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Africa College to organize an international conference in Leeds on Food Security, Health and Impact

10th February 2011

The conference will be held in June and organised by an interdisciplinary team.

The three day conference aims to demonstrate and share lessons on how to translate research results into impact on food security and human health.

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10th April 2014

Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be "hitchhiking" around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit, according to a new study.

When managers attack: Coaches who care about pundits' opinions worse at controlling anger

1st April 2014

The notoriously short fuses of some sports coaches could be explained by excessive concern with how they will be seen by others, according to new research.

Researchers solve paradox of virus construction

25th March 2014

A new study has solved a long-standing puzzle of how common viruses reproduce themselves during an infection, opening up new possibilities for treating a range of diseases from HIV to the common cold.

Creating Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes

18th March 2014

Tropical agriculture is expanding rapidly at the expense of forest, driving a global extinction crisis.

New research opens door to Alzheimer's test

3rd January 2014

Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a new technology that could form the basis of a simple blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

Study pinpoints superbug resistance protein

29th November 2013

Researchers have identified a resistance protein that allows bacteria to survive chlorhexidine, a disinfectant commonly used in wipes, cleansers and mouthwashes in hospitals.

In Our Time:

28th November 2013

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the development of the microscope. With Michelle Peckham Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Leeds

Food Waste, Overeating Threaten Global Security

25th November 2013

Everyone knows that we eat too much - we're bombarded with warnings about the obesity epidemic every day. But all those extra calories are not only a threat to our waistlines; they're a threat to global security as well.

Plant scientists have been studying wrong plant

24th October 2013

Scientists have misunderstood one of the most fundamental processes in the life of plants because they have been looking at the wrong flower, according to University of Leeds researchers.

Farmers can "have their cake and eat it"

5th July 2013

Sustainable intensification - the policy of increasing food production from existing farmland without further harming the environment - is feasible on commercial British farms, according to a new study.

Bee and wild flower biodiversity loss slows

22nd May 2013

Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study.

Environmental change triggers rapid evolution

9th April 2013

A faculty-led study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, overturns the common assumption that evolution only occurs gradually over hundreds or thousands of years.

New centre to revolutionise medical technology

27th February 2013

The University of Leeds is leading a £5.7 million, government-backed initiative to transform the way replacement joints and other medical implants are made.

Human heart development slower than other mammals

21st February 2013

The walls of the human heart are a disorganised jumble of tissue until relatively late in pregnancy despite having the shape of a fully functioning heart, according to a pioneering study.

Green tea and red wine extracts disrupt Alzheimer's

6th February 2013

Natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer's disease pathway, according to new faculty research.

Young footballers show signs of burnout

29th January 2013

Elite youth footballers are at risk of burnout before they leave school because of the perfectionist standards some feel coaches, parents and team members demand of them.

Bats split on family living

24th January 2013

For the tiny Daubenton's bat, the attractions of family life seem to vary more with altitude than with the allure of the opposite sex.

£5 million to find new foot-and-mouth vaccine

19th November 2012

Faculty scientists will take part in a £5.6 million project to develop new methods for controlling foot-and-mouth disease.

Breast cancer drug could halt other tumours

7th November 2012

A drug commonly used in treating breast cancer could have far wider benefits, offering a new way of preventing cancers spreading through the body, according to a University of Leeds-led study.

Viruses act like self-packing suitcases

17th October 2012

Faculty researchers have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.

Prion protein hints at role in aiding learning and memory

16th October 2012

Research has found that prion helps our brains to absorb zinc, which is believed to be crucial to our ability to learn and the wellbeing of our memory.

Snake venom could be used to design new heart disease drugs

9th October 2012

Research has identified two possible new routes for developing novel drugs for high blood pressure and heart disease.

Leeds-led project unravels the structures of membrane proteins

1st October 2012

Potential new treatments for heart disease and infections by parasites or bacteria are now in the pipeline thanks to a €12m European project.

Bigger thinking needed to make farming more sustainable

10th September 2012

A larger-scale approach to sustainable farming could be more beneficial for wildlife than our current system of farm-based payments, according to faculty researchers

Feline friends?

6th September 2012

A report showing that 350,000 people in the UK become infected with the Toxoplasma parasite each year has raised new concerns about its risks and has prompted a rethink of the dangers posed by cats.

Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth

4th September 2012

Analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years suggests that biodiversity on Earth generally increases as the planet warms.

Anti-angina drug shows protective effects from carbon monoxide

6th August 2012

A University of Leeds led international research team has found that a common anti-angina drug could help protect the heart against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Hormones dictate when youngsters fly the nest

5th July 2012

Seabirds feed their young less as they reach an age to fly the nest, but it's hormones that actually control when the chicks leave home.

