You may be familiar with frankincense through its role in the Christmas story, and its use in religious ceremonies. Frankincense has been used medicinally in the East for thousands of years, but recently scientists in the West have started to examine it, and find that incensole acetate (one of the molecules behind its distinctive odour) in particular has some interesting properties.
The UK's world-class expertise in the research of biofilms has been recognised through the launch of a new National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC). The University of Birmingham is already a major player in biofilm research in many different disciplines. Research here ranges from studying biofilms in rivers, through using biofilms to improve stress resistance of biocatalysis, to investigating new ways to combat biofilms on medical devices or on human tissues.
The groundbreaking work of Birmingham researcher Dr John Fossey and his team to transform how people with type 1 diabetes manage their condition was recently profiled in a Royal Pharmaceutical Society journal article.
Students from the University of Birmingham's Society of Chemistry (ChemSoc) recently held a Halloween-themed bake sale which raised over £200 for Birmingham Children's Hospital.