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Brighton researchers create workshop for Shoreham Port Sustainability Week

Dr Corina Ciocan and Dr Mary Gearey are running a workshop on 9 September, revealing the ocean pollution caused by decaying fibreglass boats. The Oceanic Pollution workshop on Thursday 9 September at 11am is free, but those keen to attend are asked to register beforehand to discover cutting-edge investigations now taking place into a significant…

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Dr Sarah Pitt

Brighton lecturer wins Biomedical Scientist of the Year award

Dr Sarah Pitt has won a major award from the Institute of Biomedical Science for virology research and media engagement around Covid-19.   

The IBMS Biomedical Scientist of the Year award celebrates an exceptional biomedical scientist who has advanced practice in an innovative and impactful way, making a real difference to patients’ lives and inspiring those around…

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Dr Katherine Staines

Major grant for Brighton Rising Star researcher to study osteoarthritis

Dr Katherine Staines has been awarded a grant of £885,512 from the Medical Research Council, for a study on how disease and ageing impact on knee joints. As well as boosting broader understanding of conditions affecting the skeleton, the grant will allow Dr Staines to develop and utilise new imaging technology to specifically understand what happens to…

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Helena at graduation

How building scientific skills in Brighton led to a career in neuroscience in Barcelona

Helena Isla graduated from MRes Bioscience in 2018. She is now enjoying her job as a lab technician at Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona and is about to embark on her PhD. She took some time out to tell us about her experience of studying at Brighton and how it led to her current job….

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Dr Sarah Pitt

Brighton academic receives prestigious lifetime membership

Dr Sarah Pitt has been made a Life Member of the Institute of Biomedical Science in recognition of her long and valuable contribution to the field of virology. Dr Pitt – Principal Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences – has become a familiar name in both print and broadcast media over the past year for…

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Mother and baby rhino at Mankwe

Poaching strikes at the heart of a private game reserve in South Africa

A cruel poaching attack led to the deaths of two white rhinos and injury to a third white rhino at a private game reserve in  South Africa last month. Poachers killed an adult female and her five-month-old calf. Although the mother had been dehorned the poachers still wanted the remaining small stub of horn, thanks…

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Fellowship award for Brighton researcher on disc-related back pain

Dr Valeria Perugini is the latest recipient of the Shepperd Fellowship, created to fund research at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices. The Shepperd Fellowship is a generous philanthropic donation made by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr John Shepperd to support work at one of several pioneering specialist Centres at the university. A key aim…

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Mycobacterial cording as a biofilm in detergent-free liquid media

New research article published on antimicrobial tolerance

Dr Ian Cooper has published a new article in collaboration with staff at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The article, “Three-dimensional low shear culture of Mycobacterium bovis BCG induces biofilm formation and antimicrobial drug tolerance”, published in nature.com presents new research on antimicrobial tolerance in association with biofilm formation by Mycobacterium bovis, in…

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Professor Matteo Santin

Brighton biomaterials pioneer receives prestigious international science fellowship

University of Brighton’s Matteo Santin has been inducted as a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering. Santin – Professor of Tissue Regeneration in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences – recently gave a speech at the World Biomaterials Congress which highlighted the sometimes overlooked contribution biomaterials can make in the fight…

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Professor Richard Faragher

Brighton professor brings expertise to new government report on ageing research

Professor Richard Faragher from Brighton’s Centre for Stress and Age-Related Disease (STRAND) has provided key input to a new report on science and ageing. Published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, the report – entitled Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living – highlights recent discoveries about how we age and why, adding an urgent…

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