Bat bridges don't work

11th June 2012

Wire bridges built to guide bats safely across busy roads simply do not work, University of Leeds researchers have confirmed.

Millets make an IMPACT

29th May 2012

Faculty researchers investigate ways to improve the future for this drought-hardy, nutritious crop.

Gold standard at Chelsea

22nd May 2012

University of Leeds takes Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with its first exhibit at the prestigious event

University aims to plant a lifelong fascination

15th May 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012 is the "The First International Fascination of Plants Day". Join the Faculty of Biological Sciences researchers at the LIGHT Shopping Centre from 12-5

Leeds prepares to take 'bee-utiful' garden to world's most prestigious flower show

15th May 2012

The University will visit one of the world's most famous flower shows next week to show how simple changes can make a positive contribution to the planet.

Virus 'barcodes' offer rapid detection of mutated strains

14th May 2012

Researchers are developing a way to 'barcode' viral diseases to test new outbreaks for potentially lethal mutations.

Researchers explain different mechanisms of pain

14th May 2012

The discovery of a new mechanism through which pain is signalled by nerve cells could explain the current failings in the painkiller development process and may offer opportunities for a new approach.

Tony Turner recognised for outstanding contribution to medical science

10th May 2012

Three Leeds researchers have been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Keeping up with the Joneses harms British bees

10th May 2012

Scientists take 'bee-friendly gardening' on the road as they prepare to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show

Creating energy from light and air - new research on biofuel cells

8th May 2012

Researchers are studying how to make electricity from electrodes coated in bacteria, and other living cells, using light or hydrogen as the fuel

Prestigious Royal Society Fellowship awarded to faculty member

8th May 2012

Dr Jamel Mankouri has received the fellowship for his work on how viruses interact with the body.

Scientists turn the spotlight on Leeds' bees

12th April 2012

A three year £1.3 million research project will examine how bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects are affected by city life.

Making a mess can improve your gardening

11th April 2012

A University garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show highlights how messy gardens can boost pollination, manage water and increase carbon capture.

Clash of the crayfish: why the Americans are winning

14th March 2012

Aggressive signal crayfish are threatening Yorkshire's native white-clawed crayfish populations due to better parasite resistance and a less fussy diet.

Diagnostics for viruses a step closer to reality

15th February 2012

Faculty scientists have developed a technique which could form the basis of a non-invasive diagnostic for Adenovirus - the virus responsible for a large number of common illnesses.

Following genetic footprints out of Africa

26th January 2012

A new study, using genetic analysis to look for clues about human migration over 60,000 years ago, suggests that the first modern humans settled in Arabia on their way from the Horn of Africa to the rest of the world.

White Rose universities launch new bioscience PhDs

24th January 2012

A successful collaboration between the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York has attracted £6 million to create a joint Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in mechanistic biology.

Shortlist success for 'Bioscience HE Teacher of the Year'

18th January 2012

Two academics from the Faculty of Biological Sciences have been shortlisted for the Bioscience HE Teacher of the Year award.

New study to determine genetic causes of schizophrenia within families

17th January 2012

Faculty researchers aim to pin-point genetic defects involved in the development of schizophrenia within families.

Step forward in foot-and-mouth disease understanding

9th December 2011

Scientists have discovered a mechanism they believe may play a key role in the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in animals.

Aggression prevents the better part of valour ... in fig wasps

30th November 2011

Male fig wasps display a unique behaviour - they team up to help pregnant females, regardless of whether they have mated themselves.

Medical engineering pioneers' Royal prize

28th November 2011

Longer-lasting hip joints, replacement heart valves and knee reconstructions - technologies all developed at the University of Leeds - have won the Royal seal of approval.

Brain parasite directly alters brain chemistry

4th November 2011

Infection by the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, found in 10-20 per cent of the UK's population, directly affects the production of dopamine, a key chemical messenger in the brain.

Roads are detrimental to Europe's protected bats, new study finds

2nd November 2011

A new study by faculty researchers is the first to prove that major roads significantly reduce bat numbers, activity and diversity.

Targeting leg fatigue in heart failure

31st October 2011

Doctors should not only treat the heart muscle in chronic heart failure patients, but also their leg muscles through exercise

Uncovering the genetic causes of bipolar disorder could lead to new treatments

25th October 2011

Researchers have identified two new drugs which may be effective in treating bipolar disorder.

Leeds scientists uncover enzyme clue to Alzheimer's disease

20th October 2011

Faculty scientists have discovered levels of a specific enzyme are raised in the brains and blood of people with Alzheimer's disease. It's hoped their findings could be used to help clinical trials for new treatments for the disease.

