University of Leicester in the Media - August 2012

A monthly summary of online articles featuring the University of Leicester, with links to stories available online.

21 - 23 August

UK first at Glenfield  – University Hospitals of Leicester - More national coverage for Leicester’s Hospitals about the UK’s first operation to tackle heart failure with a novel nerve-stimulating device, performed at Glenfield Hospital.

First patient to receive pioneering implant for heart failure - The Telegraph - The first British patient will today be implanted with a device to take the pressure off his heart and will offer hope to thousands with a devastating condition.

Gadget that could save millions from heart failure - The Express - A British patient will today be fitted with a device that could revolutionise the treatment of chronic heart failure and save millions of lives.

Heart failure implant operation trialled in UK - BBC News Health - A pioneering operation in Leicester to fit a nerve-stimulating implant in a patient with heart failure is due to finish around midday.

Revolutionary heart operation at Glenfield Hospital - ITV News - The first ever heart operation of it's kind, in the UK, will be performed today at Glenfield Hospital.

Leicester surgeons to carry out new type of heart op for first time today - Leicester Mercury - A 65-year-old man was today becoming the first patient in Britain to have a new type of operation to try to mend his heart.

Glenfield is centre of excellence - Leicester Mercury - Many people will share our pride in the work which is being done by Glenfield Hospital and the University of Leicester to tackle heart disease.

Implant for heart failure is trialled - Healthcare Today - A nerve-stimulating implant for patients with heart failure is being trialled for the first time in the UK.

Novel nerve-stimulating implant - Hospital Healthcare Europe - The operation, which is part of a clinical trial called INOVATE-HF, could pave the way for a revolutionary treatment of a condition that scientists say has reached "epidemic proportions."

Patient gets first implant for heart condition - Public Service - An implant that eases pressure off the heart is to be fitted to a UK patient for the first time. The implant has been used before in Italy, Germany, Holland and Serbia.

First UK operation to tackle heart failure with novel nerve-stimulating implant - Medical Xpress - Researchers at the University of Leicester have announced that the UK's first operation to tackle heart failure (HF) with a novel nerve-stimulating device will be performed today (Thursday August 23) at Glenfield Hospital.

Pioneering op latest in series of firsts for Leicester - Leicester Mercury - A groundbreaking study which could pave the way for a more effective way of treating heart failure is the latest in a series of breakthroughs involving heart specialists in Leicester.

Novel nerve-stimulating implant - Hospital Healthcare Europe - The study's principal investigator at the site, and also the UK chief investigator, is Dr. André Ng, senior lecturer in cardiology at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital who carried out the world's first remote ...

Global Insider: Greece Returns to Crackdowns to Control Immigration - World Politics Review - In an email interview, Gabriella Lazaridis, a senior lecturer in the department of politics and international relations at the University of Leicester, discussed Greece's immigration crackdown. WPR: What is the current situation in terms of trends in ...

University to enhance research prospects through cloud - Cloud Pro - The University of Leicester has announced the launch of a new cloud platform, known as Intelligus. The institution has said the new system will allow its researchers to collaborate more effectively. The project, provided by Liberata, is set to be the ...

Mars mission to find life making great progress, says Dr John Bridges, of the ... - This is Leicestershire - It may only be a few small steps for the Mars rover, but for scientists such as Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester, it is one huge leap. They are busily preparing for Curiosity, the Nasa robot which landed on Mars earlier this month, to ...

Curiosity uses laser on Mars rock - BBC News - Dr John Bridges, of Leicester University, who is in Pasadena working on the mission, explained that the laser was used to to fire some pulses at the rock surface which then generated little sparks of plasma. Nasa then look at the spectre of that to ...

Sorry, Bruce Willis, asteroid wins in real 'Armageddon' - NBCNews.com - Ben Hall, Gregory Brown, Ashley Back and Stuart Turner — all master's students at the University of Leicester — devised a formula to determine the total amount of kinetic energy needed to blast apart the "Armageddon" asteroid and ensure that the ...

13 – 20 August

Scientists Discover 'Armageddon' Movie Unrealistic - First Coast News - Scientists Discover 'Armageddon' Movie Unrealistic. The movie 'Armageddon' is unrealistic, according to a study by scientists at the University of Leicester in England. The scientists found that Bruce Willis and his team of oil workers would have ...

220000 pupils still scrambling to secure their university place - Evening Standard - They included Emma Hindley, from Devizes, Wiltshire, who wanted to study medicine at Leicester, but had to go through clearing after scoring two As and one B — just short of the required standard. She eventually secured a course at Exeter. She said …

Fruit flies learn to spot eligible females by smell - BBC News - Prof Charalambos Kyriacou from the University of Leicester said: "This research shows how an instinctive behavioural programme, in this case the courtship behaviour of male fruitflies, can nevertheless be modulated by experience - in other words …

Drug 'could cut asthma A&E visits' - World First Travel Insurance - Scientists from Leicester University discovered mepolizumab may allow patients with severe asthma to become less dependent on traditional steroid inhalers. The GlaxoSmithKline-funded study looked at 621 severe asthmatics with signs of eosinophilic …

'It's like going to a party in a mate's garden. Everyone you know is here' - This is Leicestershire - Friends Mark Purnell, David Hawthorn and Jen Dickie left work at the University of Leicester early yesterday to enjoy the music. Paleobiology professor Mark, 48, of Oadby, said: "We can hear the music from the university and it's distracting so we ...

