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.
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.
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.
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.
By combining the versatility of 3D printing and the diverse metabolic activity of bacteria, a novel method has been developed to make functional living materials. Read on here for an brief summary of a study recently published in Science Advances…
SIUKatowice recently hosted Prof. Ted Dinan, currently the Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork. As an expert in intestinal bacteria, he presented recent findings in the field of psychobiotics- illustrating a pronouced connection between gut microbiota and host mental health. Read here to learn more…
Nature Methods has previously considered it as the innovative 'method of the year'. Learn more about the relatively nascent field of optogenetics with this detailed review, which introduces the fundamentals of the technique and its promising applications in treating neurological diseases, spinal cord injuries, blindness and more.
Innovation in healthcare technology is being spurred on not just by startups, but also by major players in the tech world. How are giants like Apple, Google and Amazon getting involved in the personalised, digital healthcare space? Keep updated with this new review.
Is the healthcare revolution all about digitalization? Check out this article on the first ever digital pill approved by the FDA : Abilify MyCite. How can this help physicians track if patients are adhering to prescriptions? What about data privacy? Find out more here.
Diabetes is one of the top deadly diseases in the world. Innovation in health tech is addressing the need for better ways to monitor and manage blood glucose levels. Read on here for updates on how wearable tech and AI are being applied to diabetes patients....
Is there a link between depression and inflammation in the brain? And what could this discovery mean for treating depression? Read on for more insights on the connection between the immune system and mental health.
Pneumonia affects hundreds of millions of people a year around the world and early detection of the disease is one of the most important preventative measures to bring the numbers down. CheXNet, a deep learning algorithm developed by scientists in Stanford, is one of the methods we can utilise machine learning for early detection of pneumonia.
Cell free fetal DNA (cffDNA) circulating in maternal blood was discovered back in 1997. It now shows promise in being used for non-invasive pre-natal screening to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and more. Read here for insights on the efficacy and advantages of this technique.
Stroke is considered a pandemic because of the number of people affected every year around the world. Complications arising from methods traditionally used in treatment of blockage of arteries - an underlying cause - have led to the birth of TransCarotid Artery Revascularisation (TCAR) method. This article brings you all you want to know about this promising innovation.
We all find one way or another to enhance our daily performance. What is the biology behind the methods we use? How do these methods affect healthy versus unhealthy individuals? In this article we bring you all you need to know about neuroenhancement.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.