£1.5 million Investigator Award for hepatitis C virus research

20th October 2011

Professor Mark Harris, from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, has been appointed as a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, with £1.5 million funding to pursue his research goals.

Leaf litter ants advance case for rainforest conservation in Borneo

20th October 2011

Studies of ant populations in Borneo reveal an unexpected resilience to areas of rainforest degraded by repeated intensive logging.

New threat closes in on iconic Galápagos wildlife

16th September 2011

Renewed vigilance over the biosecurity of the Galápagos Islands is needed, based on new research on the risk posed by West Nile virus.

Global Food Security Champion appointed by public partnership

16th September 2011

The Global Food Security programme (GFS) has appointed FBS academic Tim Benton as Champion to take on the key role of coordinator and spokesperson for the group.

Research offers new way to target shape-shifting proteins

29th August 2011

A molecule which can stop the formation of long protein strands, known as amyloid fibrils, that cause joint pain in kidney dialysis patients has been identified by faculty researchers.

Injured soldiers' Kilimanjaro climb could boost psychological recovery

4th August 2011

A group of soldiers recovering from serious injury as a result of their service in Afghanistan are to take part in a psychological study as they hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Busy bees at work

2nd August 2011

New research looks at how bees and other pollinating insects respond to urban areas.

Prof Foyer awarded Redox pioneer accolade

1st August 2011

Professor Christine Foyer has been named as a 'Redox Pioneer' by the US journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling (ARS) in recognition of achieving more than 1000 citations for a paper on redox biology.

Heavy metal hardens battle

20th July 2011

The French may have had a better chance at the Battle of Agincourt had they not been weighed down by heavy body armour, say researchers.

Predictive model offers accurate remote mapping of plant communities

1st June 2011

A faculty PhD student has developed a fast, accurate and inexpensive method of creating detailed vegetation community maps over very large areas.

Partnership to improve rehabilitation for spinal injury patients

1st June 2011

Researchers and clinicians in Yorkshire have teamed up to improve rehabilitation programmes for people who have suffered severe spinal injuries.

Professor Eileen Ingham has won a prestigious award for her achievements in scientific research.

9th May 2011

The Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards recognise the diverse contributions of women as leaders, innovators and role models.

No safety in numbers for moths and butterflies

9th May 2011

Faculty scientists will look into how lethal viruses attack differently sized populations in research that may open the door to new pest controls.

Why can some people endure exercise better than others?

3rd May 2011

Faculty researchers are gaining insight into how the heart, lungs, and muscles work together to affect endurance.

Model of island ecology sheds new light on the origins of island species

12th April 2011

Animal and bird species found only on a single island should still be common within that island.

Africa College to organize an international conference in Leeds on Food Security, Health and Impact

10th February 2011

The conference will be held in June and organised by an interdisciplinary team.

Unfolding amyloid secrets

20th January 2011

Scientists have made a fundamental step in the search for therapies for amyloid-related diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes mellitus.

New vaccine to assist worldwide eradication of polio

14th December 2010

Faculty scientists are joining the global fight to eradicate polio by tricking the body to develop immunity.

"Sidelined scientist who came close to discovering DNA is celebrated at last"

27th November 2010

Leeds scientist William Astbury appears in the Guardian and the BBC's History of the world in 100 Objects.

'Magic number' 695 opens up new areas for Alzheimer's research

15th November 2010

The latest findings from faculty biologists open up exciting new avenues for research into Alzheimer's.

Scorpion has welcome sting for heart bypass patients

22nd October 2010

A toxin found in the venom of the Central American bark scorpion (Centruroides margaritatus) could hold the key to reducing heart bypass failures.

100 million year-old mistake provides snapshot of evolution

19th October 2010

Faculty plant scientists have traced how a 100 million year-old gene mutation led flowers to make male and female parts differently.

Leeds scientists secure £244k boost for dementia research

13th October 2010

Scientists at the University of Leeds have begun a major study into the way Alzheimer's disease develops.

Faculty ecologists snap up photo prizes

6th September 2010

Two faculty PhD students have snapped up top prizes in this year's British Ecological Society photographic competition.

A new generation of biological scaffolds

15th July 2010

University researchers have been working on ways of producing biological scaffolds that will not be rejected by a patient's immune system.

Introducing Robofish: leading the crowd in studying group dynamics

28th June 2010

Faculty scientists have created the first convincing robotic fish that shoals will accept as one of their own.

Projects to address decline of honeybees and other insect pollinators

22nd June 2010

Leeds scientists have been awarded nearly £1.5m to explore the causes and consequences of threats to bees and other pollinating insects in the UK.

Findings provide new therapeutic route for rare kidney disease

15th June 2010

Recent findings provide a new focus for future therapies for Dent's disease, for which there is currently no cure.