Food awards will honour innovation - Mansfield Chad - Last year's winners, a team from the University of Leicester Space Research Centre, who applied space technology to allow the detection of fake whisky, said news of the award win had brought interest from around the world, as well as potential customers.

Child maths prodigy, 10, 'with a brain like a calculator' receives an A* in A ... - Daily Mail - He was born with a talent.' Yasha, who goes to Folville Junior School in Leicester, has tutoring sessions at Leicester University. He is now hoping to find a university that will let him enrol on a Maths course. He started reading at a very early age …

Trial launch of urgently-needed combination treatment for oesophago-gastric ... - Medical Xpress - Chief Investigator, Dr Anne Thomas, a clinical reader in the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine at the University of Leicester and consultant oncologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: “It's wonderful news that this trial is ...

'Low-risk' offer of new staff - This is Leicestershire - A university is offering small and medium-sized businesses £2000 subsidies to take on its graduates as interns. The University of Leicester will shortlist candidates from this year's graduates and provide a grant to help fund a three-month internship ...

Genes carried by E.Coli bacteria linked to colon cancer - HealthCanal.com - Chief Investigator, Dr Anne Thomas, a clinical reader in the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine at the University of Leicester and consultant oncologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: “It's wonderful news that this trial is ...

Roadshows: speakers - The Guardian - Head of the School of Management, University of Leicester Leicester 11 October Click here to book. Dr Paul Thomas The Business Doctor, director of DNA Global Solutions Cardiff 1 November Click here to book. Hilary Green International Trade Adviser ...

Wreake Valley Academy students scoop top A-Level grades - Melton Times - Of particular note were the achievements of head boy, Jay Pancholi who achieved five A*s to secure a place at Leicester to study medicine, having turned down a place at Cambridge University. Mohannad Irshad achieved three A's and an A* and will also …

hard work pays off for our future MPs and GPs - This is Leicestershire - He will now study law at the University of Leicester and hopes to become a city MP. Tragedy inspired Mohsin Hussein, a student at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College (QE), in University Road, Leicester, to work hard. The death of his father fired …

Acupuncture for Knee Osteoarthritis - It Works! - HealthCMI - Can evidence-based medicine help us to understand the mechanism of acupuncture better? S. Parekh., University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, UK. QJM (2012). Oxford Journals. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcs021. Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, et al …

Obama in pledge over Mars findings - This is Leicestershire - In his blog, University of Leicester professor Dr John Bridges – who is part of a team of experts analysing data sent back from Mars – described how the US President made the announcement on Monday. Dr Bridges watched via video link as Mr Obama met ...

Leicester maths whizz Yasha Asley, 10, aces A-levels - BBC News - The fresh-faced mathematician, who goes to Folville Junior School in Braunstone three days a week, is tutored at Leicester University. Now Yasha says he is hoping to enrol on a university course. The decision to put him in for the exams came after he …

Artists take up roles - This is Leicestershire - Sarah Kirby and Andrew Williams will work with the University of Leicester for an academic year after receiving funding from the Leverhulme Trust's Artists in Residence programme. Both will collaborate with academics and researchers at the Centre for …

CityScan Detects Less Air Pollution Than Expected Over London Olympics - Txchnologist (blog) - “Air quality affects human health and ecosystems,” says Dr. Paul S. Monks, a University of Leicester professor of atmospheric chemistry and member of the air quality group responsible for installing and running the instruments. “The Olympics was a huge ...

New asthma drug can cut hospital admissions by half: study - Telegraph.co.uk - The research conducted by a team at Leicester University, the largest of its kind in severe asthma, found the treatment could reduce severe asthma attacks, A&E visits and admissions to hospital by 50 per cent compared with a dummy drug. It could be a ...

Star grades for students as A-level results are announced - Fenland Citizen - Their successes have gained them places at universities across the country including University College London, Leicester and Plymouth. Many others have already gained full-time employment. I would like to wish all of our college leavers every success ...

A levels: Stantonbury on the up with 99 per cent pass rate - Milton Keynes Citizen - Fatema Jaffer was also among Stantonbury' top pupils, gaining two A*s and an A, enabling her to go on to study Medicine at Leicester University. Head of Sixth Form, Jon Adamson, said; “These are great results and well deserved success for our students ...

Results day: a university's view - This is Leicestershire - Jonathan Tinnacher, head of student recruitment at the University of Leicester explains how it all works – and what students should do when they get their exam results. He said:"When the A-level results are released, we set about the task of accepting ...

Britain to swelter at 30C this weekend as summer finally arrives - Telegraph.co.uk - Scientists at the University of Leicester measured the first day of "high count" grass pollen on May 25 and the last on July 22, when the count was classed as "very high" with 150 grains per cubic metre. The last time the season started this early was ...

New forensic institute at the University of Leicester will help police forces ... - Loughborough News - The Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute is a new multi-disciplinary centre at the University of Leicester which aims to help police forces with some of the requests handled by the former Forensic Science Service (FSS). The new Institute aims to be …

Spectral Tinnitus Relief Therapy invention from the University of Leicester ... - Loughborough News - A University of Leicester innovation is currently enjoying pride of place in an exhibition that showcases the very best of British manufacturing at the Science Museum in London. In an initiative led by Enterprise and Business Development, the Spectral ...

