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University raises funds for bursary in memory of Richard Payne

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2020

The University of York is fundraising to launch a bursary for students in memory of world-leading environmental scientist, Dr Richard Payne.

Festival launch to explore City of York’s road to recovery post COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2020

The City of York’s response when faced with the COVID-19 pandemic – and its future recovery - will be the topic of an interactive discussion at the online launch of this year’s York Festival of Ideas.

£3m funding boost for mental-physical illness research in South Asia

Posted on Thursday 21 May 2020

The University of York has been awarded £3m to develop a treatment for people suffering from diabetes and depression in South Asia.

Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point

Posted on Thursday 21 May 2020

Tropical forests can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world – only if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions, new research suggests.

Researchers to trial intervention aimed at helping older people isolated during COVID-19 lockdown

Posted on Wednesday 20 May 2020

Researchers are to trial an intervention aimed at preventing and mitigating the onset of depression and loneliness among the most vulnerable in society as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

University of York supports digital and creative companies hit by the impact of COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday 20 May 2020

The University of York is repurposing dedicated arts funding to support some of the region’s digital and creative companies hardest hit by COVID-19.

Retrofitting VW engines after “Dieselgate” scandal reduced emissions, new study says

Posted on Tuesday 19 May 2020

Retrofitting thousands of VW diesel engines with new software reduced harmful emissions by a third, new research has shown.

A game of cat and mouse: new study reveals Europe’s earliest house mouse…. followed swiftly by the house cat.

Posted on Tuesday 19 May 2020

Scientists have discovered that the house mouse invaded European homes 2,500 years earlier than previously thought.

York Festival of Ideas 2020 launches online

Posted on Monday 18 May 2020

The double award-winning York Festival of ideas will return from 2-14 June 2020 with a programme of more than 60 mostly free online events on the theme of “Virtual Horizons”.

New research project asks people to identify the Yorkshire accent

Posted on Friday 15 May 2020

Yorkshire folk are being called on to take part in a research project investigating the ability of people to identify their own accent.

Researchers reveal the evolutionary origins of the plant that sends cats into a frenzy

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020

Scientists have discovered how catmint gained its ability to send felines into a state of frenzy.

Researchers trace evolution of self-control

Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2020

Human self-control evolved in our early ancestors, becoming particularly evident around 500,000 years ago when they developed the skills to make sophisticated tools, a new study suggests.

NHS staff offered free training in scheme to support heart failure patients affected by COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2020

NHS staff are being offered free training to deliver a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to patients affected by restricted access to services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vines are drying – York scientist delivers fire warning

Posted on Thursday 7 May 2020

A University of York scientist working to preserve forests has warned that vines that once protected vegetation from fire may now be drying into fuel.

Compounds synthesised in York could provide clue in the hunt for new treatments against Coronavirus

Posted on Tuesday 5 May 2020

Researchers at the University of York have synthesised compounds that can bind to one of the key proteins in the COVID-19 virus. The discovery could pave the way for new drug treatments to fight the virus.

Half of people will find it harder to follow lockdown rules the longer it continues, new study shows

Posted on Tuesday 5 May 2020

Nearly half the people (48 per cent) questioned in a survey about the lockdown said that they will find it harder to follow the rules the longer it continues and almost a third of people admitted to breaking or ‘bending’ the rules.

Scientists recreate DNA damage caused by toxins from smoking in a bid to understand more about the causes of bladder cancer

Posted on Tuesday 28 April 2020

Researchers from the University of York have recreated how toxins from smoking cause unique patterns of DNA damage. The discovery could help scientists better understand the cause of bladder cancer and the link to smoking.

Study traces spread of early dairy farming across Western Europe

Posted on Monday 27 April 2020

A study has tracked the shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to early farming that occurred in prehistoric Europe over a period of around 1,500 years.

Researchers team up with NHS to produce chair-based exercises during lockdown

Posted on Monday 27 April 2020

Academics from the University of York are using their research to help people stay fit and healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown.

