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News archive: Research press releases 2015

Two EU-funded York projects reach conclusion

Posted on Wednesday 23 December 2015

Two EU-funded four year Marie Curie ITN (Initial Training Network) projects based at the University of York, set up to train young biotechnologists and immunologists from across Europe, will conclude this month.


Greater vasa parrots using tools (credit: Megan Lambert)
New evidence of tool use discovered in parrots

Posted on Tuesday 15 December 2015

Psychologists at the University of York and University of St Andrews have uncovered the first evidence of tool use by greater vasa parrots (Coracopsis vasa).


British Heart Foundation
24,000 female patients missing out on vital cardiac rehabilitation services

Posted on Tuesday 15 December 2015

New research conducted by the University of York and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) indicates that more than 24,000 female heart patients are missing out on crucial rehabilitation, putting them at risk of further heart attacks.


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Conservationist appeals to schools for help in naming new tree species

Posted on Friday 11 December 2015

While choosing the perfect Christmas tree can be a struggle for some people at this time of year, spare a thought for a University of York conservation scientist who has discovered a new species of tree - and now has the daunting task of naming it.


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Research probes influence of gender and background on doctors’ career paths

Posted on Monday 7 December 2015

Junior doctors who opt to become surgeons in the NHS are more likely to be male, white and from a better-off background according to new research by health economists at the University of York.


Young oil palm monoculture in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo (Credit: Sarah Scriven)
Major new funding for industrial biotechnology in York

Posted on Monday 7 December 2015

Scientists at the University of York are to benefit from major Government funding for new industrial biotechnology and bioenergy research.


Professor Paul O’Higgins with a skull
Why did Neanderthals look different to us? New research points to an intriguing difference

Posted on Monday 7 December 2015

An academic from the University of York has played a key role in our understanding of why modern humans evolved flatter faces and Neanderthals developed more protruding features.


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York academics develop enhanced health meta-analysis tool

Posted on Friday 4 December 2015

Health economists at the University of York have developed a simple extension to meta-analysis, used to estimate the health benefits of further research and changes to clinical practice.


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New research explores high-value applications for rapeseed oil

Posted on Thursday 3 December 2015

A team of researchers, including biologists from the University of York, are a step closer to producing a biodegradable lubricant made from a new type of oilseed rape.


Artists collaborate with academics at the University of York

Posted on Monday 30 November 2015

The University of York has appointed six artists to work alongside academics to produce a body of work inspired by their research in biomedicine and human health.


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Research shows Great Barrier Reef protects against tsunamis

Posted on Friday 27 November 2015

A University of York environmental scientist played a key role in new research which has found that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef lives up to its name.


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York research points to enhanced detection of Parkinson’s

Posted on Wednesday 25 November 2015

New research by biologists at the University of York could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson’s Disease (PD).


Dispersal pattern of humans after 100,000bp
Human nature’s dark side helped us spread across the world

Posted on Tuesday 24 November 2015

New research by an archaeologist at the University of York suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread of our own species around the world.


Non-invasive sampling extracting protein from parchment using eraser crumbs. Reproduced by courtesy of The John Rylands Library, University-of-Manchester.
Getting under the skin of a Medieval mystery

Posted on Monday 23 November 2015

A simple PVC eraser has helped an international team of scientists led by bioarchaeologists at the University of York to resolve the mystery surrounding the tissue-thin parchment used by medieval scribes to produce the first pocket Bibles.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Clumsy solutions to risky business

Posted on Friday 20 November 2015

An academic from the York Management School has published a report for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) shedding light on approaches businesses can adopt to manage risk in challenging times.


Elephants under trees in Samburu (credit: Dr Rob Marchant)
New Atlas charts Kenya’s natural assets

Posted on Thursday 19 November 2015

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Government of Kenya enlisted support from a consortium of National and international experts and researchers, including ecologists from the University of York, to produce the first Biodiversity Atlas of the Natural Capital for Kenya.


Department of Health Sciences
Poorer areas need better access to mental healthcare

Posted on Thursday 19 November 2015

People who live in poorer areas in England are more likely to need mental healthcare but are less likely to access support and to recover from their symptoms following treatment, according to researchers at the University of York.


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Researchers confirm ‘realistic’ answer to quantum network puzzle

Posted on Thursday 19 November 2015

Scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Quantum Technology have discovered new evidence to support the development of scalable and secure high rate quantum networks.


The WEAVER project (Web Audio Virtual Environment Rendering)
Project captures the virtual sounds of the theatre

Posted on Wednesday 18 November 2015

A University of York academic has secured funding to develop an online audio/visual virtual reality experience of a theatre – allowing users to listen to on-stage performances from different seats within the auditorium.


3D structure of heparanase bound to a sugar ligand
York scientists reveal structure of key cancer target enzyme

Posted on Wednesday 18 November 2015

A team from the University of York has published research unveiling the 3-D structure of human heparanase, a sugar-degrading enzyme which has received significant attention as a key target in anti-cancer treatments.


