death

Treating a type of white blood cell using hormones could improve the development of the placenta in women with pregnancy complications, according to early research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) involving mice and human blood samples.

12 December 2016
QMUL research underpins new health guidance on breast cancer QMUL research underpins new health guidance on breast cancer

The UK’s health watchdog has recommended the use of a cancer treatment drug to prevent the disease, after studying evidence from research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

2 December 2016
Giant ‘nerve cell’ to be built in London’s East End Giant ‘nerve cell’ to be built in London’s East End

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new science education space in Whitechapel, East London at Centre of the Cell, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

1 December 2016
Lifetime Achievement Award for Trauma Research Lifetime Achievement Award for Trauma Research

Karim Brohi, Professor of Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association.

24 November 2016
Psychiatry unit designated as WHO research centre Psychiatry unit designated as WHO research centre

The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry has been re-designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre.

23 November 2016
Medical school in Malta open for applications Medical school in Malta open for applications

Degrees in Medicine taught on the Mediterranean island country of Malta are now open for applications for 2017 entry.

16 November 2016
Sugar content of fizzy drinks alarmingly high Sugar content of fizzy drinks alarmingly high

The sugar content in carbonated sugar-sweetened beverages was found to be up to 52.8 grams per 330 mL can, or 12 teaspoons, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

15 November 2016
QMUL professor elected to be President of The Royal College of Pathologists QMUL professor elected to be President of The Royal College of Pathologists

Professor Jo Martin from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been elected to be the next president of The Royal College of Pathologists – a professional membership organisation concerned with the science and practice of the study of disease.

10 November 2016
New study shows extremist views linked with deepening divisions in society New study shows extremist views linked with deepening divisions in society

Having extreme pro- or anti-British views is associated with violent and antisocial behaviour and indicates deepening divisions in society, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

31 October 2016
MS drug may reverse some physical disability MS drug may reverse some physical disability

A drug used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), alemtuzumab, was found to reverse some of the physical disability caused by the disease, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

13 October 2016
Collecting injury data could reduce emergency attendances Collecting injury data could reduce emergency attendances

Data on injuries can be collected relatively easily at A&E departments to help understand injury patterns in communities, a study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has found.

11 October 2016
Scientists discover mechanisms of shape-shifting sea cucumbers Scientists discover mechanisms of shape-shifting sea cucumbers

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered for the first time how marine animals called sea cucumbers can rapidly change the stiffness of their body, which could provide a useful basis for developing novel biomaterials for applications in medicine.

5 October 2016
Toys and ‘enriched’ surroundings help fight infection in mice Toys and ‘enriched’ surroundings help fight infection in mice

Mice that are given toys and placed in stimulating surroundings have healthier immune systems, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

30 September 2016
More than two-thirds of cervical cancer deaths prevented by screening More than two-thirds of cervical cancer deaths prevented by screening

Cervical screening prevents 70 per cent of cervical cancer deaths and if all eligible women regularly attended screening this would rise to 83 per cent, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

16 September 2016
Multi-drug-resistant TB cure rates higher than expected Multi-drug-resistant TB cure rates higher than expected

Cure rates for multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Europe have been estimated to be twice as high as previously thought, according to a research team at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

15 September 2016
£6.5m grant to launch new heart disease Biomedical Research Centre £6.5m grant to launch new heart disease Biomedical Research Centre

East Londoners are set to benefit from a £6.5m national grant that will enable world-leading researchers to turn theories within laboratories into reality, improving the care of local people with heart disease.

15 September 2016
Detecting European birth defects due to Zika virus Detecting European birth defects due to Zika virus

European surveillance systems in Europe can detect increases in microcephaly (babies born with an abnormally small head) due to the Zika virus of a similar magnitude to those observed in Brazil, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

14 September 2016
Major global study reveals new hypertension and blood pressure genes Major global study reveals new hypertension and blood pressure genes

Thirty-one new gene regions linked with blood pressure have been identified in one of the largest genetic studies of blood pressure to date, involving over 347,000 people, and jointly led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Cambridge.

13 September 2016
Study finds links between depression and the risk of developing extremist ideas Study finds links between depression and the risk of developing extremist ideas

Depressive symptoms are associated with a higher risk of sympathies for violent protest and terrorism (SVPT), according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

8 September 2016
Most twins should be delivered at 37 weeks to minimise deaths Most twins should be delivered at 37 weeks to minimise deaths

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have analysed the twin pregnancies of more than 30,000 women to identify the ideal delivery period in an attempt to reduce rates of stillbirth.

7 September 2016
The impact of private sector contracts on NHS provision and treatment inequalities The impact of private sector contracts on NHS provision and treatment inequalities

Patient choice and the use of the private sector for hip surgery in Scotland was found to be associated with a decrease in NHS provision and may have contributed to an increase in age-related and socio-economic treatment inequalities, according to research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

28 July 2016
Award for London’s best medical student Award for London’s best medical student

A medical student from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has won the highly prestigious University of London Gold Medal.

