New mechanism for the spreading of pain in inflammatory arthritis

By Lucy Tyler   As the home of the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, much of the research conducted at the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences in the Queen’s Medical Centre, is based on chronic pain and how it can be treated more effectively. Arthritis is an umbrella term for disorders of the …

Are Plant-based Diets Good for the Brain?

By Vaishali Gursal (3rd year BSc Neuroscience)   Earlier this month, a study by the University of Oxford concluded that a global switch to a plant-based diet (rich in fruits and vegetables, along with a heavily decreased consumption of red and processed meat) could cut greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds, reduce global expenditure on healthcare …

Optogenetics: Illuminating Research by Controlling Cells with Light

By Laura Humphrys, Postgraduate Research Student   Optogenetics allows us to switch cells on and off using light. The term ‘optogenetics’ is easiest to understand when broken down into its two important features: ‘opto’ meaning light, and ‘genetics’ referring to DNA and our biological makeup. Different techniques associated with optogenetics all have the common goal to …

‘Superbugs: The Fight For Our Lives’ Exhibition Review

By Viviane Mignone, Postdoctoral Fellow The indiscriminate use of antibiotics over the last century has created a global threat that is responsible for approximately 700,000 deaths a year, worldwide. The current projections state that by 2050, 30 million people may die from a superbug infection. The attempts to stop this exponential rise of superbugs involves …

Blue Planet II: A Call to Action

By Daniele D’Agostino and Stephanie Heyworth, Postgraduate Research Students Each episode of Blue Planet II has been watched by an average audience of 10 million, and the series has already been sold to more than 30 countries, with the potential for the series to become a global hit. This is not surprising as the documentary …