New use for old drugs in treating hepatitis C

7th June 2010

Common drugs used to treat conditions such as diabetes and obesity could be used to successfully treat hepatitis C virus infection.

New Way Bacterium Spreads in Hospital

28th May 2010

A new study finds that Clostridium difficile, a germ that causes deadly intestinal infections, can also travel by air.

Faculty Professor elected to Academy of Medical Sciences.

17th May 2010

40 of the UK's leading medical researchers have been recognised for excellence in medical science.

'Fountain of youth' steroids could protect against heart disease

14th May 2010

A natural defence mechanism against heart disease could be switched on by steroids sold as health supplements.

Potential new drug target to combat Kaposi’s Sarcoma

6th May 2010

Faculty research has identified how the virus which causes Kaposi’s Sarcoma replicates and spreads.

It’s official - Students love Biological Sciences

4th May 2010

Our personal tutors were recognised for their dedication, hard work and support at the 'I Love My Personal Tutor' Awards recently.

Bat species discovered for the first time in the UK

20th April 2010

A type of bat never seen before in the UK has been found visiting caves in Yorkshire and Sussex.

From bed bugs to bicycles

12th March 2010

Riding a bike like Chris Hoy, cleaning up with Aggie Mackenzie or firing rockets across campus: just a few of the 50 science activities at the Leeds Festival of Science for Yorkshire school children.

New bird species found in Borneo

15th January 2010

The "Spectacled Flowerpecker", a bird species new to science, has been discovered in the Bornean rainforest.

Well-travelled wasps provide hope for vanishing species

11th November 2009

They may only be 1.5mm in size, but the tiny wasps that pollinate fig trees can travel over 160km in less than 48 hours. The fig wasps are transporting pollen ten times further than previously recorded for any insect.

Carbon-offsetting and conservation can both be winners in rainforest

21st October 2009

Logged rainforests can support as much diversity in birds as virgin forest within 15 years if properly managed, research at the University of Leeds has found.

Leeds undergraduates dominate National Entrepreneurship Final

20th October 2009

Two University of Leeds students have triumphed in a national enterprise competition.

50 active years after 50: increasing the quality of our second half-century

20th October 2009

A £50 million research initiative, aimed at giving people '50 active years after 50' is being launched by the University of Leeds.

Sex life may hold key to honeybee survival

14th September 2009

New NERC grant to study honeybees' sex lives

University of Leeds ecologist snaps up photo prize

24th August 2009

University of Leeds ecologist and PhD student Ute Bradter has snapped up first prize - worth £750 - in this year's British Ecological Society's photographic competition.

The Tourist Trap - Galapagos victim of its own success

12th August 2009

Mosquitoes with the potential to carry diseases lethal to many unique species of Galapagos wildlife are being regularly introduced to the islands via aircraft, according to new research published today.

Leeds heart research boost

11th August 2009

Scientists at the University of Leeds have been awarded £184,000 by the British Heart Foundation to continue efforts to find a cure for heart disease.

Unlocking the key to human fertility

3rd August 2009

Scientists at Leeds and Bradford have discovered a unique 'DNA signature' in human sperm, which may act as a key that unlocks an egg's fertility and triggers new life.

Africa College: tackling global food security

27th July 2009

A major University of Leeds initiative has joined forces with two leading African scientific organisations and is working to improve human health and prevent future food crises in sub-Saharan Africa.

Prestigious Fellowship for FBS Researcher

22nd July 2009

Dr Adrian Whitehouse has been selected as one of only 16 bioscience researchers across the UK to receive a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) fellowship.

Biological warfare in bacteria offers hope for new antibiotics

2nd July 2009

Scientists are to study a group of proteins that are highly effective at killing bacteria and which could hold the key to developing new types of antibiotics.

Scientists solve mystery of shrinking sheep

2nd July 2009

Milder winters are causing Scotland's wild breed of Soay sheep to get smaller, according to new research at the University of Leeds

Faculty member elected to serve on International Rett Syndrome Foundation scientific board.

11th March 2009

Dr Mathias Dutschmann (IMSB, Senior Lecturer) has been appointed to serve on the Scientific Review Board (SRB) of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) for a three year term.

RAE Success!

19th December 2008

Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences has consolidated its place amongst the UK elite according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) figures.

Kidney Research Appointment

15th December 2008

Dr Stan White has been appointed to the Grants and Fellowships committees of Kidney Research UK (KRUK). Kidney Research UK is the leading UK charity funding research that focuses on the prevention, treatment and management of kidney disease.