Treatment for tinnitus in the finals - This is Leicestershire - The treatment, developed by a team from the University of Leicester, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Orthoscopics, uses exposure to tinted light to treat tinnitus – a condition which causes the perception of ringing or buzzing in the ear.

Sustainability opportunities for University students gain award recognition - Loughborough News - Posted on 15/08/2012. University of Leicester. The University of Leicester has received two nominations in this year's Green Gown Awards, which “recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across ...

From Afghanistan to Archaeology - Loughborough News - Strongly supported by the British Army, Operation Nightingale was developed in collaboration with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) which has responsibility for archaeological remains on Ministry of Defence sites, with the University of ...

Prolonged hay fever season recorded - Bourne Local - Dr Catherine Pashley, who works in the infection, immunity and inflammation department of the University of Leicester, said this summer has been "distressing" for people with hay fever, as symptoms including itchy eyes and runny noses have lasted ...

Student finance: Prepare yourself to really enjoy Uni - The Independent - For most students, starting university is a first taste of independence. ... a welfare officer at the University of Leicester who specialises in finance.

Science team is on the case - This is Leicestershire - Academics at the University of Leicester will be helping police to crack some of the toughest cases through the creation of a forensic science institute. The institute will help police forces with some of the requests handled by the former Forensic ...

University therapy among manufacturing best - Insider Media - A University of Leicester innovation is being showcased at an exhibition to highlight the "very best" of British manufacturing. A team from the university has worked with Orthoscopics Ltd and University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust to develop a ...

You have to hand it to puppeteers - This is Leicestershire - Puppeteer Sue Pyecroft put 15 youngsters, aged between seven and 12, through their paces during the two-day workshop held at the University of Leicester's Embrace Arts centre. ​. She guided the children through the process of thinking up puppet …

Summer washout brings longest hay fever season in 20 years - Telegraph.co.uk - Dr Catherine Pashley, who works in the infection, immunity and inflammation department of the University of Leicester, said this summer has been ''distressing'' for people with hay fever, as symptoms including itchy eyes and runny noses have lasted …

Study suggests patients should be screened before receiving vemurafenib - HealthCanal.com - To try and find out why, the University of Leicester-based researchers have been using mice to study a group of rare inherited developmental disorders called RASopathies, which are also caused by faults in the gene BRAF, but not the common fault that ...

CITY MOVES WHO'S SWITCHING JOBS - CITY A.M. - Professor John Fothergill has been appointed pro vice-chancellor for research and enterprise at the London university. He joins from the University of Leicester, where he was head of engineering. Fothergill is an electrical engineering graduate, and ...

New England Revolution's Boggs retiring to pursue Fulbright - My Fox Boston - FOXBOROUGH (AP) - New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs is retiring and will accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at England's Leicester University beginning this fall. The team announced Boggs' decision Friday.

Different goals - This is Leicestershire - In a career U-turn, Zak has chosen to study at the University of Leicester from September, where he will study potential cancer treatments. In 2011, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the MLS in recognition of his voluntary cancer research work …

New forensic institute at the University of Leicester will help police forces ... - Phys.Org (press release) - The Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute is a new multi-disciplinary centre at the University of Leicester which aims to help police forces with some of the requests handled by the former Forensic Science Service (FSS). The new Institute aims to be ...

New forensic institute at the University of Leicester will help police forces ... - 24dash (press release) - The University of Leicester is establishing a new forensic science Institute which aims to help UK police forces solve unconventional crimes. The Alec Jeffreys Forensic Science Institute is a new multi-disciplinary centre at the University of Leicester ...

Bridging the gap between academia and art - 24dash (press release) - Two distinguished artists are set to work with the University of Leicester as artists-in-residence after securing a prestigious partnership grant. The funding, from the Leverhulme Trust's Artists in Residence programme, will allow East Midlands-based ...

From Afghanistan to Archaeology - 24dash (press release) - Newly-enrolled University of Leicester Distance Learning archaeology student Rifleman Rowan Kendrick (right) of 1st Battalion, the Rifles, explains a sixth-century Anglo-Saxon burial he has just excavated to his colleague and fellow-student Corporal ...

Open University researchers to study minerals on M... - Business Weekly - Dr Schwenzer joins a mission led by Dr John Bridges, Reader in Planetary Science at the University of Leicester. Dr Stephen Lewis, senior lecturer in CEPSAR, has been working with the NASA team over the last five years to study the atmospheric ...

Bruce Willis won't save us if asteroid threatens - TG Daily - Fresh from explaining to us why Batman's cape wouldn't save him from crash-landing, University of Leicester students have moved on to raining on Bruce Willis's parade. His dramatic blowing-up of an asteroid to save the earth in Armageddon, they say …

When The Asteroid Hits: Physicists Claim Earth-Destroying Extinction-Level ... - NewsLI - Physicists from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, claim it would be impossible to destroy an asteroid by using a nuclear weapon buried deep within. left (Long Island, N.Y.) A team of physics students from the University ...

