News archive 2018
Thousands of people in Devon have signed up to take part in high-quality research, accelerating meaningful benefits to patient health.
Exeter teenager Alexandra Daniels has raised over £800 to help fund respiratory research at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of her grandfather.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).
Two researchers from the University of Exeter have made a positive start to 2018 and put their New Year’s resolutions into action as they strive for success in completing an epic 350 mile cycle ride.
The fat of obese people becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, which may make weight loss more difficult, research at the University of Exeter has found.
Scientists from the University of Exeter Medical School have uncovered new insights into the genomics of diabetes through the rare case of a family where one gene is associated with two opposing conditions.
Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.
Two Medicine students have contributed to research published in an international scientific journal.
An Exeter Medicine student has had her award-winning essay published in a European-wide journal.
A new partnership will further research into the health benefits of the natural environment in Dorset’s communities.
Exeter’s world-leading dementia research will soon be showcased at a special event in New York.
Qualified post-registration community pharmacists in the South of England can now enrol in the University of Exeter Medical School’s new Master in Clinical Pharmacy.
A new international report gives the clearest evidence to date on the impact of diet on brain health in older adults.
During January 2018 world-class experts from the South West UK attended the Kick-Off meeting for the Grand Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Programme, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
New research has shed light on the reasons driving doctors out of General Practice.
86 per cent of teenagers have traces of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used to make plastics, in their body.
Four of the British Journal for General Practice (BJGP)’s top ten papers of 2017 were co-authored by University of Exeter Medical School academics.
Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.
Experts have developed a cognitive test to detect subtle memory deficits years before Alzheimer's disease symptoms develop.
A world-leading diabetes expert today received his CBE for his work in revolutionising global diagnosis and treatment.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have worked with researchers from Cardiff University and the Wales Kidney Research Unit to find a potential new method for preventing the process that causes scar formation in organs.
A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.
Experts at the University of Exeter have contributed to an international report on how to bring health and the environment into global policy-making.
Medicine students from the University of Exeter Medical School have organised a national medical conference on women’s health.
A new Alzheimer’s Society roadmap has outlined the steps that must be taken on dementia prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025.
People who spend time in the sea are more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.
Pregnant women can safely exercise in warm weather and take short hot baths or saunas without risking critical elevations in body temperature that could harm their unborn child, a review has found.
Exeter’s Medicine students stepped up to volunteer in a wide range of support roles to help staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to continue delivering high quality patient care over the severe weather period.
The Medical School passed its “health check” from the General Medical Council (GMC) with flying colours, when it officially registered the undergraduate Medicine programme.
The Medical School passed its “health check” from the General Medical Council (GMC) with flying colours, when it officially registered the undergraduate Medicine programme.
A PhD student from the University of Exeter has been invited to attend a prestigious worldwide event.
World-renowned diabetes researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School will give prestigious talks at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2018 this week.
Innovative new research has suggested that physical activity around the time people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes could have long-term health benefits, improve blood glucose levels, reduce hypos and reduce the risk of complications, such as retinopathy and neuropathy.
An Exeter student has contributed to an international review on the effects of heat stressors in pregnancy.
Scientists in Exeter and London have identified seven new genetic variants that could lower a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The Government has granted permission for the University of Exeter Medical School to train an additional 88 Medicine students each year, in a major boost to the South West.
Pupils from schools across the Westcountry used genetic processes commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.
Exeter students have won a national prize for their scientific posters at last week’s Diabetes UK professional conference.
An Exeter PhD student has been selected as a lead student at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).
Around 60 people gathered to bid farewell to a much-loved cat who was among the most famous in Exeter.
A rising research star at the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious European prize, for her commitment to the study of diabetes.
Research has revealed for the first time that around 271 million recreational visits are made to marine and coastal environments in England.
The first National Social Prescribing Conference organised by an Exeter Medicine student has been hailed a resounding success, attracting 80 delegates and featuring keynotes from world leading medical experts.
Scientists have known since 2013 that a version of the gene FGF21 makes us consume more carbohydrates.
The University of Exeter Medical School has been confirmed as a full partner of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a partnership of leading universities and prominent industry names striving for better research in dementia.
Unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, concludes the first robust research analysis to examine the association.
Two Medicine students have collaborated with a national expert to produce a national paper on the teaching of Pathology in Medicine.