27 July 2016
"With such a small piece of cloth, how do you choose what to cover?"

In her second blog post from Cambodia with RESULTS UK, QMUL's Dr Jess Potter reports from a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis ward in Phnom Penh and highlights the impossible choices that have to be made with limited funding.

26 July 2016
QMUL alumna appointed as chief scientist of Cancer Research UK QMUL alumna appointed as chief scientist of Cancer Research UK

World-leading cancer scientist and QMUL alumna, Professor Karen Vousden CBE, has been appointed as Cancer Research UK’s new chief scientist.

14 July 2016
Missing link in genetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance Missing link in genetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

The process by which a mother’s diet during pregnancy can permanently affect her offspring’s attributes, such as weight, could be strongly influenced by genetic variation in an unexpected part of the genome, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

8 July 2016
QMUL cancer research exhibit at Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition QMUL cancer research exhibit at Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

An exhibit about cancer research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is on display at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition from now until Sunday 10th July.

5 July 2016
Unexpected findings reveal insight into how cancer spreads in the body Unexpected findings reveal insight into how cancer spreads in the body

Cancer cells appear to depend on an unusual survival mechanism to spread around the body, according to an early study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The discovery could help with future development of novel treatments to prevent metastasis and secondary tumours.

23 June 2016
QMUL celebrates inaugural Festival of Communities QMUL celebrates inaugural Festival of Communities

A carnival of lost emotions, lively political debates and a floating cinema – Queen Mary University of London celebrated the end of the two-week Festival of Communities with a special on-campus event.

14 June 2016
Former England rugby players to help major brain study Former England rugby players to help major brain study

Former England international rugby players are set to be recruited for a major-scientific study examining the possible long-term effects of the game on brain health.

6 June 2016
President of Costa Rica visits QMUL President of Costa Rica visits QMUL

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) played host to a presidential delegation visiting from Costa Rica on 25 May.

3 June 2016
Cancer researcher wins prestigious Lister Prize Cancer researcher wins prestigious Lister Prize

Dr Susana Godinho from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded the Lister Prize Fellowship for her visionary work on cancer.

2 June 2016
Malnutrition results from more than just poor diet Malnutrition results from more than just poor diet

Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation alone. Immune disorder may be part of the cause, according to a review led by Queen Mary University of London.

27 May 2016
Lung cancer screening trial success Lung cancer screening trial success

The UK Lung cancer screening trial (UKLS) has demonstrated that patients with a high risk of developing lung cancer can be identified with early stage disease, and over 80 per cent were given surgery as a treatment.

26 May 2016
Vitamin A may help improve pancreatic cancer chemotherapy Vitamin A may help improve pancreatic cancer chemotherapy

The addition of high doses of a form of vitamin A could help make chemotherapy more successful in treating pancreatic cancer, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

24 May 2016
Researchers score hat-trick of medical sciences grants Researchers score hat-trick of medical sciences grants

Three researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded £100,000 each by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

11 May 2016
Salt reduction yields extra benefits for type 2 diabetes patients Salt reduction yields extra benefits for type 2 diabetes patients

A modest reduction in salt intake could reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease in people with early onset type 2 diabetes, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St. Helier Hospital.

10 May 2016
New festival to bring together communities in east London New festival to bring together communities in east London

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is jointly hosting a two-week festival which celebrates and brings together communities in the East End through a series of events.

10 May 2016
Opening young minds to bioengineering Opening young minds to bioengineering

A pioneering scheme called The Bioengineering Experience, developed for school children to explore advances in science, engineering and materials hosted a group of ten-year olds from St Joseph’s in the Park returning for their second visit to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

3 May 2016
Professor Jack Cuzick elected as Fellow of the Royal Society Professor Jack Cuzick elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Jack Cuzick from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been elected as a new Fellow of the Royal Society. The election is in recognition of his achievements in the application of basic science discoveries to the practice of medicine, particularly preventive medicine in cancer.

29 April 2016
Parliamentarians pay visit to QMUL researchers Parliamentarians pay visit to QMUL researchers

Chris Green MP, Stephen Timms MP and Baroness Neville-Jones were welcomed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on a visit organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

26 April 2016
New toothpaste ingredient hardens teeth while you sleep New toothpaste ingredient hardens teeth while you sleep

A new toothpaste ingredient which puts back the lost minerals from tooth enamel and helps prevent decay and treat sensitivity while you sleep has been developed by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

15 April 2016
Stroke survivors face ‘invisible impairments’ to return to work Stroke survivors face ‘invisible impairments’ to return to work

‘Invisible impairments’ can make it difficult for stroke survivors to maintain a job, according to a study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Cambridge.