Dr Will Unsworth
Ringing the changes ‘opens the road to new medicines’

Posted on Tuesday 17 November 2015

Inspired by the classic 'ball-in-a-cup' children's toy, researchers at the University of York have discovered an innovative method to make medicinally important molecules.


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What’s in a name? More than you think...

Posted on Tuesday 17 November 2015

What’s in a name? In the case of the usernames of video gamers, a remarkable amount of information about their real world personalities, according to research by psychologists at the University of York.


British Heart Foundation
New study supports localised services for cardiac rehab

Posted on Thursday 12 November 2015

New research at the University of York has found that smaller, more localised cardiac rehabilitation (CR) centres are equally as effective as their larger counterparts.


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Computer assisted CBT provides little or no benefits for depression

Posted on Wednesday 11 November 2015

Researchers at the University of York have revealed computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) is likely to be ineffective in the treatment of depression.


Dr Alison Parkin
Scientists plug into metal’s role in the circuit of life

Posted on Wednesday 11 November 2015

Molybdenum is an essential nutrient for most living species because it causes vital biochemical transformations to occur fast enough to sustain life. In humans, a genetic inability to produce molybdenum-containing proteins is fatal because a molybdenum enzyme known as sulfite oxidase is required by every cell in the body.


Sugar shows a minimal-energy chair conformation that results from refining the model after observing the biologically expected alpha linkage.
Sugar molecules lose their ‘Cinderella’ status

Posted on Tuesday 10 November 2015

Carbohydrates are often considered the ‘Cinderella’ molecules of biology yet they are a feature of an increasing number of medicines, from small molecule drugs to protein therapeutics or vaccines.


Babatunde Okesola
Conducting gels – from waste to wealth

Posted on Monday 9 November 2015

Research by scientists at the University of York has demonstrated an innovative way of using a gel to extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste and convert them into conducting nanoparticles to form a hybrid nanomaterial potentially suitable for a range of high-tech applications.


Unlocking the mysteries of “little starlets”

Posted on Friday 6 November 2015

For the first time a powerful laser has been used to further our understanding of some of the most mysterious celestial objects just beyond the solar system - brown dwarfs.


Researcher awarded prestigious teaching prize

Posted on Thursday 5 November 2015

A researcher from the University of York has a won a prestigious prize for teaching.


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PROSPERO registrations reach milestone

Posted on Wednesday 4 November 2015

PROSPERO, the international prospective register of systematic reviews led by the University of York now holds over 10,000 published records.


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York report recommends enhanced care for under-25s with life-limiting conditions

Posted on Wednesday 4 November 2015

The number of babies, children and young people in Scotland with life-limiting conditions is rising and an increase in palliative care services is required to meet their needs, according to a new study by University of York researchers.


Trial reveals evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain

Posted on Monday 2 November 2015

A large scale investigation by researchers at the University of York found that the use of Alexander Technique or acupuncture can significantly relieve chronic neck pain.


New report confirms robustness of global warming temperature data

Posted on Monday 2 November 2015

A new study by a University of York scientist confirms that historical temperature data records constitute reliable evidence of climate change.


The comma butterfly Polygonia c-album has expanded its distribution northwards in the UK in recent decades. Photo credit: Keith Warmington, Butterfly Conservation
Some like it hot: Moth and butterfly species respond differently to climate change

Posted on Friday 30 October 2015

New research led by ecologists at the University of York shows that certain species of moths and butterflies are becoming more common, and others rarer, as species differ in how they respond to climate change.


University of York academic receives prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award

Posted on Thursday 29 October 2015

A physicist from the University of York has won a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.


Scientists predict behaviour of charge currents in graphene

Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2015

A physicist at the University of York has devised a new method that can realistically predict the behaviour of electric currents as they pass through materials.


White Plymouth Rock chickens (credit: Virginia Tech/ John McCormick)
Chickens reveal new evolutionary surprise

Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2015

New research into chickens by scientists at the University of York and Oxford University have found that evolution occurs much faster than thought, refuting assumptions that genome mutation is only visible over long time scales.


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York to lead new research into TB and tobacco

Posted on Monday 26 October 2015

A new study led by University of York researchers will assess how the stress placed on healthcare systems around the world, by tobacco and TB, can be reduced.


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Medical trial multimedia – researching children’s recruitment strategies

Posted on Tuesday 20 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York will investigate how multimedia presentations affect recruitment and understanding for children and adolescents taking part in medical trials.


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Developing the tools to find new generation antibiotics

Posted on Thursday 15 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York have taken an important step in the search to find new antibiotics that are effective against resistant bacteria.


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Research that is simply beyond belief

Posted on Wednesday 14 October 2015

New research involving a psychologist from the University of York has revealed for the first time that both belief in God and prejudice towards immigrants can be reduced by directing magnetic energy into the brain.


Re-thinking plant and insect diversity

Posted on Tuesday 13 October 2015

New research by biologists at the University of York shows that plant and insect diversity is more loosely linked than scientists previously believed.