The new Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre will transform dementia research and diagnosis when it is built at the University of Exeter Medical School. It is being funded thanks to a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest gift ever made to the University of Exeter.
A new common room for Medicine students has been opened at the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building.
£1m is being invested in an online toolkit designed to empower cities and developers to accurately assess the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, so as to make informed policy and business decisions.
Experts from the University of Exeter will bring their research out of the laboratory and into city watering holes, as the world’s largest festival of public science talks arrive in Exeter.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found a statistical link between pneumonia in older people and a group of medicines commonly used to neutralise stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers.
The “blue light” emitted by street lights including LEDs, and commercial outdoor lighting such as advertising, is linked to a significant increase in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, innovative new research has concluded.
A robust clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D can help keep our brains sharp in older age has been supported by a donation of nearly £250,000 from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation.
A world-leading expert in the economics of health is joining the University of Exeter Medical School’s senior team.
A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.
The power of the ocean to bring mental health benefits to humans is a growing field of research as scientists increasingly understand the value of the marine realm in human health and wellbeing.
A Medical Sciences student has won a prestigious award from Quintiles (now IQVIA) for her achievements on her Professional Training Year (PTY) placement.
Exeter Medicine students had huge success this month with the first ever South West Plastic Surgery Conference, aimed at helping students develop skills and maximize opportunities in the field of plastic surgery.
The University of Exeter has entered the world top 30 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, according to an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.
Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research.
A public exhibition will feature poems, cartoons and images created by well-known artists working with people with dementia.
New research has shown that older people with very low heart disease risks also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented.
A new Academy of Nursing will combine academic rigour with NHS expertise to raise standards of care.
Two researchers from the University of Exeter are gearing up to reach their funding goal for dementia research.
Researchers in Exeter have received a £50,000 funding boost for pioneering dementia research in the city. The announcement of this new funding comes during Dementia Action Week, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of dementia and encouraging people to get involved with efforts to help people living with the disease.
New guidance has been published on managing diabetes in the elderly, including for the first time how to manage treatment for the particularly frail.
A group of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School has launched a project to improve our understanding of how best to help people with dementia and their loved ones in hospital.
A Medicine student from the University of Exeter Medical School has been named Course Rep of the Year at the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union’s (FXU) Student Voice Awards.
Over a decade, Emma Matthews has progressed from fearing for her son’s life every night to being safe in the knowledge that his diabetes is well managed thanks to the long-term success of “miracle treatment” tablets.
First of its kind Joint Centre in Hong Kong
Exeter announces new Mireille Gillings Fellowships in Health Innovation to develop future women leaders
The University of Exeter Medical School is creating two new Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellowships, to help develop the next generation of leaders that excel in medicine, science, leadership and business. They have been funded from a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest single gift ever made to the University.
New research has shown that the rapid decline in insulin production that causes Type 1 diabetes continues to fall over seven years and then stabilises.
An Exeter clinical scientist who has helped to transform the lives of thousands of patients worldwide has been recognised by the Queen in her latest Birthday Honours.
Members of the public are being invited to a free event in Exeter on Friday 15 June, to learn more about dementia and the latest research underway in the South West to tackle the condition.
To mark Diabetes Week, we’re celebrating eight Exeter Diabetes discoveries that are changing lives worldwide.
Students and staff from across the Medical School gathered this Saturday (9th June) for the Undergraduate Student Conference, which took place at the Exeter Racecourse.
An Exeter Medicine student has won a prestigious essay award for her essay on emergency medicine.
To mark Diabetes Week, we’re celebrating eight Exeter Diabetes discoveries that are changing lives worldwide.
Hypnosis could help to reduce the fear of medical procedures in children and young people with cancer.
NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has published a new guideline on assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers.
One of the most important factors in people’s overall experience of cancer care is good administration, according to results from a major new study funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and led by the University of Exeter Medical School in collaboration with University College London.
A professor who is an expert in older people's medicine has further bolstered Exeter's research expertise in dementia
A ground-breaking study has concluded that patients who see the same doctor over time have lower death rates.
A new study has identified the highest risk symptoms that can indicate testicular cancer, in research that aims to improve diagnosis.
A national expert on cancer diagnosis will take a lead role in a new £4.75 million centre to create research that guides policy.
A new research project in Truro is calling for members of the public to help study the effects of virtual reality on health.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded Exeter experts £2 million to answer important questions on diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.
Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct and to avoid jumping to correct minor disruption improves child behaviour, concentration and mental health.