Revolution's Zak Boggs awarded Fulbright Scholarship, retires from pro soccer - Examiner.com - The New England Revolution's Zak Boggs was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at England's Leicester University starting this fall. Subsequently, the third-year midfielder has retired from his pro soccer career. Honors and awards ...

Could Leicester make its mark on Mars? - ITV News - The University of Leicester scientist who's been leading the NASA mission to Mars says he hopes to name some localities on Mars after famous Leicestershire landmarks! Writing in his blog about the 'Curiosity' project to land a rover on the Red Planet ...

Leicestershire landmarks up on the red planet? - This is Leicestershire - The University of Leicester scientist charged with analysing data beamed back from Mars said he would like to name parts of the red planet after Leicestershire landmarks. Dr John Bridges, of the university's space research centre, is part of a team of …

Search for top exec - This is Leicestershire - The University of Leicester is sponsoring the event, as well as the overall Business Executive of the Year award. Martin Traynor, chief executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the quality of …

First full colour image of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover - ITV News - ... the Red Planet. Over the next few years the rover will investigate the mountain's lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. Dr John Bridges a scientist from the University of Leicester is leading the $2.5 billion ...

Banking advice - This is Leicestershire - Dr Meryem Duygan Fethi and Dr Mohamed Shaban, from the University of Leicester, flew to Jakarta to speak at an event organised by The Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia. Dr Fethi said: "We are very pleased to see such keen interest from the ...

6 - 12 August

Bruce Willis no match for Armageddon - ABC Science Online - "Our current level of technology is simply nowhere near sufficient to protect Earth from such an asteroid by this specific means of asteroid defence," according to a pair of papers published the University of Leicester's Journal of Special Physics Topics

£7m gift to fund medical study - MSN News UK - Leicester University vice-chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: "We are delighted that the trustees of the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation have chosen to support the university with this transformational gift which will benefit society ...

Revs' Boggs retires to accept Fulbright Scholarship - 9NEWS.com - New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs retired on Friday in order to accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at England's Leicester University. Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs retired ...

Students hit the Summit - This is Leicestershire - Student lettings agency Sulets, which is run by the students' unions of De Montfort University and Leicester University, said all flats in the £13million block were taken. ​. The block, at the corner of Jarrom Street and Eastern Boulevard, in the West …

Heaps of 'dark matter' found near sun - Deccan Herald - Astronomers at the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich, the University of Leicester and NAOC Beijing have also found tantalizing hints of a new dark matter component in our galaxy. Dark matter was first proposed by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in ...

Worth taking a look at exhibition - This is Leicestershire - May I once again commend to your readers the excellent Sculpture in the Garden exhibition at the University of Leicester's Botanic Gardens, until October 28. This is the 11th annual exhibition and is a little different this year in providing many ...

Revs' Boggs retires to accept Fulbright Scholarship - Fox News - Foxborough, MA – New England Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs retired on Friday in order to accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at England's Leicester University. Boggs, 25, was originally drafted in the second round of the 2010 …

Students find that no bomb is powerful enough to destroy “Armageddon” asteroid - SlashGear - A group of students from the University of Leicester has announced that they have debunked the premise of the Bruce Willis flick Armageddon. If you're a fan of science fiction, you might recall the 1998 movie where Bruce Willis and his band of well ...

Donation of £7m to University of Leicester; Courtesy John & Lucille Van Geest ... - TopNews United States - It has been recently reported that University of Leicester has gifted a donation of £7m from the John & Lucille van Geest Foundation. This donation is more than a spectacular reward for the department as every single effort made by the staff here, is ...

Study: Bruce Willis Cannot Save Us from Armageddon - DailyTech - A class of physics students from the University of Leicester in the UK decided to look into whether this kind of scenario would ever be possible. The short answer is no, but they provided some evidence as to why. To debunk this mystery, the class first …

Donation of £7m to University of Leicester; Courtesy John & Lucille Van Geest ... - TopNews United States - It has been recently reported that University of Leicester has gifted a donation of £7m from the John & Lucille van Geest Foundation. This donation is more than a spectacular reward for the department as every single effort made by the staff here, is …

Did you know that we're all made of stars? - OUPblog (blog) - Andrew King is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leicester. The Very Short Introductions (VSI) series combines a small format with authoritative analysis and big ideas for hundreds of topic areas. Written by our expert authors, these books ...

Heaps of 'dark matter' found near sun - Newstrack India - Astronomers at the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich, the University of Leicester and NAOC Beijing have also found tantalizing hints of a new dark matter component in our galaxy. Dark matter was first proposed by the Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky in ...

NASA: Armageddon's nuclear asteroid blast wasn't nearly big enough - The Petri Dish - The NASA article is based two papers by a group of graduate students from the University of Leicester. The students published the papers in the university's Journal of Special Physics Topics, a journal intended to give graduate students an idea of what ...

£7m for university's heart research - Bourne Local - A £7 million donation has been received by the University of Leicester, the biggest in its history. The money, from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation, will be used to build a new heart disease laboratory and fund future research. Professor Sir

Leicester heart disease research centre gets £7m boost - This is Leicestershire - Professor Nilesh Samani, head of the department of cardiovascular sciences at the university, said: "We serve a large population and the benefits of our research will help us to bring new and better treatments earlier to patients in Leicester and beyond.

