SIUOxford: From Idea to Start-up (Portable Sequencing and Self Driving Cars)

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?

SIUOxford: Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation

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?

The Biology of Time: Circadian Rhythm

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….

SIUOxford: Building Bridges in Biotech between UK-China (Part II)

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: Biotech Booms in China - Innovation, Intellectual Property and Investment (Part I)

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..

The Power of Microbiota: Drivers of the Brain-Gut Axis in Psychiatry

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.

Brave New Diagnostics: The Convergence of Genomic Sequencing and Machine Learning

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.

SIUOxford: Can Computers Replace Humans in Biological Research?

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…

Local injection eliminates existing and prevents future cancer

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.