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New Research Could Prevent Tooth Decay

Research by Dr Dominic Campopiano has revealed a potential new way to improve oral health by helping to prevent the build-up of plaque.

A compound know as trans-chalcone is shown to be effective at blocking the action of an enzyme that helps harmful bacteria thrive. Blocking this activity was found to prevent bacteria forming a protective biological layer - known as a biofilm - around themselves. Preventing this biofilm forming helps to stop the formation of plaque.

RSC Tilden Prize 2015

The prize has been awarded for his "extensive interdisciplinary work in the area of chemical biology, with a specific focus on the control and manipulation of stem cells"

The Tilden Prize is an annual award given to researchers for advances in chemistry. The prize particularly recognises the originality and impact of research and the collaborative nature of the winner's work. Professor Bradley works with researchers from various areas of chemistry and the biomedical sciences.

Meet the Expert

On the last three Sundays, the School of Chemistry have taken over a section of the National Museum of Scotland, to give members of the public a chance to ???Meet the Expert???.

The sessions have been based on fluorescence, light chemistry and extreme conditions chemistry. Volunteer PhD students and members of staff have run a variety of activities and discussed their research with children and adults alike.

Outstanding Referee

Each year around 140 out of 48000 active referees from around the world are recognised in this way. The selection of Outstanding Referees was made based on 25 years of records on over 80,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts by APS.

Refereeing is a difficult and time-consuming task and we are pleased to see Philip being recognised for his contribution.

Tiny Implants Aid Fight Against Cancer

Cancer patients could be treated more effectively in future with sensory implants the size on an eyelash that will monitor tumours in real time

Professors Mark Bradley and Andy Mount from Chemistry are part of a team led by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, who will develop the miniature chips in a five-year project to prove the technology, which they hope to follow with clinical trials.

Euan Brechin Elected FRSE

Fellows are elected following a rigorous five-stage election process, and play an important role in ensuring that the RSE can continue its work for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. Amongst its wide range of activities the Royal Society of Edinburgh provides: independent advice to Government and Parliament; research and enterprise Fellowships; education programmes for young people; conference and events aimed at both public engagment and specialists.

Euan, Professor of Coordination Chemistry, is one of 47 new UK and International Fellows.