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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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Lizzy Ostler

Brighton scientist to lead the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Heads of Chemistry UK

Professor Lizzy Ostler, Head of Chemistry at the University of Brighton, has been elected to lead the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Heads of Chemistry. Professor Ostler will be Chair-elect for the year starting 8 July and then Chair for the following two years. The Deputy Head (Quality Assurance) of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular…

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Izzy Mawdsley, chemistry student

3D prints will simplify teaching chemical reactions

A ‘light bulb’ moment has resulted in funding for the University of Brighton to develop a tactile way of explaining chemical reactions. The funding for Professor Lizzy Ostler in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and the Chemistry Research and Enterprise Group has come from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), It will be…

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Hal with NHS staff

Brighton scientists think outside the box

University of Brighton scientists have helped to ensure that a hospital’s supply-chain of a vital chemical used in ventilators for COVID 19 and other critically ill patients remained unbroken and secure. The university received an enquiry from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, who were wisely looking ahead to ensure a constant supply of the…

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Brighton-led research pinpoints importance of ‘wobbly’ proteins

New research could pave the way to further important breakthroughs in the development of cancer treatments.​ The research looked at why a protein that can play a key role in the development of cancer binds with drugs differently, depending on the amount of drug present. The protein in question, NQO1, is already being investigated as…

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Just like wine, humans can be better with age

A Brighton scientist who helped develop anti-ageing compounds based on those found in red wine and chocolate is to explain how close we are to alleviating and preventing old age degenerative diseases. Professor Lizzy Ostler, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Chemical Biology in our school, and a member of the University of Brighton’s Centre…

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Catching up with Dr. Alison Willows

In our latest podcast, we speak to our chemistry course leader. Dr Alison Willows discusses her career, research interests and how to get young people interested in science.  

Taking a stand against cancer

Two University of Brighton scientists are joining a pop-up stand in Brighton’s Churchill Square shopping centre on Friday (1 Feb) as part of events to mark next Monday’s (4 Feb) World Cancer Day. Marta Falcinelli, PhD researcher in the University’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences (PABS), is passionate about fighting the disease and will…

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The journey from undergraduate to PhD

Blaise Geoghegan tells us how his passion for chemistry has taken him from undergraduate studies to PhD research.

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. Currently, little is known about how different amounts and types of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species influence the state of tumours and their response to chemotherapy. Researchers will be looking to…

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