Dark Matter Exists In Abundance Near The Sun - RedOrbit - Astronomers at the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, the University of Leicester and NOAC Beijing have found large amounts of invisible “dark matter” near the Sun. They also found tantalizing hints of a new dark matter component within our own galaxy.

Higher education philanthropy: four steps to fundraising success - The Guardian (blog) - The rewards can be spectacular, as today's announcement of a £7m donation to the University of Leicester from a single benefactor testifies. The donation, from the John & Lucille van Geest Foundation, will help build a new biomarker facility next to ...

University of Leicester scores £7m gift - Civil Society Media - Leicester University's vice-chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said the donation is a “transformational gift” which would enable a “step change” in the institution's research capacity. The donation comes as the van Geest foundation starts to spend ...

Millions donated to Leicester University - ITV News - "The Foundation's unprecedented donation will enable the University of Leicester to deliver a step change in cardiovascular research capacity that will help to improve the health and life expectation of patients and the public in Leicestershire, the UK ...

Plenty of dark matter near the Sun - Phys.Org - (Phys.org) -- Astronomers at the University of Zürich, the ETH Zurich, the University of Leicester and NAOC Beijing have found large amounts of invisible "dark matter" near the Sun. Their results are consistent with the theory that the Milky Way Galaxy ...

£7m donation for research close to Leicester's heart - Times Higher Education - The donation, from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation - the biggest gift received by Leicester - will fund the construction of a £2.5 million biomarker facility next to the university's new Cardiovascular Research Centre. The facility will aim ...

Physicists Claim It Would Be Impossible to Nuke an Earth-Killing Asteroid - Gizmodo UK - Physicists from Leicester University, UK, have calculated that such a feat would require a bomb a billion times stronger than the biggest bomb ever detonated on Earth. The team of scientists considered the energy dump required to neutralise the threat ...

Students find that no bomb is powerful enough to destroy “Armageddon” asteroid - SlashGear - A group of students from the University of Leicester has announced that they have debunked the premise of the Bruce Willis flick Armageddon. If you're a fan of science fiction, you might recall the 1998 movie where Bruce Willis and his band of well ...

University of Leicester receives record £7m donation - BBC News - It is hoped this fund will allow researchers from the University of Leicester compete for funding for the most "exciting and cutting-edge studies that will advance the fight against cardiovascular disease for years to come", a university spokesperson said …

Midlands bloc hopes for safety in numbers as resources battle intensifies - Times Higher Education - The M5 group, comprising the universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, is centred on sharing equipment so that the institutions' researchers can boost their chances of winning grants. John Heath, pro vice-chancellor ...

Injured soldiers studying for archaeology degrees - This is Leicestershire - The University of Leicester has run a distance learning course in the subject for some time and is now inviting serving and former soldiers who have been injured in the war zone to sign up. Among those to have taken up the offer is Leicester-born ...

Race starts for £30m Leicester Uni medical school job - Construction Enquirer - Leicester University has started the hunt for a contractor to build a new medical school. The university finally gained planning in May for a 130000 sq ft ...

£7m gift to fund medical study - The Press Association - An English university has been handed a multimillion-pound donation to allow scientists to conduct new studies into heart disease. Leicester University said the £7 million gift from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation is the biggest it has ever ...

Outrageous Claim Says Bruce Willis Couldn't Save Earth - RedOrbit - Students from the University of Leicester were the ones to burst everyone's bubble by using a popular arch-nemesis when it comes to battling the reality of a movie: physics. In the 1998 film, Bruce Willis, an old-drilling platform engineer, must save …

University of Leicester announces record £7 million donation - EurekAlert (press release) - It will enable the University of Leicester researchers to bring together strands of evidence about a patient's disease namely, genes, proteins, lipids and any relevant clinical data to enhance the understanding of disease. This kind of facility is ...

Mars rover scientists say 'fun' starts now - This is Leicestershire - Scientists say the "fun" is about to start after yesterday's successful Mars rover landing. The team at the University of Leicester is hoping information beamed across millions of miles of space will help determine whether there was ever life on the ...

Could Bruce Willis save the world from disaster? Er, no, says experts at the ... - This is Leicestershire - Unfortunately for mankind, University of Leicester researchers have calculated that in real life we wouldn't be able to produce a big enough bang. In fact, the job would require a bomb a billion times more powerful than the biggest nuke ever built ...

UPSI Lecturer Wins United Kingdom's Research Prize - Bernama - Dahlia, a lecturer at the Malay Language and Literature Department, Faculty of Languages and Communication, was presented with the award at the UKLA Annual Conference at the University of Leicester by UKLA Convenor of Research Prof Guy Merhant on

Riots report calls for 'more representative, balanced, rigorous reporting' - Journalism.co.uk - The report, which was authored by Dr Leah Bassel from the University of Leicester, followed a conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET) and citizen journalism website The-Latest.com late last year where views on the media …

No bomb powerful enough to destroy an on-rushing asteroid, sorry Bruce Willis - Network World - Either way a class of physics students from the University of Leicester decided to evaluate whether or not the premise of Willis' 1998 "Armageddon" movie -- where a group of oil drillers is sent by NASA to detonate nuclear devices on an asteroid that ...