7 April 2016
New role of environment in multiple sclerosis revealed by east London study New role of environment in multiple sclerosis revealed by east London study

Environmental factors may be playing a much greater role in the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) than previously realised, according to early research led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

18 March 2016
WHO event explores future of mental health care WHO event explores future of mental health care

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has hosted 18 experts from five European countries to discuss and explore options for how mental health care could be provided in the future.

16 March 2016
Researchers receive awards for clinical trials Researchers receive awards for clinical trials

Two medical researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been given awards by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to recognise their significant contribution to commercial research in the NHS.

14 March 2016
Brain tumour research community falls silent to remember lives lost Brain tumour research community falls silent to remember lives lost

Many thousands of people who have lost their lives to brain tumours were remembered as a minute’s silence was observed at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to mark national Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

11 March 2016
Study reveals the effect of genetic ‘knockouts’ on human health Study reveals the effect of genetic ‘knockouts’ on human health

Only a fraction of genes appear to be essential for human life, according to researchers from the East London Genes & Health project, working with Born in Bradford and others.

4 March 2016
Health experts call on Government to ban tackling in school rugby Health experts call on Government to ban tackling in school rugby

The UK and Irish governments are being warned that they should do more to protect school children from injury, including head trauma, while playing rugby.

2 March 2016
Common antimalarial drug could be used to treat major injury Common antimalarial drug could be used to treat major injury

A common anti-malarial drug Artesunate could be used to reduce organ failure following injury, according to an early study in rats led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

12 February 2016
New book uses science to reveal secrets to finding love in a digital world New book uses science to reveal secrets to finding love in a digital world

Scientists have compiled their analysis on how to find success in the world of online dating into a new book released this week. The book is the first of its kind to be based on robust studies of human behaviour.

12 February 2016
Scientists overcome hurdles for champion racehorses Scientists overcome hurdles for champion racehorses

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are a step closer to preventing the kind of injuries that affect ageing race horses like champion hurdler Rock on Ruby, the winner of Coral Hurdle at Ascot in 2015.

4 February 2016
Laws of nature predict cancer evolution Laws of nature predict cancer evolution

Cancers evolve over time in patterns governed by the same mathematical laws that drive natural processes such as the flow of rivers or the brightness of stars, reports a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and The Institute of Cancer Research.

20 January 2016
2,500 heart attacks and strokes prevented through NHS Health Check 2,500 heart attacks and strokes prevented through NHS Health Check

The first major evaluation of the NHS Health Check in England, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has found that the programme is effectively identifying people at risk of developing major cardiovascular incidents.

15 January 2016
World’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer research World’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer research

The world’s first national tissue bank for pancreatic cancer is to launch in the UK, to help push forward research into the cancer with the bleakest prognosis.

15 January 2016
Reducing sugar content in drinks could prevent one million cases of obesity Reducing sugar content in drinks could prevent one million cases of obesity

Reducing sugar content in sugar sweetened drinks (including fruit juices) in the UK by 40 per cent over five years could prevent one million cases of obesity, according to research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This would in turn prevent around 300,000 cases of type 2 diabetes, over two decades.

7 January 2016
Testing for brain damage in infants Testing for brain damage in infants

A new technique that could be used to test for brain damage in newborn babies has been developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

6 January 2016
New target for potential blood cancer treatment New target for potential blood cancer treatment

Mutations present in a blood cancer known as follicular lymphoma have revealed new targets for potential treatments, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) together with collaborators at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

4 January 2016
Injury research influences UK sports strategy Injury research influences UK sports strategy

Research and lobbying undertaken by public health experts at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has helped change the UK government’s sports strategy.

23 December 2015
£10m grant awarded for Barts Heart Centre £10m grant awarded for Barts Heart Centre

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust have received £10 million from Barts Charity for the creation of a world-class cardiovascular academic medical centre at the Trust’s Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

22 December 2015
Fortifying flour with folic acid could have prevented 2,000 UK birth defects Fortifying flour with folic acid could have prevented 2,000 UK birth defects

The UK’s failure to fortify flour with folic acid has caused around 2,000 avoidable cases of neural tube defects since 1998, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

22 December 2015
New generation of synthetic bone grafts created New generation of synthetic bone grafts created

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a new type of synthetic bone graft that boosts the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients.

18 December 2015
Drug provides another treatment option for an early form of breast cancer Drug provides another treatment option for an early form of breast cancer

The drug anastrozole is effective in treating an early form of breast cancer, according to a clinical trial led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

11 December 2015
Breast screening programme effective in preventing some invasive cancers Breast screening programme effective in preventing some invasive cancers

Screening for and treatment of an early form of breast cancer has been found to prevent subsequent invasive cancer, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

8 December 2015
Blizard Institute marks 10 year anniversary Blizard Institute marks 10 year anniversary

Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) world-class research centre, the Blizard Institute, is celebrating its tenth year.

