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Esther Becker wins 2016 UK Golden Triangle Discovery Fast Track Challenge

Research

We are delighted to announce that Esther Becker is one of two winners of the 2016 UK Golden Triangle Discovery Fast Track Challenge.

Waddell Group Research Published in Nature

Publication Research

The Waddell Group's paper "Re-evaluation of learned information in Drosophila" has been published in Nature.

Zaccolo Group published in Nature Communications

Cardiac Theme Publication Research

New (fluorescent) light on the fight-or-flight response as the Zaccolo Group has their paper published in the journal Nature Communications.

Professor David Paterson part of consortium awarded $8.6m grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Cardiac Theme Research

A consortium directed by Dr. Kalyanam Shivkumar at UCLA has received a three-year, $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The consortium hopes to map the heart’s nervous system, ultimately developing new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

First sign of a heartbeat: Paul Riley speaks to The Naked Scientists

Research

The heart is one of the first organs to form during mammalian development and, in a human, was thought to form a beating structure from 3 weeks following conception. But now new imaging techniques have shown that the process occurs even earlier.

Why running could keep you awake at night

Research

You’ve probably heard people say they enjoy running because it lets them switch off. Perhaps you feel that way yourself. Well recent research in mice suggests there may actually be a scientific basis for this, because brain activity really does decrease when you’re performing a simple, repetitive action. What’s more, while running may tire your body out, such exercise might actually reduce your brain’s need for sleep.

Neural pathways in complex mating rituals identified in fruit flies

Research

Scientists have identified the neural pathway in male fruit flies that allows them to perform their complex mating ritual, paving the way for deeper studies into sexual behavior and how it can be modified by social experience.

Emma Bardsley wins prizes at BHF CRE and OXION annual symposia

Research

Emma Bardsley won two prizes: BHF CRE Annual Symposium 2016: 19/9/2016 - Runner Up Poster Prize and OXION Annual Symposium 2016: 30/9/2016 - Winner of the Journal of General Physiology Poster Prize

First of our three billion heartbeats is sooner than we thought

Research

When does our heart first start to beat? Until now, researchers thought that the first time our heart muscle contracted to beat was at eight days after conception in mice, which equates to around day 21 of a human pregnancy.

Susan Hammond - Interview with The Naked Scientist

Research

DPAG's Susan Hammond spoke to The Naked Scientist about her research into spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Dr James Cantley wins EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept award

Research

James Cantley pitched his GaitThaw project at the EIT Health Headstart/Proof-of-Concept Awards in Dublin on 5 September 2016, winning the award.

Trial offers hope of a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy

Research

Professor Matthew Wood's group has found a promising treatment for degenerative disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a leading genetic cause of child death.

Study suggests routes to improved immunity in older people

Publication Research

A study from Oxford and Basel universities may point the way to maintaining our immune systems as we get older.

Gero Miesenböck wins the Massry Prize 2016

Research

Gero Miesenböck has won the Massry Prize 2016 for his work on optogenetics. He shares the award with Karl Deisseroth of Stanford University and Peter Hegemann of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

New hope for shock patients in intensive care

Publication Research

Care for critically-ill patients with shock could be improved, it is hoped, after the first successful testing by University of Oxford scientists of a new machine to record oxygen consumption in real time.

Ketone drink gives competitive cyclists a boost by altering their metabolism

Publication Research

A drink developed for soldiers to generate energy from ketones rather than carbs or fat allowed highly trained cyclists to add up to 400 meters of distance to their workouts, an Oxford-led study has reported in journal Cell Metabolism. The supplement, which will be commercially available within the year, works by temporarily switching the primary source of cellular energy from glucose or fat to ketones - molecules derived from fat that are known to be elevated in people consuming a low-carb, Atkins-like, diet.

Researchers discover Sandman's role in sleep control

Research

Oxford University researchers have discovered what causes a switch to flip in our brains and wake us up. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, brings us closer to understanding the mystery of sleep.

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