Stonehenge (credit: Neil Howard, Flickr)
Feasts and food choices: the culinary habits of the Stonehenge builders

Posted on Monday 12 October 2015

A team of archaeologists at the University of York have revealed new insights into cuisine choices and eating habits at Durrington Walls – a Late Neolithic monument and settlement site thought to be the residence for the builders of nearby Stonehenge during the 25th century BC.


Research points to new treatment for prostate condition

Posted on Monday 12 October 2015

An unexpected discovery by scientists at the University of York could potentially pave the way for new treatments for benign enlargement of the prostate, a condition which affects more than 200 million men worldwide.


Breast Cancer Now
Protein research uncovers potential new diagnosis and therapy for breast cancer

Posted on Thursday 8 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York, using clinical specimens from charity Breast Cancer Now’s Tissue Bank, have conducted new research into a specific sodium channel that indicates the presence of cancer cells and affects tumour growth rates.


S4 - Sustainable Solvent Selection Service
York launches green solvent service

Posted on Monday 5 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York have launched a service to design and produce environmentally friendly solvents for industrial purposes.


Green wall in Milan, Biber Architects (credit: inhabitat.com)
Green walls: a red card for office worker health?

Posted on Friday 2 October 2015

New research by University of York academics reveals that living ‘green’ walls may have adverse health effects on office workers living in hot, polluted climates.


An extraordinary sunset over Lake Baikal - but heightened by the ever present forest fires (credit: Bryce Stewart)
World’s largest freshwater lake under threat from climate change and dam

Posted on Thursday 1 October 2015

Ecologists are warning the world’s deepest and oldest lake is at risk from climate change and faces a new threat from plans to build a dam.


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Scientists produce status check on quantum teleportation

Posted on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Mention the word ‘teleportation’ and for many people it conjures up "Beam me up, Scottie” images of Captain James T Kirk.


University of York welcomes Fulbright scholars

Posted on Friday 25 September 2015

The first of four American scholars to enrol at the University of York on the prestigious Fulbright programme has arrived to begin her studies.


Gel study uncovers unexpected dynamics

Posted on Thursday 24 September 2015

Research by scientists at the University of York has revealed important new information about the dynamics of bacterial gels which could ultimately suggest new ways of helping prevent or better control diseases such as cystic fibrosis.


Researchers propose ecological route to plant disease control

Posted on Thursday 24 September 2015

New research involving a scientist at the University of York has revealed a potential natural defence against invasive pathogens which damage food crops across the world.


Biodiversity and carbon co-benefits to improve sustainable palm oil

Posted on Tuesday 22 September 2015

A new report by the Science-Policy Partnership Network, led by the University of York, provides important new information to conserve biodiversity and facilitate more sustainable palm oil production.


Richard III rediscovered in unique Yornight event

Posted on Tuesday 22 September 2015

A panel event featuring experts directly involved with the discovery of Richard III in Leicester will take place at Yornight on 25 September.


Keeping it personal – the tailored approach to patient care

Posted on Tuesday 22 September 2015

The University of York is to collaborate with two other European institutions to investigate the clinical and economic challenges of personalised medicine.


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Mediterranean migrant crisis: York academics awarded funding for urgent projects

Posted on Monday 21 September 2015

Two human rights experts from the University of York have been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Urgency Call for proposals related to the Mediterranean migration crisis.


Slow light speeds up the microscopic world

Posted on Thursday 17 September 2015

Researchers, including a team from the University of York, have slowed down the speed of light in a process which could have major applications in fundamental science and medical diagnosis.


5-Spot Burnet moth (credit: M Ridealgh)
From eyesore to green oasis – the hidden beauty of our post-industrial landscape

Posted on Thursday 10 September 2015

Ecologists have called for the biodiversity of brownfield sites to be given more recognition and protection after a study co-ordinated by the University of York revealed two former collieries were rich in plants and animals.


Cod bones from Mary Rose reveal globalised fish trade in Tudor England

Posted on Wednesday 9 September 2015

Cod bones found in the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose have revealed that 16th Century fisherman plied their trade in surprisingly distant waters, archaeologists from the University of York have helped establish.


British Medical Association recognition for ‘Coma’ researcher

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2015

A University of York academic whose work has helped families of severely brain injured patients has won a major award from the British Medical Association (BMA).


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Ants on the march in non-native conifer forests

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2015

A species of ant is thriving in habitats created by thousands of acres of coniferous forest planted in a UK National Park in the last 60 years, according to new research by scientists from the Department of Biology at the University of York and Forest Research, the Forestry Commission’s research agency.


Scientists unlock the secrets of a heat-loving microbe

Posted on Friday 4 September 2015

Scientists studying how a heat-loving microbe transfers its DNA from one generation to the next say it could further our understanding of an extraordinary superbug.


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Fighting explosives pollution with plants

Posted on Thursday 3 September 2015

Biologists at the University of York have taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives.


Credit: Dr Andy Marshall
Search to give new tree a name: New species discovered by York conservationist

Posted on Tuesday 1 September 2015

A University of York conservationist has discovered a new species of tropical tree in East Africa, and is inviting schools to name it.


