News archive 2019
Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.
A renowned academic will join the University of Exeter to lead a research team that specialises in health technology assessment.
Two placement year students have presented their work at a prominent international neuroscience conference.
The Western world’s most common genetic disorder causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat.
A new way of screening babies and adults for future risk of type 1 diabetes will be much more effective at identifying the condition than current methods, new research has concluded.
Ground breaking data which could help companies develop new ways of supporting people to live healthier and happier lives was officially launched at Heartlands today by Cornish based-research project Smartline.
A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body has received a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, to help it expand.
Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been awarded up to £900,000 to fund leading research into epigenetic causes of dementia.
GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat, particularly when combined with other seemingly low-level symptoms.
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease.
More than 200 students have attended the Undergraduate Student Conference which offered the opportunity to present unique research interests.
A fourth year Medicine student has published her research paper in a national academic journal.
Two academics from the University of Exeter’s Medical School have been invited to speak at multiple conferences in the House of Commons to give evidence on the renewal of national health policies.
The University of Exeter’s fundraising campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ has exceeded £50 million of philanthropic donations, taking the total to nearly 84% of target with less than two years to go.
Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, in a discovery which could one day lead to the development of better treatments that could help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia.
A large-scale genomic study has identified which genes could be responsible for keeping you awake at night – which in turn could cause depression or heart disease.
A genetic discovery will make treatment for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis safer, by identifying patients who are at risk of potentially deadly drug side effects.
New research has outlined a simple way to measure continuity of care for GPs, to benefit patients.
The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly used group of drugs fails patients with Crohn’s disease has concluded that standardised drug doses are often too low.
New guidelines will help GPs get the best outcomes for older people with diabetes after they were changed to include specific advice around frailty.
New research has concluded that anxiety can be a factor in poor school attendance among children and young people.
A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School is one of only two nominated to receive the highly prestigious NHS Healthcare Scientist of the Year award.
An academic from the University of Exeter Medical School is the first nurse ever to be awarded the Arnold Bloom lecture, at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.
A simple and inexpensive test to measure the body’s insulin levels is helping clinicians to determine what type of diabetes a patient has, meaning many people with diabetes can change treatment.
A study has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration.
Exeter Medicine students have had a second year of success with their highly acclaimed South West Plastic Surgery Conference.
Exeter Scholars, the University’s pioneering fair access programme, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.
A University of Exeter researcher has been awarded the Cavanagh Prize, selected as the top nominee from candidates across Europe.
Pupils from schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset will use scientific techniques commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.
The University of Exeter invites staff, students and members of the public to learn more about the human brain as part of Brain Awareness Week.
A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School has received an NHS award for improving health outcomes for patients.
A Professor who has helped make great strides in life-saving cancer diagnosis in the UK has collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace.
Three academics from the University of Exeter Medical School were recognised for research excellence at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC).
A Medicine student from the University of Exeter Medical School has organised the first ever International Social Prescribing Day.
The first ever exhibition of paintings and works of art created by artists who have no “mind’s eye” will cast new light on the creative brain when it goes comes to Exeter in March.
A Devon family have raised £5,200 to support research at the University of Exeter Medical School and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E), to investigate the disease that killed a much-loved husband and father.
The University of Exeter has partnered with a Westcountry-based medical equipment specialist to test a world first approach to recycling anaesthetics which are routinely used in operations.
Exeter’s popular museum is opening its doors to people living with dementia, and their carers, in a series of bespoke dementia-friendly events.
One of the largest ever clinical trials in children with epilepsy, which aims to find out which treatment approach works best for children and their families, is launching today.
Two student researchers have presented their work to MPs in a national undergraduate exhibition at the Houses of Parliament.
The Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious international award recognising his outstanding research and leadership.
Research to improve diagnosis and treatment of diabetes by The University of Exeter Medical School has been shortlisted for The Guardian Research Impact Award.
Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland
Pioneering work by a senior NHS clinician and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.
A new rehabilitation programme which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes will now be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.
A new national experiment gets underway today, aiming to shed light on how ‘listening to nature’ could boost wellbeing.
Applying the economics of climate change to antimicrobial resistance could help to avert the 10 million deaths that are predicted to occur by 2050 if urgent action isn’t taken, research involving the University of Exeter finds.
The largest genetic study of its kind ever to use accelerometer data to examine how we slumber has uncovered a number of parts of our genetic code that could be responsible for causing poor sleep quality and duration.
Scientists could be a step closer to providing more precise pollen forecasts to the 25% of the UK population who live with either asthma or hay fever.
New research updates guidance to clinicians on how best to treat patients with type 2 diabetes who do not respond to glucose-lowering medication.
A banner created by people with dementia working with a trio of well-known artists has been unfurled at a special ceremony in Exeter this month.
Researchers have discovered a key clue into the development of the pancreas and brain by studying rare patients born without a pancreas.
The first ever conference for people with Aphantasia – no visual imagination – took place in Exeter, and is the largest known gathering of people who experience the phenomenon.
A new study from the University of Exeter Medical School has shown that a person’s characteristics such as weight and age at diabetes diagnosis provide a simple way to select the diabetes drug that is likely to be best for them.
