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There's always something new to read about the Faculty, whether it's a new discovery by one of our academics, an award won by one of our students, or an upcoming event.

Most press releases will specify media contacts, but if in doubt, please get in touch with our Media Relations Officer Jamie Brown at jamie.brown@manchester.ac.uk or on +44 (0)161 275 8383.

Latest news

Greenland shark expedition returns with new data and spectacular footage
(21 June 2017)

An international team of physiologists including The University of Manchester’s Dr Holly Shiels has returned from Greenland, where they battled storms and icebergs to study one of the world’s most mysterious sharks.

University community honoured by the Queen
(19 June 2017)

Several members of The University of Manchester community have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours list.

EXPERT COMMENTARY - "40,000 premature deaths a year in UK caused by poor air quality"
(15 June 2017)

Today (Thursday 15th June) is the first ever National Clean Air Day and Professor Hugh Coe says it is imperative we reduce air pollution in our towns and cities.

“Poor air quality in our cities has been estimated to lead to over 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. The main health effects that are known to arise from poor air quality are heart disease and poor lung function. However, infant development, cognitive function and other diseases and conditions have also been linked to air pollution, though these links are not yet well proven.”

Prof Coe says those living in major towns and cities are at the highest risk levels: “To minimise the effects of pollution on our health we need to decrease the levels of pollution in our towns and cities and also reduce our exposure to the pollution,” he says.

“The closer we are to car exhausts the greater our exposure, so living close to major highways, working for extended periods near to major traffic routes, spending a long time in a car in traffic where emissions are taken into the car through the front grille all increase our risk.”

So what makes air pollution and contaminants so dangerous and what causes it? “Oxides of nitrogen and tiny particulates less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, that’s less than ten times the width of a human hair, exceed legislated guidelines many times each year across our cities affecting people who live and work there.”

Diesel vehicles are a particular issue according to Prof Coe, “these oxides of nitrogen are emitted largely by road vehicles and, in recent years, it has become apparent that reductions in emissions from diesels under test conditions are not being translated into on road reductions under real driving conditions. This has led to us experiencing large concentrations in our cities.”

 

Prof Coe adds whilst the vehicles on our roads are undoubtedly the primary source of air pollution, there are also other contributory factors: “Particulates arise from vehicle exhausts but also from other sources such as wood burning in homes in winter, commercial cooking, non-exhaust road emissions from tyre, engine and brake wear and resuspension from road surfaces. Construction makes a substantial contribution also.”

But Prof Coe adds there are some simple ways the public can help reduce emissions: “Things like not adding to pollution during the school run and exposing children to harmful pollution are extremely beneficial. Think about the journey, do you really need to use your car? And it’s not just the school run. We need to consider how we can commute to work in a cleaner, but efficient way and to think more carefully before we use our vehicles.”

That is why Prof Coe believes events like National Clean Air Day need to be embraced by the relevant authorities and general public: “The first ever National Clean Air Day aims to inform us of how we create pollution, how we can minimise it and also how we can reduce our exposure to it. The day is to encourage us into action to reduce our reliance on using our cars wherever we can, so we are not fouling the air for our neighbours.”

Professor Nalin Thakkar named in Top 50 public sector leaders list
(13 June 2017)

The University of Manchester’s Professor Nalin Thakkar has been included in a list of the top 50 most influential BAME leaders in the public sector.

Research tracks roots of harmful behaviour among young adults
(7 June 2017)

New collaborative research conducted by epidemiologists at The University of Manchester and at Aarhus University, Denmark has demonstrated the strong link between being admitted to hospital for trauma as a child and different forms of harmful and self-destructive behaviour in young adults.

World leading clinician-scientist to head cancer research in Manchester
(22 May 2017)

One of the world’s leading prostate cancer experts has been appointed by The University of Manchester to lead its cancer research strategy and to be the new Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).

Urine test finds what makes people say no to blood pressure lowering pills
(19 May 2017)

University of Manchester researchers together with their UK and overseas collaborators have found out that more than one third of 1,400 people with high blood pressure have not been taking their blood pressure medication.

Citizen scientists to track allergies with new smartphone app
(18 May 2017)

The public are invited to download a free app to track their seasonal allergy symptoms and to help researchers understand more about why the frequency of allergies are increasing.

New antibody drug-conjugate could be used to target treatment-resistant childhood leukaemia
(17 May 2017)

Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that a protein (5T4) found on the surface of cells contributes to chemotherapy resistance in the most common type of childhood leukaemia. Using a novel approach, early testing shows that targeting the protein with an antibody drug conjugate (ADC) could hold promise in improving treatment.

New test for childhood genetic disorders ‘transformational’
(15 May 2017)

The gruelling way doctors are often forced to diagnose a group of rare genetic disorders in children could be transformed by a new test developed by University of Manchester and Saint Mary’s Hospital.

