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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 algorithm will allow better heart surgery
(27 Jan 2015)
A new technique to help surgeons find the exact location of heart defects could save lives, help them to treat patients more effectively and save health service cash.

Age concern in largest ever study of heroin user deaths
(27 Jan 2015)
Older users of opioids such as heroin are 27 times more likely to become a victim of homicide than the general population, a University of Manchester study of almost 200,000 users has found.

Youngest children and poorer households worst hit by Coalition's selective cuts
(27 Jan 2015)
Major new report, entitled 'Social Policy in a Cold Climate', finds it is the poor, not the rich, who have carried the burden of austerity.

Holocaust lesson vital in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks
(23 Jan 2015)
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks and rising anti-Semitism, a series of lectures at The University of Manchester will examine lessons from the Second World War to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January).

Graphene: Isolated in Manchester, innovated in Britain
(22 Jan 2015)
James Baker, Business Director for Graphene@Manchester writes about the forthcoming Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre following a recent visit to leading UK materials manufacturing facilities.

Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism
(22 Jan 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester have, for the first time, shown that video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants’ engagement, attention and social behaviour, and might reduce the likelihood of such children developing later autism.

Cosmic radio burst caught red-handed
(21 Jan 2015)
A team of astronomers using twelve telescopes from around the world, and in space, have for the first time captured a ‘fast radio burst’ happening live.

Teachers feel pressure to 'standardise' their accents in class
(21 Jan 2015)
Dr Alex Baratta, lecturer in linguistics, found trainee teachers with Northern accents felt they were 'selling out'.

Mapping the Universe
(19 Jan 2015)
Scientists from around the world have joined forces to lay the foundations for an experiment of truly astronomical proportions: putting together the biggest map of the Universe ever made.

Humanitarian and medical expert returns from Ebola centres
(19 Jan 2015)
With hundreds of millions spent on Ebola response and elements of the British, American, and French military deployed to the region, what has been achieved and is the world winning against this lethal virus?

University medic receives Ebola award from Prime Minister
(16 Jan 2015)
A doctor who led the first wave of NHS volunteers for the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has today been named the UK’s 200th Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

How does a machine smell? Better than it did
(16 Jan 2015)
Scientists have come up with a way of creating sensors which could allow machines to smell more accurately than humans.

Research shows the hands-on dad isn’t a new phenomenon
(15 Jan 2015)
The 21st Century dad – as defined by celebrity fathers such as David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Jamie Oliver – isn’t a new phenomenon according to research from the universities of Manchester and Leeds.

£3 million grant for cutting edge biotechnology
(14 Jan 2015)
Scientists at The University of Manchester have been awarded nearly £3 million to develop new sustainable ways of manufacturing the chemicals used in thousands of our everyday products.

May contain nuts. But how much is too much?
(12 Jan 2015)
University of Manchester researchers have led a study to define allergen levels in food which can trigger allergic reactions which will help to make allergen warning labels more effective.

Award for e-MERLIN telescope team
(09 Jan 2015)
A team who helped developed one of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes has been recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

Tumour-blocking role found for cell regulation molecule
(09 Jan 2015)
Manchester scientists have explored the role of a protein in regulating tumour development and found that it suppresses liver cancer growth in the lab.

Potential new tool to monitor radiotherapy side effects
(07 Jan 2015)
Researchers in Manchester have investigated a patient-centred approach to assessing the side effects of radiotherapy and have shown that it may be able to improve the detection and management of treatment-related toxicity.

Computer model explains how animals select actions with rewarding outcomes
(07 Jan 2015)
Scientists from the universities of Manchester and Sheffield have developed a computer model charting what happens in the brain when an action is chosen that leads to a reward.

University of Manchester wins bid to continue work in mental health and safety
(06 Jan 2015)
The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) has been awarded a three-year contract by the HealthCare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to continue managing the Mental Health Clinical Outcome Review programme.

Small change in blood acidity could prove detrimental to kidney disease patients
(06 Jan 2015)
A University of Manchester scientist has discovered that very small changes in the level of acidity in blood may have a detrimental impact on the health of patients with kidney disease.

Pinochet’s ‘soundtrack to torture’ available to the public
(06 Jan 2015)
A digital archive documenting music from the torture chambers, concentration camps and prisons of the former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is available to the public for the first time.

Author makes political book awards shortlist twice
(05 Jan 2015)
Two books co-authored by Dr Rob Ford, a political scientist from The University of Manchester, have made it onto the shortlist of the prestigious Political Books of the Year awards.

Leader in dementia services made CBE
(05 Jan 2015)
The University of Manchester’s Professor Alistair Burns has been made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to health and social care – particularly dementia care.

Manchester Museum wins 2015 Lever Prize
(05 Jan 2015)
Manchester Museum has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2015 for the project 'Real Life Science'.