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Major funding to advance world’s first river blindness vaccine

21 June

The University of Liverpool is part of a new $3.6 million international project to put into action a strategic plan to create a preventative vaccine for River blindness, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the disease from Sub-Saharan Africa. River blindness, scientifically known as onchocerciasis, is a skin and eye disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus, […]

Influenza A study

Protein shown to hinder spread of influenza virus in mice


Researchers at the Universities of Liverpool and Sheffield have uncovered an unappreciated role for the mucosal host defence protein, BPIFA1/SPLUNC1, in defence against early infection with influenza A. Influenza A can cause an acute infection of the lungs that can spread easily from person to person. It is a major public health problem as up […]

Lung cancer

Liverpool programme leads the way in lung cancer treatment


An independent study on the impact of Liverpool’s Healthy Lung Programme, conducted by the University of Liverpool and Queen Mary University London, has found that it’s improving early detection rates for lung cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Liverpool has one of the highest mortality rates for lung cancer in England, and it’s also […]

Vice-Chancellor joins Metro Mayor’s advisory team

20 June

The Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has appointed the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janet Beer, as a special adviser. The Vice-Chancellor is one of a group of advisors appointed to support the Metro Mayor’s administration on areas including; Higher Education, Voluntary and Community sector, Natural Environment, Social Housing Growth, Homelessness, Mental Health and the […]

When cows attack: how dangerous are cattle and how can you stay safe around them?


  Dr Carri Westgarth and Dr Marie McIntyre are researchers at the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health. A well-respected retired academic was recently trampled to death by cattle while walking in Oxford. In 2012, my father was hospitalised after being attacked by cows while walking his dogs through a field next to his village. […]

Postcard: Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

19 June

Dr Louise Dennis and Professor Mike Fisher, from the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology (CAST), travelled to Austin, Texas to take part in the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems  workshop. CAST is a multi-disciplinary research centre whose members include not only Computer Scientists and […]

Event: Why are people fascinated by robots?

16 June

 A leading expert on Artificial Intelligence, Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn, will consider people’s attraction to robots at a lecture being held in the University’s Victoria Gallery & Museum. Professor Dautenhahn’s talk will address the differences between biological and artificial creatures and how the common perception of robots as “persons” can be misleading and raise expectations about […]

Materials Innovation Factory wins `Development of the Year’


The University’s Materials Innovation Factory has won `Development of the Year’ at the NW Business Insider’s Liverpool City Region Property Awards which took place last night. Judges said that the Materials Innovation Factory “is exactly the sort of thing the Liverpool economy needs to continue its strong growth”. The £68M facility, which is due to […]

PODCAST: Can the DUP push the Conservatives to the left?

15 June

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is made up of “skilled parliamentarians” not “right wing crazies”, say two of the UK’s leading British and Irish political academics. Attention has focused on Northern Ireland’s largest party in the wake of an election that positioned them as kingmakers in the UK parliament, following the failure of either of […]

University ranks second in the North West for salaries five years after graduation

14 June

Analysis of data published by the Department for Education shows that University of Liverpool graduates go on to achieve the second highest salaries of graduates from higher education institutions in the North West five years after graduation.* Comparing median earnings from each subject area, University of Liverpool graduates earn on average £28,223 per annum five years after graduation. By […]

How can we reduce the UK’s salt intake?


Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found the most effective approach for reducing salt intake which remains a high priority for health professionals. Non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention strategies now prioritise four major risk factors: food, tobacco, alcohol and physical activity. However, dietary salt intake remains much higher than recommended. Many of us in the […]

New Executive Director appointed to Sensor City


Alison Mitchell has been appointed Executive Director of Sensor City in a landmark move for the collaborative venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), one of four flagship University Enterprise Zones in the country, which will drive sensor technology and development across the UK. An alumna of both the University […]

Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award Winner Harriet Davenport at the International Canine Health Awards 2017 with Vernon Hill and Sir Duffield the dog [credit: The Kennel Club]

Veterinary student wins international inspiration award

13 June

Harriet Davenport, a third year veterinary student, recently won the Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award as part of the International Canine Health Awards. Harriet, who will receive £5,000 towards her work as part of the prize, won the award for her proposed research into papillomaviruses (PV) – a type of DNA virus. Harriet will look at […]

Dr Saleyha Ahsan

TV doctor and filmmaker to give public neuroscience lecture

12 June

Celebrity doctor Saleyha Ahsan will be visiting Liverpool later this month to present the annual Sutcliffe Kerr Lecture, which is held in conjunction with The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Ahsan co presents the hit BBC 2 television programme ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’ and has also worked as a humanitarian doctor in war […]

Dr Chris Moxon

University paediatrician wins prestigious award

9 June

Dr Chris Moxon, a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health, has received the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) young investigator award at the ESPID annual meeting in Madrid. Dr Moxon was previously awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellowship in 2008 and a Wellcome Trust Seed […]

2017 General Election results: Experts and social media reaction


University of Liverpool political experts provide their response to the 2017 General Election results: Jon Tonge, Professor of Politics: “This was the most absurd election in British political history.  There was no reason to call it and it backfired spectacularly. For a party normally so formidable at winning elections, this was a remarkably poor campaign by the Conservatives.  […]

Celebrating 100 years of Geography with Roxby lecture series


The University’s Department of Geography and Planning is running a lecture series to showcase its varied research interests and expertise. The Roxby Lecture series launched on Thursday 1 June with a lecture by Dr Neil Macdonald, which explored the impact of floods and droughts on societies in the past, and how this informs risk reduction […]

Scientists develop computer-guided strategy to accelerate materials discovery

8 June

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a computer-guided strategy that led to the discovery of two new materials in the laboratory. In a paper published in Nature, researchers describe an algorithm that uses chemical understanding of the structures of known materials to suggest which new combinations of atoms will create a new material […]

Dr Luna Centifanti

New Podcast – Help! Is my child a Psychopath?


Our latest podcast examines the emotional and social life of children with psychopathic traits and is now available to download, review and subscribe on iTunes, Tunein and Blubrry. The world of the psychopath is still a mystery. Dr Luna Centifanti, Senior Lecturer and Research Tutor for the Doctorate in the University’s Clinical Psychology programme, has […]

Two new Principal Fellows of the HEA announced at the University


Dr Susanne Voelkel, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences and Professor Eann Patterson, School of Engineering, have achieved Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) through the University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation Framework (ULTRA). Both Dr Voelkel and Professor Patterson presented their claims for fellowship at a recognition panel which […]