News Round Up

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New study: Type 2 diabetes drug could treat autoimmune disorders

Academics at the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Science have found that the drug, canagliflozin (also known as Invokana), could be used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus as it targets T-cells, which form an essential component of the immune system.

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Experts examine how physical activity changes lives

The effectiveness of sport as a tool to tackle youth crime has been analysed by Welsh academics at the Welsh Institute of Physical Activity, Health and Sport (WIPAHS) and their findings will now be used to help inform police leaders.

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Ice melt in Antarctica

Video for schools on ice melt and sea level rise wins prestigious award

A film for school pupils about ice melt in Antarctica and sea level rise, made by a team involving Swansea University polar expert Professor Adrian Luckman, has been awarded the prestigious Silver Publishers Award from the Geographical Association.

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Dr Jason Webber

£400k boost for University’s research into prostate cancer

Dr Jason Webber, of Swansea University Medical School has received more than £400,000 for research that will look to create a new type of non-invasive blood test for prostate cancer, to help detect prostate cancer earlier as well as avoiding unnecessary - and potentially harmful biopsies.

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Research Highlights

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Programme for Elevating Digital and Language Skills

By providing digital skills development training for individuals and organisations in Swansea, the PEDALS project led by Professor David Turner addresses the challenges faced by marginalised members within the community and improve the lives of the people who live and work in the city.

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Improving Healthcare for Autistic People

Dr Aimee Grant, an Autistic academic, in collaboration with researchers at the Centre for Lactation, Infant Feeding and Translational Research, Autistic UK and Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales has been working with Autistic people to understand the differences in Autistic experiences of healthcare, including in relation to pregnancy, pregnancy loss and breastfeeding.

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Developing a sustainable National Health Service

Swansea University’s Professor Nick Rich, Professor Gareth Davies and Dr Gary Walpole are collaborating on an ambitious portfolio of operations management, organisational innovation, and supply chain research to create an economic and environmentally sustainable health and care service for the community.

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Expert Opinion

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Will Reporting On Political Issues Help Citizens?

In this episode of Exploring Global Problems, Dr Matt WallDr Richard Thomas, and Professor Jonathan Bradbury discuss their work on political engagement, the internet and public opinion, devolution, and whether reporting of political issues is helping citizens to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

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New technology is paving the way for cheap and abundant solar cells

In this article from The Conversation, Senior Research Officer David Beynon explains how the team at Swansea have developed the world’s first rollable and fully printable solar cell; a new type of solar technology that paves the way for abundant, cheap and printable cells.

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Spotlight on

Dr Jing Shao

Early Career Researcher

Dr Jing Shao is a lecturer in Economics at Swansea University’s School of Social Sciences. She specialises in Labour and Health Economics specifically empirical microeconomics and applied econometrics, with a special focus upon energy economics, health economics and labour economics.

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Nathan Ellmer

Postgraduate Researcher

Nathan Ellmer is a PhD Civil Engineering student based in the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE) within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. His research consists of developing a computational framework to simulate giant deformations of very soft polymers.

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Research Centre

The Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI) is an open access centre of excellence which focuses on steel innovation by delivering practical solutions to industry. The Institute has a range of equipment that provides for research into decarbonisation, alloy synthesis, process simulation, mechanical testing and materials characterisation.

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Research Collaborations

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Expert team’s mission to help people with diabetes in Bermuda

Experts from Swansea University and Queen’s University, Belfast have helped to bring life-changing eye care to people with diabetes in Bermuda. Professor David Owens and Dr Becky Thomas, from Swansea University Medical School, were part of the specialist team, along with Catherine Jamison from Queen’s University, which travelled to the Bermudan capital of Hamilton to carry out a week of free diabetic eye screening.

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Baby in their mother's arms

Swansea University research centre to lead on new £1.4 million partnership

A new research collaboration aimed at accelerating capabilities and improving research on maternal and infant health has received a £1.4 million funding boost. The Mother & Infant Research Electronic Data Analysis (MIREDA) partnership, led by the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research based at Swansea University, has been awarded the grant from the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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Salmon in a river

New report warns of threat to small salmon populations

A new report commissioned by Natural Resources Wales has some stark findings for the future of salmon populations. The evidence report written by Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz from our School of Biosciences highlights the high risk of extinction of Atlantic salmon in Wales.

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