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Professor Julie Kent launches new book: Regenerating Bodies 

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Professor Julie KentCongratulations to Professor Julie Kent who has launched her new book which draws together the findings of ten years social research in the emerging area of regenerative medicine.

This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global ‘tissue economies’ Julie explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell science. The book explores how regenerative medicine configures and conceptualizes bodies and argues that the development of regenerative medicine is a feminist issue.

Regenerating BodiesThe book considers the claims that regenerative medicine represents exciting possibilities for treating the diseases of ageing bodies, critically assessing what kind of futures are embodied in tissue and cell based therapies. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students within the social sciences, in health technology studies, bioethics, feminist studies, and gender and health studies.

For further information go to the book page on the publisher's website or contact Professor Julie Kent.

Researchers protest over 'death of British science' 

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There was an interesting article on the BBC News website recently about the 'death of Bristish science'. A group of scientists called Science for the Future, led by a prominent group of chemists, mathematicians and physicists, including a number of Nobel prize winners, have delivered a coffin to Downing Street on Tuesday to in protest. The protesters claim that priority is being given to science that can be quickly taken up by industry at the expense of basic research.

They are also objecting to the way that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - which funds their research - is run. Many are concerned about the outcome of a strategic review by the EPSRC which reduced the priority of some areas of science it funds.

One of the protest organisers, Prof Anthony Barrett of Imperial College London, said, "In many areas of research there isn't an obvious payback and it's very difficult to demonstrate its potential benefits as we are now required to do."

The EPSRC denied the allegation. Its chief executive, Professor David Delpy, said that the balance between pure and applied research had remained unchanged following the review.

What are your thoughts?  Is this the 'death of Bristish science'?

For further information read the full BBC article here.

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Prostate cancer research pivotal to UWE's CASE Europe matched funding success 

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Tony RhodesFantastic news for UWE Bristol as it has been named one of the outstanding fundraising universities in 2010-11 in the recent CASE Europe Matched Funding Awards with UWE's prostate cancer research being identified as central to this success.

The awards marked the third and final year of the government-backed matched funding scheme for voluntary giving. The CASE Europe paid homage to the three institutions who have made improved and sustained fundraising performance in that period, showing an increase in donors, new funds secured and growth in cash income.

UWE's Director of Development and Alumni Relations Emma Sambrook said, “The project that UWE celebrated as being pivotal for our fundraising success is a partnership researching prostate cancer. Led by Professor Anthony Rhodes at UWE, Professor Jeff Holly at the University of Bristol, Mr David Gillatt from Bristol Urological Institute and Dr Amit Bahl at the Bristol Oncology Centre, the research team aims for better insight into what causes cancer cells to metastasise or spread.

“That will help the partnership to design and test new improved drugs for targeting and destroying these tumour cells that threaten the lives of many cancer patients. Cancer research is something many donors like to support and the fundraising team at UWE is very pleased to have played a small part in the project.”

Professor Anthony Rhodes said, "The matched funding was essential to provide extra money for consumables and to employ scientists to perform the investigations and to organise the clinical trials for the first two years of the project."

Video interviews with the winners are available here.

For further information read the full UWE press release here.

Breast Cancer - United Care conference 

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The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology together with the University of the West of England are organising a one day conference exploring issues around Breast Cancer. The conference is being held at the UWE Conference and Exhibition Centre and aims to provide an update on a range of issues that influence the management of women with breast cancer.

All those with an interest in this field: patients, relatives, nurses, researchers, health care professionals to include clinical and biomedical scientists, surgeons, oncologists and general practitioners will find this conference useful.

The speakers are international experts in their respective areas and between them will touch on topics such as:

  • the influence of diet on metabolic pathways and cancer
  • the latest developments in biomedical research
  • surgery and therapies
  • new developments in service delivery
  • follow-up support and survivorship
  • an international perspective

The programme for the day is designed to meet continuing professional development needs for professional attendees (CPD credits will be available for participants), but also to provide an opportunity for women with breast cancer and their supporters to hear about current developments from both local and international experts from the academic world and from clinical practice.

This event is supported by the Microelectronics iNet, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Click here to find out more and to register for the event

UK's largest robot lab opens for business 

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Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), the largest robotics laboratory of its type in the UK was officially opened today by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science.

The Laboratory is a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. BRL strives to understand the science, engineering and social role of robotics and embedded intelligence.

The BRL is home to a community of 70 academics and businesses who are leading current thinking in nouvelle and service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. Over £1.65 million has been spent on the new facilities. The total area of the BRL is circa 2,400 sqm, with over 300 metres of specialised laboratory space and two Flying Arenas.

In this video, Professor Chris Melhuish, Director of the BRL, discusses the contributions the BRL will make to worldwide robotics research.

For further information read the full UWE press release here or view the Bristol Robotics Laboratory web pages