A charitable organisation is providing vital funding for people with a rare condition across the world to have genetic screening at the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter Medical School will celebrate a major milestone on July 17, when its first Medical students will graduate.
A new study has questioned assumptions about the best way to stop unnecessary admissions and extended hospital stays for frail, elderly people.
A young Romanian couple who met while studying together in Exeter have married and graduated from Medical School on the same day.
The University of Exeter is collaborating with Synexus, the leading global network of dedicated research sites, to launch one of the largest, registry-based research initiatives in the United States to help understand how healthy brains age.
We are pleased to announce that Professor Ken Stein has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR) Programme, starting in September 2018, successor to Professor Tom Walley.
Medications which are commonly prescribed to people with dementia have been linked to an increase in harmful side-effects, research involving the University of Exeter has concluded.
The environment could be as important a battle ground as the clinic in the global fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance, new research has shown.
New research gives insights into how the design of clinical trials can improve, with new insights into the “critically low” research pipeline and improve the chances of finding effective dementia therapies.
It is known that prescribing errors in hospitals are common and that junior doctors may make more mistakes than senior doctors as they write the most prescriptions in hospital settings.
An e-learning programme that trains care home staff to engage in meaningful social interaction with people who have dementia improves wellbeing and has sustained benefits.
Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive, according to a new study backed by the prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton and supported by the University of Exeter Medical School.
Students rate teaching quality and learning experience at Exeter amongst the highest in the Russell Group universities, according to the latest results from the NSS 2018.
Two researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled a whopping 460 km from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four-day challenge.
The University of Exeter’s Medicine programme has topped the Russell Group for student satisfaction levels.
New research which brings together the views of the world’s leading experts has concluded that non-drug approaches should be prioritised in treating agitation in people with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug for them to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in simple characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions, new research has shown.
An Exeter student has been awarded a grant to research how best to optimise peer support across Medical Imaging courses in the UK.
New research highlights the extent to which epigenetic variation is influenced by both inherited and environmental factors.
The breakthrough could be “basis for a new generation of anti-degeneration drugs.”
New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website.
A newly published definitive guide to using realist research methods counts four researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School among the international list of chapter authors.
A researcher who has raised awareness of how social media affects people’s attitudes to body image has been shortlisted for a communication award.
The current law on involving and informing the relatives or carers of people who are detained against their will on mental health grounds is not working well, according to new research.
A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out.
It can be challenging enough being a single parent, but University of Exeter alumna Justina Igwe managed to conquer a demanding five-year Medicine degree at the same time.
A group of Cornwall-based medical students took centre stage at the high-profile Reading Festival by helping to deliver top medical care to revellers.
People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.
Exeter researchers have been awarded a grant of almost £1 million to develop new compounds which could treat the UK's second most common lung disease.
The University of Exeter is involved in two of eight new Mental Health Networks to be announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The networks will bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions.
A pioneering study into myeloma, a rare cancer, could lead to GPs using simple blood tests to improve early diagnosis.
The proportion of children and young people saying they have a mental health condition has grown six fold in England over two decades, new research reveals.
A new bacterial strain will be named after Cornwall following its identification from a skin infection.
Research has shed new light on genetic processes that may one day lead to the development of therapies that can slow, or even reverse, how our cells age.
The University of Exeter is part of a new collaboration which will see the country's top mental health researchers and clinicians joining forces to solve some of the greatest mental health challenges facing the UK public.
Soapbox Science, an event that brings science to the public and showcases female scientists, returns to Exeter Saturday 29 September.
Researchers have discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease which may explain why so many drug trials have failed.
An app which gives people real-time information about their local urgent NHS services has been shortlisted in two of the most prestigious national awards: the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards and the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
Exeter researchers will join forces with global experts to investigate the mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease, in a project announced on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21).
Medicine at the University of Exeter has entered the top 10 in the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Researchers have found that the genetic causes of rare neurodevelopmental disorders vary more than previously thought.
New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Berlin, Germany, reveals that weight gain between the age of 10 and adulthood is associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk that is independent of body mass index (BMI).
Twelve thousand people living in the Ethiopian town of Nekemte, now have access to free, clean water thanks to money raised by University of Exeter Medicine students.
New research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) reveals that many cases of type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosed after the age of 30 are not being properly identified and are frequently misdiagnosed as being type 2 diabetes (T2D), potentially leading to delays in receiving appropriate treatment.
