More than 200 experts from all over the UK and Europe are coming to see what research and enterprise in the field of health is taking place at the University of Brighton – on the day the NHS celebrates its 70thbirthday.
The Healthy Futures Showcase will be at the University of Brighton’s Huxley Building in Moulsecoomb on July 5.
Professor Matteo Santin, the University’s Professor of Tissue Regeneration and Academic Lead for the Healthy Futures, said: “There will representatives from local and European companies Brighton and Hove City Council and the NHS attending, and what better day to hold the event – the day the NHS celebrates 70 years.”
Professor Santin said the University’s research and enterprise activities in the field of health “reflect the vibrant and multi-faceted character of the city that provides a unique environment to study and project issues of global relevance.”
Previous Bsc (Hons) Biological Sciences graduate Mr Oliver Kitt and staff from PaBS have recently published a study into the microbial activity of a modified calixerene polymer bound to a silicone substrate in the presence of pathogens associated with catheter infections. The study showed that the calixerene polymer is the active part of the coating and that biofilm formation was dramatically reduced.
Oliver, a former Biological Sciences student at UoB graduated in 2011, then returned to the university as a research assistant working alongside Dr Anna Guildford, Mr Chris Morris and Dr Ian Cooper.
Oliver says “Working on this project after my degree was a great learning experience, both about laboratory work and some of the business aspects surrounding it. Working in the lab was a fun and fulfilling time and I enjoyed every moment.”
The paper, titled “The effect of urinary Foley catheter substrate material on the antimicrobial potential of calixerene-based molecules” and published in Journal of Applied Microbiology, can be read here
To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.
Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.
Scientists previously thought Rudolph’s red nose was due to an excess of blood in the vessels supplying the reindeer’s nasal passages, caused by the exertion of pulling a heavy load – Santa’s sleigh and his sacks of gifts.
For our Welcome Events in the Biosciences we conducted an Actionbound scavenger hunt, aimed at improving the students’ knowledge and navigation of the Moulsecoomb campus. The points gained in the scavenger hunt resulted in awarded straws which were used to build the egg-holding contraptions needed for the big “Egg Drop Challenge”. 105 students took part in the scavenger hunt – we had 23 teams complete the missions and tasks, resulting in some great pictures with Matt from the School Office. Unfortunately not a single egg survived the big egg drop challenge – but we still had chocolates all round – in my eyes a great way of ending an afternoon filled with fun and activity – Dr Anja Rott
Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology in our school, writes in The Conversation that: “Far from being a hopeless search for cash, we can increase life expectancy and lower care costs. What we need if political vision and will. Both are currently in short supply.”
Our mammalian biologist Dr Dawn Scott and fellow experts are revealing the secret lives of animals and insects that live in gardens and lawns.
Watch out for Dr Scott who is featuring in a new BBC 4 TV programme ‘The British Garden: Life and Death on your lawn’.
Dr Scott said: “For this programme we assessed the biodiversity in eight gardens to see how different gardens support wildlife and what features of those gardens were the best for wildlife.”
Presented by Springwatch’s Chris Packham, the film looks “beneath the peonies and petunias” to reveal how male crickets bribe females for sex, how a robin’s red breast is actually war paint and how a single litter of foxes can have up to five different fathers.
The programme is scheduled for broadcast at 9pm on 11 July.