SIUFocus: The Power of Big Data: Advancing Healthcare in the Electronic Era

The first SIUFocus event took place in London on April 27th. Our 3 speakers remarked on the power of big data and shed light on how they use artificial intelligence and data science techniques to efficiently use it in healthcare and life sciences research. Here is the summary of what we learned from them during the inspirational event that evening.

Brain Electric

Changes in the electrical activity of the nervous system cause debilitating symptoms in patients who suffer from chronic pain and neurological diseases like Parkinson's. Electrical stimulation of the nervous system is a very promising method to overcome these symptoms. In this SIU article we discuss how and why electrostimulation holds so much potential. 

Artificial Intelligence In Medicine: When Will My Marriage Counselling Be Done By A Robot?

Asking computers about your symptoms and getting diagnosed by them are not things that you might think would only happen in sci-fi movies any more. We are in the midst of much-improved healthcare, in the form of apps and other tools, which use Artificial Intelligence. But how much computer input are we talking about exactly? In this article we bring you the latest in AI technology in healthcare and discuss the implications. 

SIUConversations Katowice Session 1: How Startups Revolutionise Diagnoses and Treatments

Thinking outside the box is beneficial in all areas of science, including medicine. At our first SIUConversations event in Katowice, Poland, we welcomed Tessa Davies from Dem Dx, a clinical support tool that works as a diagnostic educational app. The app was developed for doctors by doctors and Tessa's talk inspired us to think how a startup can be revolutionary for those involved with it. 

SIUConversations Oxford Session 3: Insight into Entrepreneurship

Starting your own company AND pursuing a PhD degree? Sound impossible? Not really. At the 3rd Oxford event of the SIUConversations series, we met people who have done it and learned about how it is actually quite possible. Here is a summary of the event and what Oxford has in store for those who want to do the same. 

Thinking (Truly) Outside The Box: Crowdfunding Meets a Biotech Startup

Thinking outside the box is a daily practice for all scientists whatever path they take. Starting their own company is no exception and in this article we bring you the interview we conducted with Dr Zografos who stepped outside of the box even further than in a typical scenario: Bringing a research idea out of an academic lab combined with crowdfunding to get a company started. Read on for an inspiring story. 

3D Food Printers: Gourmet Gizmo or Game-Changer?

In the last article of the SIU 'Sustainable Food' series we are bringing you 3D food printers. Some use already existing food to make new ones, some use individual nutrients and mould them into food and some even help grow plants! How sustainable is it to print food though? Can it be used in everyday life? What benefits does it bring? Read about the latest food printing debate of the 21st century in this intriguing article. 

Bioengineering Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria and Staple Crops: Genetically Modified Sustainability

In the third part of the "Sustainable Food" series we are focusing on nitrogen. It is one of the most important nutrients for plant growth and the environmental nightmare that is fertilisers are the primary source for nitrogen for many of our crops. But maybe no more. We are now able to use the nitrogen fixing abilities of bacteria that legumes house on other plants. Read on to find out how and what this means for sustainable agriculture.

Bringing Farms to Cities

In the second part of our 'Sustainable Food' series, we bring you all you need to know about urban agriculture. In this exciting article we talk about what entrepreneurs are doing to bring farming to our doorstep in cities around the world (Herbs grown in air raid shelters anyone?), how the latest technologies are used to make it possible and how sustainable the new urban approaches to farming are. 

Sustainable Agriculture: Why and How

SIU is pleased to bring you a new series of articles: Sustainable Food. In this series we will focus on sustainable food and the most up-to-date information in the fields related to it. The first article focuses on sustainable agriculture, specifically plant cultivation, and what we can do to grow more for the billions of people in the world more effectively while being environmentally friendly. 

Inspiring Innovation: Bringing Academia And Industry Together at the Royal Society

Did you know that there is much more to the Royal Society than being the world's oldest academy and a fellowship of prestigious scientists? In the second session of SIUConversations in Oxford on March 1st, our audience found out about the projects the Royal Society holds to inspire and initiate innovation in the UK. Read on to find out more.

Bacteria On The Rise: The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is something we hear of a lot these days. What does it actually mean? What causes it? What can we do to stop it? Are we about to enter a stage where we will be helpless against infections once again? In this article SIU brings you all the latest you need to know. 

SIUConversations Oxford: Intellectual Property: Protecting Ideas and Why Your IP Strategy Matters

The first SIUConversations Oxford session on February 21st introduced the complicated world of intellectual property (IP) and featured the eminent patent attorney Philip Webber. Dr. Webber is currently a qualified chartered patent attorney, a European patent attorney, and a partner at the highly reputable international patent and trade mark attorneys, Dehns.  In this article we bring you a summary of his presentation that highlighted a number of important questions to ponder when trying to patent an invention.

Understanding the Origin of Cells in Biology

What do stem cells mean for life? Can they be used to create functional tissues and organs in the lab? How far are we from using them to mimic life? In this SIU article we discuss the latest in the field of stem cell research and bring you the answers to these questions.

Cancer Immunotherapy: Using Our Own Immune System to Fight Cancer

Cancer is a disease that affects a substantial portion of the world population. Cancer immunotherapy is one of the latest methods to target the disease and it has gained a lot of momentum lately because of its potential as an effective therapy. In this article we describe what cancer immunotherapy means, the latest developments in the field and what we should expect from it in the near future.

A New Hope for Neurodegeneration

Dementia is one of the biggest issues affecting the elderly. With our life expectancy being greater than ever and its expected further increase in the near future, the different neurodegenerative diseases that are all grouped under the name 'dementia' are important focus areas of therapeutic research. Alzheimer's is the main disease that leads to dementia and in this article we look at the current therapies and the latest innovative approaches to treat it.

When The Lab Just Won’t Do: The Use of National Facilities for Biological and Industrial Research

SIU is all about building bridges between academia and industry. National research facilities are the perfect platforms where these bridges can be built. They provide state-of-the-art technologies and are open to both industry and academia. In this article we tell you how they work and how they can lead to new ideas and new companies.

3D Bioprinting: The Next Great Revolution in Medicine?

What is 3D bioprinting? How does it work? Does it in any way mean "printing organs"? Are we actually at that point? What else is 3D bioprinting used for?  In this article SIU brings you the answers to all of these questions. Prepare to learn about one of the most exciting technologies of our time!

Making Therapeutics Accessible in Developing Countries

According to the World Health Organization, a third of the world's population does not have access to essential medicines. Medicines are expensive, not just because they are very costly to develop but because of many additional factors. In this article we discuss the facts behind the scenes and what can be done to make therapeutics more accessible and affordable in developing countries.