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News archive: Research press releases 2022

Scientists solve problem of industrial waste from sugarcane processing in India

Posted on Tuesday 10 May 2022

Scientists have discovered how to significantly improve the sustainability of the sugarcane industry by turning a major by-product into a valuable chemical used in food, medicines and cosmetics.


York academic leading project to reconstruct the famous Sutton Hoo ship

Posted on Thursday 5 May 2022

An emeritus professor at the University of York is leading a project to reconstruct the famous Anglo-Saxon ship found at Sutton Hoo.


Massive expansion of regional health database to help researchers unlock new insights into blood cancers

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2022

Researchers at the University of York have expanded a unique regional cancer database, which will help clinicians understand more about conditions such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.


New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

Posted on Tuesday 3 May 2022

New ancient DNA analysis has shed light on how the black rat, blamed for spreading Black Death, dispersed across Europe – revealing that the rodent colonised the continent on two occasions in the Roman and Medieval periods.


Scientists discover how salt in tumours could help diagnose and treat breast cancer

Posted on Monday 25 April 2022

Analysing sodium levels in breast cancer tumours can give an accurate indication of how aggressive a cancer is and whether chemotherapy treatments are taking effect, new research has shown.


Many UK protected areas are failing to deliver benefits for nature, according to new report

Posted on Friday 22 April 2022

Many of the UK’s protected areas are not delivering for nature and are in poor ecological condition, a new report has found.


Staff and students lead new digital map of World War Two bombings in York

Posted on Thursday 21 April 2022

An interactive digital map has been developed by staff and students at the University of York in collaboration with partners across the city to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the York Blitz.


Impact of family background on children’s education unchanged in a century, research reveals

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2022

The family background of UK children still influences their educational achievements at primary school as much as it did nearly one hundred years ago, a major new study has revealed.


Prehistoric people created art by firelight, new research reveals

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2022

Our early ancestors probably created intricate artwork by firelight, an examination of 50 engraved stones unearthed in France has revealed.


York academics to lead pioneering blood cancer research

Posted on Tuesday 19 April 2022

Academics from the University of York will use a share of £22m from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to improve our understanding of blood cancer.


Two-child limit to benefits is only serving to increase poverty further, new report finds

Posted on Thursday 7 April 2022

The two-child limit on social security benefits in the UK has only led to a small decline in fertility rates and pushed low-income households further into poverty, according to a new report.


New research centre to reassess cultural heritage around the world

Posted on Tuesday 5 April 2022

Professor Emma Waterton has won a £2million Leverhulme International Professorship award to bring a team to the University of York and establish a new research centre.


Triple European grant success for University of York academics

Posted on Monday 28 March 2022

Researchers from the University of York have been awarded three prestigious European Research Council (ERC) grants worth a total of more than £5 million, to support pioneering work in chemistry and archaeology.


Pandemic puts York at risk of sharp increase in poverty and inequality, according to new report

Posted on Friday 25 March 2022

A new report has highlighted inequality, poverty and inadequate social care as the key challenges facing York as the City recovers from the pandemic.


New research finds families on low-incomes face constant struggle to get by

Posted on Tuesday 22 March 2022

Going without food and heating has become a routine part of daily life for families on low incomes, according to the latest findings from the Covid Realities project.


COVID-19 has left GPs struggling around the world, new study shows

Posted on Monday 21 March 2022

The pandemic left many GPs around the world feeling depressed, anxious and in some cases burned out, a review of global studies has revealed.


Blood test could shorten hospital stays for children with cancer, new study reveals

Posted on Thursday 17 March 2022

A new blood test could help to safely cut hospital stays for children with cancer who develop a fever, a new study has shown.


Restoring tropical peatlands supports bird diversity and does not affect livelihoods of oil palm farmers, study suggests

Posted on Tuesday 15 March 2022

A new study has found that oil palm can be farmed more sustainably on peatlands by re-wetting the land - conserving both biodiversity and livelihoods.


Study casts doubt on benefits of grammar teaching in helping children learn to write

Posted on Wednesday 2 March 2022

Lessons on grammar are a key feature of the national curriculum taught in England’s primary schools, but they don’t appear to help children to learn to write, new research reveals.


Window of opportunity to avoid the worst ravages of climate change is closing, new report warns

Posted on Tuesday 1 March 2022

University of York academics have contributed to a major report which warns that human-induced climate change is causing dangerous disruption around the world and the narrow window left to secure a liveable future for all is closing.


York researchers to use physics to transform our understanding of life

Posted on Thursday 17 February 2022

A University of York academic will co-lead on two new projects that will demonstrate how physics can transform our understanding of life.


Unequal cost of Covid-19 deaths laid bare by study

Posted on Wednesday 16 February 2022

New research by academics from the universities of York and Manchester has highlighted how in its first year, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on England and Wales was far worse for some than others.


Global study finds the extent of pharmaceutical pollution in the world’s rivers

Posted on Monday 14 February 2022

A new study looking at the presence of pharmaceuticals in the world’s rivers found concentrations at potentially toxic levels in more than a quarter of the locations studied.


Up to a third of UK children consume at least one energy drink a week, new research suggests

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

Up to a third of children in the UK are consuming at least one energy drink a week, with high levels of consumption linked to headaches, sleep problems, alcohol use, smoking, irritability and school exclusion, new research reveals.


Researchers to develop new technology to protect minority ethnic communities online

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

Researchers have been awarded £3.3 million to develop new tools and policy guidance to protect minority ethnic groups from discrimination as key public services move online.


New research programme to combat depression in young people

Posted on Monday 7 February 2022

A new research programme jointly led by the University of York and Hull York Medical School will develop a psychological treatment to combat depression in young people.


Brexit “fails to deliver Government promises on fishing industry”, new study reveals

Posted on Tuesday 1 February 2022

Benefits to UK fisheries from Brexit “fall far short of government rhetoric”, a new study has revealed.


Women ‘brushed off’ by the health care system to ‘suffer in silence’, study reveals

Posted on Monday 31 January 2022

Many women feel they are not being listened to about their health needs – with older women feeling “invisible” to health professionals, and women throughout their lives experiencing a lack of empathy around problems relating to menstruation, fertility, childbirth and menopause, a major new report reveals.


Research project invites people to recreate sounds which our ancestors believed connected them with the spirit world

Posted on Tuesday 25 January 2022

From the dank underworld of Yorkshire’s caves to the soaring cathedrals of York and Ripon, a new project is inviting people to experience the acoustics of these spaces as our ancestors did.


New research suggests newly bereaved parents need extended time with their children

Posted on Monday 24 January 2022

New research has found that allowing newly bereaved parents to have extended time with their baby or child is highly valued and has lasting impacts.


Researchers call for urgent change to help low-income families facing cost of living crisis

Posted on Monday 24 January 2022

A new report recommends urgent reforms to the UK’s social security system to protect low-income families from extreme hardship.


York researchers collaborate in the ‘most important health study in a generation’

Posted on Friday 21 January 2022

In a groundbreaking new health study, a team of researchers will capture the journeys of 30,000 Bradford schoolchildren from adolescence to adulthood.


York research centre plays key role in new reforms to GCSE Languages

Posted on Friday 14 January 2022

Experts from a University of York research centre have played a key role behind major changes to the way GCSE languages are taught.


York researchers awarded £2.3m for sickle cell anaemia research

Posted on Tuesday 4 January 2022

The University of York has been awarded £2.3 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for new research into stem cell gene therapy for sickle cell anaemia.


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