Sheffield: Scientists and students publish blueprints for a cheaper single-molecule microscope

Their paper in Nature Communications provides labs with the build instructions and software needed to run the microscope.

A team of scientists and students from the University of Sheffield has designed and built a specialist microscope and shared the build instructions to help make this equipment available to many labs across the world.

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International Symposium on Digital Health 2020

With health innovation achieving ‘unprecedented’ volume, intensity and variety during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are new opportunities to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience. However, with this expansion also comes renewed recognition of the challenges that digital health faces. Read more in this summary of discussions during the 2020 International Symposium on Digital Health.  Click through for perspectives from the Symposium.

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WUN Research Development Fund 2020 Awards Announcement

WUN is pleased to announce the results of the Research Development Fund 2020 round on the theme of Sustainable Recovery.  Now in its 12th year, the WUN Research Development Fund has directly invested over £2.2 million to date in establishing research projects on problems of global significance, and on which member universities, working together, can make distinctive progress.  Click through to discover the slate of RDF 2020 awarded projects and teams.

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Global Africa Group celebrates the launch of their ground-breaking book

WUN’s Global Africa Group has marked the publication of a collective work to critically examine development approaches in Africa. Drawing on workshops held in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Australia, the book—entitled Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals—will appeal to researchers and policy makers interested in the African continent and its global connections. Editors Maano Ramutsindela and David Mickler, who were also the inaugural co-chairs of the Global Africa Group, joined with some of the book’s contributors and members of the GAG in November 2020 to discuss the significance of their research and the collaborative model that underpinned it. 

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In homes across the globe: understanding the mental health issues of intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence is shockingly widespread: the WHO estimates that, as a global average, one in three women have experienced violence from a male partner or former partner. In addition to its direct impacts, intimate partner violence can cause chronic physical and mental health conditions, particularly where abuse is persistent and repeated. These effects can endure well after the violence has ended. To improve the services provided to survivors of intimate partner violence, a new WUN research team is exploring its mental health aspects and what practitioners can do to help.

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Policies for pandemic response: how is evidence shaping action?

Researchers and policy experts from across the globe are collaborating to monitor and analyse the role of evidence in policy-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their data cover more than 100 countries, publicly accessible in the INGSA COVID-19 Evidence-to-Policy Tracker. Click through to read more about this WUN-supported initiative.

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CUHK Institute of Health Equity Webinar Series:The detrimental impact of housing deprivation and a

Co-organized by Policy Research@HKIAPS, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK
Date: 11 December 2020 (Friday)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (HKT)
Speakers: 
Prof. Rebecca Bentley, Professor of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Dr. Mandy Lau, Associate Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Moderator: Prof. Roger Chung, Associate Director of CUHK Institute of Health Equity
Language: English
Free Registration
The webinar will be conducted via ZOOM. After registration, a confirmation email containing the meeting ID and password will be sent to registrants.

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Southampton University Neuroscience PHD wins national award

A neuroscience PHD has been crowned A "Champion of Champions" in an annual award.

Twenty-seven year old, Devon Lewis, from the University of Southampton won the title in the Engineers in Business Competition (EIBC).

The competition pits teams of university engineering and bioengineering student innovators against each other to win seed funding to progress their business idea.

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Zhejiang's Researchers Propose Hypotheses How to cure Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a severe neurodegenerative disorder that exerts an extremely adverse impact on individuals, families and society at large, with symptoms such as memory loss, cognitive dysfunction mood swings and loss of kinetic abilities. At present, there are about 50 million people worldwide with AD and this number is projected to soar to 152 million. AD is one of the most financially costly diseases. Currently, 1 trillion dollars or so is spent annually worldwide on the treatment and care of Alzheimer’s patient, and this figure is expected to double by 2030.

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Cheap, consistent, clean? Changing the models for sustainable electricity access

In Ghana, the term “dumsor” (literally meaning “off-on”) is a term that was born to describe the periods of electricity blackouts in 2015 when the country experienced persistent and intermittent power outages. Though access to electricity is widespread, communities in different regions confront challenges of reliability, cost, and safety.

Click through to read about how the WUN-funded research group SEN-Africa is working on new models that incorporate the range of stakeholder priorities.  

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