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Scientists warn of the risk from air pollution over the megacities of West Africa

Posted on Friday 21 August 2015

New research by European and African scientists, including a team from the University of York, warns of the risks posed by the increasing air pollution over the cities of West Africa – amid fears it could have an impact on human health, meteorology and regional climate.


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Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco

Posted on Friday 21 August 2015

More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded.


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Why do we find it hard to keep track of days of the week?

Posted on Thursday 20 August 2015

Mondays really do make us blue, Fridays are the happiest day of the working week and ‘dull’ midweek days are easily muddled up – and it’s all due to how the artificial seven-day cycle we live by shapes the way we think, according to new research.


Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) Credit: Distant Hill Gardens, Flickr
How newts can help osteoarthritis patients

Posted on Thursday 20 August 2015

Scientists at the University of York have taken a leaf out of nature’s book in an attempt to develop effective stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis, a condition which affects millions of people in the UK alone.


An Atomic Force Microscope image of a misfolded DNA origami structure (image copyright: Dr Katherine Dunn)
Unfolding the mysteries of DNA origami

Posted on Thursday 20 August 2015

Experiments performed by a University of York physicist have provided new insights into how DNA assembles into nanostructures, paving the way for more precise use in technology and medicine.


Ecuadorian Amazon parrot (credit: Belfast Zoo)
Top ten bird species surviving thanks to zoos

Posted on Wednesday 19 August 2015

The African penguin, the Chinese Blue-crowned laughing thrush and the Ecuador Amazon parrot are among species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report co-ordinated by a conservation biologist at the University of York.


New test developed for toxins in water which scientists say is more sustainable

Posted on Monday 10 August 2015

Scientists at the University of York have helped develop a new test for contaminants in water which avoids using live fish.


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Study supports fast-track to clinical trials for new Parkinson’s treatment

Posted on Monday 10 August 2015

Researchers at the University of York have played a key role in research which has found a potential new use for a drug used for decades to treat liver disease in treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.


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Seeing the sunnier side of life – scientists bring a whole new meaning to winter blues

Posted on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Scientists at the University of York have shed new light on how humans process colour – revealing that we see things differently in winter compared with summer.


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Protecting the environment by re-thinking death

Posted on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Scientists first had to re-think death before they could develop a way of testing the potential harm to the environment caused by thousands of chemicals humankind uses each day.


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Birds, bugs and blanket bogs – scientists warn an entire eco-system is under threat from climate change

Posted on Friday 31 July 2015

Several rare upland bird species are being put at risk together with other ecosystem functions by the effects of climate change on the UK’s blanket bogs, ecologists at the University of York have discovered.


North Yorkshire Police
Focusing on mental health: York joins forces with North Yorkshire Police

Posted on Thursday 30 July 2015

The University of York has secured funding of £1 million to collaborate with North Yorkshire Police on new approaches to dealing with mental health problems.


climate model (credit: Dr Kevin Cowtan)
New study narrows the gap between climate models and reality

Posted on Thursday 30 July 2015

A new study led by a University of York scientist addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections?


Tea with sugar (credit: Tatyana A, Flickr)
Sugar in your cuppa… not just about a sweet tooth!

Posted on Thursday 30 July 2015

New research by a University of York scientist has given tea and coffee drinkers new information about why their favourite drinks taste as they do.


The gas cell target and silicon detector array inside the TUDA scattering chamber at TRIUMF (credit: Jessica Tomlinson)
York scientists unlock secrets of stars through aluminium

Posted on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Physicists at the University of York have revealed a new understanding of nucleosynthesis in stars, providing insight into the role massive stars play in the evolution of the Milky Way and the origins of the Solar System.


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Mum’s the word: maternal language has strong effect on children’s social skills

Posted on Monday 27 July 2015

Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.


The Vale of York Cup - a Christian vessel from northern mainland Europe that was probably held by Scandinavians for some time after its capture, before finishing its life as the receptacle for a large silver hoard buried in Yorkshire. Credit : Copyright York Museums Trust (Yorkshire Museum)
New research on the causes of the Viking Age

Posted on Monday 27 July 2015

The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess in the closing years of the Eighth Century.


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Research says tackling homelessness early is cost-effective

Posted on Monday 27 July 2015

A study by researchers at the University of York and Crisis shows how intervening to help people when they first become homeless makes good economic sense, saving between £3,000 and £18,000 for every person helped.


Muck Spreading
York scientist at UN summit on farm emissions

Posted on Friday 24 July 2015

An environmental scientist from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York contributed to an event at the Milan World EXPO organised by the EU Joint Research Centre in collaboration with scientists from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution.


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Prostate cancer - scientists discover why some tumours are resistant to radiotherapy

Posted on Friday 24 July 2015

Scientists at the University of York believe they have identified how some tiny regulatory molecules in cells can make prostate cancers resistant to radiotherapy.


Cannabis psychosis, gender matters
Cannabis psychosis, gender matters

Posted on Thursday 23 July 2015

New research by health scientists at the University of York has revealed that a greater proportion of men than women suffer from cannabis psychosis.