Gold award is the icing on the cake! - This is Leicestershire - Before she launched Honeypot Cakes, Rachel did a business management course at the University of Leicester. She then baked samples of her cakes and spent a day dropping them off at cafes and delis in Leicester. By the time she returned home later that ...

Mortality higher in diabetes patients with 'normal' weight - Pulse - Professor Azhar Farooqi, GP in Leicester and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, said the study highlighted the complexities of type 2 diabetes. He said: 'This just shows that type 2 diabetes is complicated and has its own ...

Disney Researchers Add Sense of Touch to Augmented Reality Applications - Product Design & Development - Videos & Webcasts. Designing the Mars Rover Hardware 8/7/2012. The Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester works with NASA and the European Space Agency, supplying instrumentation and other hardware for space missions. Continue …

Fellowship award for trust consultant - This is Lincolnshire - ... been a consultant with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust for four years and is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Leicester University, a member of the Royal College of Physicians, London and a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists ...

NIGHT OF SHAME – ONE YEAR ON - This is Leicestershire - A study released this week to coincide with the anniversary, by University of Leicester sociologist Dr Leah Bassel, said the mass media had played a role in fuelling the violence. Dr Bassel said: "It is hard to be balanced when speaking about media ...

University of Leicester Asteroid heading our way? Bruce Willis tactic from ... - Mirror.co.uk - It will take more than Bruce Willis to save the Earth from a giant doomsday asteroid, according to scientists. In the 1998 movie Armageddon, Willis plays an oil-drilling engineer who heads a mission to split an asteroid the size of Texas in half with a ...

Could Bruce Willis save the world from disaster? Er, no - This is Leicestershire - They did not specify how the world will end, but it got experts at the University of Leicester wondering if we had the technology to prevent an asteroid vaporising humanity – as Bruce Willis managed to do in the Hollywood blockbuster Armageddon. The ...

New curator brings enthusiasm to position - Brantford Expositor - Bartens, 27, is a graduate of Queen's University specializing in Canadian and British 19th and 20th Century military history. She has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She became interested in ...

Bruce Willis Couldn't Save Us from Asteroid Doom - eNews Park Forest - University Leicester-(ENEWSPF)- According to the internet hysteria surrounding the ancient Mayan calendar, an asteroid could be on its way to wipe out the world on December 21, 2012. Obviously this is pretty unlikely - but if an asteroid really is on …

Armageddon looming? Tell Bruce Willis not to bother - AFP - "Our current level of technology is simply nowhere near sufficient to protect Earth from such an asteroid by this specific means of asteroid defence," according to a paper published by students at the University of Leicester, central England. In the ...

Mars 'an enduring fascination' says Nasa Curiosity scientist - Telegraph.co.uk - Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester, spoke about the reaction inside Nasa HQ as the rover sucessfully completed its difficult descent onto Mars saying they 'couldn't have asked for more'. The robot, which is the size of a car, will be ...

Mars rover scientists say 'fun' starts now - This is Leicestershire - Scientists say the "fun" is about to start after yesterday's successful Mars rover landing. The team at the University of Leicester is hoping information beamed across millions of miles of space will help determine whether there was ever life on the ...

Thought of no heart unit 'scares' Joshua's mother - This is Leicestershire - Professor Sir Robert Burgess, vice-chancellor of the University of Leicester, has also joined the fight for Glenfield. He said the decision to close it would lead to a reduction in the quality of service to children and impact on Leicester. Writing in ...

Proud of city link to epic Mars mission - This is Leicestershire - Nasa's latest Mars mission, which has a special interest to us in Leicester because of the links with the University of Leicester, is right at the furthest reaches of human ingenuity. To land a robot vehicle on a planet 354 million miles distant is a …

Can Bruce Willis save us from asteroid 'Armageddon'? Not likely - Los Angeles Times - They reported in two related papers in the University of Leicester Journal of Special Physical Topics that it would require 800 trillion terajoules of energy to split the asteroid in two with both pieces clearing the planet. Unfortunately, the largest ...

London's biggest ever air monitoring exercise underway - AirQualityNews - Meteorologists from Universities including Reading, Manchester, Birmingham, York, Leeds, Hertfordshire, East Anglia, Leicester involved in the three-year Clean Air for London project, are monitoring ozone and particulate levels throughout the Games.

Bombshell over 'doomsday asteroid' - Bourne Local - Ben Hall, 22, a member of the University of Leicester team, said: "I really enjoyed the film Armageddon and up until recently never really considered the plausibility in the science behind the movie. But after watching it again I found myself being …

Sir David honoured in naming of spider - This is Leicestershire - It is not the first time Sir David, who grew up in College House on the University of Leicester campus, has been recognised in a species name. A fish that lived 380 million years ago has been named Materpiscis attenboroughi. The 86-year-old broadcaster ...

NGO finds opportunity in slum walk - Hindustan Times - In light of this debate, a study has been launched by the University of Leicester. Dr Fabian Frenzel, who will be doing the research, hopes to investigate whether slum tourism makes a beneficial impact on the areas concerned, such as Burns and Chhapra ...

