South West patients part of global remdesivir drugs trial for Covid-19

Authored by Mary

Plymouth researchers are thanking local patients who have taken part in a clinical trial of the antiviral drug remdesivir in the treatment of coronavirus. Remdesivir was recently approved by the NHS to treat COVID-19: the first drug to be licensed for this use in the UK .

The trial took place at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, part of a global study across North America and Europe....

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Authored by Mary

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Devon woman pushes through the pain to fund vital research into brain tumours

Authored by Mary

For Dawn Michelin, the fight against brain tumours is personal, and no ordinary fundraising challenge would do.

Dawn, from Devon, has set herself an epic walking target, after losing her father and her best friend to the illness.

Dawn, landlord of the Horse and Groom in Bittaford, has tasked herself with walking an incredible 3.5 million steps in 2020 – further than the...

Devon woman in film shortlisted for national award

Authored by News Desk

A short film by Kidney Research UK about the impact medical research has had on the lives of people with a rare kidney condition has been shortlisted in the 2020 Charity Film Awards. Shortlisted from 400 applicants the film, ‘Saving Lives – how genetics research changed the future for people with aHUS’, tells the story of Ros, a 27 year old farrier from North Devon who received life-saving...

The vital search for conservation evidence

Authored by Paigntonzoo

It sounds like the latest police drama – the Zoo Evidence Officer is on the case, searching for clues, combing through paperwork and tracking down the truth. In fact, the new post, based at Paignton Zoo in Devon, is about detecting science-based evidence for the best ways to care for, manage and breed animals in zoological collections for conservation purposes. Wild Planet Trust, the charity...

Wild, wild website

Authored by Paigntonzoo

The charity behind the region’s three top zoos has launched a new website with a new look and a radical new approach. Wild Planet Trust is the new name for the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. The charity’s new website places a strong emphasis on highlighting the conservation and research work of the zoos. Trust spokesperson Phil Knowling...

Devon’s real housing needs revealed in major new independent report

Authored by sharon goble

Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade, most of them are to be built on greenfield sites, and a staggering two-thirds will be bought by people who have moved into the county. These are the key findings of an independent study, commissioned by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which exposes the stark truth behind ‘official’ assessments of Devon’...

Study examines causes of earthquakes originating deep below earth’s surface

Authored by News Desk

The mechanisms which cause earthquake cycles to begin up to 40km below the earth’s surface in the interiors of continents are to be explored in a new research project led by the University of Plymouth.

Such earthquakes account for around 30% of intracontinental seismic activity, but very little is presently known about what causes them and the geological effects they leave behind....

Plymouth woman owes her life to diabetes clinical research

Authored by Mary

Jane Owen of Plymouth believes she wouldn’t have survived Diabetes if it wasn’t for treatment advances informed by clinical research.

Having taken part in five research studies Jane says she can manage her health condition better and feels she is giving something back to the NHS which has looked after her so well. Jane was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 11 years old. She...

Starballing starfish might explain the mystery of mass strandings

Authored by Mary

Scientists believe they may have discovered the reason why common starfish are prone to mass beach strandings during strong wind and tide conditions.

Researchers at Plymouth University have observed the species Asterias rubens rolling along the seabed with arms curled into a spheroid shape – a phenomenon they’ve termed ‘starballing’.

It’s not yet known whether the technique is...


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