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York Accord: universities across the world urged to sign document calling for more help for higher education caught up in conflict

Posted on Monday 20 July 2015

Universities and colleges around the world have been urged to support the York Accord which sets out a series of recommendations and a commitment to protect and rebuild higher education caught in the crossfire of armed conflict.


Scientists at the University of York receive prestigious Royal Society Awards

Posted on Monday 20 July 2015

Two distinguished chemists from the University of York have been awarded prestigious Royal Society prizes for their contributions to science.


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The death of death rates? Academics question using mortality rates as a quality indicator for hospitals

Posted on Wednesday 15 July 2015

Comparing mortality rates may not be the best way of assessing the quality and safety of our hospitals, leading health service researchers from the University of York argue.


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York Accord: The responsibility to protect and rebuild higher education during and after conflict

Posted on Thursday 9 July 2015

Former President of Portugal and laureate of the first UN Nelson Mandela Prize, Jorge Sampaio, will join academics from around the world at the University of York to declare a commitment to protect and rebuild higher education caught in the crossfire of armed conflict.


Professor Karen Mumford
York economist welcomes Budget low pay move

Posted on Wednesday 8 July 2015

A University of York economist who helped to write a report which called on the Government to undertake major reform of the minimum wage has welcomed the news that the Chancellor George Osborne is acting on many of its findings.


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New research reveals the scope of the ‘British Corporate Welfare State’

Posted on Wednesday 8 July 2015

A pioneering study by a University of York academic estimates the value of Government support to businesses through corporate welfare could be worth as much as £180 billion a year.


Europa Polyglotta: Gottfried Hensel
Mapping the world’s linguistic diversity - scientists discover links between your genes and the language you speak

Posted on Thursday 2 July 2015

Academics at the University of York have discovered a correlation between genetic and linguistic diversity and concluded that at least in Europe people who speak different languages are also more likely to have a different genetic make-up.


Department of Health Sciences
New approach ‘has positive impact’ on mental health care

Posted on Wednesday 1 July 2015

A novel way of delivering mental health care imported from the USA has reduced the need for hospital admissions for people with psychosis, according to University of York researchers.


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Medical tourism – a new handbook looks at the implications for patients and health systems around the world.

Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2015

Patients who travel abroad for medical treatment risk returning with complications or infections that require costly treatment on the NHS and is one of the issues highlighted in a new handbook exploring medical tourism.


Emily Hansen
York student wins Oxford Dictionary bursary

Posted on Tuesday 30 June 2015

A postgraduate student from the University of York has won a research bursary from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).


Poppy. Credit: Carol Walker
Genetic discovery uncovers key tool for morphine production in poppies

Posted on Thursday 25 June 2015

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective painkillers.


Word recognition ‘could be the key’ to early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Posted on Wednesday 24 June 2015

Scientists say they have a better understanding of why people with Alzheimer’s struggle to recognise and understand words - and their research has the potential to be developed into a test which could help clinicians make an early diagnosis.


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The Lancet: Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

Posted on Tuesday 23 June 2015

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet.


White-headed Vulture, Tanzania (credit: Ralph Buij)
Ecologists suggest African vultures heading towards extinction

Posted on Friday 19 June 2015

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, the University of St Andrews and the Hawk Conservancy Trust, say African vultures are likely to qualify as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) global threat criteria.


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Research finds links between university attended and graduates’ future prospects

Posted on Thursday 18 June 2015

A University of York researcher is supporting calls for more scrutiny of graduates’ prospects, following his study showing variations in access to top positions for graduates of different universities.


Microfossils extracted from dental calculus - starch granules
Ancient dental plaque reveals healthy eating and respiratory irritants 400,000 years ago

Posted on Thursday 18 June 2015

New research conducted by archaeologists from the University of York and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in collaboration with members of Tel Aviv University, reveals striking insights into the living conditions and dietary choices of those who lived during the Middle Pleistocene some 300,000 - 400,000 years ago.


Strictly divergent hierarchy
Vulnerability made us human: how our early ancestors turned disability into advantage

Posted on Friday 12 June 2015

A new evolutionary theory explains how critically small populations of early humans survived, despite an increased chance of hereditary disabilities being passed to offspring.


All change for bacterial outer membrane proteins

Posted on Wednesday 10 June 2015

The discovery of how a group of bacteria rapidly adapts to changing growth conditions could have implications for future antibiotic development, according to research at the University of Oxford and the University of York.


Arthritis Research UK
Stem cell discovery paves way for targeted treatment for osteoarthritis

Posted on Tuesday 9 June 2015

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant advance that could make cell-based treatments for arthritis less of a lottery.


An LHC dipole vessel (not in use!) – part of the display of artefacts outside the CERN Restaurant 1, the edge of which can be seen on the left-hand side of the image (Photo: Schofield, J)
Getting to the heart of the matter: CERN’s hidden heritage

Posted on Monday 8 June 2015

A nuclear physicist and an archaeologist at the University of York have joined forces to produce a unique appraisal of the cultural significance of one of the world’s most important locations for scientific inquiry.


