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Reassessing Asthma: Biomarkers, Business and Big Data

By | Bioscience and medicine, Just Added, The Data Revolution | No Comments
Affecting millions and costing billions worldwide every year, asthma needs to be better understood to enable better treatment and management of this frequently distressing, sometimes fatal family of respiratory diseases. With SES members Southampton University and Imperial College London at the heart of its conception and execution, the multi-million-Euro U-BIOPRED project – the world’s biggest collaboration in severe asthma – is driving discoveries that will improve targeting of drugs and equip pharma businesses to develop potentially game-changing new ones. Above all, in pinpointing key ‘biomarkers’ – molecules revealing the precise type of asthma present in patients – U-BIOPRED has produced...
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Spotlight On: UV-Vis Spectrometer

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. A unique set up, this UV Vis accessory at The University of Oxford is used to carry out diffuse reflective UV-Vis measurement of powder samples. The accessory is fitted with a cell that can be used under vacuum or with hydrogen, inert or other non-corrosive gases and is temperature controlled from -150 to +500 °C. The instrument can be used in fixed wavelength or wavelength scanning modes (Wavelength range...
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The Data Dialogue: At War with Data

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Cyber security, open source intelligence, web science, bioinformatics and crime science…all modern and relevant terms in the UK research landscape, and all with one thing in common: Data. Why are researchers interested in accessing publicly available data? What are they doing with anonymised, confidential data? How can open data provide us with intelligence? How can data from one field of research be used in another? This Unique finale to The Data Dialogue, At War with Data, provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to approach the subject of research data from a wider point of view....
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Spotlight On: Clinical Imaging Facility at Imperial College London

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Imperial College Clinical Imaging Facility (CIF) provides support for interdisciplinary research activities using MRI and/or PET imaging, integrating the physical, biological and medical sciences. The facility caters for research imaging needs in volunteer subjects and features two key pieces of equipment: An MRI scanner, which comprises a 70cm diameter open-bore, short-axis magnet. It has been equipped with a comprehensive range of transmit/receive coils suitable for many body regions...
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Fresh Thought on Forensic Science

By | Cities and supporting life, Just Added | One Comment
From enabling the dramatic arrest of Dr Crippen in 1910 to the quest to bring the killers of teenager Stephen Lawrence to justice, science has long established itself in the frontline of the fight against crime. But could it achieve even more? Under the energetic directorship of Dr Ruth Morgan, the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences is rethinking how evidence is collected, analysed, interpreted and presented, while challenging assumptions that shape the search for the truth. Rooted in cutting-edge research and a unique teaching programme, the Centre harnesses skills from across UCL, collaborates with SES members and other universities,...
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Guest Post: a final word on At War with Data

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Mark Roeling studied psychology (BSc), behaviour genetics (MSc) and genetic epidemiology (MSc) and worked as a junior researcher in the Erasmus MC Rotterdam (Netherlands). He worked as data scientist for Capgemini, where he focused on detecting fraud in e-channels in the banking sector. Now at the University of Oxford, his work has been strongly statistical and  he aims to use his background to test the applicability of methods and models from (genetic) epidemiology to improve the detection of fraud and cybercrime in big data.  As part of my DPhil in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford, I focus on...
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Guest Post: Information Disclosure

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Mark Warner is a PhD researcher based at the Institute of Digital Health at University College London. As part of Privacy&Us, a network of 13 researchers across the EU, he is exploring usable privacy within the healthcare domain. His research is in better understanding and supporting users decision-making around healthcare data disclosures, taking into account both the cost and benefits of disclosure to both the individual and wider society. I am a PhD researcher at UCL’s Institute of Digital Health, exploring the landscape of healthcare data and how technology can be used to better support users making decisions around their...
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Life Out There with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko

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Is there life out there? If so, what does that mean for us? Can they see us?  Timothy Metcalf (SES Consortium Manager) sits down with Dr. Sergey Yurchenko (Senior Lecturer, UCL Physics and Astronomy) to talk about his research into Exoplanets as part of the Exomol group. Using SES HPC machine Emerald, Dr. Yurchenko and his team of scientists analyse large quantities of space data from telescopes such as Hubble to help determine where we may be able to find inhabitable planets in outer space. To find out more about Prof. Yurchenko’s work, read the case study and stay tuned…

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Material Progress – and How to Achieve It

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In every sense, we live in a material world and the drive to develop smarter, lighter, more versatile and resilient materials shows no sign of decelerating. Whether designed to withstand brutal operating environments, save energy or bring life-saving medical advances within reach, there’s a constant thirst for the next generation of game-changers – and the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) is delivering the innovation, imagination and inspiration needed to succeed. Under its Director, Professor Kwang-Leong Choy, and with a growing network of collaborators – including other SES members plus partners worldwide – the IMD is already an established institute...
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Spotlight On: Nanosight

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. Nanosight is based on a technology called ‘nanoparticle tracking analysis’ (NTA) where a camera tracks the Brownian motion of each individual nanoparticle of interest in a flow cell. By using the Stokes-Einstein equation and based on the recorded nanoparticle tracks, the software then calculates the hydrodynamic diameter of each detected nanoparticle. These data, in turn, are used to plot the particle population distribution histogram which can be used to...
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