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...

People with high blood pressure wanted for clinical trial

Authored by Mary

PEOPLE in the South West suffering from high blood pressure are being given the chance to take part in a major clinical research trial which could herald a ‘new era’ in the treatment of the life-threatening condition.

The ‘WAVE IV’ trial at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust is testing a new one-hour, one-off non-invasive treatment which aims to reduce blood pressure...

Research and Development Conference hailed a huge success

Authored by Sarah Parker

“Feeling very inspired” was one of the comments made by a delegate at this year’s Research and Development Conference.

In its fifth year, the Research and Development Conference was held at the Postgraduate Medical Centre on Friday 17 June. More than 180 healthcare professionals and academic researchers from across the south west heard from various research teams at Plymouth Hospitals...

Thousands take part in Plymouth's Race for Life

Authored by Mary

THOUSANDS of women braved the weather yesterday and united at Plymouth Hoe with one mission in mind – to conquer cancer.

Now Cancer Research UK is calling on Plymouth’s formidable army of mighty-mums, gutsy-grans, feisty friends and go-getting girls to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in...


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