New study reveals York’s air quality improves by 30 per cent during lockdown

Posted on Friday 24 April 2020

York’s air quality has improved significantly during the coronavirus lockdown, according to research by a University of York academic.

York researcher to investigate the power of algae to absorb CO2

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2020

A University of York researcher has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to investigate how algae converts carbon dioxide into organic molecules during photosynthesis.

New research projects announced focusing on the social implications of Covid-19

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2020

Academics at the University of York are to examine the legal and societal impact of Covid-19 in two separate studies announced today.

New research reveals a significant rise in the number of children with life-limiting conditions

Posted on Thursday 23 April 2020

A new study shows that the number of children in England with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions has continued to rise over the last 17 years.

Study sheds light on unique culinary traditions of prehistoric hunter-gatherers

Posted on Wednesday 22 April 2020

Hunter-gatherer groups living in the Baltic between seven and six thousand years ago had culturally distinct cuisines, analysis of ancient pottery fragments has revealed.

York scientists analyse COVID-19 protein in a bid to crack genetic safeguard

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020

A team from the University of York have produced a protein which stores and protects the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, paving the way to possible antiviral therapies.

Study unlocks new way to understand evolving strains of SARS-CoV-2 as the race for a new COVID-19 vaccine continues

Posted on Sunday 19 April 2020

A University of York virologist is helping to analyse the genetic codes – or the blueprint – of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Final year medics and nurses volunteer to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Friday 17 April 2020

A 22-year-old final year nursing student at the University of York has volunteered to work on a COVID-19 hospital ward.

York academic leads UK government effort to understand impact of air pollution changes during Covid-19 crisis

Posted on Wednesday 15 April 2020

A University of York academic is leading a national scientific advisory group calling for scientists and researchers to share their data on air pollution during the Coronavirus pandemic.

University delivers packed lunches to NHS workers

Posted on Wednesday 15 April 2020

Volunteers from the University of York are helping to pack and deliver 2,000 packed lunches a day to frontline staff at York Hospital.

University of York loans bioscience equipment to York Hospital to help in diagnosis of Coronavirus cases

Posted on Thursday 9 April 2020

A piece of high-tech equipment used for the diagnosis of COVID-19 has been loaned to York Hospital by the University of York.

York academics’ song is UK entry in AI Eurovision Song Contest

Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2020

Two York-based academics are the team behind the UK’s entry in an artificial intelligence (AI) version of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Covid-19 exposes inequalities in the UK food system, new analysis reveals

Posted on Monday 6 April 2020

Food banks will struggle to cope during the Covid-19 pandemic and vulnerable households should be given cash grants to buy food instead, a group of leading academics have suggested.

University of York technicians join effort to make Coronavirus face shields for frontline workers

Posted on Friday 3 April 2020

Technicians from the University of York are producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers as part of the national response to Covid-19.

York academic leads world’s first multi-vaccine animal efficacy studies in the fight against COVID-19

Posted on Friday 3 April 2020

A York virologist has established an animal model that is being used as one of the three preclinical models for COVID-19 vaccines and therapies.

International community has a narrow window of opportunity to save marine life, scientists say

Posted on Wednesday 1 April 2020

Depleted marine life across the world’s oceans could recover to healthy levels by 2050 if urgent action is taken, an international study suggests.

Oldest ever human genetic evidence clarifies our ancestral family tree

Posted on Wednesday 1 April 2020

Genetic information from an 800,000-year-old human fossil tooth has been retrieved for the first time.

Fossil fuel use can be cut without detrimental impact on life expectancy, study suggests

Posted on Monday 30 March 2020

Growing consumption of fossil fuels over four decades has made countries around the world richer, but has not played a significant role in increasing people’s life expectancy, new research suggests.

Report co-authored by York academic helps develop WHO guidelines for COVID-19

Posted on Friday 27 March 2020

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) new ethical guidelines for research on COVID-19 have been developed using a report co-authored by an expert from the University of York.

York academics call for COVID-19 help for poor children

Posted on Friday 27 March 2020

Low-income families should receive extra financial support as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, a new report by University of York researchers suggests.