4 December 2015
New grants for pancreatic cancer research New grants for pancreatic cancer research

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has received new grants from Pancreatic Cancer UK (PCUK) to fund five projects that aim to improve treatment options for pancreatic cancer patients.

27 November 2015
New strategy discovered for treating arthritis New strategy discovered for treating arthritis

Arthritis patients could one day benefit from a novel form of medicine, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Their early study indicates that arthritic cartilage, previously thought to be impenetrable to therapies, could be treated by a patient’s own ‘microvesicles’ that are able to travel into cartilage cells and deliver therapeutic agents.

26 November 2015
‘Poo Racer’ video game to flush away bowel taboos ‘Poo Racer’ video game to flush away bowel taboos

A poo racing video game which aims to change attitudes towards defecation and bowel health has been launched by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). A second new game, Gene Quest, has also been created to encourage interest in one of the world’s largest genetics studies.

25 November 2015
Award for outstanding use of information in MS care Award for outstanding use of information in MS care

Professor Gavin Giovannoni and Alison Thomson from the Barts MS Research team at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have received an award for outstanding use of information in multiple sclerosis (MS) care.

18 November 2015
Amrita Ahluwalia awarded Women in Science and Engineering prize Amrita Ahluwalia awarded Women in Science and Engineering prize

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded the 2015 Prize for Research by the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.

16 November 2015
Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective

Standard approaches for investigating risk of violence in psychiatric patients and prisoners are inaccurate and should be abandoned in all future studies, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

11 November 2015
£8 million awarded for pancreatic cancer research ‘dream team’ £8 million awarded for pancreatic cancer research ‘dream team’

A trans-Atlantic ‘dream team’, involving scientists and clinicians from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has been awarded £8 million to fight pancreatic cancer.

9 November 2015
London's Trauma System dramatically reduces mortality rates London's Trauma System dramatically reduces mortality rates

The London Trauma System has greatly increased quality of care for trauma patients, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the London Regional Trauma System.

27 October 2015
Collagen’s role in skin cancer Collagen’s role in skin cancer

Collagen has been found to play a role in suppression of blood vessel formation in a type of skin cancer, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The results suggest that type VII collagen could help suppress tumour formation in the skin.

22 October 2015
Clinical trial shows first ever positive results in treating primary progressive and relapsing multiple sclerosis Clinical trial shows first ever positive results in treating primary progressive and relapsing multiple sclerosis

QMUL researchers’ study shows positive results when treating both primary progressive and relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis with the drug ocrelizumab.

20 October 2015
East London Genes and Health celebrates 4,000th study participant East London Genes and Health celebrates 4,000th study participant

East London Genes & Health, the world’s largest community based genetics study, is celebrating its first milestone with 4,000 local participants taking part so far.

14 October 2015
Researchers awarded £3.5m grant to improve prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in South African schoolchildren Researchers awarded £3.5m grant to improve prevention of tuberculosis (TB) in South African schoolchildren

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded a grant of £3.5m to researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of Cape Town (UCT) to carry out a trial to determine whether a weekly vitamin D supplement can prevent tuberculosis (TB) in South African primary school children.

12 October 2015
Self-assembling material that grows and changes shape could lead to artificial arteries Self-assembling material that grows and changes shape could lead to artificial arteries

Researchers at QMUL have developed a way of assembling organic molecules into complex tubular tissue-like structures without the use of moulds or techniques like 3D printing.

28 September 2015
Fifty-year old drug is best in resistant hypertension Fifty-year old drug is best in resistant hypertension

Researchers from QMUL, working with other institutions, have found that a diuretic drug that has been in use for over fifty years could be the most effective treatment for a particularly high risk form of high blood pressure.

21 September 2015
Pancreatic cancer stem cells could be "suffocated” by an anti-diabetic drug

A new study shows that pancreatic cancer stem cells (PancSCs) are virtually addicted to oxygen-based metabolism, and could be “suffocated” with a drug already used to treat diabetes.

10 September 2015
Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh officially opens new dental outreach clinic in Stratford Olympian Kate Richardson-Walsh officially opens new dental outreach clinic in Stratford

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust are delighted to officially open their new dental outreach centre in Stratford, set in the heart of the Olympic Park.

4 September 2015
New approach to tackling uncontrolled high blood pressure shows significant results New approach to tackling uncontrolled high blood pressure shows significant results

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust have successfully improved blood pressure control among patients with severe intolerance to antihypertensive medication – by using medicines in unconventional ways and treating patients with a ‘stepped care’ approach (where the most effective yet least intensive treatment is delivered to patients first).

27 August 2015
High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds

The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits – according to new research published in the Journal of Caries Research and led by Queen Mary University of London.

21 August 2015
Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals Fallow deer are all about the bass when sizing up rivals

Research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, has found that fallow deer bucks make judgements about the possible threat from competitors from the sound of their calls.

