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Researchers pin down enzyme role in muscle 'aging'

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified the role of an enzyme in muscle wasting, and associated age-related problems. They believe that inhibiting it could hold the key to developing ways of preventing, or reversing, the adverse effects.
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20/05/2015

The dark side of the 'love hormone'; research points to striking similarities with the effects of alcohol

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Researchers at the University of Birmingham have highlighted significant similarities between the behavioural effects of oxytocin and alcohol.
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20/05/2015

Researchers identify a genetic marker, which influences brain activity patterns that place children at higher risk of psychological problems later in life

Researchers identify a genetic marker, which influences brain activity patterns that place children at higher risk of psychological problems later in life
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Researchers studying a healthy population of young children have uncovered evidence for an association between a genetic marker that modulates the uptake of a particular brain chemical ('neurotransmitter'), serotonin (5-HTTLPR), and patterns of activation in the right and left frontal lobes of the brain, that have previously been associated with increased susceptibility for later psychological problems, including depression and anxiety.
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19/05/2015

PhD student paper points to improved method for investigating brain changes in sleep

PhD student paper points to improved method for investigating brain changes in sleep
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Rebecca Wilson, a PhD student in the School of Psychology, has recently published her work in the journal NeuroImage. The study investigates dynamic changes in the connectivity of brain regions using fMRI.
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19/05/2015

Motor system may be involved in selection of perceptual targets, PhD student paper suggests

Motor system may be involved in selection of perceptual targets, PhD student paper suggests
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School of Psychology PhD student Phil Woodgate is lead author on a new paper published in Behavioural Brain Research on the topic of visual attention. This recent paper by Phil and colleagues suggests that the motor system, a brain area involved in programming and executing motor responses, is also involved in the selection of perceptual targets.
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19/05/2015

State of the Nation: Ten things we learned about the NHS under the coalition

State of the Nation: Ten things we learned about the NHS under the coalition
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Unlike in 2010, healthcare was a key electoral battleground this May. In thinking through how we got from the 2010 inheritance to now, here are ten things we didn't know then but certainly know now.
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19/05/2015

University of Birmingham appoints two new Pro-Vice-Chancellors

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The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce two senior appointments to help drive forward its ambitious teaching and research strategies and strengthen its position as a leading global institution.
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19/05/2015

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. An attempt by the incumbent president to change the constitution and run for a third term has exposed deep and dangerous divisions.
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18/05/2015

University of Birmingham to host 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference

University of Birmingham to host 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference
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The University of Birmingham will be hosting the 2015 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technical Conference at the Millennium Point in Birmingham from Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 May 2015. The conference brings together experts in fuel cell and hydrogen research and application from across Europe to discuss the technical developments and trends within the science and technology industry.
Date:
18/05/2015

David Gange at the Intercontinental Academy, Sao-Paulo

David Gange at the Intercontinental Academy, Sao-Paulo
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Dr David Gange delivered the closing report of the first meeting of the Intercontinental Academy, organised through collaboration between Institutes of Advanced Study. This was held in Sao Paulo, addressing the concept of Time.
Date:
18/05/2015
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