€2million grant to fund centre of excellence
Researchers in Portsmouth and Rouen, France studying important biomedical problems have won a €2million European Union grant to help them make leaps forward in understanding some of the specific processes in human cells.
The AdMiN grant will help support cutting edge equipment to allow scientists to study muscular dystrophy, brain tumours, brain development and stroke.
Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Portsmouth, Darek Gorecki and a team of five academics and eight researchers will share the grant with French partners led by Dr David Vaudry to build a cross-Channel centre of research excellence. Their key aim will be to integrate the latest cellular imaging methods with advances in understanding genes and proteins, the building blocks of life.
Professor Gorecki said: “Proteins are the principal constituents of cells and specific proteins determine what cells do, for example, contract (muscle), transmit signals (nerve cells), carry oxygen (red blood cells) etc. The integration of genomics and proteomics in biomedical sciences is important for understanding the physiological and pathological processes in human bodies and also for the pharmaceutical industry because most drugs work by interacting with protein and influencing their functions.”
The University of Portsmouth and fellow grant winner the University of Rouen have already employed advanced methods and cutting edge equipment for cellular imaging. With this new grant they will be able to integrate facilities into a cross-Channel network to give students, researchers clinicians and local companies an enhanced learning and research environment.
Professor Gorecki said: “We hope that through combined expertise, state of the art equipment and innovative ideas, the collaborating centres will be able to respond effectively to the challenges posed by rapidly changing technologies and to our growing research needs. Furthermore, by involving local biomedical enterprises like Portsmouth CanTech Ltd the project aims to convey new methodologies to a wider industrial base.
“Our application for the grant received strong support from Portsmouth City Council and local MP Mike Hancock. We will work closely with them to ensure that relevant local businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the new knowledge base and expertise that will now be made available.”
Kate Daniell | alfa
The most recent press releases about innovation >>>
Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:
Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...
Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...
At TU Wien, an alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes was developed. It is now used in a test dome for the Austrian Federal Railways Infrastructure (ÖBB Infrastruktur).
Concrete shells are efficient structures, but not very resource efficient. The formwork for the construction of concrete domes alone requires a high amount of...
Many pathogens use certain sugar compounds from their host to help conceal themselves against the immune system. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now, in cooperation with researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom, analyzed the dynamics of a bacterial molecule that is involved in this process. They demonstrate that the protein grabs onto the sugar molecule with a Pac Man-like chewing motion and holds it until it can be used. Their results could help design therapeutics that could make the protein poorer at grabbing and holding and hence compromise the pathogen in the host. The study has now been published in “Biophysical Journal”.
The cells of the mouth, nose and intestinal mucosa produce large quantities of a chemical called sialic acid. Many bacteria possess a special transport system...