More than a third of people over the age of 30 who are initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have type 1, meaning they are not receiving the right treatment, new research has revealed.
The largest study of its kind has led to new insights into the complex relationships surrounding how mothers’ and babies’ genes influence birth weight.
Leading experts in science from the University of Exeter will bring their research from the lab to the pub for the UK’s largest festival of public science talks.
A Senior Lecturer has won the University of Exeter Teaching Award following her nomination by students.
Potentially life-saving cancer risk assessment tools are being widely underused by general practices across the UK, according to new research.
Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study from the University of Exeter Medical School has found.
Experts in machine learning and dementia research convening at the University of Exeter identified that machine learning can be used to predict incorrect initial diagnoses.
The University of Exeter’s pioneering new Nursing programme has received official approval from the Nursing and Midwifery council.
If you go down to Princesshay, you’ll be in for a big surprise. Bring your teddy bears along, all shapes and styles, and learn about clinical trials.
The University of Exeter has entered the world top 20 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, rising 12 places in an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.
Older adults who regularly take part in word and number puzzles have sharper brains, according to the largest online study to date.
World-renowned diabetes researcher Professor Andrew Hattersley has been named as one of ‘The Nation’s Lifesavers’ in the Made@Uni campaign.
Researchers have found that addressing attitudes to menstruation may be necessary to improve well-being in low and middle-income countries, far more than simply better access to sanitary products.
New research has identified how a carer’s experience can impact on the ability of a person with dementia to ‘live well’ with the condition.
Three undergraduate students from the University of Exeter Medical School have been working with world-leading centres for neuroscience research, based in Tokyo.
A revolutionary new study using only materials derived from humans has revealed that insulin-producing beta cells can change their function in diabetes – and that this change may be reversible.
GPs in some surgeries estimate that up to half of their patients are seeking help for mental health issues caused or exacerbated by poverty, according to a new study.
A local cancer support charity project, founded by University of Exeter Medical School students, is launching a book to promote open conversation about cancer.
The mental health of children and young people with some long term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School.
Medical Sciences Students at the University of Exeter Medical School shone bright in the Exeter Student Engagement Recognition Awards.
New funding will help researchers unlock questions about the common genetic iron overload condition, haemochromatosis.
The University of Exeter is to be a major sponsor of one of Cornwall’s leading awards for digital innovation.
The University of Exeter Medical School has entered the top 10 Universities for Medicine of 34 in the UK, in the influential Complete University Guide.
People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.
The Undergraduate Student Conference has won the Event of the Year award, during the University of Exeter Students’ Guild Awards 2019.
Medical Imaging student Rupert Maclaren is the first ever University of Exeter student elected onto the Society of Radiographers UK Council as Student Observer.
Medical Imaging rises to 4th place in Guardian rankings
An expert working to improve the mental health of children has been awarded CBE for her role in helping to transform health services and schools in the UK.
A Medical Sciences student at the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious award at the annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) awards.
A University of Exeter Medical School undergraduate’s poster has been celebrated at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress in Lisbon.
Team England have come calling for Doctor Claire Eatock from the University of Exeter Medical School to represent her country in the World Surf Kayak Championships.
Patients consulting their doctor by video link could reduce the need for GP visits but it is not suitable for everyone, a pilot study has found.
Our world-leading diabetes research is underpinned by our expertise in genomics and cutting-edge innovation in technology.
Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.
Blood tests that detect inflammation, known as inflammatory marker tests, are not sensitive enough to rule out serious underlying conditions.
A £6 million Government award will enable Exeter’s globally-renowned diabetes research to expand to the next level, enabling even more benefit to patient care.
Latest research in general practice in frontline care will be showcased in the 48th annual Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference arrives at the University of Exeter.
Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a new study has found.
The public is invited to see women in science present their research in Princesshay on Saturday June 29.
A newly funded Masters programme at the University of Exeter will equip health professionals with the skills to use big data in the NHS.
Health professionals across the world can now register for the first certified online-only genomics programme in which students do not need to visit the university.
Techniques developed by astronomers could help in the fight against breast and skin cancer.
Depression is common in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the actual causes of depression in this group are unknown.
Staff and students from the University of Exeter Medical School treated nearly 5,000 patients at Glastonbury Festival, including a case of mumps.
£10 million funding for pioneering new Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste announced
A £10.5 million investment will fund a pioneering new collaborative research centre, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time.
A new study has shown that people in the advanced stage of multiple sclerosis (MS) experience significant improvements in movement and balance thanks to a specialised standing frame.
A partnership that carries out health research in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, with direct benefits to patients’ health and NHS care delivery, has secured a further £9m in funding for the next five years.
An Exeter researcher has won an award at an international Alzheimer’s conference, in recognition of his work in contributing to possible new treatments for symptoms of neurodegenerative disease.
Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research.
An Exeter academic has been selected to become part of a brand new nurse and midwife research initiative.
A new study has concluded that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not.
Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, with a bigger impact on function than memory loss – yet it is under-researched and often forgotten in care.
After leaving school after his GCSEs, a career in Medicine was far from one University of Exeter Medical School student’s expectations.
