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UWE research making a difference to people's health and well-being 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
17Feb2012
The first two UWe-books, promoting UWE’s excellent work in health and well-being have been launched.  Working with a wide range of partners in the health services, industry and other universities, UWE’s research has resulted in real scientific, social and economic benefits and these UWe-books show just a sample of how our researchers are striving to make a real difference to people’s lives.

The first UWe-book, Medicines for the future and today – from bench to bedside, features:   
  • Lighting up cancer cells - Professor Vyv Salisbury
  • Better treatment for diabetes - Professor Aniko Varadi
  • Fighting prostate cancer - Professor Anthony Rhodes
  • Preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease - Dr Myra Conway

The second UWe-book, Improving healthcare for people with long-term conditions, features:

  • Fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis - Professor Sarah Hewlettt
  • Understanding chronic pain - Professor Candy McCabe
  • Helping people adjust to visible disfigurement - Professor Nichola Rumsey
  • New approaches to treating joint pain - Dr Nicola Walsh

Judging bad breath 

Posted by Denise Hope | 1 comment
10Feb2012
A rather interesting training course came to my attention today – a course for breath odour judges that Dr Saliha Saad and Professor John Greenman have been running for the last 15 years at the Centre for Research in Biosciences at UWE.  

Oral Malodour CourseThe aim of the course is for participants to become trained to become an oral malodour judge so that each participant is able to recognise and identify the main groups of malodour compounds thought to occur on breath of individuals.  

The course includes tests using chemical odours as well as on human volunteers using the organoleptic method, where a trained organoleptic judge sniffs the expelled mouth air of the patient and scores its intensity. This method is compared to the hedonic method, which assesses the quality of the smell.  The quantitative organoleptic method is used in association with instrumental analysis of volatile sulphur compounds in breath using the Halimeter and the OralChroma. The participants are also introduced to clinical trials from recruitment to data analysis.

The course runs each September, or on demand, and is highly renowned with participants on the course coming from all over the world including USA, Middle-East and Europe and includes both academics and professions such as doctors, medics and dental hygienists.  If you would like to find out more about this course please contact Saliha Saad.