Biosciences at Brighton

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Simone Weeks, Senior Lecturer, photo

Innovative training programme allows Brighton students to join Covid-19 testing workforce

A biomedical science training programme developed at the University of Brighton has been praised by a professional body for its ability to withstand coronavirus pressures. The training programme, designed by Senior Lecturer in Biosciences Simonne Weeks, allows students studying Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) to join a placement Frontier Pathology laboratories, giving them a chance to work…

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Dr Sarah Pitt

One dose of a Covid-19 vaccine may not solve the problem

University of Brighton virologist Dr Sarah Pitt believes more than one dose of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, or boosters, are likely to be needed to help wipe out coronavirus. Nine potential vaccines are currently at the final phase 3 trial stage, which involve thousands of people around the globe. While these are at an advanced…

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Thoughts on storks

The University of Brighton is leading a study to gauge the public’s views of the recent and ongoing reintroduction of the white stork in England. Anyone who lives in the UK and is aged 18 or above is invited to take part in this study by completing a short online questionnaire exploring their current awareness,…

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mussels in water

Brighton joins team to remove harmful hormone-changing pollutants from the environment

The University of Brighton will be part of a project which aims to rid the environment of hormone changing pollutants which can lead to extreme health conditions in humans.

Dr Melanie Flint

Brighton scientists helping Cancer Research UK campaign

With fundraising events cancelled due to COVID-19, University of Brighton scientist Dr Melanie Flint is calling on people to back a new Cancer Research UK appeal for donations to get life-saving research back on track. Cancer researchers at the University were forced to leave their labs when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Four months on, this…

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Dr Coican with Countryfile's Anita Rani

BBC’s Countryfile to feature Brighton research 

University of Brighton research which found high quantities of glass microfibres in oysters is to be a main feature in an episode of BBC One’s Countryfile, scheduled for this weekend. The groundbreaking research, which generated widespread publicity, could have significant impact on the oyster industry locally in Chichester Harbour where the study was carried out, as well as…

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summer school walk on the downs

Our online summer schools 2020

Our online summer schools are free, open to sixth form and college students, and offer the opportunity to get a real feel for what it’s like to study a subject you love at university. Summer schools normally take place on campus but this year we are taking them online, from 14-17 July. Students will get…

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Louise Mackenzie

New screening concept could help early detection of coronavirus

The University of Brighton is leading research on a new way of screening for Covid-19 and other viruses using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Using a pinprick test, the development could predict infection before a standard test can diagnose the presence of the virus, as well as any new version of pathogenic coronaviruses in the…

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Prof Sosabowski and Dr MacAdam in the lab

The South East believes universities should focus on training of nurses, doctors, and other professionals as part of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

A major new study has found that the public – both nationally and in the south east – think universities will help the UK bounce back after the pandemic. 86% of those that responded in the South East say it is important that universities should prioritise nursing, medicine, and engineering over all other subjects –…

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Dr Sarah Pitt

COVID-19 – a tragedy but there are reasons to be proud

A Brighton virologist has been “heartbroken” by the COVID-19 tragedy but maintains the pandemic has produced moments to be proud of. Dr Sarah Pitt, virologist and biomedical scientist at the University of Brighton, said: “What has happened is an absolute tragedy and totally heart breaking. “I’m just as upset as everyone else but it is…

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