Probing Cancer: Immunotherapy and Molecular Imaging

Dr Robins researches novel immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapies.

The Singapore-based Cancer ImmunoTherapy Imaging (CITI) programme is a Singapore-wide collaborative research group, comprising 12 research institutes. CITI’s efforts are focused on the discovery and application of peptide-based imaging probes, which target immunotherapy treatment response biomarkers. Dr Edward G Robins, Head of Radiochemistry at the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium and Deputy Director of the NUS Clinical Imaging Research Centre, alongside his […]

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Soil and groundwater contamination: An old and new issue needs to be solved

Industrial and agricultural waste contaminate the soil and groundwater.

Dr Ming Zhang is an innovation coordinator at Geological Survey of Japan, AIST. Alongside his research group, he is advocating the importance of using interdisciplinary tools for sustainable remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Their research has shown that cost-effective and environment-friendly technologies such as the use of microorganisms to degrade organic contaminants and the use of minerals to immobilise […]

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Digital Science: A more collaborative approach to research

Digital Science provides tools for a more collaborative research process.

Digital Science is a company that looks to improve old research practices with new tools and technologies. CEO Daniel Hook believes that investing in, supporting and promoting businesses and innovations that make the research process more open and efficient is the key to enabling researchers to make a real difference. Is it possible that in the future we might see […]

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Patients as partners in research – The challenges for researchers of patient involvement

With the right support in place, researcher and patient will be able to work together in a constructive and mutually beneficial way.

Modern clinical research often includes Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), in which patients play an active role in the research process. While the benefits of PPI are well recognised, little attention has been given to the challenges researchers face in implementing it. Recently, Professors Mogens Hørder and Marie Konge Nielsen of the University of Southern Denmark set out to discover […]

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What team communication can tell us about team effectiveness

What team communication can tell us about team effectiveness

Meetings. Love them or hate them, they’re a regular feature of working life and there are countless studies on how to plan, run and make the most of them. Few studies, however, take a detailed view of the nature of the communication, interaction and collaboration that take place within meetings, especially team meetings. The research of Marcella Hoogeboom and Celeste […]

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Collaborate to innovate: How the InSPIRE Center at UCLan Cyprus brings together academics and industry

InSPIRE helps establish innovative partnerships between academia and industry.

The Center of Interdisciplinary Science Promotion & Innovation Research Exploration (InSPIRE) at UCLan Cyprus aims to enhance scientific research through a series of collaborative partnerships in diverse scientific disciplines between academia and industry, carrying this out through a series of projects, educational activities and community engagement. InSPIRE’s co-founder, Dr Panayiotis Andreou, believes it is essential that the two sides work […]

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Industrial-Academic collaboration: The key for C-H bond activation

Large-scale manufacturing of medication is only possible with effective synthesis of pharmaceutical ingredients.

A very hot and current scientific topic is the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), the burning question being “how can we make API synthesis efficient?”. A big step towards the answer was taken by Dr Guillaume Journot, senior scientist at Servier, France, and Dr Jean-François Brière, a CNRS senior research scientist at COBRA laboratory in Rouen, France. They proved […]

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