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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

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.

Self-harm risk assessment scales ‘unhelpful’
(16 March 2017)

People who come to hospital after self-harm are unlikely to be helped by the use of risk scales when they see mental health staff, according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Intensive speech therapy improves everyday communication in chronic stroke patients, finds study
(14 March 2017)

Intensive speech and language therapy can significantly help stroke patients who have been struggling to communicate for six months or more, according to newly published research.

Mite-proof bedcovers may reduce asthma flare-ups in children
(10 March 2017)

Bedcovers which form a barrier to house dust mites appear to reduce asthma flare-ups in children, according to new research conducted in Manchester.

Psychological problems may increase surgery complications
(23 February 2017)

Poor healing of wounds and increased pressures on the NHS through readmissions are more likely if surgery is carried out on people with anxiety or depression, a University of Manchester study has found.

Enormous promise for new parasitic infection treatment
(22 February 2017)

The human whipworm, which infects 500 million people and can damage physical and mental growth, is killed at egg and adult stage by a new drug class developed at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and University College London.

B vitamins reduce schizophrenia symptoms, study finds
(16 February 2017)

A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins - including B6, B8 and B12 - can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.

Fish affected by Deepwater Horizon spill give clues to air pollution heart disease
(16 February 2017)

A study by Manchester and Stanford scientists into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans’ hearts.

Sexual health and sexual well-being - not an irrelevance to older people
(14 February 2017)

A new report from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University has highlighted that the sexual health of older people should not be overlooked by health care professionals in the broader context of maintaining well-being during ageing.

£6.7m NIHR funding secured for patient safety research
(13 February 2017)

A £6.7 million financial boost has been awarded to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) to create a city-wide early translational patient safety research programme, along with its fellow MAHSC partner, The University of Manchester.

New company provides vital resource for scientists in the fight against arthritis
(8 February 2017)

Manchester researchers have established a new social enterprise, Inspiral Biomedical Limited, to support the development of new tests and treatments for musculoskeletal conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Turning off the protein tap – a new clue to neurodegenerative disease
(8 February 2017)

Disabling a part of brain cells that acts as a tap to regulate the flow of proteins has been shown to cause neurodegeneration, a new study from The University of Manchester has found.

Young carers create first major project at The Horsfall
(1 February 2017)

How do we care in the 21st Century? What can be automated and what needs a human touch? Inspired by University of Manchester research, Hidden is a site specific, immersive show over three floors, made with young carers and exploring the future of caring. It is an intimate experience which challenges people to decide what the future should look like.

University marks World Cancer Day
(31 January 2017)

World Cancer Day on February 4 is a chance for us all to explore what everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Research study testing new treatment for Sanfilippo disease progressing well
(31 January 2017)

A study into a new treatment for Sanfilippo disease, a rare and fatal condition which causes progressive dementia in children, is progressing well with results set to be published later this year.