All entries for August 2008

August 26, 2008

Century old rule of Chemistry overturned – major implications for drug delivery

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/century_old_rule/

A new study by research chemists at the University of Warwick has challenged a century old rule of pharmacology that defined how quickly key chemicals can pass across cell walls.

The new observations of the Warwick researchers suggest that the real transport rates could be up to a hundred times slower than predicted by the century old “Overton’s Rule”.

This could have major implications for the development and testing of many future drugs.


Bones get mended with high tech glass–of–milk–a–day

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/bones_get_mended/

Scientists at the new Nuclear-Magnetic Resonance unit at the University of Warwick have discovered how a high tech glass of milk is helping bones mend.

Low temperature Bioglass is used to help fix broken bones, but until now no-one has been able to understand the process.


£20 million scheme to take medical research from bench to bedside

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/16320_million_scheme/

The Universities of Warwick and Birmingham have been jointly awarded almost £20 million to develop the world-class medical research undertaken at both institutions into practical applications for patient care.

The Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, has funded the Translational Medicine scheme as part of the Science City initiative, which draws together industry, business, education and the public sector, to establish the West Midlands region as a centre for world-class scientific research.


August 20, 2008

What do Greta Garbo, Madonna and Napoleon have in common? Why Glamour, Darling!

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=gundle.mp3

Stephen Gundle from the Department of Film and Television Studies at Warwick has published the first ever history of Glamour. Here he demystifies the mystery behind one of mankind’s most elusive concepts.


August 18, 2008

The Rise and Fall of the Working Men's Club

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=cherrington.mp3

As we bid a fond farewell to Coventry Working Men’s Club, the oldest in the UK, Dr Ruth Cherrington from the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies talks about the gradual decline of the Social Club, and how they have impacted on our society.


Lord Bhattacharyya Predicts Hospital Robots In Speech On Receiving Indian Award

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/lord_bhattacharyya_predicts/

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Director of WMG at the University of Warwick, has predicted that patients could in future find themselves face to face with a robot when they first arrive in hospital thanks to research work by his team.

He made the prediction in a speech today, Monday 18th August, in a ceremony in which he received an honorary doctorate of sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.


August 13, 2008

Dissidents in China

Dr Ruth Cherrington is a researcher in the Department of Translation and Cultural Studies.

She has family and friends from the Uyghur minority group found in Xinjiang Province, East Turkistan.

She can provide expert comment on the dissident movements in China.

Contact Ruth on 02476 574743, or via the press office on 07876 217740.


August 08, 2008

Public Bailout of Bank’s Recklessness

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=matthew_watson.mp3

In response to the ongoing sub-prime crisis, the recently published Crosby Report recommends that the Government uses public money to swap bank’s seriously damaged mortgage-backed securities for pristine government bonds.

Matthew Watson from the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University talks about these recommendations, and how the global ‘credit crunch’ is affecting Labour’s popularity with the electorate.


August 06, 2008

Broccoli could reverse the heart damaging effects of diabetes

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/broccoli_could_reverse

Researchers have discovered eating broccoli could undo the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels. Professor Paul Thornalley and his team from the University of Warwick have found a broccoli compound called Sulforaphane. This compound can encourage the body to produce more enzymes to protect the vessels, as well as reduce high levels of molecules which cause significant cell damage.


August 04, 2008

Chili, Chocolate, and Chips: Foods that Originate from the New World

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=rebecca-earle.mp3

Dr. Rebecca Earle from the Department of Comparative American Studies talks about the importance of diet in creating the Indian and Spanish identities in the early modern era, and how the foods that the Spanish once avoided in the New World are now ingrained in many cultures.


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