Rhinanthus, Castle Hill National Nature Reserve in Sussex
‘Vampire’ plants can have positive impacts up the food chain

Posted on Thursday 4 June 2015

New research has revealed that parasitic ‘vampire’ plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant may benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life.


Chronology of modern human dispersal into Europe

Posted on Monday 1 June 2015

New high precision radiocarbon dates of mollusc shells show that modern humans occupied the Near East at least 45,900 years ago and colonized Europe from there.


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Researchers from the University of York pilot mental health training programme for nurses amid the Ebola outbreak

Posted on Thursday 28 May 2015

Researchers say more needs to be done to address the mental health needs of families caught up in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


A shoal of fish (credit: Richard Ling)
Conservation theory gets mathematical treatment

Posted on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Theories used for the last four decades as a tool to guide the conservation of flora and fauna may have misinterpreted the biological reality, according to new research by mathematicians at the University of York.


Seagrass (Credit: Dr Martin Skov, Bangor University)
International community urged to realise the true potential of seagrass in combating climate change

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2015

Seagrass ecosystems could play a key role in combating climate change, researchers at the University of York have discovered.


Credit: Carlo Ottaviani
Researchers find the ‘key’ to quantum network solution

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2015

Scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Quantum Technology have made an important step in establishing scalable and secure high rate quantum networks.


Elephant in East Africa, September 2014 (Credit: Dr Colin Beale)
Mapping poaching threats: York ecologists and Wildlife Conservation Society develop new method

Posted on Friday 22 May 2015

Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas.


Skin of normal mice. IL-10 production by CD4+ T cells (green) following infection of the skin with Schistosoma mansoni cercariae, prevents excessive inflammation of the epidermis and dermis, and limits the influx of myeloid cells (CD11b+ (yellow); MHC-II+ (red). Credit: Mountford et al., CC-BY
Research plugs knowledge gap in parasitic disease’s infection path

Posted on Thursday 21 May 2015

Biologists at the University of York have played a key role in research that has increased the understanding of one of the world’s deadliest diseases.


Millennium Bridge in York (credit: Jamie Wood)
Social structure ‘helps birds avoid a collision course’

Posted on Thursday 21 May 2015

The sight of skilful aerial manoeuvring by flocks of Greylag geese to avoid collisions with York’s Millennium Bridge intrigued mathematical biologist Dr Jamie Wood. It raised the question of how birds collectively negotiate man-made obstacles such as wind turbines which lie in their flight paths.


European Court of Human Rights (credit: Barnyz, Flickr)
Report examines post-Election future for UK human rights

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2015

A University of York sociologist is one of nine expert contributors to a new report on the future of human rights in the UK.


Schematic representation of the structures of self-assembled monolayers tethered onto a silicon wafer electrode.
Crossing the bridge from nanotechnology to proteins

Posted on Monday 11 May 2015

A University of York scientist has supplied a key theoretical framework that has helped colleagues in Japan to provide new insights into a force that makes proteins fold.


Academics join forces with arts organisations

Posted on Friday 8 May 2015

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) and Arts Council England will host an event encouraging academic partnerships on 14 May.


Antler combs. Credit: Ross Doherty
Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age

Posted on Thursday 7 May 2015

Archaeologists from the University of York have played a key role in Anglo-Danish research which has suggested the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier – and less violent – than previously believed.


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York researcher contributes to climate ‘myth-busting’ course

Posted on Monday 27 April 2015

A researcher from the University of York is contributing to an international effort to debunk climate myths and help people understand the controversies around climate science.


Variety trials of Artemisia, Chongqing, China
York’s anti-malarial plant given Chinese approval

Posted on Friday 24 April 2015

A new hybrid plant used in anti-malarial drug production, developed by scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), is now registered as a new variety in China.


Three-dimensional representation of one of the studied carbohydrate structures.
Sugar structure: not as sweet as it seems

Posted on Monday 20 April 2015

Scientists at the University of York have identified problems with nearly half of the structural data on carbohydrate molecules available to the scientific community.


Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence
York scientists define universal new approach to green chemistry

Posted on Wednesday 15 April 2015

Chemists at the University of York have developed a new ‘metrics toolkit’ to measure and evaluate how green a reaction is.


Rwandan school (credit: Professor Frank Hardman)
‘Put teaching at the heart of improvements in educational quality’

Posted on Thursday 9 April 2015

A University of York scholar has suggested that a major re-appraisal of teaching methods will help to transform the educational opportunities for millions of children in the developing world.


Girl and Dad (credit: Department of Psychology, University of York)
York leads UK survey on adoptive, foster and step-parenting

Posted on Wednesday 8 April 2015

Psychologists from the University of York are spearheading research into the parenting experiences of those with adopted, fostered and step-children in the UK.


autophagic cell (credit: Adam Hirst)
York scientists lead study on new treatment for prostate cancer

Posted on Wednesday 8 April 2015

Scientists at the University of York have discovered a potential new treatment for prostate cancer using low temperature plasmas (LTPs).


