Ig Nobels are coming to Dundee (and Aberdeen, sort of...)

The Ig Nobel awards are given to research that makes you laugh and makes you think.  It takes place at Dundee University on Saturday the 13th of March at 6pm.  The event is open to the public and tickets are free (but you need to book in advance). You can book tickets online (under [...]

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Nick Clegg - Cancer in the UK

I have previously written about Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s views on cancer in the UK.  This week Nick Clegg, the leader of the liberal democrats has been giving his opinions and they are on the Cancer Research UK website.

Again, like Gordon Brown and David Cameron he starts off by saying that “early [...]

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Cancer Resesarch UK Videos

Cancer Research UK have produced 4 short videos about detecting cancer early.  The videos are each 5 minutes long and discuss breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and mouth cancer.

Obviously there are lots of other types of cancer and there are also links to early signs and symptoms of other types of cancer.  [...]

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Waiting Times Update

Figures out this week show that 96 % of people who were urgently referred and then diagnosed with cancer were treated within 62 days.  This means the 95 % target has been reached every quarter for the past year.  The average wait was 35 days.  NHS Grampian treated 96.8% of people within 62 days.

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Cancer Research Grant for Aberdeen

The local cancer research charity CRANES – Cancer Research Aberdeen and North East Scotland, have been able to give a grant of £23,000 to Aberdeen University.  This is going to be used to research the links between obesity and cancer. To start the study they will be looking at people who have been treated [...]

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Not cancer, but science… Diabetes Talk and Healthy Eating

As the title says, this isn’t about cancer but it is about science, on Monday the 15th of February, there will be a talk at Foresterhill about diabetes, over 22, 000 people in Grampian have diabetes so this will probably be of interest to a lot of people.  The talk is open to anyone [...]

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Seroxat, Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer

The bmj have just published a study that showing that tamoxifen may not prevent breast cancer if women also take the antidepressant Seroxat (paroxetine). This only applies to the Seroxat, other antidepressants did not have this effect. It seems that Seroxat reduces or completely stops the benefit of tamoxifen. The full (technical) article is [...]

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Nuclear Pore Proteins and Cancer

I read an interesting article today about nuclear pore proteins The image on the left, is a cell, the nucleus is the blue dot on the right hand side of the green cell. Nuclear pore proteins control what gets in and out of that blue dot.  Researchers have discovered that some of these proteins [...]

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Cancer Research UK Gift Shop

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’m busy with other work right now (the sort of work that pays the bills!). So today’s offering is a link to the Cancer Research UK gift shop. They have some special offers for valentines day, So if you want a heartshaped mug and you want to feel [...]

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A summer placement with a difference – Naked Scientists

If you can afford to spend the summer of 2016 in Cambridge and you are interested in science communication you might like to apply to join the Naked Scientists. For more details read on…

Even if you don’t want to work in Cambridge you can still listen to the podcasts, visit their website to [...]

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Scottish Chromatin Group – Meeting and Webcast

This one is for the scientists, the Scottish Chromatin group are having a meeting next Wednesday (the 10th of February 2016).  The meeting is being held at the University of Edinburgh from 2pm-6pm, so obviously if you are in (0r near) Edinburgh you can just go along. Interestingly they are also webcasting the meeting, [...]

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Watch a video showing a neutrophil destroying a germ

Everybody has white blood cells inside them, these white blood cells help us fight off infection and keep us healthy. In a drop of blood about this size • you have roughly 6,000 neutrophils.  Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell. For more information on this topic  see my post “What is a [...]

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Studying lots of proteins at once

I read an interesting paper in Nature Methods this week called “Systems analysis of EGF receptor signalling dynamics with microwestern arrays“.  EGF stand for Epidermal Growth Factor, the EGF receptor is a small protein that “knows” when EGF is present.  Growth Factors generally make cells grow and so if your growth factors are faulty [...]

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