14 August 2015
New study confirms listening to music during surgery reduces pain and anxiety New study confirms listening to music during surgery reduces pain and anxiety

Scientists have proved that listening to music before, during and after surgery reduces people’s pain, anxiety and need for painkillers – according to the most comprehensive review of available evidence so far, published today in The Lancet.

13 August 2015
Urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer now possible after biomarker discovery Urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer now possible after biomarker discovery

A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, researchers from Queen Mary University of London have found. The discovery could lead to a non-invasive, inexpensive test to screen people at high risk of developing the disease.

3 August 2015
Professor Jack Cuzick presented ANZBCTG Award for Excellence in Translational Research Professor Jack Cuzick presented ANZBCTG Award for Excellence in Translational Research

Professor Jack Cuzick, Head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London, was today recognised for his longstanding achievements in breast cancer research during the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group's (ANZBCTG) 37th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Perth, Western Australia.

24 July 2015
Public interest has ‘medicalised’ vitamin D yet benefits remain uncertain Public interest has ‘medicalised’ vitamin D yet benefits remain uncertain

Persistent public interest in vitamin D, plus widespread testing of vitamin D status and prescribing by doctors, has led to a significant increase in people taking supplements despite limited evidence of any health benefits – according to new NIHR-funded research from Queen Mary University of London and published in BMJ Open.

21 July 2015
Common mental health drug could be used to treat arthritis Common mental health drug could be used to treat arthritis

Lithium chloride which is used as a mood stabiliser in the treatment of mental health problems, mainly bipolar disorder, could be used to treat arthritis according to a new study.

16 July 2015
Barts Cancer Institute marks 10 years of pioneering work with book launch Barts Cancer Institute marks 10 years of pioneering work with book launch

Queen Mary University of London’s Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a two day showcase of its research past and present, and launched a commemorative book entitled ‘Every Rational Attempt: The Stories Behind Barts’ Contribution to the Fight Against Cancer’.

9 July 2015
Major new appointment for QMUL’s School of Dentistry Major new appointment for QMUL’s School of Dentistry

Professor Nikolaos Donos, an internationally renowned clinical academic consultant, has been appointed Head of Clinical Research and Professor of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Dentistry.

7 July 2015
Amrita Ahluwalia to become the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology Amrita Ahluwalia to become the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology

QMUL is pleased to announce that the next Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Pharmacology will be Professor Amrita Ahluwalia, Deputy Director of QMUL’s William Harvey Research Institute. 

22 June 2015
Showcase of world’s best science teaching arrives at Queen Mary University of London Showcase of world’s best science teaching arrives at Queen Mary University of London

The Science on Stage Europe festival which brings some of the best science teachers from around the world together to demonstrate their teaching and share ideas is underway at QMUL.

19 June 2015
Adult craze for purchasing human breast milk online poses serious health risks Adult craze for purchasing human breast milk online poses serious health risks

The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is potentially dangerous – according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

18 June 2015
New approach to immunosuppression could avoid transplant organ rejection, study finds New approach to immunosuppression could avoid transplant organ rejection, study finds

A new study has identified how blocking a special set of molecules on the surface of T cells can suppress the heart’s immune response – responsible for transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases such as myocarditis – whilst leaving rest of the body’s immune system intact.

16 June 2015
QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative to play important role in Whitechapel rejuvenation QMUL’s Life Sciences Initiative to play important role in Whitechapel rejuvenation

The changing face of Whitechapel over the coming years was the focus of a Future of London event held at the Blizard Institute on 28 May.

12 June 2015
Simple blood test identifies which patients are prone to serious illness after surgery Simple blood test identifies which patients are prone to serious illness after surgery

A simple blood test can predict with 90 to 100 per cent accuracy whether a patient is likely to suffer life-threatening complications after major surgery, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London and published in the journal Annals of Surgery.

7 June 2015
‘Massaging’ mice boosts immune system ‘Massaging’ mice boosts immune system

Massage-like stroking has a positive effect on the immune system of mice by reducing their level of stress.

5 June 2015
QMUL awarded £500k to develop novel dental implant material QMUL awarded £500k to develop novel dental implant material

Researchers from the School of Dentistry within Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have received nearly £500k in MRC funding to assess the effectiveness of a new injectable bone graft material used to replace missing bone in implant dentistry.

5 June 2015
Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death by 40 per cent Attending breast cancer screening reduces risk of death by 40 per cent

Women aged 50-69 years who attend mammography screening reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 per cent compared to women who are not screened – according to a major international review of the latest evidence on breast cancer screening.

3 June 2015
Synthetic spider silk could be altered to be stronger or stretchier Synthetic spider silk could be altered to be stronger or stretchier

After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.

28 May 2015
Brain tumour scientists come together to speed up translation of research from lab to clinic Brain tumour scientists come together to speed up translation of research from lab to clinic

For the first time, leading experts on brain tumours including Professor Silvia Marino from Queen Mary University of London, will share their insights and identify areas of prospective collaboration to speed up the process of translating research findings from laboratory to clinic.