Local community involvement crucial to restoring tropical peatlands

Posted on Thursday 26 March 2020

Local community involvement is vital in efforts to raise water levels to help restore Indonesia’s tropical peatlands, a new study has found.

University of York launches Emergency Student Support Fund

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2020

The University of York has launched an Emergency Student Support Fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pollution levels in UK cities drop as coronavirus impacts on daily life, new data reveals

Posted on Wednesday 25 March 2020

Air pollution levels in some cities in the UK have dropped to levels lower than the average of the previous five years as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts travel and work, new research shows.

Scientists play a direct role in the identification of priority forests for protection in Borneo

Posted on Tuesday 24 March 2020

An international team of researchers, including academics from the University of York, are working to help identify priority forest areas for protection on Borneo.

Chatty kids do better at school, new study shows

Posted on Tuesday 24 March 2020

Young children go on to achieve more academic success when their verbal skills are enhanced, a new study suggests.

University donates medical equipment and food to support NHS

Posted on Monday 23 March 2020

The University of York has donated medical supplies and food to the NHS as part of the national effort to contain coronavirus.

Protected areas critical to conserving marine life in international waters

Posted on Tuesday 17 March 2020

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are crucial to help manage many of the main threats facing life in the high seas, a new study suggests.

Researchers expose vulnerabilities of password managers

Posted on Monday 16 March 2020

Some commercial password managers may be vulnerable to cyber-attack by fake apps, new research suggests.

People fearful of taking part in vital clinical research

Posted on Friday 13 March 2020

Fear is a major factor behind people’s reluctance to take part in clinical research, such as trials to test new medicines and treatments, a global review has found.

University of York partners with industry in PhD pilot

Posted on Friday 6 March 2020

Employees from regional and national industries could study for PhDs under a new £1m pilot scheme to be introduced at the University of York in the area of circular, sustainable manufacturing.

Balancing bushmeat trade and conservation vital to ensure local livelihoods not threatened

Posted on Thursday 5 March 2020

Local communities in the Congo rainforest have been working with researchers from the University of York in a bid to balance the bushmeat trade with conservation.

Tropical forests’ carbon sink is already rapidly weakening

Posted on Wednesday 4 March 2020

The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study published in Nature.

Scientists shed light on mystery of dark matter

Posted on Tuesday 3 March 2020

Scientists have identified a sub-atomic particle that could have formed the “dark matter” in the Universe during the Big Bang.

Researchers find early evidence of horse milk consumption

Posted on Monday 2 March 2020

Scientists have identified proteins from horse milk in the teeth of people who lived in the grasslands of Mongolia more than 3,000 years ago.

Scientists discover rapid sea level rise along the Atlantic coast of North America 300 years ago

Posted on Friday 28 February 2020

Sea levels along a stretch of the Atlantic coast of North America in the 18th Century were rising almost as fast as in the 20th Century, a new study has revealed.

Use of the Mental Health Act to detain people in hospital has become an overused last resort

Posted on Thursday 27 February 2020

Detention under the Mental Health Act has become an overused last resort, according to a survey of mental health professionals.

Hate speech dominates social media platform when users want answers on terrorism

Posted on Thursday 20 February 2020

People often resort to using hate speech when searching about terrorism on a community social media platform, a study has found.

Report highlights impact of poor indoor air quality on children’s health

Posted on Tuesday 18 February 2020

There is growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries, according to a report which involved a University of York academic.

By royal appointment – Vice-Chancellor receives prestigious award on behalf of University at Buckingham Palace

Posted on Tuesday 18 February 2020

The pioneering work of the University of York’s Structural Biology Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry has received royal recognition at a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Almost £1 million of funding secured for bioeconomy research

Posted on Monday 17 February 2020

A project using waste from pea processing to clean water is one of seven projects which have just received funding from the THYME project to boost the region’s bioeconomy

Pioneering Scottish marine project paves the way for the revival of UK seabeds

Posted on Thursday 13 February 2020

Marine life has returned at dramatic levels to an area of water off the west coast of Scotland where fishing has been prohibited, a new study from the University of York shows.

