Study recruits volunteers to trial new treatment for alcoholism

Authored by Mary

A study which aims to evaluate the use of the drug ketamine as a treatment for people with severe alcohol disorder, or alcoholism, is currently recruiting volunteers in the South West.

‘KARE’ (Ketamine for reduction of Alcoholic Relapse) was awarded funding through the Biomedical Catalyst, a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK to support...

£7,000 puts the hat on it for Brain Tumour Research

Authored by Mary

From students to zookeepers, footballers to opticians, fundraising organised by Plymouth University for Brain Tumour Research has raised in the region of £7,000.

Students ran around the campus throwing powder paint at one another in a Colour Dash; students, staff and visitors made donations via collection boxes on campus and at Plymouth Science Park; and local organisations Plymouth...

Minute’s silence to remember lives lost to brain tumours

Authored by Mary

Many thousands of people who have lost their lives to brain tumours were remembered as a minute’s silence was observed to mark the beginning of national Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

The tribute was led by the national charity Brain Tumour Research and saw scientists and researchers at its four Research Centres of Excellence, including at Plymouth University, and people throughout the...

Snowflake Run turns passion into progress to help save more lives

Authored by Mary

SALTRAM Park was transformed into a winter wonderland on Sunday as hundreds of runners united with one mission in mind – to give cancer the cold shoulder.

Men and women in a spectacular array of beanies and bobble hats were showered in snow for the first ever 10k Cancer Research UK Snowflake Run in Plymouth - one of just four taking place across the UK this February.


Recent summer temperatures in Europe likely to be the warmest of last two millenia

Authored by Mary

Recent global warming lies outside of patterns experienced over the past 2,000 years supporting the suggestion it is being influenced by human activity, an international study involving Plymouth University has found.

Most of Europe has experienced strong summer warming over the course of several decades, accompanied by severe heat waves in 2003, 2010 and 2015.

New research by a...

Cholesterol-lowering drug trialled as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s

Authored by Sarah Parker

A clinical trial using cholesterol-lowering treatment Simvastatin in people living with Parkinson’s is getting underway in centres across the country – with the hope that it could become one of a number of effective treatments available to treat Parkinson’s.

Spearheaded by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the double-blinded placebo controlled study will...

To brood or not to brood...

Authored by Mary

Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions.

Researchers at Plymouth University have found that polychaete worms located around volcanic vents in the Mediterranean grow and develop their eggs within the protection of the family unit – in contrast to closely-related species that...

Work begins on new £14m health and medical research facility

Authored by Mary

Work has begun on an innovative £14 million facility which will house life-changing health and medical research.

The Derriford Research Facility at Plymouth University will be home to biomedical research currently based on the University’s main campus in the city centre. Research projects range from the diagnosis of Down’s syndrome to antibiotic resistance, the use of viral vectors as...

Brain tumour patient visits scientists searching for a therapy for the condition

Authored by Mary

A patient who is living with an aggressive and inoperable brain tumour has met scientists at Plymouth University who are working towards a cure for the devastating disease.

Luke Dustan, 29, who lives in South Molton, Devon, visited the Plymouth University Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence on Thursday 25th June. He is being treated as an outpatient at nearby Derriford Hospital...

Research finds GMC decisions are fair to doctors under investigation

Authored by News Desk

New independent research published today has found that the decisions made about doctors during a GMC investigation are fair and consistent.

In 2014 the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulator of doctors in the UK, commissioned researchers at Plymouth University to undertake a review of decision-making in its fitness to practise procedures.

The research looked at 187...