21 May 2015
Centre of the Cell is a ‘wonderful emblem of public engagement’ as it celebrates its fifth birthday Centre of the Cell is a ‘wonderful emblem of public engagement’ as it celebrates its fifth birthday

The Centre of the Cell “is a wonderful emblem of how public engagement is embedded in what this university does,” said QMUL’s Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, during the science centre’s fifth birthday celebrations.

20 May 2015
Many fixed-dose drug combinations in India lack central regulatory approval Many fixed-dose drug combinations in India lack central regulatory approval

Fixed-dose drug combinations (FDCs) which have not received central regulatory approval are sold in substantial numbers in India – despite concerns over the safety and efficacy of these combinations – according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in PLOS Medicine.

12 May 2015
QMUL’s School of Medicine awarded Silver Athena SWAN QMUL’s School of Medicine awarded Silver Athena SWAN

The School of Medicine within Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is the recipient of a silver level award in the latest round of the Athena SWAN Charter awards.

27 April 2015
Scientists discover genetic cause of deadly rare disease ‘dyskeratosis congenita’ Scientists discover genetic cause of deadly rare disease ‘dyskeratosis congenita’

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have uncovered a genetic defect which causes the life-threatening condition ‘dyskeratosis congenita’ (DC) – a rare genetic form of bone marrow failure.  

23 April 2015
Concerns over UK government plan to increase participation in school rugby Concerns over UK government plan to increase participation in school rugby

Government plans to increase participation in rugby within schools fail to take into account data on the serious levels of school rugby-related injury and are happening in the absence of systems for injury surveillance and prevention – according to experts from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in the BMJ.

22 April 2015
QMUL launches new website for trauma survivors QMUL launches new website for trauma survivors

Queen Mary University of London’s Barts Centre for Trauma Sciences (C4TS) has today launched the new website Aftertrauma.org, the UK’s most comprehensive online resource dedicated to helping trauma survivors – and their families, friends and carers – on their long and complex recovery journey.

21 April 2015
New research gives clues as to why older people get more tendon injuries New research gives clues as to why older people get more tendon injuries

New research into how tendons age has found that the material between tendon fibre bundles stiffens as it gets older and that this is responsible for older people being more susceptible to tendon injuries.

20 April 2015
Scientists discover protein that boosts immunity to viruses and cancer Scientists discover protein that boosts immunity to viruses and cancer

Scientists have discovered a protein that strongly promotes immunity to viruses and cancer, opening the door to new therapies in the future.

16 April 2015
QMUL selected to be part of new genomics training programme for NHS professionals QMUL selected to be part of new genomics training programme for NHS professionals

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is delighted to announce it has been selected by Health Education England to be part of a cutting- edge new training programme in genomics for healthcare professionals across the country.

1 April 2015
World’s largest community genetics study launches in East London World’s largest community genetics study launches in East London

East London Genes & Health, the world’s largest community based genetics study, has launched today – aiming to improve health among people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage in East London by analysing the genes and health of 100,000 local people.

13 March 2015
CARDIS, a new European effort targeting mobile early-stage cardio vascular disease detection CARDIS, a new European effort targeting mobile early-stage cardio vascular disease detection

QMUL has partnered with imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and others to launch the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardiovascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics.

12 March 2015
New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation New findings on ‘key players’ in brain inflammation

Inflammation is the immune system’s natural reaction to an ‘aggressor’ in the body or an injury, but if the inflammatory response is too strong it becomes harmful. For example, inflammation in the brain occurs when a person has a stroke, or when suffering from neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

6 March 2015
Global health experts call into question sub-Saharan cancer data Global health experts call into question sub-Saharan cancer data

Global health experts believe the current data on cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa – which determines how billions of pounds of international development money is spent – are weak and could mean vital funds are being deflected from other priorities. These include diarrhoeal and waterborne diseases, malnutrition, sanitation and the need to strengthen health systems.  

27 February 2015
QMUL and Takeda announce research collaboration to develop new therapies in gastroenterology QMUL and Takeda announce research collaboration to develop new therapies in gastroenterology

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced a major research collaboration aiming to define new insights and develop novel therapies in gastroenterology.

20 February 2015
New HPV vaccine offers greater protection against cervical cancer than current vaccine New HPV vaccine offers greater protection against cervical cancer than current vaccine

Scientists have developed a new HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine which protects against nine types of the virus – seven of which cause most cases of cervical cancer. The new vaccine offers significantly greater protection than the current vaccine, which protects against only two cancer causing types of HPV.

18 February 2015
QMUL supports Boris Johnson trade mission to US QMUL supports Boris Johnson trade mission to US

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has produced a short film to support Boris Johnson’s trade mission to America to promote London as a world class study destination.

