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University of Leicester in the Media - September 2009

Monthly summary of stories with web links citing the University of Leicester

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Broadcast News

  • Dr Iain Stephenson, of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and a consultant at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, was interviewed on the Today programme on 4 September about the latest results of the swine flu vaccine trials. You can listen to the interview online at this link .
  • BBC Newsnight featured an interview with Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man to be freed from death row as a result of DNA fingerprinting, on September 9 to trail their coverage of DNA fingerprinting's 25th anniversary. Click here to view the interview online.
  • Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys of the Department of Genetics and Dr Eleanor Graham of the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University were interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester on 10 September about the 25th Anniversary of DNA fingerprinting. Click here to hear the programme online.

30 September 2009

BBC News - Experts condemn asylum DNA tests - Professor Sir Alec Jeffries of the University of Leicester pioneered human DNA fingerprinting. He described the pilot as "naive and scientifically flawed". ...

New Scientist - Galaxy study hints at cracks in dark matter theories - But Mark Wilkinson of the University of Leicester, who was not involved in the study, urges caution in interpreting the results. ...

Leicester Mercury - Leicester students take their clothes off for a good cause - A calendar is going on sale featuring 62 of them, from the University of Leicester, to raise money for cancer charities and the redevelopment of their ...

USA Today - UK tests refugees' DNA - Genes, in a nutshell, can't reveal your citizenship, say DNA fingerprinting scientists like Alec Jeffreys of the University of Leicester. ...

29 September 2009

Science Magazine (blog) - UK Border Agency Docs and Expanded Reactions : ScienceInsider - Alec Jeffreys, University of Leicester: Nationality is not genetic, and by the UK Border Agency's logic, huge numbers of people in the US and UK would fail ...

AAP News - Stephan L. Gans Distinguished Overseas Lectureship - He attended University of Leicester, UK, and trained in pediatric surgery in Oxford, Melbourne (Australia) and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. ...

28 September 2009

EUROPA - LIFE SCIENCES Vitamin C can protect skin, study finds - The researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK and the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal said this latest study adds ...

NHS Choices - Chemotherapy and infertility - Drs Stefania Gonfloni and colleagues from the University of Rome and the University of Leicester carried out this study. The research was funded by ...

Loughborough News - 'Are you easy?' campaign launched for Freshers' Week - PC Harvey Watson is neighbourhood officer for the University of Leicester and vice chair of the Police Association of Higher Education Liaison Officers ...

guardian.co.uk - Hundreds of mothers of twins and triplets separated after birth ... - Justin Konje, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Leicester, said: "It is clearly not ideal to have families separated. ...

27 September 2009

26 September 2009

25 September 2009

24 September 2009

Thaindian.com - Chandrayaan-1 has given space exploration a huge boost: Royal ... - ... especially by the US,” said Barstow, who is pro-vice chancellor and professor of astrophysics and space science at the University of Leicester. ...

New Scientist - Interview: Alec Jeffreys, the 'father of DNA evidence' - Alec Jeffreys is a geneticist at the University of Leicester, UK. In 1984 he invented genetic fingerprinting, which identifies individuals based on their ...

The Associated Press - Butterfly antennas key to navigating in migration - Charalambos P. Kyriacou of the University of Leicester, England, said the experiment indicates that the antennas serve as a sort of stand-alone global ...

Wired News - Butterflies Use Antenna GPS to Guide Migration - ... which now eclipses the paper map (brain clock),” biologist Charalambos Kyriacou of the University of Leicester wrote in a commentary about the research, ...

The Freeport News - Partnership forged between Police Force and University of Leicester - NASSAU — In an historic move, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is partnering with the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom to offer specialist ...

Leicester Mercury - Violent cyclist is freed from jail – as long as he does not ride ... - Pc Harvey Watson, whose beat covers Victoria Park and the University of Leicester campus where Dogra targeted people, said: "He was a menace, but hopefully ...

23 September 2009

Loughborough News - Record Office Open Day: 'Talkin 'bout our Generations' - 17 Sep 2009 Freelancing Guide published Exhibit at University of Leicester Botanic Garden sculpture exhibition highlights tragedy of eight years ago. ...

22 September 2009

EurekAlert - National autism research led by Leicester specialist - He worked collaboratively with a team of academics and researchers, including his colleagues from the University of Leicester to develop a research ...