Polar racer evokes Olympic ideals to achieve peak performance

28th November 2008

The audience at today's 'Celebrating the Games' lecture heard from Dr Ed Coats how he and his teamates - James Cracknell and Ben Fogle - are preparing to test this limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable continent on earth: the Antarctic.

Philip Leverhulme Prize in Zoology for Leeds Biologist

13th November 2008

Dr Bill Hughes of the University of Leeds'Faculty of Biological Sciences has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Zoology. These prizes, worth £70,000, are awarded to scholars under the age of 36 who are judged to be outstanding in their field.

The heat is on

9th October 2008

England?s top rugby league players are being exposed to an Australian-style climate at the University of Leeds ahead of this month?s forthcoming Rugby League World Cup 2008, which kicks off on 25 October.

Bioscience Horizons: award for publishing innovation

7th October 2008

Bioscience Horizons, the Leeds-sponsored journal showcasing the best undergraduate bioscience research has been awarded a Highly Commended certificate by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) for publishing innovation.

Future looks bleak for one of world's smallest seal species

6th October 2008

One of the smallest seals - the Caspian - has joined a growing list of mammal species in danger of extinction.

Disease diagnosis in just 15 minutes

29th September 2008

Testing for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis could soon be as simple as using a pregnancy testing kit.

Why did the squirrel cross the road?

29th August 2008

A study has proved that red squirrels can and do make use of special crossings set up over busy roads.

Could your pond offer a home to the crays?

13th August 2008

Scientists at the University of Leeds are on the look out for willing volunteers who could provide a home for a dying breed of aquatic invertebrates.

Challenging forensic DNA evidence

18th July 2008

A new course to help lawyers tackle difficult decisions about when and how to challenge DNA evidence presented in the courtroom is being launched at the University of Leeds.

Leeds-China Membrane Biology Initiative takes a further step

7th July 2008

The UK-China Membrane Biology Initiative led by the University of Leeds recently celebrated its first birthday by successfully hosting the 2nd international symposium on "Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience" at the University of Leeds

Peter Hudson FRS

25th June 2008

Leeds Alumnus Peter Hudson has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Peter is now Willaman Chair in Biology, Director of Life Sciences, at our WUN partner Pennsylvania State University

£2.8million study to combat global food poverty

10th June 2008

The University of Leeds Transformation Fund will bring together researchers from medicine, plant science, ecology, social policy and the environment to focus on preventing future food crises in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Undergraduate Bioscience Research Reaches New Horizons

25th March 2008

This week sees the launch of Bioscience Horizons, a unique peer-reviewed journal comprising entirely of the very best undergraduate bioscience research in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

European membrane expertise to focus on new treatments for human diseases

18th March 2008

A new 15 million Euro project led by the University of Leeds aims to find novel treatments for many human diseases by bringing together the leading European experts in membrane proteins.

Purging the plantain pests

21st February 2008

A tiny pest that threatens the staple diet of millions in Africa could soon be eradicated in a project announced today that brings together plant experts from Leeds and Uganda.

New Centre to be at the heart of UK's cardiovascular research

11th February 2008

Expertise from across the University of Leeds is to be channelled into a new research centre that aims to progress the understanding, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Genetic mapping of the potato pest

27th November 2007

The full weight of a consortium of world-leading scientists - including those who helped decode the entire human genome - is being thrown at the potato worm.

Visit from Zhejiang university

7th November 2007

Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur has hosted a visit from members of Zhejiang University, one of the largest and most highly-regarded universities in China.

Professor John Hardy's Crisp Lecture

29th October 2007

The annual Crisp Lecture in Neuroscience or Neurology was delivered on 29th October 2007 by John Hardy, Professor of Neuroscience at University College London.

New partnership offers outsourced R&D in membrane biology

24th September 2007

One of the UK's most successful academic entrepreneurs has teamed up with the University of Leeds to offer outsourced research and development in membrane biology to pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical companies.

Battling back pain with spinal research

24th September 2007

Back pain is Britain's leading cause of time off work, with an estimated eight out of 10 people suffering at some point in their lives.

Research to shed new light on how statins benefit heart patients

20th September 2007

A scientist at Leeds whose research is challenging conventional thinking on how the cholesterol-reducing drugs statins benefit cardiac patients, has secured funding to further investigate her findings.

Joint Symposium held in Beijing

19th June 2007

The onset of a new Leeds-China collaborative initiative in membrane and neurobiology was marked by a joint symposium on 'Membrane Biology: Structure, Signalling and Neuroscience', held at Beijing (Peking) University between May 18th and 20th, 2007

Pioneering skin researchers at the University of Leeds achieve international quality standard

23rd May 2007

The Skin Research Centre at the University of Leeds, which has led the way in the treatment of acne, eczema and other skin conditions, is the only University skin microbiology laboratory in the UK to receive the international quality standard ISO 17025.

