Rebuilding highways to the brain

By LifETIME CDT Student: Josep Fumado Navarro (University of Galway) The brain is the most complex organ of the body and, even with the latest research advances, we are still a long way from fully understanding it. One of the difficulties, is the lack of relevant models to conduct studies of the human brain. Over the

Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics: The Knee-d to Change our Approach

By LifETIME CDT Student: Jennifer Willis (Aston University) Inflammation is a protective biological response driven by immune cells during infections or at sites of tissue damage. However, there is a fine balance between the induction of an inflammatory response and its resolution. A failure in the control of these processes can trigger abnormal overstimulation of our

Emerging therapies to help you liver-little!

By LifETIME CDT Student: James Kennedy (University of Birmingham) Chronic liver disease (CLD) is a major global problem which can lead to devastating complications such as liver failure and primary liver cancer. Currently, there are no curative therapies for advanced liver disease, with surgery/ transplantation only an option in a minority of patients . The liver

It’s just around the cornea! How a new 3D model could help find effective treatments for blindness.

By LifETIME CDT Student: Victoria Hughes (University of Birmingham) Losing my senses is one of my biggest fears, and at the top of that list would be losing my sight – a tough reality that affects up to 250 million people worldwide. Most blindness in the world is preventable and can be attributed to a lack

Birmingham host Girls in STEM outreach workshop

By Emma Lardner (She/Her) (lifETIME CDT Administrator for Birmingham and Operations Manager of the Healthcare Technologies Institute, University of Birmingham) On Tuesday 4th October, lifETIME CDT Students from the University of Birmingham and Aston University hosted a Girls in STEM workshop for thirty-six year 9 girls. The day began with a career talk from Dr Anita

How can we use magnets to grow bones?

By LifETIME CDT Student: Emma Kelly (University of Glasgow) Did you know bone tissue is the second most transplanted tissue worldwide? We use bone transplants, called bone grafts, to treat various types of damage to bones such as fractures that won’t heal, to replace part of a bone that was surgically removed and skeletal abnormalities. However,