Southampton researchers tackle Alzheimer’s clinical trials failure

15 January 2015

Researchers in Southampton are tackling one of the biggest questions in dementia research; why might current approaches in Alzheimer’s trials be failing? The new study is published in the Journal of Pathology and funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Medical Research Council.

University staff recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours List

30 December 2014

Two members of staff from the University of Southampton have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

New cell marking technique to help understand how our brain works

22 December 2014

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to mark individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works.

Southampton joins world-leading project to transform treatment of cancer and rare diseases

22 December 2014

The University of Southampton, in collaboration with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and hospital partners, has been named one of 11 centres involved in a national genome project set to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases.

Could fruit flies hold the key to unlocking asthma?

15 December 2014

Researchers at the University of Southampton are to conduct a new study to unlock asthma susceptibility genes.

Getting antibodies into shape to fight cancer

10 December 2014

Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that the precise shape of an antibody makes a big difference to how it can stimulate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, paving the way for much more effective treatments.

New insight into risk of Ankylosing Spondylitis

9 December 2014

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered variations in an enzyme belonging to the immune system that leaves individuals susceptible to Ankylosing Spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease which mainly affects joints in the spine.

How strong do you think you are? British studies shine light on how strength changes across life

4 December 2014

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU), University of Southampton have shed new light on how grip strength changes across the lifespan. Previous work has shown that people with weaker grip strength in midlife and early old age are more likely to develop problems, such as loss of independence and to have shorter life expectancy. However, there is little information on what might be considered a normal grip strength at different ages.

Genetic screening should be extended to patients with triple-negative breast cancer

4 December 2014

More patients with triple-negative breast cancer should undergo genetic testing for inherited mutations in known breast cancer predisposition genes, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, a new study has found.

Green vegetables could improve heart’s efficiency, blood supply to organs and reduce risk of diabetes and obesity

3 December 2014

In three independent studies, scientists from the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge have identified how a simple chemical called nitrate, found in leafy green vegetables, can help thin blood ensuring oxygen can be delivered to all corners of the body efficiently. Reducing the thickness of blood may also decrease instances of dangerous clots forming and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.