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At The University of Manchester news breaks every day, whether it's a new discovery by one of our academics, an award won by one of our students, or an upcoming event at one of our visitor attractions.

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Latest news

New drug active against most aggressive type of lung cancer cells
(11 Jul 2014)
Manchester scientists have shown that a new drug could prove useful in treating small cell lung cancer - the most aggressive form of lung cancer.

Scientists discover clues why weight-loss surgery cures diabetes
(10 Jul 2014)
Scientists at The University of Manchester are a step closer to understanding why diabetes is cured in the majority of patients that undergo gastric bypass surgery.

President and Vice Chancellor to feature on BBC Radio 4
(10 Jul 2014)
Nancy Rothwell discusses The Leadership Gap

Ancient arachnid brought back to life
(09 Jul 2014)
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid – one of the first predators on land – recreates the animal walking.

An evening with Chris Beardshaw
(09 Jul 2014)
Come and join us on Wednesday, 23 July to hear Chris talk about the key to successful planting combinations to create a seamless tapestry of colour and texture in your garden

Student launches social media platform for new researchers
(09 Jul 2014)
A PhD student from the University of Manchester has launched a social media platform which she hopes will help researchers at the start of their careers.

Rugby ace now graduate flyer
(09 Jul 2014)
A Sale Sharks star has graduated at The University of Manchester with a BA(Econ) in Business Studies.

Brits feel fake when ‘poshing up’ accents
(09 Jul 2014)
Some Brits with regional accents see themselves as frauds when they change their accent to cope with social situations, according to a University of Manchester linguist.

Manchester medical student finishes top of class of 2014
(09 Jul 2014)
Manchester Medical School student Tasleema Begum received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award when she graduated this week with a MB ChB in Medicine.

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England
(09 Jul 2014)
The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyse bigger and more complex sets of information than was previously possible.

People with bipolar disorder are bigger risk-takers
(09 Jul 2014)
Research led by The University of Manchester has shown that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder - guiding them towards riskier gambles and away from safer ones.

The Manchester Review out now
(08 Jul 2014)
Issue 12 of The University of Manchester’s online arts journal The Manchester Review is now live.

‘Manchester mentoring scheme helped me become a doctor’
(08 Jul 2014)
A trip to The University of Manchester at age 15 has led to a career in medicine for Salford school boy Emmanuel Oladipo who graduates today (8 July).

Centre for New Writing launches #micropoem14 competition
(07 Jul 2014)
Following the success of last year's micropoetry competition, the Centre for New Writing at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester has just launched a #micropoem14 competition.

Chemotherapy shown to affect memory in young cancer patients
(07 Jul 2014)
A significant number of young cancer patients suffer memory related side effects from chemotherapy according to a study by The University of Manchester to be announced at Teenage Cancer Trust’s International Conference on Teenage and Young Adult Cancer, Royal Society of Medicine.

Vulnerable need pre-trial counselling, say experts
(07 Jul 2014)
Counsellors need more support to ensure they feel able to give victims of sexual abuse pre-trial counselling, experts will say at an event at The University of Manchester on July 8.

Manchester’s University Challenge hopefuls in new documentary
(04 Jul 2014)
University of Manchester students will feature in a new two-part documentary about the selection process for the forthcoming series of University Challenge.

Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study celebrates 18th birthday
(04 Jul 2014)
Researchers and participants involved in a long-term study into asthma and allergies by The University of Manchester and the University Hospital of South Manchester marked its landmark birthday with a big party at the Wythenshawe-based hospital.

Hazardous drinking in UK athletes linked with alcohol industry sponsorship
(02 Jul 2014)
New research from The University of Manchester (UK) and Monash University (Australia) shows a link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes.

New Dino-book highlights Britain’s ‘Three-rex’
(02 Jul 2014)
Jurassic Britain was a “dinosaur paradise” with more than 100 different species – including three tyrannosaurs – described in the scientific literature to date, says the author of a new book, Dinosaurs of the British Isles.

Manchester to host international Graphene Week in 2015
(01 Jul 2014)
The University of Manchester has been announced as the host of Graphene Week 2015 – a key international conference for scientists studying the wonder substance graphene.

Jodrell Bank duo honoured for innovative science communication
(01 Jul 2014)
Two Directors at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory have been honoured for their innovative approach to public engagement with physics.

Liverpool could sue Suarez, say legal experts
(01 Jul 2014)
Last week FIFA banned the Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez for four months and nine internationals for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. However, we have heard little on its legal consequences- especially at Liverpool - say Drs Hannah Quirk and Elaine Dewhurst, from The University of Manchester’s School of Law.

