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Plantar Fasciitis Practice Survey 

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Plantar Fasciitis(PF) is a common foot disorder, which is often difficult to manage successfully.  Various treatments have been advocated, but the evidence is limited.  Physiotherapy is central to PF management, but we know little about 'usual care' across the UK.

To support further research, we are asking practicing physiotherapists to complete a short online survey about physiotherapy practice for Plantar Fasciitis.


For further information about the survey and study, please contact:

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

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

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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

UWE's Centre for Research in Biosciences shaping our future 

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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.