A medical imaging student is attempting to become a double world record breaker in a rowing challenge with her mother who has a hearing impairment.
Rising Star Catherine Talbot has been awarded for her research into how Twitter can help people with dementia.
A new research review highlighting the hidden costs of dementia suggests that traditional measures only show the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the cost impact on society.
An Exeter academic has been involved in the launch of a how-to guide to help accelerate the use of ‘game-changing’ emergency treatment for acute stroke.
Two specially curated weekends of sound, light, music and art will unite local communities, regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.
An expert in space medicine will be joining the University of Exeter as an Honorary Professor.
Large genetic study involving data from Exeter mothers and babies reveals new insights into pregnancy duration and the timing of delivery.
A spectacular weekend of sound, light, music and art will bring together regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.
A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.
Sexual selection can sometimes explain phenomena that natural selection alone cannot, and some bacteria could also exhibit sexual selection, researchers at the University of Exeter argue.
Body mass index (BMI) in infants, children and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age, according to a major new study.
Research involving the University of Exeter Medical School finds that the effect of taxing high sugar snacks is double that seen for a similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks.
Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.
An academic specialising in diabetes and pregnancy has been recognised with an international award.
A pioneering research project to improve lives for people with dementia in care homes has been nominated for a prestigious award.
A survey for parents, carers, and health professionals has launched to assess how the NHS manages continence for children with disabilities or special educational needs.
New research shows that specialist measuring of the lens in the eye can predict patients with type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) (also known as prediabetes, a condition that often leads to full blown type 2 diabetes).
New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment – regardless of age or socio-economic status.
A poignant public art display will shine the spotlight on the pivotal, yet often unseen, role played by family carers across both Devon and the wider UK.
The first intake of nurses today (Monday September 23) embark on a ground-breaking new pre-registration Masters programme at the University of Exeter.
A new calculator developed by the University of Exeter will help clinicians classify whether a patient has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, ensuring they get the best treatment and reducing complications.
Alzheimer’s Research UK has committed nearly £30,000 to support pioneering dementia research at the University of Exeter.
Living close to the sea could support better mental health in England’s poorest urban communities, finds a new study published today in the journal Health and Place.
Research shows that only half of children affected by domestic violence and abuse are known to social services and only 42 per cent receive support from a specialist abuse service.
The University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health celebrated student and academic staff successes across the college at an award ceremony in Cornwall.
The University of Exeter has received a substantial £1.2 million of funding to further understanding into antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly–used group of drugs fails some patients with Crohn’s disease has identified a genetic marker which could individualise drug treatment.
The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.
Prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to two University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.
In a time when people are living longer, but with more complex healthcare needs, GPs are increasingly using social prescribing to help manage conditions.
Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.
The University of Exeter is collaborating in a £2.2 million project to improve how researchers and health and social care services can use data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.
The University of Exeter will welcome young people from underrepresented backgrounds wishing to pursue a career as a doctor to the second MSC Summer School, funded by Health Education England.
Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that can detect and diagnose one of the most common types of cancer within seconds - using light.
A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards.
Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.
A protein that is linked with Alzheimer’s Disease has been found to be more likely to affect certain parts of brain cells that send messages than other parts of the cells.
A leading expert on how fungal diseases affect human lungs will join the University of Exeter next year.
According to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, which includes the University of Exeter, countries and cities are responding to the growing threat that global warming poses.
A rising research star at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded the illustrious Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship.
Two world-leading professors are joining the University of Exeter Medical School as part of a £6 million expansion in diabetes research.
Animal Free Research UK has recognised a researcher at the University of Exeter as among the best in the country in developing and training researchers in an alternative approach to using animals in laboratory research.
Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, is featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.
The University of Exeter has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the pivotal role it has played to expose the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife.
The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.
A new free online course led by the University of Exeter describes translational genomic studies in Amish families affected by genetic conditions, to define the benefits of community genetics as a field of medicine.
The University of Exeter has appointed three Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellows in Health Innovation.
A new, state-of-the-art genome sequencing platform will put Exeter on the cutting edge of research into the genomic basis of health and disease.
A University of Exeter healthcare researcher has secured a prestigious £200,000 Post-Doctoral fellowship after a highly competitive selection process.
The editor of the Lancet Neurology, the world’s leading publication in clinical neurology and brain health, has been awarded an honorary degree at the University of Exeter.
A physician and scientist who founded both a national Alzheimer’s research non-profit in the USA and one of the country’s first Alzheimer’s disease clinics has received an honorary degree from the University of Exeter.
Two academic papers from Exeter have made the top 100 most-discussed papers in the world this year.
Scientists have developed a new theory on the underlying cause of motor neurone disease, which could lead to more accurate diagnosis for patients and new treatments.
A researcher has won an award for a quirky approach to sharing knowledge on the benefits and challenges of pet therapy in care homes.
Hospital-led efforts to reduce the amount of time older people spend on wards before being allowed home can be effective, reducing length of stay in hospital by more than three days in some areas.
An active GP and professor of general practice and primary care at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s 2020 Honours List.