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We’ve saved the NHS £2bn in recent years. At the birthplace of MRI, we are delivering new revolutions in healthcare, from better monitoring of unborn babies and easing the suffering of young burns victims, to advancing breakthrough drugs and unlocking the secrets of the brain.

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University’s largest ever funding award for UK’s most powerful MRI scanner

£29 million national scanning facility will help the UK lead the world in ultra-high field imaging to transform understanding of the brain and treatment of disease

Shaarna Shanmugavadivel

Saving young lives with a clearer view of cancer

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have transformed awareness of childhood brain tumours

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A new beat generation

A world-leading breakthrough in wireless foetal heart-monitoring will help save lives in delivery suites across the globe

Steve Morgan

Transforming outcomes for young burns victims

Meet Steve Morgan the driven innovator using technology to assess injuries in seconds

Professor Wei Shen Lim

How high-quality research saves many lives and millions of pounds

Professor Wei Shen Lim’s contribution to studies on pneumonia vaccination and treatment for Covid-19 have a profound influence

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A quantum leap for brain imaging

Meet Matt Brookes the driven innovator behind the world’s first “wearable” scanner

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How community pharmacists are protecting millions across the globe

Research carried out at the University of Nottingham has played a key role in the decision to give vaccines in community pharmacies, helping people across the world access vaccinations more easily and saving thousands of lives.

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Leading the way for the NHS

A research project tracking hospital doctors at work is helping to improve patient care

Gary Mirams

The mathematician who is transforming global drug testing

Meet Gary Mirams the analytical thinker transforming global drug-testing

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Fighting infection without antibiotics

A new way to treat one of the world’s most common bacterial infections without the use of antibiotics.

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Transforming lives by predicting and preventing disease

Professor Carol Coupland is developing risk prediction algorithms to help identify individuals at high risk from heart disease, diabetes and other diseases

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Prescription errors: keeping millions safer

An online tool is helping GPs and pharmacists reduce the risk of prescription errors for millions of patients

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Reducing neurosurgical infections worldwide

By impregnating devices used in brain operations and procedures with antibiotics, Roger Bayston has helped save lives and improve outcomes for countless patients

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Improving the lives of countless people suffering from skin disease

Clinical trials led by University of Nottingham researchers have transformed treatment and care of patients, says Professor Kim Thomas

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Medical devices that bacteria can’t grip

Clinical trials are now testing a breakthrough: catheters with a ‘non-stick’ coating that prevents bacteria forming infectious, and even lethal, biofilm

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Rethinking how we detect liver disease

Prevention is better than cure. How an innovative new pathway is transforming lives

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MRI: new insights into our bodies

The birthplace of magnetic resonance imaging is transforming healthcare through innovative studies of disease processes and responses to therapies.

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Preventing and managing falls to improve quality of life

Professor Pip Logan’s research is helping care homes significantly reduce the number of times residents fall

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Early cancer detection and new treatments offer hope to millions

Professor John Robertson’s work on an early blood test for lung cancer and new drugs for breast cancer is impacting patients across the world.

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DNA sequencing

Dr Matt Loose is delivering world-leading insights into DNA using a palm-held sequencer with a power that belies its size.

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Why rare beauties lure me to Hawaii

Luckily for evolutionary geneticist Dr Angus Davison, some of the snails he studies are only found in the remote mountains of a Pacific paradise...

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Mathematicians are at frontline in the fight against Covid

Dr Dante Kalise talks about how supercomputers are transforming the ability of policy-makers to predict complex challenges and make agile responses

Barbara Morera Maiquez researcher at the University of Nottingham

Setting Tourette’s sufferers free

By sending tiny electric pulses to the wrist, a watch-like device is giving new hope to children and people around the world who live with the agony of unwanted and uncontrollable tics

Professor Matthew Loose, standing on the QMC tram link bridge, Queen's Medical Centre (QMC)

The Covid detectives helping to track the spread of the virus

Genetic scientists play a vital role in tracking new virus variants such as Omicron. Professor Matt Loose explains

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The challenge clinging to every aspect of our lives

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Smelly sulfur’s surprising secrets

How hydrogen sulfide plays a key role in protecting blood vessel function

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Gold label

The ability to attach electron-dense labels such as gold to antibodies is opening new vistas in scientific research.

