Research news

University of Birmingham launches trial to fight cancer caused by a common virus

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The trial of a vaccine which can treat some forms of cancer caused by a common herpes virus known as the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) has been launched by Cancer Research UK's Drug Development Office (DDO) at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
30/09/2014

Family cooking lessons and fun exercise could be the key to cutting childhood obesity

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Organising cooking lessons for parents and children and planning extra exercise classes in school time are some of the activities that have shown promise in preventing obesity in primary school aged children, a University of Birmingham study published today has shown.
Date:
30/09/2014

Study identifies new, effective way to diagnose latent TB

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A study co-authored by the University of Birmingham has identified the most effective way to test people with latent tuberculosis (TB), a potentially fatal infection that has increased in the UK in recent years.
Date:
30/09/2014

Public choose antibiotics as the winning theme for £10m prize

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Antibiotic resistance has been selected by the public as the focus for a £10m prize set up to tackle a major challenge of our time.
Date:
30/09/2014

Less than 1% of UK public research funding spent on antibiotic research in past 5 years

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Less than 1% of research funding awarded by public and charitable bodies to UK researchers in 2008–13 was awarded for research on antibiotics, according to new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Date:
30/09/2014

The war on leukaemia: how the battle for cell production could be decisive

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A key step in understanding the nature of the fight for superiority between mutated genes and normal genes could lead to new therapies to combat leukaemia, say researchers from the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University.
Date:
30/09/2014

Blog: Local government: keepers of the moral compass?

Blog: Local government: keepers of the moral compass?
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Written by Catherine Staite. Barry Quirk's excellent article in the Local Government Chronicle highlighted the often overlooked role of local government as the guardian of pubic ethics.
Date:
30/09/2014

Superdiversity at work: Hierarchies of belonging, mobile labour and incongruous encounters with difference

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All are welcome at this seminar on 'Superdiversity at work: Hierarchies of belonging, mobile labour and incongruous encounters with difference'.
Date:
30/09/2014

Research project: Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First programmes (Nov 2012 - Feb 2015)

Research project: Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First programmes (Nov 2012 - Feb 2015)
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The evaluation will assess the delivery and social impact of both programmes, providing continuous learning and relevant insights for programme development.
Date:
30/09/2014

Research project: Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process (Jan 2014 - Mar 2015)

Research project: Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process (Jan 2014 - Mar 2015)
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This project seeks to explore and suggest ways to address the frustrations which attempts to translate research into policy can bring. A focus of concern for academics is the fidelity of translation to their research findings. For policy-makers, the focus is often the function of the translation for the demands they are seeking to address.
Date:
30/09/2014

Blog: Local government - more appreciated than it often thinks

Blog: Local government - more appreciated than it often thinks
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Written by Chris Game. Someone asked me recently if, in those opinion polls that regularly monitor these things, net satisfaction with the government's record was ever positive. In other words, are there ever nowadays more of us satisfied than dissatisfied with those who govern us, or have we become, on balance, a nation of malcontents, whoever we happen to have elected?
Date:
30/09/2014

Routledge publish new collection on Multicultural Education edited by David Gillborn

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New four volume collection of definitive international scholarship on Multicultural Education
Date:
29/09/2014

China and India's border dispute rises to dangerous new heights

China and India's border dispute rises to dangerous new heights
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Written by Dr Tsering Topgyal. On September 19 the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, concluded a three-day trip to India. As he set off to meet Narendra Modi, Xi wrote in The Hindu that China and India "need to become co-operation partners." This does not explain why his soldiers entered Indian territory without authorisation on the first day of his visit.
Date:
29/09/2014

EU pragmatism has rewarded Russia's brazen trade bullying

EU pragmatism has rewarded Russia's brazen trade bullying
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Written by Dr Kataryna Wolczuk and Rilka Dragneva-Lewers. Few bilateral agreements have ever had such turbulent history and implications as the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine.
Date:
29/09/2014

Dr Chris Laoutaris lectures at former home of Elizabethan female Firebrand

Dr Chris Laoutaris lectures at former home of Elizabethan female Firebrand
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Dr Chris Laoutaris lectured at Bisham Abbey in Berkshire.
Date:
26/09/2014

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2014-15

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2014-15
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The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
26/09/2014

Blog: What skills does a 21st Century fire service need?

Blog: What skills does a 21st Century fire service need?
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Written by Dave Cross. Over the past twenty years the fire service, like many other public sector agencies has undergone radical change. Whilst the public's expectation of the fire service as a response based fire and rescue service remains the same, the organisational expectations of fire fighters has increased markedly. To quote a senior Greater Manchester fire officer "The job of a fire fighter nowadays has changed from not just putting out fires… to almost being a semi social worker".
Date:
26/09/2014

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions

Civil Engineers defy the elements to protect crop trade and save Britain millions
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Lodging, the term used to describe the flattening effect of high wind speeds and heavy rainfall on trees or crops, has a significant economic impact on the UK crop industry. Research in the School of Civil Engineering seeks to make recommendations for improvements in the agricultural industry to reduce the sometimes devastating effects. "A generalised model of crop lodging" was awarded College Best Publication Award.
Date:
25/09/2014

College welcomes Distance Learning students

College welcomes Distance Learning students
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The College of Arts and Law welcomes its 2014 Distance Learning students as part of the University's welcome week.
Date:
25/09/2014

Blog: Devo max - what it is and why it won't happen

Blog: Devo max - what it is and why it won't happen
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Written by Chris Game. Devo Max – it sounds like a 99% efficient toilet cleaner, or a dodgy West Country car dealer, but either way I visualise its initials in upper case. And that's its problem. It's undoubtedly the 'must use' expression of the month. It's not complicated, like 'full fiscal autonomy' or the Barnett formula, so anyone feels able to drop it authoritatively into even casual conversation. And everyone has their own idea of what it is.
Date:
25/09/2014
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