Scientists discover why flowers bloom earlier in a warming climate

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Scientists at the University of York have discovered why the first buds of spring come increasingly earlier as the climate changes.


Student helps to discover new pain relief delivery method

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

A Chemistry undergraduate at the University of York has helped to develop a new drug release gel, which may help avoid some of the side effects of painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen.


Smartphone face recognition ‘improved’ by copying the brain

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Face recognition security on smartphones can be significantly improved if users store an ‘average’ photo of themselves, according to new research by scientists at the University of York.


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Researchers discover bacterial genetic pathway in body odour production

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

For many, body odour is an unfortunate side effect of their daily lives.


York to host multi-million pound food security research programme

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2015

The University of York is to host a new multi-million pound N8 Research Partnership programme which is set to transform UK food security research.


Phacelia tanacetifolia is native to California, and a neophyte in Britain. Photo credit: Kevin Walker
Non-native plants are ‘not a threat’ to floral diversity

Posted on Tuesday 24 March 2015

New research by scientists at the University of York has shown that non-native plants are not a threat to floral diversity in Britain.


The frontotemporal-dementia-causing mutation CHMP2BIntron5 causes neurons to overgrow in fruit flies
Research identifies novel steps in Dementia progression

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

Research by biologists at the University of York has identified new mechanisms potentially driving progression of an aggressive form of dementia.


Star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud. ESO/Manu Mejias: Reproduced under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0).
Have researchers discovered the sound of the stars?

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

A chance discovery by a team of researchers, including a University of York scientist, has provided experimental evidence that stars may generate sound.


New homes, new road, new suburb. Copyright Scrinary and licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
York to lead study of directly commissioned house building

Posted on Thursday 19 March 2015

Chancellor asks York research centre to carry out a major study into new development models.


Toxodon platensis.  Illustration by Peter Schouten from the forthcoming
book "Biggest, Fiercest, Strangest"  W. Norton Publishers (in production).
Protein the clue to solving a Darwinian mystery

Posted on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Scientists at the University of York provided the key to solving the evolutionary puzzle surrounding what Charles Darwin called the ‘strangest animals ever discovered’.


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Testing the ‘incredible’ route to children’s and parents’ wellbeing

Posted on Tuesday 17 March 2015

A pioneering research project led by the University of York will evaluate newly-developed programmes that aim to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of children under two and their parents.


European Research Council
Selecting the teachers of tomorrow: international project aimed at improving school standards

Posted on Tuesday 17 March 2015

A new approach to selecting candidates for teacher training, aimed at identifying the inter-personal attributes necessary for successful teaching, is the focus of new research at the University of York.


Centre for Immunology and Infection (credit: John Houlihan)
Targeting one enzyme is the key to tackling two tropical diseases

Posted on Monday 16 March 2015

A way to combat malaria developed by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of York may also be effective against the deadly tropical disease leishmaniasis, new research has shown.


Young oil palm monoculture in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. (Credit: Sarah Scriven)
York scientists question tropical protected areas’ role under climate change

Posted on Friday 13 March 2015

New research led by University of York scientists highlights how poor connectivity of protected area (PA) networks in Southeast Asia may prevent lowland species from responding to climate change.


Dr Alex Gillett
Rock and scroll: York lecturer’s punk rock band informs teaching

Posted on Thursday 12 March 2015

A University of York lecturer, who is also a member of garage punk rock band The Eruptörs, is using his experiences as a musician to provide practical knowledge in teaching.


Triggering extreme events at the nanoscale in photonic seas
Tsunami on demand: the power to harness catastrophic events

Posted on Monday 9 March 2015

A new study published today reveals a nano-optical chip that makes it possible to generate and control nanoscale rogue waves. The innovative chip was developed by an international team of scientists, including a University of York physicist, and has the potential for significant applications for energy research and environmental safety.


A resident killer whale breaches out of the water (Copyright - Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research)
Old mothers know best: killer whale study sheds light on the evolution of menopause

Posted on Thursday 5 March 2015

A new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Exeter shows that female killer whales survive after menopause because they help their family members find food during hard times. This research provides deeper understanding of the female life cycle.


Starring role for new postgraduate Diploma

Posted on Monday 2 March 2015

Students from across the globe will soon have the opportunity to explore the wonder of the night sky and gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Astronomy thanks to Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the University of York.


Quantum Radar
New research signals big future for quantum radar

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York.


Molecule NtrC - the protein used to ‘hotwire’ the bacteria
Bacteria ‘hotwire their genes’ to fix a faulty motor

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

Researchers at the University of York are part of a team of scientist that has discovered how bacteria can restart their ‘outboard motor’ by hotwiring their own genes.


Professor Jacek Dobaczewski
York appoints new Physics Professor

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

The University of York’s Department of Physics have appointed their first professor of Nuclear Physics Theory, Professor Jacek Dobaczewski.