Bruce Willis won't save us if asteroid threatens - TG Daily - Fresh from explaining to us why Batman's cape wouldn't save him from crash-landing, University of Leicester students have moved on to raining on Bruce Willis's parade. His dramatic blowing-up of an asteroid to save the earth in Armageddon, they say …

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover successfully touches down - Metro - Writing in a live blog from Nasa's mission control, Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester - one of two British scientists leading teams on the mission – wrote: 'It's down - landed! Curiosity is set to spend two years searching for life on ...

Nasa Mars landing: life on Mars could be determined in a decade - Telegraph.co.uk - Dr Bridges, of the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre, is one of two British scientists who is working with Nasa on the project, which took off last November. “I'm particularly interested in determining the composition of the samples that ...

Riots in the UK: media's impact on communities examined - Info4Security - Written by Dr Leah Bassel of the University of Leicester's Department of Sociology, the study - entitled 'Media and the Riots: A Call for Action' - suggests that news outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the riots that blighted ...

We're joining fight to save heart centre - This is Leicestershire - The University of Leicester has considerable concerns regarding this proposed move from Glenfield as, in addition to the detrimental effect on patients, it will also have a considerable impact on the community. It also affects the university's related ...

Mars rover Curiosity safely lands on the red planet - The Independent - Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester, one of two British scientists leading teams on the mission, wrote in a live blog from mission control: "It's down - landed! "The first images are already being sent back via Odyssey. They are Hazcam ...

Charity bike ride marks anniversary of man killed by one punch - ITV News - Leicester Lands On Mars. The University of Leicester is involved in a NASA project which is hoping to land a spacecraft on Mars. Dr John Bridges from the University's Space Research Centre is leading the team that expect to land a space rover on the ...

Making Stars - University of Texas at Austin News - Credit: H. Bond (STScI) and M. Barstow (University of Leicester). Some of the light signatures Bailey and Rochau were generating looked familiar to Winget and his group, who quickly realized that with the machine they could make plasmas with the same

UK riots 2011: Holding media to account after the riots - Phys.Org - The report, written by Dr Leah Bassel of the University of Leicester's Department of Sociology, reflects the views of those who attended the Media and the Riots conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust and citizen journalism website ...

University of Leicester scientist awarded prestigious media fellowship - 24dash (press release) - A University of Leicester scientist will be making headline news thanks to a prestigious media fellowship. Dr Becca Wilson, a scientist involved in public and business engagement projects in the Space Research Centre at the University, has been given ...

Mars Curiosity rover cheered on by Leicester scientist - BBC News - Dr Bridges, who is leading a team from Leicester, the Open University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, was inside the Flight Operations Centre at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as the rover made its …

Open University Scientist to Join Mission to Study Minerals on Red Planet - Azomining - Dr. Susanne is taking part in this Mars mission, which is being led by Dr John Bridges, the University of Leicester's Reader in Planetary Science. The Mars Science Laboratory mission will be deploying a set of powerful instruments, which are yet to be ...

Riots in the UK: media's impact on communities examined - Info4Security - Written by Dr Leah Bassel of the University of Leicester's Department of Sociology, the study - entitled 'Media and the Riots: A Call for Action' - suggests that news outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the riots that blighted ...

Top ten weirdest University clubs and societies - The Independent - Leicester has a great reputation for being a brilliant place to grab a curry, so it's fitting that their university should have a curry society. Ash Davies, Curry Society President, said: “Leicester is frequently rated as the best city in the UK for ...

Leicester scientist lands spacecraft on Mars - ITV News - A scientist from the University of Leicester has led a 2.5 billion dollar mission to land a spacecraft on Mars. Dr John Bridges led the team from Leicester, the Open University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The six-wheeled ...

Leicester scientist prepares to search for life on Mars - This is Leicestershire - A scientist from the University of Leicester is preparing to analyse data from Mars after the successful landing of the rover Curiosity. The £1.6 billion one-ton robot rover the size of a small car landed safely on Mars today after one of the most ...

Watch live: Mars rover Curiosity lands in giant crater - Belfast Telegraph - John Bridges, from the University of Leicester, one of two British scientists leading teams on the mission, said: "I'm cautiously optimistic. Space exploration is not for the faint-hearted. "The previous rover landing used inflatable bouncing bags …

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Put Babar Ahmad on trial in Britain - The Guardian - Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor University of Leicester Dr Sanjay Sharma Brunel University Dr Fozia Bora Cambridge Muslim College Dr Abul Hassan Markfield Institute of Higher Education Dr Mustapha Sheikh University of Leeds Dr Jasmine Gani London ...

Nasa scientists set to discover fate of Curiosity's Mars landing - Metro - John Bridges, from the University of Leicester, said he is 'cautiously optimistic' about Curiosity's chances and, if successful, it should deliver answers about whether there was once water on Mars. The robot will remain on the planet for 98 weeks and …

It's the hippy hippy shakes - This is Leicestershire - At Leicester University, students remember the haze of marijuana smoke and reading Aldous Huxley's Doors of Perception. Barbara Jacobs, former student, remembers: "I remember one guy called Finbar sitting on the floor surrounded by all his worldly ...

Mars mission like Captain Cook voyage - TelegraphTV - There is no Interactive Transcript. Published on Aug 3, 2012 by telegraphtv. Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester one of only two UK scientists conducting and analysing experiments from Curiosity explains importance of the Mars mission.