Gorgosaurus on show in UK for first time
(01 Jul 2014)
A 7.3 metre predatory dinosaur that lived more than 70 million years ago will go on show in the UK for the first time at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition today.

World Cup woes? You do the maths!
(01 Jul 2014)
England’s early exit from the World Cup may have left football fans feeling forlorn but for those inclined to spice things up with a flutter on the remaining fixtures, help may be at hand.

University forms part of new Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence in Manchester
(01 Jul 2014)
Cancer Research UK is bringing together leading researchers from The University of Manchester and London in a groundbreaking new Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence* that launches today (Tuesday).

Effects of mass violence under spotlight
(30 Jun 2014)
An internationally renowned group of experts are to examine how the appalling effects of mass violence play out in the months and years after they have been perpetrated.

Heather could be UK energy source
(29 Jun 2014)
Heather could help meet bioenergy target and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Nearly half of adults with Cystic Fibrosis are infected by fungi
(27 Jun 2014)
A medical student from Manchester had made a major discovery which will help doctors diagnose and treat patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) while working with a University of Manchester led team at the University Hospital of South Manchester.

Grant awarded to explore the genes associated with rheumatoid arthritis
(27 Jun 2014)
A researcher from The University of Manchester has received funding from medical research charity Arthritis Research UK to help identify the genes involved in developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Manchester officially named ‘European City of Science’
(26 Jun 2014)
Manchester has been officially named the European City of Science at a ceremony held today (Thursday) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Trio of supermassive black holes shake space-time
(26 Jun 2014)
Astronomers have discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4 billion light years away.

The secret sex life of mussels uncovered at community open day
(26 Jun 2014)
The public will be encouraged to mix sperm and eggs from spawning male and female freshwater mussels at The University of Manchester this weekend.

100 mothers and children re-traced for diabetes research a decade on
(26 Jun 2014)
Researchers leading the Manchester-part of a worldwide study into diabetes have managed to re-trace 100 mothers and children who took part in a study into diabetes 12 years ago to look at their life now.

New App to improve food allergy testing
(25 Jun 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have teamed up with global food-safety diagnostic company Romer Labs UK Ltd to create a new tool which will help improve the lives of people suffering with food allergies.

Researchers discover how 'wriggling' skin cells go on the move
(25 Jun 2014)
Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, The University of Manchester and King’s College London have discovered a new way that melanoma skin cancer cells can invade healthy tissue and spread round the body, according to research* published in Nature Communications, today (Wednesday).

Gene variants show potential in predicting rheumatoid arthritis disease outcomes
(23 Jun 2014)
Arthritis Research UK-funded scientists based at The University of Manchester have identified a new way in which genotyping can be used to predict disease outcomes among sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

Global experts gather for 2014 Manchester skin health summit
(23 Jun 2014)
For the first time, ageing and dermatology experts and global thought leaders have come together to promote skin health as a critical component of active and healthy ageing.

Scientists discuss UK involvement in giant telescope project
(23 Jun 2014)
Manchester astronomers will be among those discussing the case for UK involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project (LSST) today (Monday) at the National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth.

Thousands of mothers have successive children removed by family courts
(23 Jun 2014)
Research led by experts at The University of Manchester shows thousands of mothers have had successive children removed by family courts in England over the past seven years.

Manchester scientist wins 2014 Women In Science award
(20 Jun 2014)
Dr Tracy Briggs, from The University of Manchester, has won a prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science Fellowship

Winds of change for the shipping sector
(19 Jun 2014)
Wind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable route to help cut CO2 emissions in the shipping sector, according to Dr Michael Traut, a Research Associate from The University of Manchester.

University dermatologists take on burning issues at Manchester Airport
(19 Jun 2014)
Experts from The University of Manchester's Dermatology Centre are teaming up with the Teenage Cancer Trust at Manchester Airport this month, to educate passengers on how to stay safe in the sun and the dangers of skin cancer, as part of the charity’s annual Shunburn campaign.

Book prize launched to honour world renowned historian of science and medicine
(19 Jun 2014)
The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) has set up a new prize to honour a world-renowned University of Manchester historian.

NICE renews major health improvement partnership with Manchester
(19 Jun 2014)
A major collaboration between Manchester and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been renewed for a further three years, after making significant achievements in contributing to the assessment of new drugs and medical technologies, and supporting development of new treatment guidelines and quality standards for conditions ranging from cancer and diabetes to heart disease and psoriasis.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation team up with Manchester scientists
(19 Jun 2014)
As part of a strategy to explore the emerging science around the human microbiome and its impact across several areas of health and disease, Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have established a collaboration with scientists from The University of Manchester.