12 February 2015
QMUL and UCL agree to establish new institute to tackle cardiovascular disease QMUL and UCL agree to establish new institute to tackle cardiovascular disease

Queen Mary University of London and UCL have agreed to establish a joint Cardiovascular Institute to rise to the global challenge of cardiovascular disease.

4 February 2015
Hope for muscular dystrophy patients: harnessing gene helps repair muscle damage Hope for muscular dystrophy patients: harnessing gene helps repair muscle damage

Researchers have successfully improved the ability of muscle to repair itself – by artificially increasing levels of the BMI1 gene in the muscle-specific stem cells of mice with muscular dystrophy.

15 January 2015
QMUL researchers awarded £1.4m from charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research QMUL researchers awarded £1.4m from charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded a Specialist Programme Grant of £1.4 million from the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The programme aims to uncover the cause(s) of familial leukaemia and myelodysplasia–blood disorders that cause a life threatening drop in the number of healthy blood cells – and will begin in April 2015.

13 January 2015
Armed virus shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer Armed virus shows promise as treatment for pancreatic cancer

A new combination of two different approaches – virotherapy and immunotherapy - is showing “great promise” as a treatment for pancreatic cancer, according to new research from QMUL.

23 December 2014
New evidence reveals tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years New evidence reveals tamoxifen reduces breast cancer rates by nearly a third for 20 years

The preventive effect of breast cancer drug ‘tamoxifen’ remains virtually constant for at least 20 years – with rates reduced by around 30 per cent – new analysis published in The Lancet Oncology reveals.  

11 December 2014
QMUL awarded £5million to create new labs and expand science and engineering teaching QMUL awarded £5million to create new labs and expand science and engineering teaching

Queen Mary has been awarded the maximum allocation of £5million of new funding by the government in order to create two new facilities on our Mile End campus.

9 December 2014
QMUL’s Dr Neha Pathak wins Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Ultimate Women Award QMUL’s Dr Neha Pathak wins Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Ultimate Women Award

Dr Neha Pathak, an Academic Clinical Fellow from Queen Mary University of London, was last night awarded the ‘Ultimate Game Changer’ prize at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards.

4 December 2014
Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40% Vitamin D reduces lung disease flare-ups by over 40%

Vitamin D supplements can reduce COPD lung disease flare-ups by over 40% in patients with a vitamin D deficiency – according to new research from Queen Mary University of London.

2 December 2014
Scientists discover treatment breakthrough for advanced bladder cancer Scientists discover treatment breakthrough for advanced bladder cancer

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London's Barts Cancer Institute have made a breakthrough in developing a new therapy for advanced bladder cancer – for which there have been no major treatment advances in the past 30 years.

27 November 2014
QMUL hosts panel discussion on children and sport QMUL hosts panel discussion on children and sport

Public health experts, doctors, professional sports players and parents are gathering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on 27-28 November to debate issues around children and sport, including managing injury and increasing participation.

25 November 2014
Whitechapel Vision nominated for national award Whitechapel Vision nominated for national award

New plans to regenerate the Whitechapel area have been recognised at the national 2014 Planning Awards.

17 November 2014
1 in 6 women who have large tissue removal during colposcopy will have a premature birth 1 in 6 women who have large tissue removal during colposcopy will have a premature birth

One in six women who have a large amount of tissue removed (15+mm) during colposcopy, to treat abnormal cells on the cervix, will go on to have a premature birth. This is double the number compared to those who have only a small amount removed – according to new findings from Queen Mary University of London.

7 November 2014
Centre for Public Engagement funds eight new projects Centre for Public Engagement funds eight new projects

Every year the QMUL Centre for Public Engagement distributes Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) awards to support activities that bring new audiences to the work being done here at the university.

17 October 2014
Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day at QMUL Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day at QMUL

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of women to science, technology engineering, and mathematics. This year we wanted to keep our celebrations close to home by giving some of those working at QMUL the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work.

14 October 2014
Scientists identify potential cause for 40 per cent of pre-term births Scientists identify potential cause for 40 per cent of pre-term births

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and UCL (University College London) have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM), which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide.

13 October 2014
Health sector regulator using powers to reduce hospital and community services, warn experts Health sector regulator using powers to reduce hospital and community services, warn experts

Licence conditions imposed by the health sector regulator, Monitor, on NHS foundation trusts in England will lead to a reduction in hospital community services under the guise of ‘continuity’, warn experts from Queen Mary University of London.  

8 October 2014
NICE recommends brief counselling and as-needed nalmefene to help people with alcohol dependence NICE recommends brief counselling and as-needed nalmefene to help people with alcohol dependence

The drug nalmefene, which can help people dependent on alcohol cut down on the amount they drink, has been recommended in final draft guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

3 October 2014
750 million people worldwide suffering from severe gum disease 750 million people worldwide suffering from severe gum disease

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe are suffering from severe gum infections, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London.

