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News archive - May 2011

HIV drug could prevent cervical cancer
(03 May 2011)
A widely used HIV drug could be used to prevent cervical cancer caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), say scientists.

‘Ten year, one billion Euro plan’ for graphene
(04 May 2011)
Graphene, the world’s thinnest and most versatile material discovered by University of Manchester professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov, has been selected as one of six possible projects for a 10-year, one billion Euro research initiative.

Worm discovery could help one billion people worldwide
(05 May 2011)
Scientists have discovered why some people may be protected from harmful parasitic worms naturally while others cannot in what could lead to new therapies for up to one billion people worldwide.

Drug-resistance fears for deadly fungal disease
(05 May 2011)
Deadly human fungal infections caused by certain strains of Aspergillus fungi appear to be developing resistance to current drug treatments at an alarming rate, say scientists.

University to host powerful international event
(09 May 2011)
The University of Manchester will host an international energy conference for businesses and scientists looking to develop sustainable power systems for the future.

University footballer gets England call-up
(10 May 2011)
The Captain of The University of Manchester Football Club has been called up to play for England.

University graduates impact business bottom line
(10 May 2011)
The University of Manchester has opened its highly successful Internship Programme to employers from Greater Manchester.

Materials Chemistry scheme goes nationwide
(11 May 2011)
A unique collaborative scheme involving University of Manchester academics is taking its Research and Development Incentive Scheme nationwide – offering companies the equivalent of up to £10,000 towards materials chemistry collaborative research projects.

University and pharmaceutical industry create centre for inflammation research
(12 May 2011)
The University of Manchester, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and AstraZeneca announce today the creation of the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research (MCCIR), a unique collaboration to establish a world-leading translational centre for inflammatory diseases. The project starts out with an initial investment of £5M from each partner over a three year period.

Protection against one of Africa’s oldest animal plagues
(17 May 2011)
An international research team, including University of Manchester scientists, using a new combination of approaches has found two genes that may prove of vital importance to the lives and livelihoods of millions of farmers in a tsetse fly-plagued swathe of Africa.

Imaging technology reveals intricate details of 49 million-year-old spider
(18 May 2011)
Scientists have used the latest computer-imaging technology to produce stunning three-dimensional pictures of a 49 million-year-old spider trapped inside an opaque piece of fossilized amber resin.

Implant jab could solve the misery of back pain
(19 May 2011)
University of Manchester scientists have developed a biomaterial implant which could finally bring treatment, in the form of a jab, for chronic back pain.

University Chemical Biology Network comes together
(19 May 2011)
The University of Manchester will today launch a huge network of chemistry and biology academics, working closely with industry to advance the field of chemical biology which underpins the development of many pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agrochemical products.

Computer game helps eye specialists treat disease in children
(19 May 2011)
An eye consultant has drawn on his teenage passion for computer programming to create a special test to check the vision of children as young as four, in a way that can flag up problems caused by glaucoma, drug side-effects, brain tumours and other conditions.

Getting on nicely – collaboration boost for Manchester
(23 May 2011)
The University of Manchester and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Matt signs for Latics
(24 May 2011)
The captain of the University football team, Matt Smith, has signed professional terms with Oldham Athletic.

Breast cancer research grant for Manchester
(25 May 2011)
Breast Cancer Campaign has awarded a grant worth almost £190,000 to Dr Keith Brennan at The University of Manchester.

Enzyme prevents fatal heart condition associated with athletes
(25 May 2011)
Scientists have discovered an important enzyme molecule that may prevent fatal cardiac disorders associated with cardiac hypertrophy – the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.

Kostya Novoselov is made a Fellow of the Royal Society
(26 May 2011)
Professor Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Novoselov, who along with his friend and colleague Professor Andre Geim discovered wonder material graphene, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).