Study investigates online information available to lung cancer patients
(19 Jun 2014)
Researchers from The University of Manchester have begun a study to look at the online information available to lung cancer patients in an era of diagnosis by google.

Shipping needs radical rethink warn climate experts
(18 Jun 2014)
Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change requires a radical rethink of the shipping system, according to a new report ‘High Seas: High Stakes’ released today by scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research based at The University of Manchester.

Signalling protein plays different roles in breast cancer and normal cells
(18 Jun 2014)
A key step in developing effective cancer therapies is identifying differences between normal, healthy cells and cancer cells – these differences can then be exploited to specifically kill tumour cells.

Manchester runner represents Team GB for the first time
(18 Jun 2014)
University of Manchester student Seren Bundy-Davies is competing in the European Team Championships in Germany this weekend.

Suicide among mental health patients receiving home treatment doubles
(18 Jun 2014)
The number of deaths by suicide among mental health patients treated at home by crisis resolution home treatment teams (CRHT)*, has more than doubled in England in recent years, rising from an average of 80 in 2003-2004 to 163 in 2010-2011, according to new research by The University of Manchester.

Mental health patients more than twice as likely to be victims of homicide
(18 Jun 2014)
Patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than people in the general population, according to a national study examining the characteristics of homicide victims across England and Wales, by The University of Manchester.

New artworks set to bring Dunston Staiths back to life again
(18 Jun 2014)
The Jetty Project is set to transform Dunston Staiths on the banks of the River Tyne through a series of iconic artworks.

'Felipe has a mountain to climb when King'
(17 Jun 2014)
For almost 40 years, King Juan Carlos ruled Spain until his shock announcement to abdicate, paving the way for the coronation of his son, Crown Prince Felipe, on Thursday. Dr David Jimenez Torres, a lecturer in Spanish studies at The University of Manchester, explains the issues.

Devolution promises could be game-changer, finds BES
(17 Jun 2014)
Many Scots want more devolution, but think those additional powers will be achieved without independence, according to new data released by the British Election Study (BES).

Christmas Lectures head to Manchester
(16 Jun 2014)
The Royal Institution’s famous Christmas Lectures are set to wow Manchester audiences when they arrive in the city tomorrow.

Research to focus on new care system for older people
(16 Jun 2014)
A major new study, led by The University of Manchester, is to examine Salford’s pioneering integrated care programme for older people.

Exploring a Parasitic Tunnel Boring Machine
(16 Jun 2014)
Parasitic worm genome and biology provides a solid basis for the development of new interventions according to research form the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and The University of Manchester.

New research set to improve quality of life for denture patients
(16 Jun 2014)
The University of Manchester is leading a first of its kind trial into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants.

New study will develop new methods to identify mums at risk of stillbirth
(13 Jun 2014)
A Manchester researcher has received £1.14 million to develop pioneering new methods to identify those at risk of stillbirth, a devastating tragedy which sees approximately 4,000 babies stillborn every year in the UK.

Manchester scientist makes literary longlist
(13 Jun 2014)
A University of Manchester professor has been included on the longlist of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books - the world's most prestigious award for popular science writing.

Scientists find trigger to decode the genome
(13 Jun 2014)
Scientists from The University of Manchester have identified an important trigger that dictates how cells change their identity and gain specialised functions.

Surgeon and father tour North West hospitals by bike to raise cancer awareness
(12 Jun 2014)
The father of a graduate who died from ovarian cancer has teamed up with The University of Manchester medic who treated her for a 200 mile sponsored cycle ride visiting seven hospitals in the North West.

New clues to skin cancer development show sunscreen is not enough
(12 Jun 2014)
Scientists have shown that sunscreen cannot be relied upon alone to prevent malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, according to research published in Nature today (Wednesday).

Teaching excellence at Manchester recognised
(12 Jun 2014)
Two University of Manchester academics from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences have had their contributions to teaching recognised in this year’s Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowships.

British Championship ice-skater qualifies as dentist
(11 Jun 2014)
An ice-skater competing in this weekend’s British Ice Skating Championships is celebrating early after qualifying as a dentist.

Irish conflict was most ‘fertile period’
(11 Jun 2014)
Though Ireland appeared to be on the brink of civil war at the start of the 20th century, new research shows how the period was one the most fertile in the country’s history.

Manchester hosts major graphene summit
(10 Jun 2014)
The University of Manchester is this week hosting some of the world’s largest companies working on graphene applications of the future.

Manchester researcher shortlisted for national award
(10 Jun 2014)
A campaign to educate UK immigrants about how infections are transmitted has been shortlisted for a national award, which recognises its public engagement work.