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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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Sammuel Penny examining a frog in Madagascar

Hopping onto the world’s stage – meet the new species of frog no bigger than a 5p coin

A Brighton scientist has co-discovered a new, tiny species of frog – just 1cm in length – and it is already being classed as critically endangered. The miniature stump-toed ‘Stumpffia’ froschaueri, a member of a frog genus which is endemic to Madagascar, was discovered in north-western region of the island and differs from all others…

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Prof Colin Smith

Vitamin D – it won’t prevent COVID-19

Top scientists have dismissed social media reports that high doses of Vitamin D can protect people from COVID-19 but have emphasised the importance of maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D in the body. Among them are Professor Colin Smith, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Functional Genomics, who said: “There are currently some very…

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pipette

University helps with hospital COVID test

University of Brighton technical staff stepped up when a hospital ran short of vital equipment for running COVIC-19 tests. The microbiology laboratory at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital had to change one part of its COVID-19 testing protocol and needed special pipettes – multichannel pipettes capable of transferring small quantities of liquids – to perform…

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Dr Sarah Pitt

COVID-19 may be here to stay – but it could get better

University of Brighton virologist Dr Sarah Pitt says it’s possible coronavirus will mutate into something less harmful.

Discovering nature…from home!

Dr Rachel White is encouraging the University of Brighton community to get involved in the 2020 City Nature Challenge between 24-27 April – which has adapted to the coronavirus restrictions by focusing on the wildlife you can discover from home. The worldwide collaborative event will see over 200 city regions working together to discover the…

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Donated safety equipment

University donates safety equipment to NHS Trusts

The University of Brighton has donated face visors, half face respirators, safety glasses, disposable gloves, aprons, hand sanitizer to healthcare providers throughout Sussex. Dr James Ebdon, Head of the university’s Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group, said: “This was the result of an urgent request, and we didn’t hesitate to respond. This is…

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Prof Sosabowski and Dr MacAdam in the lab

Brighton scientists go back to work

University of Brighton scientists have returned to their labs to make hand sanitizer in “the interests of scientific citizenship”.

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