Animal Free Research UK: Helping to create kinder, more environmentally sustainable, and human-relevant science

By LifETIME CDT Student: Lauren Hope (University of Glasgow) The vast majority – around 90% – of potential new therapies fail in clinical trials (1,2). One important reason for this is that animals, which legally must be used in preclinical testing, harbour numerous differences compared to humans that limit the translation of these test results from

$1 Billion Concussion

By LifETIME CDT Student: Matthias Lim (University of Birmingham) Repetitive head injury has been shown to result in cognitive impairment of many athletes, including early onset dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Sporting organisations, therefore, have a critically important ethical duty to actively monitor the health and recovery of their athletes, monitor, and to rapidly diagnose


By LifETIME CDT Student: Seyedmohammad Moosavizadeh (University of Galway) Defective corneal wound healing is a critical medical problem and an area of largely unmet medical need. Infections, persistent inflammation, trauma, and systemic disorders such as diabetes can all impair ocular wound closure and leave millions of people blind worldwide. Interestingly, the cornea is the most highly

Learning How Animal Free Research UK Give a Voice to the Voiceless – an Absolutely Fabulous Placement

By LifETIME CDT Student: Georgia Harris (She/Her) (University of Birmingham) I signed up for a 6-week placement with Animal Free Research UK which was mostly remote working with the addition of some in-person meets and the opportunity to join their Parliamentary Reception. I joined the Public Affairs team and was supervised by the Director of Public

Rebuilding highways to the brain

By LifETIME CDT Student: Josep Fumado Navarro (He/Him) (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.

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