New research suggests more sensitive approaches to detect and monitor inflammatory bowel disease
(15 May 2017)

A University of Manchester test on the mucus lining of the intestine, performed in mice, has found changes in bacteria that could lead to inflammatory bowel disease 12 weeks earlier than previously possible through looking at stool samples, leading to the possibility of earlier diagnosis and better management of the disease in humans.

Smartphones new weapon in war against anxiety
(4 May 2017)

New research has revealed that apps installed on smartphones can be used to significantly reduce anxiety.

Study highlights difficulty in estimating serious preventable events in primary care
(3 May 2017)

A new study from The University of Manchester has revealed the difficulty of defining and identifying rare but serious preventable events in primary care.

Research aims to drag asthma management into the 21st Century
(2 May 2017)

A new study by University of Manchester researchers, published today - World Asthma Day  -  has probed the features that both patients and healthcare professionals want from an asthma management app.

Right-dose medication could save NHS millions and improve patient care, say experts
(26 April 2017)

Twenty one of the world’s leading pharmacologists have urged drugs companies and governments to help change the way medication is dosed by signing up to a ‘roadmap for  change’.

Universities begin unique partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières
(25 April 2017)

The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have signed a unique partnership with the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in order to deliver an educational programme that will teach the leading humanitarians of tomorrow.

Major European Commission grant to boost Manchester researchers’ quest for scanning techniques to improve arthritis and cancer drug safety
(18 April 2017)

The University of Manchester is part of a new consortium which will develop new CT and MRI scan techniques and biomarkers to look at the accumulation of compounds in the body caused by drugs and the harm they may cause – potentially improving patients’ safety and the development of new treatments.

Cancer is complex, but so are our sexualities: LGB people with cancer share video experiences of care
(18 April 2017)

The unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people with cancer have been shared on a new video hub from The University of Manchester, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support – highlighting differences in their care, and issues around sex, support and bereavement.

Scientists identify new way of attacking breast cancer
(18 April 2017)

Scientists have discovered a brand new way of attacking breast cancer that could lead to a new generation of drugs.

Study reveals enormous advances for rheumatoid arthritis patients
(17 April 2017)

People living with Rheumatoid Arthritis have experienced significant improvements in their daily lives which is probably down to early and more aggressive treatment of the disease, according to new research from The Universities of Manchester and East Anglia.

Parent-mediated therapy may help babies at risk of developing autism
(11 April 2017)

The earliest autism intervention study in the world has suggested that a parenting intervention using video-feedback for families with babies at family risk of autism may reduce the severity of emerging signs of autism. This study is the first of its kind to work with babies in their first year of life who have a sibling with autism and are therefore at higher risk of developing the condition.

Effective communication from doctors could reduce anxiety for wet age-related macular degeneration patients
(10 April 2017)

Highly effective current treatments for vision loss need to be allied with careful counselling to ensure patients maintain good psychological health as well as good vision, new research recommends.

Psychologist puts positive spin on fear of spiders
(10 April 2017)

New research by a University of Manchester psychologist could give new hope to people who are scared of spiders.

Falls now commonest type of major trauma in England and Wales, report reveals
(6 April 2017)

The first national report on major injury in older people has been released by the Trauma Audit & Research Network, hosted by The University of Manchester, showing that falls from a standing height are now the most common cause of major trauma.

Trial of new triple inhaler shows 20% reduction in COPD flare-ups
(3 April 2017)

Flare-ups in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the UK’s fourth leading cause of death, can be reduced by 20% by a combined triple inhaler, according to the results of a trial of more than 2,000 people conducted by The University of Manchester.

New study reveals huge contribution of carers of terminally ill
(3 April 2017)

A landmark new study has revealed that family carers of people with cancer are providing care beyond the safe working hours recommended to preserve their health and well-being.

Just like Wolverine, humans need metal to maintain strong bones
(28 March 2017)

An international team of researchers, led by The University of Manchester, has used the UK’s Diamond Light Source facility (pictured above) to image the precise location and chemistry behind the growth in bone for the first time. Their research has provided fresh insight into how bones grow and develop, and how the traces of metal found in bones play a vital part in this process.

Moderate drinkers not at risk when taking a widely-used arthritis medicine
(27 March 2017)

People taking a common rheumatoid arthritis medicine are not at increased risk of liver damage if they stick to 14 units of alcohol a week or fewer, a new study from The University of Manchester has found.

Manchester scientists to receive £1.2million for new era in pancreatic cancer research
(24 March 2017)

Manchester scientists are set to receive £1.2million from Cancer Research UK to help transform pancreatic cancer treatment in the UK.

New role for immune cells in preventing diabetes and hypertension
(17 March 2017)

Immune cells which are reduced in number by obesity could be a new target to treat diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension that affect overweight people, according to a collaborative study between The University of Manchester, Lund University and the University of Salford.