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HDR UK launches Black Internship Programme with Barts Life Sciences, one of the 23 partner organisations

***PRESS RELEASE*** We are delighted to welcome the 49 interns participating in our 2021 Black Internship Programme. As the UK’s national institute for health data science and the alliance of UK health data custodians, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and UK Health Data Research Alliance (the Alliance) hope to help transform the prospects of and provide the opportunities for, young Black people in the UK, allowing them to flourish in their future science,...

Researchers discover new way to starve brain tumours

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London, funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research and the Medical Research Council, have found a new way to starve cancerous brain tumour cells of energy in order to prevent further growth. The pre-clinical research in human tissue samples, human cell lines and mice could lead to changes in the way that some children...

Study strengthens links between red meat and heart disease

An observational study by Queen Mary University of London researchers in nearly 20,000 individuals has found that greater intake of red and processed meat is associated with worse heart function. The research is presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and published in the journal Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. Study author...

Researchers develop new smell test for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and COVID-19

A new smell test developed by Queen Mary University of London researchers has been found to be easy to use in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and could also be helpful in diagnosing COVID-19 in the broader population. Smell tests have the potential to support the diagnosis of certain neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, these tests are not widely...

Single Covid-19 vaccine dose may boost protection in those previously infected

A new study has found that a single dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine may boost protection against Covid-19 variants for those who have previously had the virus. The study, published today in the ‘Science’ journal is led by researchers at Barts Health NHS Trust, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University London and University College London and also in collaboration...

Barts Health helps improve representation of black people in science through collaborative internship programme

Barts Health has joined a new programme designed to help get more black men and women into the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community. Together with Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and in partnership with the 10,000 Black Interns initiative and the UK Health Data Research Alliance (HDR Alliance), a total of 54 interns, including over 30 women will start paid work experience as...