21 September 2009

Training Journal - E-learning champion scoops award - Among those honoured in the team awards was the Beyond Distance Research Alliance from the University of Leicester. One of the team members commended for ...

20 September 2009

19 September 2009

18 September 2009

guardian.co.uk - Primary sources - New research by Dr Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland of the University of Leicester's department of criminology challenges existing stereotypes about the ...

17 September 2009

Harborough Mail - Debutants make early impact - The second division has seen two new clubs join this season, Northants JMs and the University of Leicester. The young Northants side certainly made an ...

Jackson Clarion Ledger - Higher-Education Briefs - He will pursue a graduate certificate through a program in museum studies at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. ...

NewsBlaze - How Do We Perceive Art? - Thanks to funding from The Leverhulme Trust, Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester is to work with an ...

16 September 2009

guardian.co.uk - High-tech treatment may save lives in swine flu outbreak - Other researchers were from the University of East Anglia, University of Leicester, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and University of ...

News-Medical.net - Checklists for improved patient safety - A new report, involving the University of Leicester, has called for greater understanding of how checklists can be used to improve safety. ...

WebMD - New Blood Pressure Drug Shows Promise - In an editorial published with the study, blood pressure researcher Bryan Williams, MD, of England's University of Leicester, writes that important ...

Venues.org.uk - Sir Terry Wogan pays another visit to the annual TOGs Convention ... - In recognition of this, the University of Leicester has offered Sir Terry Wogan, and we are delighted that he has accepted an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree ...

The Press Association - Lung treatment could ease swine flu - Now, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust said it expected ECMO to be an "essential weapon" in the resurgence of swine flu this winter.

15 September 2009

donga.com - Happiness Index Instead of GDP - According to the happiness index by Britain's New Economics Foundation and the World Map of Happiness by the University of Leicester of England, Vanuatu, ...

OBBeC.com - Study Reveals that Communication Between the Sexes occurs in Our ... - Leicester, UK (Scicasts) - In the week that the University of Leicester celebrated the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting (Thursday ...

NewsBlaze - Leicester Emeritus Professor of History of Science Wins ... - The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia has awarded William H. Brock, Emeritus Professor of History of Science at the University of Leicester, ...

Training Journal - E-learning academic warns businesses they need to move with the times - University of Leicester e-learning and learning technologies professor Gilly Salmon (pictured) gave the warning to employers, over the growing mismatch in ...

BusinessDay - Why our educational system fails to boost human capital - Fakunle Odifa has a doctorate degree in Economics from University of Leicester, UK. Currently, he is the Country Director (Nigeria) for LeadMode Consult ...

PhysOrg.com - How Do We Perceive Art? - (PhysOrg.com) -- Neuroscientists at the University of Leicester are to work with a renowned international artist in order to gain new insights into ...

Wellcome Trust - Study reveals sex chromosomes 'not as isolated as first thought' - Researchers from the University of Leicester have shown that the X and Y chromosomes exchange DNA in regions previously thought to be inactive during the ...

14 September 2009

Science Daily - Rethinking Hate Crime - 14, 2009) — Important new research by criminologists at the University of Leicester challenges existing stereotypes about the nature and impact of hate ...

24dash - Unreported hate crimes 'happening every day' - research - Dr Neil Chakraborti and Mr Jon Garland, criminologists at the University of Leicester, said a deeper understanding is needed of what hate crimes are, ...

13 September 2009

Art Daily - A Work of Art at the University of Leicester has Captured in Time ... - LEICESTER.- Internationally acclaimed sculptor John Sydney Carter FRBS, curator of the outdoor sculpture show at the University of Leicester's Harold Martin ...

DG News - Darusentan Lowers High Blood Pressure in Patients With Resistant ... - In an accompanying Comment, Bryan Williams, MD, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, ...

Ethiopian Review - Sex Talk Revelations Of The Lonely Y Chromosome: Communication ... - New findings from the University of Leicester Department of Genetics reveal for the first time that the male and female do truly communicate –at least at ...

TheHeart.Org - Darusentan in resistant hypertension: Data published - In a comment accompanying the Lancet paper [2], Dr Bryan Williams (University of Leicester, UK) says that this trial is innovative and that darusentan ...

