Category Archives: Research

09May/22

54gene Completes Initial Phase of the Landmark Nigerian 100K Genome Project

54gene, the health technology company advancing African genomics research for improved global health outcomes, has through its non-profit initiative, the African Centre for Translational Genetics (ACTG), completed its first consortium-led publication on over 100,000 Nigerians as commissioned in 2020 at its launch. The Non-Communicable Diseases Genetic Heritage Study (NCD-GHS) consortium has published a paper in the esteemed journal, Nature Genetics, entitled “Promoting the Genomic Revolution in Africa through the Nigerian 100k Genome Project”. Continue reading

02Apr/22

Guilt: when it is useful – and what to do if it takes over your life

Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Many people feel guilty when watching horrific things happen to others on the news. It can also hit when we think about a time we broke someone’s heart, snapped at a child or deeply hurt a friend’s feelings. In fact, most of us feel guilt from time to time, and it can be a deeply unpleasant experience.

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26Feb/22

How memory ‘clutter’ makes it harder to remember things as we get older

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Alexander Easton, Durham University

Memories are a crucial part of what makes us who we are. Yet we all know it can become more difficult to remember things as we get older. From forgetting why you came into a room, to not being able to recall details of a special family event, to forgetting familiar names.

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28Jan/22

Genetic ancestry provides important context for understanding global diversity in childhood leukemia

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are studying the impact of genetic ancestry on childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of pediatric cancer. The team found that ancestry itself is an independent factor contributing to differences in treatment outcomes. The scientists assembled an international cohort to determine how genetic ancestry affects leukemia biology and outcomes for modern therapy. The findings were published today in JAMA Oncology. Continue reading

22Jan/22

Sputnik V demonstrates strong protection against Omicron variant, with over 2 times higher virus neutralizing activity compared to the Pfizer vaccine according to a unique independent comparative study conducted by the Spallanzani Institute in Italy

A unique comparative study conducted at the Italian Spallanzani Institute, the leading Italian research institute for infectious diseases, by a joint Italian-Russian team of researchers representing the Institute and the Gamaleya Center shows that the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine demonstrates more than 2 times higher titers of virus neutralizing antibodies to Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant than 2 doses of Pfizer vaccine (2.1 times higher in total and 2.6 times higher 3 months after vaccination). Continue reading

06Jan/22

New National Survey of People Living with Bipolar I Disorder Provides Insights Into Disease-Related Challenges and the Treatment Journey

Results from a newly released survey provide insights from adults living with bipolar I disorder (BD-I)* in the United States (U.S.) on the burden of living with this serious mental health condition and their experiences with treatment. This research was conducted in support of Alkermes’ commitment to understanding the unique needs of people living with BD-I and supporting increased disease awareness and education. Continue reading

04Dec/21

GreenLight (ENVI) and IAVI begin work on Omicron variant-adapted COVID-19 vaccine candidate

GreenLight Biosciences (ENVI) and IAVI, a nonprofit scientific research organization, today announced work on a messenger RNA vaccine candidate to tackle the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Continue reading

08Nov/21

As Winter Draws Near, Research Reveals That Fruit Juice Is One Of Top Three Foods For Immune Function

A poll of more than 3000 adults, commissioned by the Fruit Juice Science Centre, has found that two thirds of Brits (65%) and more than a third of French and German adults (34%) drink 100% fruit juice to support their immune function. The beverage was most frequently listed after fruit and vegetables amongst the top immunity-support foods. Continue reading

20Sep/21

Appealing Data of CARsgen Therapeutics’ CAR-T (CT041) in Advanced Gastric Cancer Presented at ESMO

On September 19, 2021, CARsgen Therapeutics (stock code: 2171.HK) disclosed the latest progress of the investigator-initiated trial (IIT) of Claudin18.2 (CLDN18.2) CAR-T (CT041) for the treatment of digestive system tumors. Results of this trial have been orally presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology Congress 2021 (ESMO 2021). The presenter was Dr. Changsong Qi from Beijing Cancer Hospital. Continue road

20Sep/21

University of Oxford and Oracle Cloud System Helping Researchers Identify COVID-19 Variants Faster

The fast spread of the highly infectious Delta variant underscores the need for faster identification of COVID-19 mutations. Uniting governments and medical communities in this challenge, the University of Oxford and Oracle’s Global Pathogen Analysis System (GPAS) is now being used by organizations on nearly every continent. Continue reading