At their minuscule sizes of billionths of a metre, nanoparticles and their use in medicine brings about the field of nanomedicine, a field that carries a potential that is everything but minuscule. Read on to find out just what nanomedicine means and why it's of 'giga' importance.
From diagnosing diseases to growing organs in miniature environments to effective delivery of drugs to their targets, microfludics opens the door to a big world of potential in medicine. Read the last of our microfludics series to discover how the simple process of flowing liquids through microchannels can harbour an explosive innovative potential.
In this second article of the microfluidics series we talk about how the combination of life sciences research and engineering in the form of microfluidic devices can create wonders in the understanding and use of stem cells and their extraordinary properties.
Mimicking and understanding the environment molecules, cells and organs work in requires creative thinking and sublime engineering. Microfluidics technology is a product of such a process and makes it possible for researchers to achieve results that cannot be achieved by other means. Read the first instalment of our new 3-part series on microfluidics here to see what we mean.
The promising developments in immunotherapy in recent years catch the attention of not only patients and researchers but also investors. In this article we bring you the latest financial trends in immunotherapy investments.
Monsters growling, robots talking and creatures screeching. Remind you of that movie you watched not long ago or the latest computer game you started playing? Ever wondered how these sounds come to be? Then read our interview with Orfeas Boteas, an entrepreneur who started a company to design sounds, after he did his master's on producing a sound tool.
Fixing genes, introducing them to a patient and making the patient's body accept the newly introduced genes are challenges we were not able to overcome until recently. Now, with the advance of genome editing techniques and the use of stem cells, we are closer than ever. Here we bring you the insight on how it would work to combine these two biological tools to fight disease.
Access to drinkable water is still a challenge for millions of people in the world. The methods we use for cleaning water are complex and expensive. What do we do these days to make it cheaper and easier? Read on to find out in this article.
On June 15th SIU held another SIUFocus session in London with a panel of speakers. The discussion was about the ongoing revolution in healthcare brought on by use of digital means for patient data storage, patient monitoring and services provided. Read on to find out what our experts said about what exactly the new healthcare revolution means for patients, healthcare professionals and innovators.
Spotting an unmet need and coming up with ideas to meet it are essential for the success of a startup. Where your ideas stem from, however, can be completely unrelated to your background and expertise. Dr. Denise Xifara was the guest of Enterprising Oxford recently and here we bring you the story of her, her doctorate in genetics, the Greek financial crisis and her startup Nupinion.
The advent of CRISPR has meant that gene editing in humans is becoming a reality. But what are the realistic medical outcomes and potential hiccups of this new technology?
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. On June 8, 2017, almost one year after the referendum, SIU brought together experts in London, to talk about their concerns and current measures they are taking in academia, industry and government to make things as smooth as possible for UK science.
Vaccination is the answer to tackle many diseases and the ongoing effort to prevent Zika virus infections is advancing. The Zika virus vaccine that was recently developed in mouse models raised hopes. So, how close are we to have a vaccine that will work in humans? Find out in this article.
The numbers by which women are represented in science, business and leadership positions always lead to debate. Entrepreneurship and the extent of female involvement fits right into the same picture. In March 2017, Enterprising Oxford hosted the Oxford professor Dame Carol Robinson at their "Enterprising Women" session. Our writer Sandra Ionescu was there to find out about the ups and downs of Carol's entrepreneurial adventure. Here is what Carol's inspirational talk covered.
It's the 21st century and technology has a bigger impact on shaping our lives than ever. The same is true for medicine. There are online platforms and tools to help physicians perfect their knowledge and skills. In the second SIUConversations event in Katowice, our speakers from MEDtube told us how.
Becoming a successful scientist, handling difficulties in career choices while maintaining the ever illusive life-work balance...Sounds difficult, doesn't it? Our guest speaker Melissa Vo at the SIUConversations event in Frankfurt has been doing it all and on April 19 she told us about how she handled this mixed box of chocolates that is academia. Here is the summary of her talk.
In this last instalment of the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition article series we bring you a short summary of the awards ceremony we held in Oxford for our writers contributing to the competition. We combined the event with a roundtable discussion Naturejobs editor and our competition collaborator Jack Leeming held with the audience. You can find the links to the winning pieces in the article.
When he decided to enter the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our regular contributor Devon Sheppard wanted to write about an entrepreneur who came from an academic background. He interviewed Dr Vanessa Gray-Schopfer, one of the founders of Omniscience, to get first-hand information about starting a company. Here is that interview.
Progress in modern scientific research is accomplished primarily by collaborative teamwork. In this piece that got shortlisted for the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, University of Oxford PhD student Sofia D'Abrantes discusses the advantages of academic-industrial collaborations, her advice to foment successful partnerships and what you can do to encourage them.
In this next shortlisted piece from the SIU-Naturejobs writing competition, our Frankfurt division editorial lead Dejan Draschkow brings us his thoughts on leaving academia and why it's quite OK to do so because it doesn't have to mean steering away from what you love doing as a scientist. Read on for very useful tips on how to carry on outside of academia after your PhD.