Stan White will speak at Symposium

23rd May 2007

Stan has been invited to give a symposium lecture at the Renal Association Annual Conference in Brighton May 21st-23rd.

IMSB Symposium success

22nd May 2007

The Institute held its First Research Symposium on 27th February, which had research talks and poster presentations by institute members

Breakthrough for treatment of fatal heart condition

9th May 2007

Researchers at the University of Leeds have found a mechanism to prevent a potentially fatal heart condition that can strike without warning.

Brian Whipp receives award

7th May 2007

American Physiology Society Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section Honor Award for 2008

Plant Biologist wins Medal

23rd April 2007

Stefan Kepinski has been awarded the Society for Experimental Biology President's Medal for Plant Biology for 2007

Honour for Leeds graduate

26th March 2007

Dr. Chris Baylis has been named the 2007 Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological Society Renal Section.

More honors for Sports and Exercise Sciences Professor Whipp

7th March 2007

Professor Brian Whipp (Cardiovascular and SES) has been named as the American College of Chest Physicians: Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecturer 2007.

Visit from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology ( Beijing) to Leeds on Monday 5th March

5th March 2007

A special symposium was held on Monday 5th of March to mark the establishment of the first virtual-laboratory between Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Beijing) and the Centre for Plant Sciences.

IMSB first research symposium

26th February 2007

The IMSB will be celebrating its official opening with an inaugural symposium on Tuesday 27th Feb.

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go to work

22nd January 2007

There will soon be no more bitter pills to swallow, thanks to new research by Leeds scientists: a spoonful of sugar will be all we need for our bodies to make their own medicine.

Fellow to spread the word

15th January 2007

Dr Sue Deuchars (IMSB) was featured in an article from the Times Higher Education Supplement (Jan 12, 2006) discussing the role of Research Fellows and the public understanding of science.

New funds for revolutionary research

2nd January 2007

Life-saving surgery using novel human tissue products developed in the University of Leeds moved a step nearer today.

Student memory lives on at Leeds

14th December 2006

The Amit Mehta prize will 'recognise students who have shown determination, resilience and humour in overcoming adversity and disability'.

Leeds researchers to fight foot and mouth disease

6th December 2006

Leeds scientists are starting the search for a new weapon in the fight against foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Grass Powered Lawn Mower wins regional heat of Biosciences YES 2006

3rd November 2006

A University of Leeds team mows away to win the Bioscience Young Entrepreneurs Scheme 2006.

Ian Wood appointed to Biochemical Society panel

11th October 2006

Dr Ian Wood (IMSB) has been appointed to the Genes Theme Panels for the Biochemical Society.

Leeds Graduate voted most charismatic

5th October 2006

Dr Jonathan Wood (Leeds 2002) won the coveted FameLab, a national competition run by Channel 4 and The Telegraph to find the science communicators of the future.

New book for fish biologists and ethologists

5th October 2006

Professor Jens Krause (IICB) has just published a new book entitled Fish Cognition and Behavior.

Leeds scientist invited to discuss African issues at international forum

19th September 2006

Dr Mohamed Dawo, from the Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, has been invited to the International Council for Science to review issues relating to Africa.

PhD student featured in the Veterinary Times

18th September 2006

Stephen Gilbert, a 1st year PhD student in the IMSB, was interviewed for a feature about his work on computational modelling of the heart.

Professor David Beech to speak at Discovery on Target 2006 conference

18th September 2006

One of the Featured Presentations for the Ion Channels session of Discovery on Target 2006 will be from Professor David Beech, IMSB Research Director.

Galapagos studies by Leeds Ecologist Simon Goodman featured in Science

18th September 2006

Work by Dr Simon Goodman on the ecology of the Galapagos Archipelagos is featured in a news article in Science

BBSRC invests £4.82 millions in the Faculty.

11th September 2006

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the largest investor in research for the Faculty, awarding a total of 25 grants to the value of £4.82 million for the academic year 2005-2006.

Flurry of publications from the Proteolysis Research Group

6th September 2006

Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology: The Proteolysis Research Group led by Professor Nigel Hooper has had several publications accepted this summer.

Leeds - China research partnership sees first virtual joint laboratory

4th September 2006

A historic agreement has been signed in Beijing by Faculty's Pro-Dean of Research Professor Phil Gilmartin and his Chinese counterpart Professor Yongbiao Xue to setup the first virtual laboratory between Leeds and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

IMSB PostDoc away day 2006

4th September 2006

Postdocs from the Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology attended the first ever PostDoc Away Day, an initiative setup to give postdocs the opportunity to meet each other, present their research and share ideas.

