We recently spoke to Carlos Boto, Co-founder and CSO of doDOC, a new document creation and management platform for academia and industry. Read on to find out more about doDOC and how Carlos transitioned from his PhD to co-founding a startup.
Will biotherapeutics become the new generation of drugs for treating Alzheimer’s disease? And how is this disease linked to inflammation in the brain? Read on here for more….
For the first time, SIUOxford went on tour! We visited the Oxford BioEscalator- a space for biomedical start-ups to set up their research.
SIUOxford looked to the local start-up scene at the University of Oxford and welcomed Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Oxbotica to our recent event. What do these companies offer, what is their background story and what can we learn from their journey to today’s success?
In the fight against cancer, researchers are turning to innovative ways to strengthen the immune system’s response to cancer cells. Recently, 3D biomaterial scaffolds are being incorporated into cancer vaccines. Read on here for more…
Together with OxFEST and St. Anne’s College, SIUOxford welcomed three speakers to give their insights into the importance of gender equality in academic research environments. What are institutions and individuals doing to tackle this issue and is there evident progress?
Can a tasty high fat, high carb Western diet do harm to our bodies by unnecessarily activating the immune system? A study published this year in Cell shows that this could in fact be true. Read on here for more…
Seems like we are thinking a lot about sleep lately. Here, we take a look at obstructive sleep apnea and the new FDA-approved, surgically implanted medical device that is promising to offer effective treatment for this disorder by upper air-way stimulation.
How do animals, plants and even bacteria function without clocks and alarms? We now know this is down to the level of genetics, and humans too have circadian rhythms. But our modern lifetyle is disrupting this, with noticeable consequences. Is there room for innovation to fix the problem? Read here for more….
This September marks the 7th World Alzheimer’s month. In this article, biomarkers for Alzheimer’s are reviewed and we learn more about the innovative game Sea Hero Quest, the crowdsourcing neuroscience project supporting Alzheimer’s research.
For Part II of our event series on the UK-China ecosystem for science and technology development, our speakers presented the emerging area of contract research organizations and also highlighted academic initatives such as OSCAR, a university of Oxford led facility established in Suzhou, China.
SIUOxford hosted an eye-opening two part event focused on the UK-China collaboration ecosystem for science and technology. In Part I, our three invited speakers addressed why there is a good match between the UK and China and presented two examples of start-ups that have benefitted from such collaboration. Read here for more..
Is patent drafting an art form and are patents an underused resource for scientists? What criteria must be satisfied to be granted one? Read here to also learn about pivotal patent cases in biotechnology and the consequences for the patenting culture in this industry.
SIUFrankfurt recently hosted an event to raise awareness of open science. What is open science and how is it relevant to the reproducibility crisis facing academia? How does industry view this topic? Read here to find out more….
In this opinion piece, PhD student Layal Liverpool argues why scientists have the responibility to engage with the public. How is social media influencing genuine science communication and can policy makers be better informed on STEM fields? Read here for more..
We talked to Professor Ted Dinan from the University College Cork to learn more about his field of expertise- gut microbes and how they influence human brain function. Read here for more insights and his advice to medical students thinking about pursuing research.
Almost a century ago, the novel Brave New World portrayed a future in which technology and medicine are integral parts of our lives. How far have we come? How far will we go? This opinion article discusses our advancement in disease diagnostics, with special focus on the interlinks between genome sequencing and machine learning.
At our recent event, SIUOxford raised the question, ‘can computers replace humans in biological research?’ Three experts from academia and industry discussed computational contributions in fields such as disease diagnosis with big data, in silico drug discovery, organ simulation and biocatalyst discovery. Read here to find out more…
Researchers at Stanford University injected two substances into cancerous tumours in mice to eliminate the injected tumour and others of the same cancer type in different parts of the body. The injection also stops cancer from spreading in the body and prevents future tumours that might arise due to genetic conditions. Read this review of the study to learn about the promising results and to understand the key concepts of immunotherapy used in this novel cancer treatment.