Mars mission 'like Captain Cook's voyage of discovery' - Telegraph.co.uk - Dr Bridges from the University of Leicester is one of two UK scientists who will be conducting and analysing experiments from the Mars Science Laboratory, a wheeled rover nicknamed Curiosity, on its two year mission to collect information about Mount ...

Bjork and Leicester's Sir David Attenborough make offbeat pair for TV show - This is Leicestershire - As well as discussing his own love of music and song, Sir David, who grew up in College House on the University of Leicester campus, will describe the role music plays in the lives of creatures such as blue whales, the reed warbler and the lyrebird. It ...

Alcoholics are often going undiagnosed - News-Medical.net - Medical staff often do not spot alcohol problems in their patients unless they are already intoxicated, say UK researchers from the University of Leicester. Alex Mitchell and team's study showed that general practitioners (GPs) recorded alcohol ...

How Extreme Weather Contributes to Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Science Daily (press release) - ScienceDaily (July 26, 2012) — While experts debate whether extreme weather conditions such as this summer's record rainfall can be explained by climate change, University of Leicester geographers are investigating whether the opposite is true – does ...

Weekend of nerves awaits Nasa as it prepares for most daring mission to Mars ... - Evening Standard - Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester Space Research Centre, one of the British scientists working on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, said: "I'm cautiously optimistic. Space exploration is not for the faint hearted. "The previous rover ...

Sober Patients Not Being Checked For Alcohol Problems - Medical News Today - Leicester University researchers have discovered that medical staff struggle to spot problem drinking in their patients unless they are already intoxicated. The new study, published in the August edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that ...

Man claims mistaken identity after pair of street robberies - This is Leicestershire - At the time, he was staying at a halfway-house hostel on Leicester's London Road, on a 7pm to 7am curfew, although he went home in the day. A 21-year-old, then a Leicester University student, said he was robbed by a hooded man in St Alban's Road, ...

Vast majority of birth defects not being picked up - OnMedica - Professor Elizabeth Draper from the University of Leicester, who chairs BINOCAR, commented: “This important report again highlights the value of the existing regional registers. We are grateful for the ongoing support from HQIP to help maintain ...

Justice Wanasundera discharges duties with professionalism -AG - Ceylon Daily News - Among Justice Wanasundera's academic achievements is a Master Degree in Law from the University of Leicester, UK in1995," the Attorney General added. Justice Wanasundera was called to the Bar in 1997 and practiced at the Unofficial Bar for two years …

Doctors fail to spot drinking problems when patients are sober - Telegraph.co.uk - When patients are not already intoxicated, GPs on average are only able to identify 40 per cent of problem drinkers, according to an overview of 39 previous studies by Leicester University researchers, involving 20000 patients. Hospital doctors fared ...

Mars data to be analysed by Leicester scientist - BBC News - A University of Leicester scientist says it is going to be "very exciting" to analyse some of the first data from Nasa's latest Mars mission. The $2.5bn mission's Mars Curiosity rover is expected to land on Monday. Dr John Bridges said he would be ...

New study suggests clinicians overlook alcohol problems if patients are not ... - Medical Xpress - Medical staff struggle to spot problem drinking in their patients unless they are already intoxicated, according to research by the University of Leicester. The work led by Dr Alex J Mitchell, consultant at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and ...

Mars data to be analysed by Leicester scientist - BBC News - A University of Leicester scientist says it is going to be "very exciting" to analyse some of the first data from Nasa's latest Mars mission. The $2.5bn mission's Mars Curiosity rover is expected to land on Monday. Dr John Bridges said he would be …

New study suggests clinicians overlook alcohol problems if patients are not ... - 24dash (press release) - Medical staff struggle to spot problem drinking in their patients unless they are already intoxicated, according to research by the University of Leicester. The work led by Dr Alex J Mitchell, consultant at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and ...

Mathematicians find possible solution to microRNA mystery - Laboratory Talk - The team at Leicester University have applied a mathematical model to work out the functioning of microRNAs. For a long time molecular biologists thought that the major role of RNA in living cells was to serve as a copy of a gene and a template for ...

Clinical recognition and recording of alcohol disorders by clinicians in ... - British Journal of Psychiatry - ... Leicester; Nick Meader, PhD, National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit, London and CORE, University College London, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, London; ...

Was there life on Mars? We might soon know... thanks to a Leicester scientist- This is Leicestershire -Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester's space research centre, will be at Nasa's space laboratory in Pasadena, California, eagerly waiting for news of a successful landing. He said: "I'm hugely optimistic about its success but it's going to ...

Clinicians Overlook Alcohol Problems If Patients Are Not Intoxicated - Science Daily (press release) - Clinicians Overlook Alcohol Problems If Patients Are Not Intoxicated. ScienceDaily (July 31, 2012) — Medical staff struggle to spot problem drinking in their patients unless they are already intoxicated, according to research by the University of Leicester.

Ecotarium appoints Joseph Cox as new president - MetroWest Daily News - Cox graduated from St. Mary's University, London, with a degree in environmental science and earned a master's degree in museum studies from the University of Leicester. He described the EcoTarium as "a venerable organization with a long history.'' ...

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