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Bioscience and medicine

Collaboration the Key to Unlocking Cells’ Secrets

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With the NHS celebrating its 70th birthday this year, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the vital role of drug discovery in the never-ending drive to improve healthcare – and on the ground-breaking research that makes such discoveries possible. Research outcomes can be strengthened hugely by working across disciplines and by combining complementary skills across institutions. An excellent example of both is a well-established collaboration between teams at Oxford University and UCL that’s generating deeper understanding of the innermost workings of the central nervous system. Harnessing a combination of cutting-edge experimental and computational techniques, the research is delivering insights...
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The Link Between Brain Waste and Alzheimer’s

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Prof. Roxana Carare on how the build-up of plaque in the brain could be the key to Alzheimer's research Roxana Carare is a medically qualified Professor of Clinical Neuroanatomy and experimental neuropathology at the University of Southampton.  Roxana leads interdisciplinary, international research on neuroanatomy and neuropathology, demonstrating the unique lymphatic drainage pathways by which fluid and soluble amyloid are eliminated from the brain along basement membranes within the walls of cerebral capillaries and arteries (Intramural Periarterial Drainage Pathways, IPAD). She currently leads Carare Group, with Professor Roy O. Weller as group mentor, at the University of Southampton. You’ve had quite the...
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Data vs Dementia

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Maxine Mackintosh on early intervention to prevent cognitive decline and the One HealthTech community. Maxine Mackintosh is a PhD student at University College London working at the intersection of data science and dementia. Her PhD involves mining medical records for new predictors for dementia. She is passionate about understanding how we might make better use of routinely collected data to improve our cognitive health. Alongside this, she is the co-founder of One HealthTech – a community which champions and supports underrepresented groups, particularly women, to be the future leaders in health innovation. Her professional work has led her to the...
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In Computational Combat Against Microbial Resistance

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Victoria Carr on gene sequencing, women in tech and getting out there. Victoria Carr is a Bioinformatics and Data Science PhD Researcher at King's College London. She is currently investigating antimicrobial resistance and developing a risk score method from sequenced metagenomes. She is the founder of Researc/hers Code, a community showcasing the talents of women and individuals of diverse backgrounds working on computational research. Previously, she was president for King's College London at the Innovation Forum. So, you work in computational genomics. Can you tell us about the field and your research? Computational genomics is using computer science to understand more...
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Boosting Blood Flow

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How Machine Learning is helping researchers develop medical implants We talk to Dr. Peter Vincent about the various applications of computational fluid dynamics and machine learning in medicine and treatment – from Diabetes to Cardiovascular Disease. Visit The Times website for the article mentioned in this video: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/implant-may-offer-kidney-patients-easier-dialysis-jbk6cg0tq  

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Computing’s Key to Vital Gains in Brain Research

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Often cited as the most complex structure in the Universe, the human brain is only just beginning to surrender some of its best-kept, deepest-held secrets. SES members the University of Oxford and University College London (UCL) are making a major contribution to this breakthrough era in brain research – developing and deploying cutting-edge modelling & simulation, medical imaging and image computing, as well as other computer-based tools, to help reveal how and why injury and illness can compromise the brain’s ability to function. These new insights aren’t just of academic interest; they also offer huge potential to underpin much-needed advances...
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Deep in Thought: How ‘Brainy’ Computers Are Changing Our Lives

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here – and together with technologies such as robotics and quantum computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the heart of this awesome new age of progress and possibilities. Deep learning is a great example. Harnessing computer algorithms inspired by how the brain works, this fast-growing field of AI makes it possible to analyse vast amounts of data and detect patterns and features there – generating insights that can improve and protect lives in areas as diverse as medicine, transport and anti-terrorism. UCL is just one of the SES members currently working at deep learning’s cutting...
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Protecting Patients

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Protecting Patients: early disease detection at Guy’s Hospital Join Prof. Julia Schnabel, one of the doctors and staff at King’s College London/Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital to hear about how new MRI imaging techniques and collaborative research are helping to prevent and diagnose lung cancer, heart disease and other health challenges.

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Powering Up Research: Data Fuelled Innovation

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Data Intensive Science is a rapidly emerging, cross disciplinary research challenge already traversing the fields of Materials Science, Bio-medical research, Computational Engineering and Digital Humanities (to name a few). With huge volumes and complex data at the heart of many research projects, advancing the methods used to analyse, manage, and interpret this data is key to facilitating both efficient and reliable science. The significance of the discipline has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in awarding £20 million to 6 new national supercomputing centres, including the Cambridge Centre for Data Driven Discovery. This event aims to bring...
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