3D breast cancer-on- a-chip model

By LifETIME CDT Student: Yashna Chabria (NUI Galway)   While patients diagnosed with early stage breast cancer have a good outcome, it is more challenging to treat once the tumor has spread and so novel therapies are urgently required. Usually, the first step in breast cancer spread is to the adjacent lymph nodes. An increase

Animal-free diabetic foot wound model for drug discovery: an exciting challenge!

By LifETIME CDT Student: Mirella Ejiugwo (NUI Galway) The lives of hundreds of millions of people are devastated by diabetes across the globe. Unfortunately, someone dies every seven seconds because of diabetes or one of its complications. Specifically, type 2 diabetes, most common in obese people, is characterized by high glucose levels in the blood

3D Printing a brain?!

By LifETIME CDT Student: Paige Walczak (Aston University) Dementia is one of the largest causes of death in the UK. Unfortunately, treatments for dementia are often expensive and inadequate; Alzheimer’s approved treatments remain evasive and UK research for this type of dementia is estimated to cost ~£23 billion per year. This alongside the added pressures

Traditional Chinese Medicine – what do we know about it?

By LifETIME CDT Student: Narina Bileckaja, University of Glasgow    Mysteries all around us In the age of continuous scientific discoveries when it seems that we understand the world around us better than ever, there are still a lot of unsolved mysteries. One such enigma is an ancient medical practice, one that a lot of

Glasgow Rotation Training

The University of Glasgow rotational training illustrated by Dr Mathis Riehle: The 2019 LifETIME students arrived in Glasgow on Monday 28th October 2019 for the final week of the CDT rotational Training. By the time the student reached Glasgow they had formed a strong cohort having spent the last two weeks together at the University

New treatment kills off infection that can be deadly in cystic fibrosis

Dr Jonathan Cox (Lecturer in Microbiology) from Aston University, his research group and Birmingham Children’s Hospital have developed a new treatment that has been found to completely kill a bacterial infection that can be deadly to cystic fibrosis patients and other chronic lung conditions such as bronchiectasis.     New treatment can completely kill a M.