Biosciences at Brighton

University of Brighton biosciences blog

Bhavik Patel and Melanie Flint

£221,000 to find a new tool to help fight cancer

The University of Brighton has been awarded £221,000 to develop a sensor device that will measure biomarkers in tissue to aid personalised cancer therapy.


Biochips could help treat diabetes

Research at the University of Brighton has demonstrated how specially-designed biochips can be used to replace whole pancreas transplantation and support the tests of new drugs for diabetes – bringing hope to millions of people with diabetes around the world.

The ‘weapon of mass destruction’ that’s killing honey bees

This is one of the latest images of one of the mites responsible for killing billions of honey bees around the world.

Dawn Scott 2017 BBC shoot

Badger Research with the BBC

Dr Dawn Scott has been working with the BBC, Natural Trust and RSPB on a research project investigating how predators (badgers and foxes) use different rural landscapes and how landscape management, such as habitats, fencing and landscape features and composition can affect their movement and habitat use.

The Biology of Ageing

Dr Farragher was interviewed on BBC Radio Sussex about the Biology of Ageing recently. You can listen to what he had to say here.

So what does make Rudolph’s nose glow red?

It’s a debate that has been raging for years. 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.

Anti-depressants could combat infections

Researchers here at the University of Brighton have found drugs used to treat mood disorders are also potentially active against bacteria which cause catheter infections. The discovery could lead to new methods of treating infections and could contribute to overcoming problems with antibiotic resistance.

Breakthrough in ageing research

University of Brighton scientists have helped discover a way of regenerating  ageing skin cells – with compounds based on those found in red wine, dark chocolate and red grapes. Laboratory experiments showed cells not only look physically younger but behave more like young cells and start dividing. Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology, and Dr…

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Should science help us live forever?

One of the UK’s leading experts on ageing is discussing whether science should help us live forever in a debate being streamed live around the world. Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology here at Brighton, rejects the idea that the objective of ageing research should be the indefinite extension of human life. He argues: “This…

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Testing time for foxes

A University of Brighton experiment will test just how clever urban foxes really are. BBC Two’s Autumnwatch, which starts Monday (Oct 23) at 8pm, will be featuring the testing which has been put together by the mammalian biologist , Dr Dawn Scott. Dr Scott, Assistant Head of our School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, said:…

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