2 October 2014
Queen Mary receives share of £125m for bioscience PhD students Queen Mary receives share of £125m for bioscience PhD students

Queen Mary University of London is part of a group of London-based institutions awarded £15m to train bioscience PhD students as part of a £125m nationwide campaign to support the training and development of PhD students tackling some of the world’s major challenges.

2 October 2014
New study finds vulnerability to radicalisation is linked to depression New study finds vulnerability to radicalisation is linked to depression

Members of the British Muslim community who are most at risk of radicalisation are more likely to have depression and be socially isolated, a pioneering research study led by Queen Mary University of London has found.

25 September 2014
Drama, Medicine and Dentistry amongst best in UK in Sunday Times guide Drama, Medicine and Dentistry amongst best in UK in Sunday Times guide

Drama, Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) all appear in the UK’s top 5 in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, released on Sunday 21 September.

22 September 2014
New approach to arthritis treatment could avoid serious side-effects New approach to arthritis treatment could avoid serious side-effects

A new approach to arthritis treatment, which avoids unforeseen side-effects by delivering drugs exclusively to affected inflamed joints, has been developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London.

18 September 2014
Online endocrinology degree shortlisted for national e-learning award Online endocrinology degree shortlisted for national e-learning award

A Queen Mary University of London postgraduate course focusing on the science of hormone medicine has been shortlisted at this year’s national e-learning awards, in the category of ‘best online distance learning programme’.

18 September 2014
Urine HPV test could offer alternative to conventional smear and improve screening uptake Urine HPV test could offer alternative to conventional smear and improve screening uptake

A simple urine test for human papillomavirus (HPV) could offer a more acceptable, non-invasive alternative to the conventional cervical test and improve screening uptake, researchers from Queen Mary University of London have found.

17 September 2014
Major grant for research into wound-healing Major grant for research into wound-healing

The UK’s leading medical charity for animal replacement research, the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT), has awarded a major grant to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) for research into healing chronic wounds, such as diabetes ulcers – a major healthcare concern in the UK.

16 September 2014
Report on e-cigarette dangers is misleading, say experts Report on e-cigarette dangers is misleading, say experts

World leading tobacco experts, including Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), argue that a recently published World Health Organization (WHO)-commissioned review of evidence on e-cigarettes contains important errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations.  

5 September 2014
Public Health experts launch consultation on Draft Bill to restore the NHS Public Health experts launch consultation on Draft Bill to restore the NHS

Leading public health experts have launched a consultation on a new Bill which aims to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the National Health Service (NHS) in England as an accountable public service.

1 September 2014
Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding leukaemia Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding leukaemia

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered mutations in genes that lead to childhood leukaemia of the acute lymphoblastic type – the most common childhood cancer in the world.

14 August 2014
Scientists discover link between skin diseases and Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome Scientists discover link between skin diseases and Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) who specialise in genetics of the skin are investigating an unlikely link between skin disease and heart disease which will hopefully shed new light on why someone is predisposed to sudden cardiac death syndrome.

14 August 2014
Queen Mary University of London awarded £24m from MRC to support the 100,000 Genomes Project Queen Mary University of London awarded £24m from MRC to support the 100,000 Genomes Project

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded £24m from the MRC to support Genomics England in the delivery of the Government's 100,000 Genomes Project. The award will go directly towards providing cutting-edge Genomics Medicine Data Architecture.

1 August 2014
Current evidence suggests benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harms Current evidence suggests benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harms

A major scientific review of available research on the use, content, and safety of e-cigarettes has concluded that – although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown – compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders.

31 July 2014
The UK’s first new dental school and hospital for 40 years opens today The UK’s first new dental school and hospital for 40 years opens today

Patients and students in London’s East End are set to benefit as the UK’s first new dental school and hospital in nearly 40 years – the £78m Royal London Dental Hospital – officially opens its doors today.

12 June 2014
Royal recognition for tech start-up entrepreneur and QMUL researcher Royal recognition for tech start-up entrepreneur and QMUL researcher

A scientist from Queen Mary University of London attended a prestigious reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday 9 June to recognise the growing potential of UK tech start-ups.

11 June 2014
Stem cells are a soft touch for nano-engineered biomaterials Stem cells are a soft touch for nano-engineered biomaterials

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have shown that stem cell behaviour can be modified by manipulating the nanoscale properties of the material they are grown on - improving the potential of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as a result.

9 June 2014
£40,000 fund for life science round table discussions and meetings

We will be announcing the first of these events soon.

1 October 2013
Life Science Institute planned to open in 2017

Queen Mary is developing plans for a large-scale Life Sciences Institute to foster high quality, interdisciplinary research, education and public engagement.

9 September 2013
New Life Science PhD programme to start in 2014

Interdisciplinary research activity in the life sciences is to be encouraged by the new life sciences PhD programme – six PhD studentships a year – starting in 2014.

9 September 2013
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