The University of Exeter Medical School has acquired ‘plastinates’ – resin-preserved body parts – famously used in the Body Worlds exhibit for use in teaching anatomy.
The University of Exeter Medical School has recognised some of its excellent students and staff for their academic achievements during the 5th Annual awards evening.
An Exeter paper has won Research Paper of the Year under the cancer category in the Royal College for General Practitioners (RCGP) Research Awards.
A three year international research grant of $975,000 USD (almost £750,000) has been awarded to the University of Exeter for research by Professor Jonathan Mill into the genetics of autism.
A new home-based rehabilitation programme could help thousands of heart failure patients to achieve a better quality of life.
The University of Exeter Medical School has decided to change its name to reflect the continued successful expansion of its programmes and research portfolio, and acknowledge a major step change in its ambitions for medicine and health in Exeter.
A positive sense of mental well-being is related to better brain health among older adults, according to a new report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) and involving University of Exeter research.
Exeter expert to advance artificial intelligence use in dementia identification with Turing Fellowship
Dr David Llewellyn has been awarded the prestigious Turing Fellowship which will aim to accelerate the application of machine learning within the healthcare industry.
A new way of working has significantly reduced waiting times for thousands of people with bladder cancer in the South West, by an average of five weeks.
New research gives the clearest guidance yet on how schools can best support children with ADHD to improve symptoms and maximise their academic outcomes.
Pioneering research into the mechanisms controlling gene activity in the brain could hold the key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and might help identify effective treatments in the future.
A new study is investigating how to introduce dementia support workers into GP surgeries, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for dementia patients and their carers.
The University of Exeter has received a £361,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Society for a three year project to investigate the role that infections have in driving inflammation in the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Some genetic variations associated with obesity actually protect against Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, new findings suggest.
Two Exeter academics have been placed alongside Freud, Einstein and Darwin in a list which ranks citations across global disciplines.
Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes.
A largescale genomic analysis has found the strongest evidence yet that being overweight causes depression, even in the absence of other health problems.
A University of Exeter researcher is among a group of promising scientists awarded Young Investigator Grants by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have received £500,000 from the Education Endowment Foundation to further enhance a study that supports teachers to improve behaviour in their classroom by developing their classroom management technique.
Improving staff training in care homes and reducing reliance on harmful medications saves thousands of pounds per year, as well as improving quality of life and reducing agitation in dementia, new research has demonstrated.
Primary school teachers experience higher levels of clinically significant distress than people in comparable professions, according to the first study to make the comparison over a sustained time period.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have released a map put together from the results of a national survey. The new map aims to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).
The University of Exeter has played a key role in a national survey which found that one in eight (12.8%) of children and young people aged between five and 19, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder.
Leading academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
Quick tests used in primary care settings to identify whether people are likely to have dementia may often be wrong, according to a study published in the November 28, 2018, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
New research published in The Lancet medical journal shows that rising temperatures as a result of climate change are already exposing us to an unacceptably high health risk. It warns, for the first time, that older people in Europe and the East Mediterranean are particularly vulnerable to extremes of heat, markedly higher than in Africa and SE Asia.
More than £340,000 of UK funding will support the University of Exeter’s role in a new trial that aims to test a new way of supporting people who live with dementia to cope with life’s challenges.
, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK
A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body will begin its first trial in the coming months, and is looking for participants.
The Exeter Hip has been listed as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs for its life-changing impact on nearly two million lives across half a century.
A student researcher who specialises in type 1 diabetes, after being diagnosed herself in her teens, has now launched a blog to demystify the condition.
A ground-breaking study has revealed how spending time in and around Hong Kong’s ‘blue spaces’ (harbours, coastlines and beaches) is linked to better health and wellbeing, especially for older adults.
A new way to diagnose, treat and protect against stealth fungal infections that claim more than 1.5 million lives per year worldwide has been moved a step closer, according to research published in Nature Communications.
The Chief Executive of one of Britain’s leading dementia charities has been awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding contributions to dementia research.
Evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction has been found in a largescale genomic analysis.
Extremely obese people are needing a far higher dose of radiation during x-ray examinations than people of normal weight, increasing their risk of cancer, new research has shown.
New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible.
Professor Willie Hamilton, whose research in improving cancer diagnosis has helped save thousands of lives, has been awarded the CBE.