This post is aimed at scientists and medics. Aberdeen University run an intensive (week long) course in Applied Epidemiology (click here for the advert) from the 1st-5th of March 2010. These courses have run in Aberdeen since 2007, having previously been offered at the University of Manchester.
What is epidemiology? Why is it interesting? [...]
This is another geeky post. I’ve come across a couple of links discussing “do-it-yourself research”. As yesterdays post just discussed, modern medical research is extremely expensive, so how on earth could you do it yourself? Some people are trying to make science cheaper and more accessible so anyone can do it.
What’s all this [...]
Naked mole rats? Little, bald, ugly rodent creatures. Yep, it takes all sorts and some scientists have been studying these creatures for years. Most little rodents (e.g. mice) only live for a couple of years, but these naked mole rats live for about 30 years and apparently they don’t develop cancer.
Researchers have [...]
The Huntly Relay For Life 2009 finished on Saturday with the announcement of the final total, a fantastic sum of £85,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK. Plans are already underway for another Relay in 2010.
At the final meeting I gave a talk called “Why is cancer research so expensive?”. Obviously £85, [...]
Applications are now open for Wellcome PhDs starting in October 2010. To do a PhD (doctorate) you need to have an undergraduate degree and you usually need to get a first class or upper second class degree to get onto a PhD programme.
The Wellcome Trust fund PhD’s on medical topics (usually these are [...]
There have been two research studies done, looking at thousand of people to work out how many people with a certain symptom are likely to have cancer. If you are couching up blood, then you should make an appointment and mention this to your GP. The chances are it’s not cancer, but you need [...]
Many people want to support cancer research, but don’t have lots of
Cancer Research UK have launched a new service called “Action Teams”. The idea of action teams is that you are not committed to regular volunteering but you can still get involved. You will be offered a range of [...]
This is more of a medical post than a cancer one, but tonight (Tuesday 20th October 2009), there is a new three part mini-series on BBC2 Scotland called “The Scots who made the Modern World“. It starts at 9pm and the first episode features medicine and looks at early work on malaria and tuberculosis, [...]
This is an update to a post I wrote last week called “Clinical Trials – How can I help?“. The Rowett research Institute (part of Aberdeen University) are looking for volunteers to take part in a study looking at the effect of fruit and vegetables on disease. They are looking for healthy people aged [...]
Many people with cancer have fatigue. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn’t get better when you rest. Fatigue is a very difficult thing to study, it may be caused by having cancer (e.g. the cancer itself might disrupt your normal biological process and that makes you feel fatigued) or it may also be caused by [...]
A new look for Understanding Cancer. As you can see the website has had a facelift. What do you think? Is it better? Worse? Did you notice? (!) It should now be easier to subscribe to the “News” section, either by RSS or by email. My apologies if you’ve lost your RSS feed in [...]
I have written about p53 before and I am sure I will write about it again! We all have p53 inside us. We all have a p53 gene and this p53 gene makes p53 protein. Normally your p53 levels are low but if your DNA gets damaged your p53 increases, damaged cells can be [...]
Last night the winners of the 2009 Wellcome Image Awards were announced. So what? The Wellcome Trust are the UK’s largest charity and they fund medical research. The also hold an impressive library in London which is open to the public and they maintain a very large database of images.
Every year they select [...]
Not the snappiest title I know! I have intended to write a post on science and evidence based medicine for a while but I didn’t know where to start. It’s a huge topic and not one that can be covered in a brief blog post.
As a scientist I have been taught to [...]
A trial is used to test out an idea or a drug, a clinical trial means one that is conducted by doctors and nurses, usually in a hospital. There are lots of different trials and it can be confusing trying to work out what they show and why they are different.
A clinical trial [...]
I am a scientist. Science is a good way of proving if something works, or not. The idea behind the “scientific method”, is that you can take an idea (any idea) and if you carry out a fair experiment you will know if your idea has a good chance of being right. Please read [...]
What new cancer treatments are scientists working on? Scientists are testing a new drug for treating some types of cancer called “PARP inhibitors”. PARP, doesn’t sound very scientific does it? PARP stands for Poly-ADP ribose phosphorylase (you can see a picture of it here). PARP is a protein, we all have it inside our [...]
Yesterday I mentioned that there had been a lot of cancer stories in the news this week as there had been a large cancer conference in Birmingham. You may have noticed a lot of science stories too, this is because the winners of the 2009 Nobel Prizes were also announced this week.
Two of [...]
You may have noticed there have been quite a lot of cancer related stories in the news this week. There is a reason for this. Every year there is a big conference, organised by the NCRI, the National Cancer Research Institute. The NCRI is a partnership of government, charities and industry. They oversee research [...]
October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, which was started in the 1980′s by the drug company Astra Zeneca, the company that makes Tamoxifen. Breast Cancer Awareness month is used to raise money for breast cancer charities and increase awareness of the disease.
In Huntly, on Friday October the 9th at 7pm, you can come [...]
First of all an apology to those of you using a feed reader, I’ve noticed that my RSS feed has an XML parse error again. I’m not sure what is causing this, it’s an intermittent fault (the worst kind as they are the hardest to reproduce) but I am going to redesign my website [...]
Apparently it’s only 85 shopping days until Christmas (not that I’m counting I don’t start Christmas shopping until December). Anyway, I know lots of people start early, so you might like to know that some of the Cancer Support charities have launched their Christmas catalogues, many of them also produce their own Christmas cards [...]