Imaging microbial systems: from whole micro-organism to single molecules

3rd August 2006

Mary Phillips-Jones (Astbury Centre) is the organiser of a symposium entitled "Imaging microbial systems: from whole micro-organism to single molecules" at the September meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

More success for PhD Students

31st May 2006

Michael Walker has won third prize for his talk at the recent Integrative Physiology Post-Graduate Conference

Success for Leeds PhD Student

8th May 2006

3 PhD students from Leeds presented posters at SET for Bioscience in the House of Commons.

Darwin Initiative grants

7th April 2006

Simon Goodman has been awarded two Darwin Initiative grants.

Harry Rossiter

4th April 2006

Dr Harry Rossiter will be co-chairing a symposium with Dr Russell Hepple at the 2006 Experimental Biology Annual Conference

Sandra Jones

30th March 2006

Sandra Jones was invited to give a talk at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Research advocates steady pace

30th March 2006

Dr Harry Rossiter and Dr Stephen garland of The English Institute of Sport comment on race strategy for the Oxford, Cambridge Boat Race

When in Rome......

2nd March 2006

Sue Ward and Brian Whipp are co-organisers of the European Respiratory Society School Course

Brian Whipp

1st March 2006

Brian Whipp has been invited to speak at UCLA

Worldwide Collaboration

8th February 2006

Alison Dunn was part of a successful National Science Foundation application.

Hitch-Hiking Across Generations

1st February 2006

Alison Dunn and her colleagues have had their work on Microsporidia featured in Planet Earth, NERC's quarterly magazine

Forbes on ruminants

1st February 2006

Emeritus Professor Mike Forbes had edited a new book on ruminant digestion and metabolism.

Eponymous wasp

24th January 2006

Stephen Compton has just had a small parasitic wasp named after him.

Sarah Calaghan and Matthew Lancaster

12th January 2006

CRISTAL hosted the annual meeting of the Northern Cardiovascular Research Group.

Dennis Wray

1st January 2006

Dennis Wray has co-written a book chapter with Louisa Stevens

Keynote speaker

13th December 2005

Robert Ker was Keynote Speaker at the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues

Dr Nikita Gamper

1st December 2005

New Lecturer in Neuroscience.

Harry Rossiter

22nd November 2005

Dr Harry Rossiter has been awarded Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine

Rural Landscapes and Biodiversity

22nd November 2005

Tim Benton, Steve Sait and Bill Kunin have received funding from Rural Economy and Land Use.

The Colour-Coded Prescription

17th November 2005

Martin Richards recently talked to BBC Radio 4's Analysis.

Caspian seals in Kazakhstan

15th November 2005

Simon Goodman has been awarded a grant of US$90,000 from Agip-KCO.

Sue Ward

15th November 2005

Professor Sue Ward has recently been appointed to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK: Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Panel of Advisors

Joanne Tipper

8th November 2005

Keynote speaker..

Joanne Tipper

1st November 2005

Joanne Tipper has been invited to join the EPSRC peer review college (2006?2009).

Jens Krause and Darren Croft

1st November 2005

Jens Krause and Darren Croft have recently signed a new book contract ..

Simon Goodman

28th October 2005

Simon Goodman recently gave an invited presentation at the 22nd Symposium of the Society of Population Ecology

Nicolle Watt

19th October 2005

Prize nomination..

Nigel Hooper

15th October 2005

Keynote lecture..

Nigel Hooper

1st October 2005

Nigel Hooper has been appointed to the MRC New Investigator Award panel.

Dave Westhead

1st October 2005

Dave Westhead has recently been appointed to serve on the BBSRC?s Biomolecular Sciences (BMS) panel.

Alison Ashcroft

1st October 2005

Alison Ashcroft sat on the BBSRC?s Research Equipment Initiative Panel in October 2005.

Adrian Whitehouse

1st October 2005

Prize lecture

Adrian Whitehouse

1st October 2005

German Research Foundation appointment.

Conference on Cardiac Remodelling

1st October 2005

Dennis Wray was an invited speaker and chairman of a session

Becky Rose

4th September 2005

Bordoli Prize winner.

Paul Knox

1st August 2005

Paul Knox has been promoted to a chair in Plant Cell Biology with effect from 1 August 2005.

Judith Smith

1st August 2005

Judith Smith has been promoted to a chair in Parasitology, with effect from 1 August 2005.

New Readers

1st August 2005

The Committee on Readerships has conferred the title and status of Reader upon ...

New Senior Lecturers

1st August 2005

Mary Phillips-Jones (Structural Biology) and Sreenivasan (Vas) Ponnambalam (Molecular Cell Biology) have both been promoted to Senior Lecturer, with effect from 1 August 2005.