One in five patients suffer from anxiety after stroke, study suggests

Posted on Tuesday 11 February 2020

Anxiety affects one in five patients around the world after a stroke, a major new review suggests.

GP care is valuable for young people with life-limiting conditions - reducing the need for emergency healthcare

Posted on Tuesday 11 February 2020

Regular involvement of a GP in the care of children and young people with life-limiting conditions can reduce hospital admissions, a new study has found.

One thousand trees for One Planet Week

Posted on Sunday 9 February 2020

University of York staff and students aimed to plant 1,000 trees in one day as part of the University’s One Planet Week.

From soup to cells: a potential role for gels in the chemistry of life

Posted on Friday 7 February 2020

A study by scientists at the University of York casts new light on the role of chemistry in the evolution of life.

Scientists discover how rogue communications between cells lead to Leukaemia

Posted on Thursday 6 February 2020

New research has deciphered how rogue communications in blood stem cells can cause Leukaemia.

Hot pots helped ancient Siberian hunters survive the Ice Age

Posted on Saturday 1 February 2020

A new study shows that ancient Siberian hunters created heat resistant pots so that they could cook hot meals - surviving the harshest seasons of the ice age by extracting nutritious bone grease and marrow from meat.

Online presence of inspiring Yorkshire women boosted by University event

Posted on Friday 31 January 2020

Staff, students and members of the public are coming together at the University of York to boost the representation of Yorkshire’s women scientists and innovators on Wikipedia.

York academic leads global preclinical response to coronavirus emergency

Posted on Friday 31 January 2020

A York academic is leading preclinical research to help to determine the characteristics of coronavirus and to test new potential vaccines.

Records from Cravens add missing ingredient to York’s sweet story

Posted on Friday 31 January 2020

The missing chapter of York’s confectionery story has come to light following a donation of records from sweet-maker MA Craven and Son.

Academic says the medical marijuana industry is using ‘underhand’ marketing strategies

Posted on Wednesday 29 January 2020

An academic from the University of York claims that some marijuana companies are using underhand marketing techniques to mislead consumers about their products’ medicinal benefits.

Fundraisers honoured for donations to cancer research at the University of York

Posted on Tuesday 28 January 2020

Fundraisers across Yorkshire have been honoured by the University of York who welcomed York Against Cancer into its College of Benefactors.

History demonstrates need for urgent action to ensure ethical research in global health emergencies

Posted on Tuesday 28 January 2020

Experts are calling for urgent action to ensure research undertaken in global health emergencies is carried out ethically.

Sound of an Egyptian mummy heard again for first time in 3,000 years

Posted on Thursday 23 January 2020

The sound of a mummified priest has been heard for the first time in 3,000 years, thanks to ingenious research by a team of academics.

Vesuvius victims suffered a slower death than believed

Posted on Thursday 23 January 2020

Some victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79 had a slower death than previously believed, new research shows.

New report unveils key insights into business models that put people and planet first

Posted on Tuesday 21 January 2020

A University of York academic has co-authored a major report which advocates creating business models that are focused on benefiting society and the planet.

University research used to create new podcast for home alone dogs

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2020

A new pooch podcast based on University research has been launched in a bid to help lonely dogs relax.

York scientist receives international recognition for pioneering work

Posted on Wednesday 15 January 2020

A scientist from the University of York has been recognised by the prestigious Blavatnik Family Foundation and New York Academy of Sciences for her pioneering work in fossil dating.

Mathematicians put famous Battle of Britain “what if” scenarios to the test

Posted on Thursday 9 January 2020

Mathematicians have used a statistical technique to interrogate some of the big “what if” questions in the Second World War battle for Britain’s skies.

New study hopes to discover the cause of a mystery condition that still baffles the medical world

Posted on Thursday 9 January 2020

A mystery condition that can leave sufferers with unexplained paralysis is being investigated in an innovative new study led by the University of York.

Inspiring videos show smokers with mental health conditions who successfully quit

Posted on Tuesday 7 January 2020

Former smokers with mental health conditions have shared their inspiring journeys on how they conquered their addiction in a series of powerful short films.

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