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Health Check for Cells Could Help Monitor Progress of Disease

A test that measures the health of cells could be developed to diagnose and monitor diseases, including degenerative illnesses and cancer.

Colin Campbell's research has led to a sensor that measures tiny electronic signals in cells that help keep the cell functioning and are a key indication of health. These signals occur routinely to control everyday processes such as cell maintenance. When they are irregular, it can indicate that cells have been damaged by inflammation, toxicity, or disease.

Soil Gives Up Its Secrets

In the UN International Year of Soil, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have taken the first steps towards characterising the unknown molecular make-up of soil.

Dr Dusan Uhr??n???s group have developed 3D and 4D NMR experiments that have allowed the identification of the major phenolic compounds in a sample taken from a local peaty soil at Red Moss Peat Bog in Balerno.

Computer Simulations Reducing Drug Development Costs

Research carried out in the group of Julien Michel and with collaborators at the University of Bristol has been recently featured on the cover of the PRACE magazine that showcases scientific computing projects performed on the EU's largest supercomputers.

The study demonstrated the feasibility of high-throughput atomic-level computer simulations of drug-protein interactions to reduce the time and cost of drug development.

High Pressure Research Award

Dr Stephen Moggach has been awarded this year's European High Pressure Research Group Award for his research on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) under extreme conditions.

The award is given each year to a promising young scientist carrying out high pressure research in any scientific discipline. Stephen received it for his work on the modification of the properties of porous materials through compression of their pore size and shape.

Fellowship for Brechin Group Researcher

Congratulations to Dr Jos????? Mart?????nez-Lillo from the Brechin group on being awarded a prestigious Spanish Ram??????n y Cajal (RyC) Fellowship.

These awards are funded by the Spanish Ministry and given to both Spanish and European senior researchers who have developed their research activity outside of Spain for a period of 2 years or more. The RyC contract consists of a period of five years recruitment by a Spanish R&D Institution to support the creation of research positions on a permanent basis.