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First Clinical Trial To Take Place At New Yorkshire Cancer Research Centre
The first trial will be led by Alan Melcher, Professor of Clinical Oncology and Biotherapy at the University of Leeds, and has been funded by Transgene, a French biopharmaceutical company. The trial…

Eco Roofer 'Goes Batty' With New Environmental Campaign

Chris Hopkins
Chris Hopkins
Brighouse-based Ploughcroft Eco-Roof is spearheading a campaign to save the declining number of bat species throughout the UK and raise awareness of a serious and growing issue amongst the roofing…

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Sat 11th Apr, 2015 | 10:54am

2 Million For Innovative Solutions To Help Tackle Kidney Disease


Six winners, announced this week, will receive a share of over £2 million as part of a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition aimed at developing cutting-edge technology…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 6:37pm

James Alderman
Moto E - The Phone About Town
By James Alderman
Features Writer
Moto E
Moto E
2015 is proving to be an important and exciting year for smartphone manufacturers.

As the end of the first financial quarter approaches, big industry players such as Samsung and HTC are already…

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Tue 24th Mar, 2015 | 3:31pm

The Deep Donates 12000 To Rescue Penguins


Nearly 750 penguin chicks have been reintroduced back into the wild following a chick bolstering project funded by the Bristol Zoological Society's urgent appeal at the end of 2014.

Every winter,…

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Fri 20th Mar, 2015 | 6:00am

Nanoscale Defect Detection Goes Large

Dr Feng Gao
Dr Feng Gao
The manufacturing environment can be a harsh one for delicate instrumentation. Now a University of Huddersfield scientist has been awarded a government-backed fellowship which will help him to…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 4:07pm

An Innovative Approach To Developing Malaria Vaccine


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has today published its fourth case study detailing how the regulator has helped researchers at the Jenner Institute, University of…

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Tue 3rd Mar, 2015 | 4:51pm

Ovarian Cancer Drug Discovered In Yorkshire Granted Approval


Ovarian cancer patients throughout Europe and the United States could soon be treated with a pioneering drug discovered at the University of Sheffield with funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research.

L…

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Tue 17th Feb, 2015 | 10:00am

Students Reap Rewards Of Hallam And UTC's Shared Vision

Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, (centre) and Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield (right) with UTC students demonstrating the prosthetics design project
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, (centre) and Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield (right) with UTC students demonstrating the prosthetics design project
Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Jones, has visited Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) to highlight how their shared vision and successful partnership…

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Fri 13th Feb, 2015 | 9:55am

Grant To Test And Develop New Motivational Cystic Fibrosis Treatments

Cystic fibrosis therapist and patient Jason Stanley at the Northern General Hospital's cystic fibrosis unit in Sheffield
Cystic fibrosis therapist and patient Jason Stanley at the Northern General Hospital's cystic fibrosis unit in Sheffield
A team of UK researchers, led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have been awarded a £2 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant to develop…

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Sat 7th Feb, 2015 | 11:34am

Sheffield Playing Leading Role In The Fight Against Tinnitus


Patients suffering with tinnitus, a common condition that causes continuously buzzing, ringing or humming sounds will be able to access a pioneering treatment thanks to a new clinical trial in…

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Tue 3rd Feb, 2015 | 9:45am

Uni Profs At UN Disaster Risk Reduction World Conference

L-R Dilanthi and Richard at the conference
L-R Dilanthi and Richard at the conference
Two University of Huddersfield professors were among the global experts who contributed to a United Nations conference that agreed on a new framework aimed at decreasing death and destruction from…

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Wed 1st Apr, 2015 | 3:22pm

Researchers Solve Science Behind Scalp Cooling

 Nik Georgopoulos and Omar Hussain
Nik Georgopoulos and Omar Hussain
Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment and can even deter some patients from undergoing life-saving chemotherapy. But researchers at the University of…

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Tue 31st Mar, 2015 | 8:00am

Simon Howship
What's The Big Deal About Apple Watch?
By Simon Howship
Features Writer

Apple Watch is set to be the next big release from the technology giant in April 2015.

It won't be long until the Apple Watch hits the retail shelves. Available to pre-order from April 10 it has…

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Mon 23rd Mar, 2015 | 3:27pm

Crash Survivor Lost Ability To Read And Write


A car crash survivor who lost the ability to read and write, despite sustaining only minor head injuries, was suffering from a rare cyst in the brain, psychologists have revealed.

Although…

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Thu 19th Mar, 2015 | 8:19pm

Stem Cell Therapy Heralded As Breakthrough In MS Treatment

 Bone marrow stem collection by APHERESIS
Bone marrow stem collection by APHERESIS
A pioneering new stem cell treatment 'rebooting' the immune system in some multiple sclerosis sufferers is being hailed as an encouraging step forward in the treatment of the disease in sufferers…

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Fri 6th Mar, 2015 | 4:25pm

Student Gets To Grips With Ergonomic Cutlery

Charlotte with her cutlery
Charlotte with her cutlery
A student from Sheffield Hallam University has turned what some may consider a disability to her advantage by producing a set of stylish, ergonomic cutlery for people with arthritis.

Charlotte…

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Thu 19th Feb, 2015 | 3:33pm

HRT And The Risk Of Ovarian Cancer


Dr Sarah Branch, Deputy Director of MHRA's Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines (VRMM) Division said:

"Our advice has always been that the lowest effective dose of HRT should be used for the…

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Fri 13th Feb, 2015 | 1:30pm

New High-Tech Scanner Brings World-Leading Technology To St James's

The new SPECT-CT scanner
The new SPECT-CT scanner
Patients at St James's University Hospital are now benefitting from an extremely advanced new £650,000 SPECT-CT scanner which can improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis for a range of…

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Mon 9th Feb, 2015 | 11:02am

Flu Vaccine Shows Low Effectiveness Against The Main Circulating Strain Seen So Far This Season

photo - NHS employers
photo - NHS employers
New research from Public Health England (PHE) has found that the seasonal influenza vaccine has provided low protection this winter against flu infection caused by one particular subtype, H3N2.…

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Thu 5th Feb, 2015 | 5:40pm

Scientists And Analysts Recognised For Work In Afghanistan

Sue Haines with her medal
Sue Haines with her medal
Staff from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have been awarded Operational Service Medals in recognition of their contributions whilst deployed in support of UK armed forces on…

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Mon 2nd Feb, 2015 | 3:56pm