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UWE's Centre for Research in Biosciences shaping our future 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
02Dec2011

Big ideas for the futureUWE's Centre for Research in Biosciences (CRIB) has been cited in a a report by the Research Council UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) to mark Universities Week 2011.

The report, Big ideas for the future, uncovers the top 100 pieces of research that will shape our future. The three themes cited in the report were:

Rapid screening test for prediction of patient responses to cancer chemotherapy
CRIB researchers are investigating a rapid screening test that will predict how a patient will respond to cancer chemotherapy within hours. The research is seeking to solve the problem of why some patients do not respond to chemotherapy treatment first time round by developing a quick and simple test based on a blood sample before chemotherapy treatment begins which shows a response to a range of drugs. The results of the test will ensure that a patient receives the right combination of chemotherapy drugs to meet their needs and therefore prevent any delay in treatment.

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
A team of CRIB researchers are studying ways of detecting Alzheimer’s disease and new therapies to slow down or prevent its progression. To do this the researchers are working to understand the pathways involved in the development of the disease. If they can single out what might cause the disease, they can develop new therapies to slow down or prevent it progressing. The team also hope to identify the early biomarkers of the disease which will make early diagnosis possible and ensure people are treated more quickly. Ultimately this research could radically change the way in which Alzheimer’s disease is treated and so improve the lives of those who suffer from it and their families and carers.

Biomarkers for food quality and safety
A team of CRIB researchers are trying to discover the DNA and protein biomarkers for a range of food quality traits including the fatty acid composition. They then intend to develop new technology that can detect these traits in food. An important aspect of this project is not only to deliver new knowledge, but also to establish an effective international training and research network which will sustain food quality research and new technology development in the future.

Click here to read the full report.