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Child and adolescent mental health in a post-lockdown world: a ticking time bomb?

Child and adolescent mental health in a post-lockdown world: a ticking time bomb?

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Prescribe yourself a story

Can sharing personal accounts of recovery from mental health problems help others?

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Periodic wallpaper

Casting new light on Florence Nightingale’s life in the Midlands, Paul Crawford explores her pioneering approaches to wellbeing

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Covid transmission: what a study of Nottingham NHS staff taught us

Health workers and their families have given researchers invaluable insights into protecting against the spread of the virus, says Professor Ana M Valdes

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Time to do things differently

We can be a competitive bunch, but as rapid advances against #Covid19 show, scientists are pulling together - and using Twitter to share the results

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Small is beautiful

Periodic table with a difference: marking 150 years and the only living person with an element named after him

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From idea to demonstration of a materials macroscope: our seven-year journey

How 15 University of Nottingham research paper authors came together to deliver an interdisciplinary study of biomaterials


Conquering a Killer

Dengue fever is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries

Dr David Turner

I feel grateful I’ve been able to contribute

Microbiologist Dr David Turner began the year treating Covid-19 patients before playing a key role in the delivery of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

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A pocket-sized MRI scanner?

‘Sodium MRI sensing’ is an advanced scanning technology with the potential to greatly improve diagnosis.

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Hair samples capture Covid’s stressful toll

Meet Ru Jia the analytical thinker who helped reveal the physical impact of stress during the pandemic

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An answer to anaemia

New ways to tackle anaemia in bowel cancer sufferers.

Denise McLean

Making research happen

Senior technician Denise McLean finds time to inspire young people, raise the profile of women in science and celebrate the Caribbean community.

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Right place, right time

Ground-breaking research to ensure drugs reach the sites of disease in the right dose at the right time

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Lab on a chip

At the George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research spectroscopy is being used to find new ways of detecting illness at an early stage

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Pacemakers of the future

Envisioning a future where bulky pacemakers could be replaced with LED technology.

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Creating spaces for young people’s voices in mental health research

Dr Aislinn Bergin and Dr Joanna Lockwood talk about how the University of Nottingham are working with partners to create spaces for children and young people's voices in mental health research


Reducing salt in our food

How the SmartSalt project seeks to reduce salt levels in food

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Furlough and the wellbeing of the workforce

7.5 million UK employees have been furloughed, raising important questions about the impact on workers and their relationships with work

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The art of dementia care

Every year in the UK 200,000 people receive a diagnosis of dementia. Professor Justine Schneider is finding new ways to help them live well – through the arts.

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Tackling Malawi's Hidden Hunger

Researchers are visiting 2,000 farms in Malawi, collecting soil and crop samples to helpfight a challenge to the health of millions across sub-Saharan Africa.


Grasping the nettle

New research suggests medieval medicine may have been more effective than previously thought – and could even help save lives today

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The applied mathematician will see you now

Weang Kee Ho has no white coat and doesn’t own a stethoscope. But she does hold a doctorate in statistics and a passionate desire to fight breast cancer

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Laser-guided drug delivery

Cell Culture Technician Kerry Setchfield on using iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles to transport drugs to individual stem cells with pinpoint accuracy


Web wonders

Geneticist Dr Sara Goodacre explains why the residents of the University of Nottingham’s SpiderLab are so intriguing

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Chemists to the nation, pharmacy to the world

An international history of Boots the Chemists promises to shed new light on a Nottingham company that has grown to be a global player