Clare Hunton

1st June 2005

A First Class Technician

Sue Deuchars

1st June 2005

Dr Sue Deuchars has been appointed Academic Fellow in FBS. This position is highly appropriate for Sue?s internationally competitive research portfolio

Jim Deuchars

1st June 2005

Jim Deuchars has been appointed Professor of Systems Neuroscience. This promotion reflects the esteem in which Jim is held nationally and internationally, and is also recognition of his excellent work for Leeds.

Sheena Radford

1st June 2005

Congratulations to Sheena Radford in being awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Peptides and Proteins for her "outstanding contributions to the understanding of protein folding mechanisms .."

Ian Curtis

1st June 2005

First book ..

Jurgen Denecke

23rd May 2005

Rank Prize Funds Conference

Stan White

1st May 2005

Review lecture: ?New insights into the pathophysiology of renal control of acid-base balance"

Faculty Director of Research Training

1st May 2005

Michelle Peckham has been appointed as the Faculty Director of Research Training. She will have responsibility for generic skills training for PhD students and post docs across the Faculty.

Tony Turner

30th April 2005

Tony Turner is the first recipient of a new award of the Biochemical Society for distinguished service to biochemistry and to the Society.

David Westhead

30th April 2005

David Westhead has been awarded a three year Research Development Fellowship by the BBSRC to continue working in the area of molecular networks in plants and parasites.

Alison Baker

30th April 2005

Alison Baker has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 12 months on 'Chemical genetics and peroxisome protein traffic'

Adrian Whitehouse

30th April 2005

Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Aadil El-Turabi

26th April 2005

Aadil El-Turabi has recently been awarded a Bioscience Yorkshire Enterprise Fellowship to further his research into Immunisation and was featured in a Yorkshire Post article on 26 April 2005

Demand versus conservation

28th January 2005

Global food demand is expected to double by 2050, but how do we reconcile the need for increased agricultural production with the conservation of biodiversity?


Signals from the nervous system and gut could prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

16th July 2018

Scientists at the University of Leeds have now unravelled the nature of these signalling components.

Prof. Stuart Egginton honoured fellowship for all his excellence

2nd July 2018

“To have one’s standing in any field recognised by your peers is, of course, very pleasing." 

‘Smart’ farms to transform how we produce food

2nd July 2018

Professor Lisa Collins (School of Biology) is the academic lead on the initiative called 'Smart Agri-Systems'. 

Dancing for health and empowerment

2nd July 2018

The impact of dance on the health, well-being and the sense of empowerment of young people is the focus of a new report by scientists in the School of Biomedical Sciences and partners at Yorkshire Dance.

Biological Sciences student success in new University awards

20th June 2018

Two students from the Faculty of Biological Sciences have been recognised in the inaugural University of Leeds’ Beaumont Awards.<

Devastating plant virus revealed in atomic detail

19th June 2018

The complex 3D structure of one of the world’s most lethal families of plant viruses has been revealed in unprecedented detail by scientists at Leeds.

Education holds the key to using animals in biomedical research

13th June 2018

Dr David Lewis is a key figure in developing advice for all UK universities on how and what to teach students who use animals in research.

Prof. Alison Baker awarded 4 year India partnering award by the BBSRC

11th June 2018

The partnership is between the Centre for Plant Sciences and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Green tea molecule could prevent heart attacks

6th June 2018

A molecular compound in green tea could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis, according to new research.

Leeds is key partner in Rosalind Franklin Institute

6th June 2018

A £103 million revolution to develop new technologies which will drive forward biology and medicine research and development has been officially launched today.

GPS tracking reveals secrets of gannets’ foraging success

6th June 2018

Long-lived seabird species, such as gannets, take several years to learn where the best feeding grounds are and how to recognize them, new research has revealed.

Scientists have discovered crucial role of protein that could stop HPV virus infection

1st May 2018

This research was led by Dr Andrew Macdonald at The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.

Research led by PHD student Dan Hurdiss created a structure of the BK Polyomavirus

27th April 2018

This structure affects kidney and bone marrow transplant patients, read more.

Leeds Professors shortlisted for European Inventor of the Year 2018

24th April 2018

Prof. Eileen Ingham (Biomedical Sciences) and Prof. John Fisher (Engineering), are the founders of the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering - find out why they have been shortlisted.


Professor Ingham examinines the biological effects of wear particles from joint replacements.

The Yorkshire Dales Environment Network is a partnership involved in the daily life and long term protection of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Ponnambalam laboratory undertakes research relating to cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Research by Dr Keith Hamer on the foraging and breeding ecology has had impact in the understanding of interactions between seabirds and fisheries.

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