12 September 2009

Telegraph.co.uk - Swine flu: one dose of vaccine may be enough - By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Tests carried out by University of Leicester found that one dose of vaccine caused a good immune response in the majority ...

11 September 2009

Loughborough News - Major research project officially launched - A Human Geographer at the University of Leicester is taking part in a national project looking at young people in sustainable communities, ...

Loughborough News - University of Leicester welcomes families of new students - The University of Leicester, named University of the Year for 2009-09 by Times Higher Education, is extending its traditional warm welcome to parents, ...

Loughborough News - Sculpture to commemorate 9/11 - A work of art at the University of Leicester has captured in time the human tragedy of the 9/11 atrocity. Internationally acclaimed sculptor John Sydney ...

Times of India - Male and female chromosomes do communicate with each other - WASHINGTON: Scientists in the University of Leicester's Department of Genetics have for the first time revealed that the male and female do truly ...

DeHavilland - University of Leicester announces work of art to commemorate 9/11 - The University of Leicester has announced that a work of art at the University has captured in time the human tragedy of the 9/11 atrocity. ...

NewsBlaze - University of Leicester Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of DNA ... - The University of Leicester, where Sir Alec has worked for the past 32 years and which recently awarded him an Honorary Distinguished Fellowship - the ...

10 September 2009

The Biochemist - New role of vitamin C in skin protection

Nature.com - Swine flu jabs look A-OK - In another three-week trial of 175 adults aged 18 to 50 run by clinicians at the University of Leicester, UK, Novartis' adjuvanted swine flu vaccine yielded ...

Forexyard - Novartis H1N1 vaccine protected in 1 dose - study - Researchers at the University of Leicester in Britain tested 175 patients and said a single 7.5 microgram dose -- half of what is usually given for seasonal ...

The Associated Press - DNA pioneer appeals for cuts to criminal database - "Innocent people do not belong on that database," Jeffreys, a geneticist at the University of Leicester in central England, told the BBC. ...

Loughborough News - University of Leicester learning technologies team wins top ... - A team of University of Leicester researchers has been judged as one of the UKs leading learning technology research and development teams. ...

AHN - Vitamin C May Prevent Skin Damage - Researchers from the University of Leicester and the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology on Portugal said in a statement that a form of vitamin C ...

BBC News - Sir Terry to get honorary degree - Sir Terry Wogan is to be awarded an honorary degree, the University of Leicester has announced. Sir Terry, 71, who this week announced he would be stepping ...

DeHavilland - Leicester University - University of Leicester to honour Sir Terry ... - The University of Leicester has announced it is to award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws to Sir Terry Wogan in July 2010. Sir Terry Wogan, who said ...

PhysOrg.com - Sex Talk Revelations of the Lonely Y Chromosome - (PhysOrg.com) -- In the week that the University of Leicester celebrates the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting (Thursday September 10) ...

09 September 2009

BBC News - I was first death row inmate saved by DNA - Prof Jeffreys still works in the same laboratory at Leicester University where he made his discovery. Please turn on JavaScript. ...

United Press International - Mobile DNA studied in British chimpanzees - Researchers at the University of Leicester said most genes are always found in the same place in the genome. But the genes the scientists are studying have ...

Reuters - Nigerian Poet Publishes Collection Illustrating Life in the ... - ... who earned an English degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and his specialist MBA in Finance from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. ...

Ethiopian Review - Novartis MF59® Adjuvanted Cell Culture-based Vaccine Shows Strong ... - The trial was run by the UK's University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester. The vaccine, to be called Celtura®, was tested with 100 healthy ...

Ethiopian Review - Novartis Says Swine Flu Vaccine Works Quickly - The Novartis vaccine, dubbed Celtura, was tested for safety and immunogenicity in a 100-volunteer study run by the University of Leicester and University ...

Science Daily - New Role Of Vitamin C In Skin Protection; Relevance To The ... - 8, 2009) — Researchers at the University of Leicester and Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal studied new protective properties of ...

EurekAlert - University of Leicester team develops drug detection technology - University of Leicester researchers have combined crime research and space-age technology in ways that could lead to the quick detection of counterfeit ...

08 September 2009

The Operating Theatre Journal - Human Tissue Act may have helped research, says study

Business Weekly - Domino Printing managing director, Nigel Bond - Nigel was born in Cambridge UK and obtained a degree in physics from the University of Leicester before qualifying as a chartered accountant at Thomas ...

