Retinal photograph of a patient with cryotherapy scars at the far peripheral retina
Exploring the retina and the loss of peripheral vision
Dr Peter Thomas, a consultant paediatric ophthalmologist, is leading a very intriguing research project that could provide enormous benefits for patients with diseases of the eye, including glaucoma and the rare Stickler Syndrome.
Errors in the genome and their role in dementia
A project led by renowned neurologist Professor Patrick Chinnery, of the Cambridge BRC, aims to unravel the role in dementia of ‘somatic mutations’ in the brain, defined as changes in the genetic code that are not inherited.
Increasing the supply of donor organs for transplant
The team led by Professor Chris Watson at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine have been investigating the possibilities provided by livers, kidneys and pancreases donated after circulatory-determined death – DCD organs
Extracellular membrane vesicles associated with a long cellular process on a neural stem cell, imaged by a scanning electron microscope. From Iraci, Gaude et al. Extracellular vesicles are independent metabolic units with asparaginase activity. Nat Chem Biol. 2017 Sep;13(9):951-955
Revealing the mechanisms of stem cell communication
The Pluchino Lab is excited that they have proved that stem cell therapeutics can work by communicating with other cells, promoting the healing of the injured brain, rather than using stem cells to generate a new piece of tissue.
Researching the causes of dementia in Parkinson’s patients
Dr Caroline Williams-Gray, MRC Clinician Scientist at the University of Cambridge, has been investigating the link between the inflammation in the brain and dementia in Parkinson’s, with support from the Evelyn Trust.
Tackling the crisis in heart donation
Renowned heart transplant surgeon, Stephen Large, a consultant surgeon and leading member of the senior team at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has taken on the challenge of donor organ supply over the last 10 years.
Screenshot of the ‘Who Cares’ app
New ‘app’ helps young carers to find support in Fenland
Many people provide huge amounts of care to relatives or friends, but may not identify themselves as ‘carers’, so the first step to providing support in a community is to identify who those carers are.
Citizen science project to reveal transmission of infection
A two-year ‘citizen science’ project, funded by the Evelyn Trust, is working hard to challenge assumptions made about the transmission of infection among young people at school.
Dr Harriet Groom
SAMHD1: a powerful protein with potential
Researchers in infectious diseases around the world have been excited in recent years by the potential of the protein SAMHD1 in therapies for a variety of diseases, including infections such as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Dr Hoi Ping Mok, Dr Mark Wills and Prof Andrew Lever
Towards a cure for HIV: investigating viral latency
Over the last year, the Evelyn Trust has been funding research to investigate viral latency and reactivation – the mechanism by which viruses such as HIV ‘sleep’ and then ‘reawaken’ when treatment stops.