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Charlotte Hartwright publishes Theory of Mind paper in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Charlotte Hartwright publishes Theory of Mind paper in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Description
In a forthcoming paper, Dr Charlotte Hartwright, working with Professor Ian Apperly and Dr Peter Hansen, provides new understanding on the role of the rostral medial prefrontal cortex (rmPFC) in enabling us to represent the mind states of other social agents, termed having a 'Theory of Mind' (ToM).
Date:
17/01/2014

Partnership event for project exploring views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities

Partnership event for project exploring views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities
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A team of researchers from the School of Psychology have been working on a project funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The project has been exploring the views of social care services amongst people with learning disabilities from minority ethnic groups. On the 29th November, they held an event at the University which involved working with people with learning disabilities, and with direct care providers, to get feedback on the preliminary outcomes of the study.
Date:
17/01/2014

MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre studentship

Description
Promotion of physical activity in middle aged and older adults with lower limb osteoarthritis
Date:
17/01/2014

House of Lords Action on Rheumatoid Arthritis

House of Lords Action on Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Professor Karim Raza presents at a House of Lords summit on increasing public awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Date:
16/01/2014

Antibacterial Handwash: Useful, or a Potential Risk?

Antibacterial Handwash: Useful, or a Potential Risk?
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Dr Mark Webber provides expert opinion on BBC World News
Date:
16/01/2014

New JACS paper on designed lanthanide coiled coils

New JACS paper on designed lanthanide coiled coils
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Scientists from the University of Birmingham led by Anna Peacock have just published a paper in JACS on the de novo design of coiled coils for imaging applications.
Date:
14/01/2014

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution
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In a News York Times article entitled "A living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution", Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes how the hatching of 700 year old eggs of the water flea Daphnia presents a biological archive enabling researchers to go back in time.
Date:
09/01/2014

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs

The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
Description
Richard Butler, Birmingham Fellow & Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs'. Dinosaurs are stereotypical symbols of failure, because, apart from birds, none of their lineage have survived. A massive meteorite strike caused their mass extinction about 65 million years ago. But this event negatively skews our perception of the dinosaur story. In fact, far from failures, dinosaurs were highly successful.
Date:
03/01/2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
Description
In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
02/01/2014

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world

Dawn of the dinosaurs: understanding the Triassic world
Description
In 1853, the renowned sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins celebrated New Year's Eve in an utterly unique way: he held a lavish dinner party for twenty of the Victorian great and good inside a model of a dinosaur created for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Date:
02/01/2014

Birmingham researchers look to give sports clubs a heads-up on concussion dangers

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A study looking into what happens to the brains of sportspeople in the aftermath of a concussion – and what could happen if they suffered a subsequent head injury - has been launched by researchers at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
19/12/2013

Joseph Galea launches game in Great Brain Experiment app

Description
The Great Brain Experiment is a unique scientific experiment being run by UCL which uses games on mobile applications (phones/tablets) to test 10,000s of participant's memory, impulsivity and attention. Dr Joseph Galea, in collaboration with Dr Sven Bestmann (UCL), has included a game on the new release called "How do I deal with pressure?". This game investigates how participants' motor performance is affected by reward and punishment.
Date:
19/12/2013

Doctoral Researcher Helen Whittle interviewed for BBC Wales

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A final year Forensic Psychology doctoral research student was recently interviewed for a news piece aired on BBC Wales and BBC radio 4.
Date:
19/12/2013

Royal Society case study features Dr Juliet Coates

Royal Society case study features Dr Juliet Coates
Description
Dr Juliet Coates, lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics in the School of Biosciences, has been featured on the Royal Society website in a case study about her research into plant development and evolution.
Date:
17/12/2013

Supportive texts help to keep you exercising

Supportive texts help to keep you exercising
Description
Research undertaken by Dr Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Florence-Emilie Kinnafick, of University of Northampton, has demonstrated that supportive regular text messages can help people who have just started exercising to stay motivated.
Date:
16/12/2013

DVD resource for young people living with coeliac disease

Description
Ruth Howard and Gary Law developed a DVD resource for young people living with coeliac disease through an ESRC knowledge transfer grant and this was completed and launched in 2011. Having undertook an evaluation of the DVD and revised the content, they worked with Alta Innovations to make the DVD suitable for commercial sale, by way of an ULtd social enterprise grant.
Date:
16/12/2013

Christmas really can make you ill, leading academic warns

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A breakdown in usual routines, less sleep, more alcohol and immense pressure to be the perfect host can combine to create a very real risk of Christmas making people ill, a University of Birmingham researcher has warned.
Date:
05/12/2013

Doctoral researchers hold lunchtime talks at the new library for the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

Doctoral researchers hold lunchtime talks at the new library for the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences
Description
Doctoral researchers from the School of Psychology recently ran a public engagement event at the New Library in Birmingham city centre. This was organised as part of the ESRC festival of Social Sciences and involved a day of posters and interactive activities with members of the public in order to present and discuss research that is taking place at the University.
Date:
05/12/2013

Honorary Reader wins Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize

Honorary Reader wins Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize
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Dr Rosemary Waring, Honorary reader at the School of Biosciences, along with her team have won the Lloyds Science of Risk prize for the section on 'technological and biological risk'.
Date:
03/12/2013

New NHS Dance Injury Clinic Announced in Birmingham by National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

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Following the success of the London clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, on Friday 29 November 2013 the partners of the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) are announcing an agreement to establish the second ever NHS specialist dance injury clinic in Birmingham.
Date:
03/12/2013
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