Emmegi Agenzia di Stampa - University of Leicester team develops drug detection technology - Space-age technology and crime research combine for new development University of Leicester researchers have combined crime research and space-age ...

Leicester Mercury - Campaigners fight plan for football pitches on Leicester nature ... - Richard Gornall, director of the University of Leicester's botanic garden, says the development would have a "devastating" impact on local wildlife. ...

Fenland Today - Firm on shortlist for Mars prize - "Our relationship with the University of Leicester is a major strength for our business and our collaboration has given us access to complementary ...

The Press Association - New technology to spot fake drugs - The project, which began in 2005, has been undertaken by Professor George Fraser and Professor Martin Gill, from the University of Leicester. ...

Archives of General Psychiatry - Cross-National Associations Between Gender and Mental Disorders in ... - ... Stony Brook (Dr Bromet); Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, England (Dr Brugha); University Hospital, Gasthuisberg, ...

07 September 2009

Telegraph.co.uk - Chimps help scientists unravel DNA - Chimpanzees are helping scientists at the University of Leicester researching a specific kind of DNA. The unusual assistants are being trained to allow ...

Venues.org.uk - Leicester Conferences at University of Leicester says farewell to ... - A closing ceremony was held at Abbey Park, Leicester to mark the end an amazing experience for the City of Leicester and all those who took part in making ...

EurekAlert - Zoo volunteers help explain mysteries of the genome - As the University of Leicester approaches the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting (September 10), Leicester geneticists interested in a ...

06 September 2009

Yorkshire Post - Chimps throw new light on DNA - The new research comes as the University of Leicester approaches the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, ...

05 September 2009

04 September 2009

About - News & Issues - H1N1 Remains a Moderate Threat - ... on 100 healthy individuals, given the MF59-adjuvanted cell-based A vaccine, were reported in a news release by the University of Leicester on Thursday. ...

United Press International - One-dose H1N1 vaccine may be on the way - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. of Basel, Switzerland, said, based on studies conducted through the University of Leicester, it may be able to protect people ...

Healthcare Republic - Single jab protects against swine flu - The trial, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, involved 100 healthy 18-50-year-olds. Dr Ian Stephenson, who led the trial, ...

Times of India - Single-dose swine flu vaccine in the works - Scientists from the University of Leicester, who tested the vaccine on 100 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50, found that more than 80% of the ...

03 September 2009

Times Online - NHS predicts 40000 fewer swine-flu deaths than expected - Trials of a vaccine for the H1N1 pandemic flu strain are ongoing, but the latest results from the University of Leicester suggest that just one dose can ...

Reuters - Research and Markets: The Google Generation: Are ICT Innovations ... - Agenda: Barrie Gunter is Professor of Mass Communication and Head of the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester. ...

PRLog.Org (press release) - Association for Learning Technology announces invited speakers for ... - The conference co-chairs are Gilly Salmon, Professor of elearning and learning technologies at the University of Leicester, UK, and Professor Tom Boyle, ...

News-Medical.net - First swine-flu vaccine trials reveal strong immune response - The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50. ...

Leicester Mercury - Leicester households facing multiple wheelie bin fines - Owen Jones, campaign and involvement officer at the University of Leicester Students' Union, said multiple fining was unfair. He said: "It's like fining a ...

IrishExaminer.com - One-dose swine flu test shows 'strong response' - Scientists from the University of Leicester said they tested 100 healthy volunteers with a cell-based drug to see how their immune system responded. ...

MarketWatch - Novartis swine flu vaccine progresses in UK test - The pilot test was run by the UK's University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester. The vaccine, which Novartis calls Celtura, was tested on ...

02 September 2009

01 September 2009

24dash - Leicester drug detection device counterfeits the bill - Borne out of collaboration between Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International - a spin out company of the University of Leicester, the University ...

Royal Gazette - Six earn Public Service Bursary Awards - Cristen Simmons is studying Law at the University of Leicester and Matthew Tavares is pursuing at engineering degree at Dalhousie University. ...

Science Daily - UK Human Tissue Act May Have Helped Research, Says Study - ... material from biopsies would be obstructed by the Human Tissue Act 2004 may have been unfounded, a new study from the University of Leicester reveals. ...

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