1:1 support for young people’s mental health
A Mental Health Outreach Project run by charity Centre 33 offers a free, flexible, community-based 1:1 service for vulnerable young people. The project works to reduce their isolation and build their support networks.
Helping profoundly deaf patients to hear
15 to 20% of patients find cochlea implants ineffective, with speech, music and other sounds horribly distorted and background noise overwhelming. Even the best implant performance does not deliver anywhere close to ‘normal’ hearing.
Sensory toys from the toy library
When your child has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and your family is also struggling with challenges such as poverty or unemployment, life can become very hard indeed.
Beta cell immunology
Investigating the role of individual immune systems in type 1 diabetes
Researchers around the world have been investigating the autoimmune response which causes type 1 diabetes with the aim of influencing that response and so ultimately preventing, or curing, the disease.
Helping children to face family bereavement
Cambridgeshire charity STARS recognised a gap in local services for children faced with an imminent bereavement of a parent, or other close family member.
Helping patients towards mental stability
Red2Green offers practical help to work through issues such as debt, risk of homelessness, drug and alcohol use.
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.