A micron-scale optical microgram showing a characteristically triangular molybdenum disulphide ultrathin film grown in York.
Uncovering the personality of wonder ultrathin materials

Posted on Friday 20 February 2015

Imperfections make people interesting; the same goes for crystals.


King scallop in the reserve (credit: Howard Wood)
Community-led marine reserve produces benefits for fisheries and conservation

Posted on Thursday 19 February 2015

The first and only fully protected marine reserve in Scotland is continuing to provide benefits for fisheries and conservation, according to new research by the University of York.


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Research says approval of new drugs by NICE is ‘doing more harm than good’

Posted on Wednesday 18 February 2015

Research by health economists at the University of York has, for the first time, estimated the effects of changes in NHS expenditure on the health of all NHS patients.


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York trials new HIV prevention method

Posted on Tuesday 17 February 2015

Scientists at the University of York, in conjunction with the York Clinical Research Facility, will start the first phase of trials looking into a new way to prevent HIV transmission.


Map showing results by Residence: County (credit: http://www.englandsimmigrants.com)
Living and working together: England’s immigrants in the Middle Ages

Posted on Tuesday 17 February 2015

A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched today by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and The National Archives.


Salmon fishing (credit: Brian Hoffman, Flickr)
Researchers say high seas ban could lead to fairer fisheries

Posted on Thursday 12 February 2015

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing to protect ocean ecosystems could be catch-neutral and distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world’s maritime nations, according to new research involving the University of York.


Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN)
York scientists to map haematological cancer DNA

Posted on Tuesday 10 February 2015

UK researchers have launched an ambitious project to analyse samples from over 20,000 blood cancer patients to identify how differences in their cancer cell’s DNA can influence the success of treatment.


Professor Frank Hardman visits a Kenyan school
York leads way in transforming Kenyan education

Posted on Monday 9 February 2015

Academics from the University of York will lead a major project looking into ways to improve teaching methods in Kenyan primary schools over the next two years.


Louis, Edinburgh group. Photo credit: Jamie Norris
Chimpanzees ‘converge’ their calls when two communities collide

Posted on Thursday 5 February 2015

New research led by scientists from the University of York and University of Zurich provides the first evidence that chimpanzees can ‘learn’ calls that refer to particular objects.


Enigma DNA genome
Scientists discover viral ‘Enigma machine’

Posted on Wednesday 4 February 2015

Researchers at the University of York are part of a team which has cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio.


Artist's impression of Josephoartigasia monesi (Credit: James Gurney)
Giant rodent used incisors like tusks

Posted on Wednesday 4 February 2015

The largest rodent ever to have lived may have used its front teeth just like an elephant uses its tusks, a new study led by scientists at the University of York and The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has found.


Vinette 1 vessel from the Peace Bridge site, Ontario (image courtesy of Archaeological Services Inc)
York academics reveal fishy cooking habits of North American hunter-gatherers

Posted on Tuesday 3 February 2015

Archaeologists from the University of York and Queens College, City University New York (CUNY) have discovered the first use of pottery in north-eastern North America was largely due to the cooking, storage and social feasting of fish by hunter-gatherers.


Lung metastasis (cancer cells in green, lung cell nuclei in blue)
Researchers find potential anti-cancer use for anti-epilepsy drug

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that a drug used widely to combat epilepsy has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of breast cancer.


Bayterek Tower cityscape, Astana, Kazakhstan (credit: Mariusz Kluzniak, Flickr)
Meeting the challenges of the world’s expanding cities

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2015

One of the world’s newest and fastest growing capital cities is the location for a workshop led by University of York academics into the environmental and social impacts of rapid urbanization.


International Space Station (NASA, 09/08/09) credit: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Flickr
Does space flight inspire school students to take STEM subjects?

Posted on Monday 26 January 2015

Science Education researchers at University of York are to work with leading space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to investigate if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.


Potatoes (Credit: United Soybean Board)
York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

Posted on Friday 23 January 2015

Scientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade resistant forms of starch.


Nodules made by Rhizobium leguminosarum on the roots of common vetch (credit: Peter Young)
Understanding the personalities of bacteria

Posted on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Bacteria are as individual as people, according to new research by Professor Peter Young and his team in the Department of Biology at the University of York. Bacteria are essential to health, agriculture and the environment, and new research tools are starting to shed more light on them.


World Health Organisation (WHO)
Scholars call on international community to strengthen WHO

Posted on Friday 9 January 2015

A University of York scholar is among nearly 100 academics who have warned against ‘dismantling’ the World Health Organization (WHO) because of its handling of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.


baker bread (credit: Paige_Eliz, Flickr)
Beer and bread yeast-eating bacteria aid human health

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015

Bacteria that have evolved to eat their way through yeast in the human gut could inform the development of new treatments for people suffering from bowel diseases, according to new research involving scientists at the University of York.


Graduate students (credit: Houlihan)
New Dean sets out vision for Graduate School

Posted on Wednesday 7 January 2015

As part of its new Research Strategy announced today, the University of York has created a Graduate Research School to ensure consistency of opportunity, quality of training and ultimate success for its postgraduate research students.


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