All entries for February 2008

February 25, 2008

GP’s Databases could identify tens of thousands with undiagnosed diabetes in UK

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Researchers from the University of Warwick who examined blood test records in a survey of over 3.6 million patient records held by UK GP surgeries have found thousands of cases of probable undiagnosed diabetes. This could help identify tens of thousands of people with undiagnosed diabetes in UK.

Research Finds Eager International Fan Base For Premier League’s Global Ambitions

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Research by Dr Sue Bridgewater of Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick has found a large and eager fan base that she believes would be a ready market for the Premier League’s ambitions to engage with the global market with a number of over eases premiership games.

February 22, 2008

£600,000 Research Programme to Stop Wipe Out of Key Kenyan Crops

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Researchers at the University of Warwick’s plant science department, Warwick HRI, have been given just over £600,000 to help protect two key Kenyan food crops – Kale and cabbage that frequently have complete harvests wiped out by Black Rot.

February 20, 2008

Leaders of Digital Revolution to take the campaign to West Midlands business

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Three of the country’s leading figures in the development and use of digital media have been signed up to highlight how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the West Midlands can take advantage of digital media. in a programme organised by the University of Warwuck.

February 19, 2008

Study Says Cathedrals Pleasing Pilgrims But Failing Secular Visitors

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New research by a team from the University of Warwick’s Religions and Education Research Unit has found that Cathedrals are still serving religious visitors but failing to adequately reach out to secular tourists.

February 14, 2008


Dr Peter Ferdinand is an expert in the politics of the Balkans.

He can be contacted on 02476 523419, or via the Press Officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740


It is likely that Kosovo will declare independence this coming weekend. The Serbian presidential elections are over and the EU wanted the declaration to be postponed until after then.

If is happens, it will come as a surprise to no-one. The UN’s envoy for Kosovo, former Finnish President Ahtisaari, advocated it a year ago. The US and most of the EU are in favour and the Albanian Kosovars certainly are.

All are aware of the strong objections of Serbia, as well other states such as Russia and China, who contest the principle of independence without agreement from all sides and would be happy to see talks continue indefinitely. Opponents fear that it will be taken as an encouraging precedent by oppositions that want secession elsewhere.

So the EU will try to pacify opponents by refusing Kosovo all the trappings of independence. It will still be under some kind of EU tutelage. The EU will also have a force ready to prevent attacks on Serbs still living in Kosovo. This is intended to reassure Belgrade.

However, opponents have had plenty of warning to prepare their response. Newly re-elected Serbian President Tadić will have to speak out and defend the interests of Kosovo Serbs. And since Russia itself is in the run-up to its own presidential elections in March, President Putin will probably use the occasion as a stick with which to beat the West. He has threatened to use it as a precedent to recognise the breakaway enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia. If that happened, Georgia would probably seek Western support.

Above all the EU will want to use diplomacy to prevent Kosovo from turning into a failed state in Europe. As it is, it will depend upon European assistance for years to come. But how far will opponents push their opposition?

February 11, 2008

Researchers find clue to how the brain rusts

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Researchers at the University of Warwick and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have discovered that the mechanism that we rely on to transport iron safely through our blood stream can, in certain circumstances, collapse into a state which grows long worm-like “fibrils” banded by lines of iron rust. This process could provide the first insight into how iron gets deposited in the brain to cause some forms of Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases.

February 05, 2008

£10 Million Scheme Brings Young Science Stars to Birmingham Science City

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The Universities of Warwick and Birmingham, have together just been awarded almost £10 million to bring young science stars to the Birmingham Science City region.

February 01, 2008

Getting Chinese medicine in to balance

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Director of the Health Science Research Institute and chair of public health Professor Sarah Stuart-Brown talks about some of the fundamentals of Chinese medicine and her own experience of the practice.

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