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Pancreatic Cancer Action invites applicants for research funding Pancreatic Cancer Action invites applicants for research funding

UK charity Pancreatic Cancer Action are once again inviting scientists to apply for one of their Early Diagnosis Challenge Award grants. The purpose of these grants is to encourage more research into improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer so that more patients are diagnosed in time for surgery, which is currently the only potential for a cure.

Metrion Biosciences Joins CRACK IT “DRGNET” Human Pain Research Consortium Metrion Biosciences Joins CRACK IT “DRGNET” Human Pain Research Consortium

International Consortium will use primary human dorsal root ganglion (hDRG) neurons for identification and testing of novel pain therapeutics

The Current issue of “The view from here” is concerned with Medicinal Chemistry. The Current issue of “The view from here” is concerned with Medicinal Chemistry.

The topic of this month’s newsletter from Drug Discovery Today is “Medicinal Chemistry”.

Engineering cells to speed tissue repair Engineering cells to speed tissue repair

Replacing and repairing human tissue is becoming feasible largely due to advances in the use of stem cells. But obstacles still stand in the way of engineering these malleable cells to self-renew or expand.One of those obstacles is an incomplete picture of how cells interact with their environment.

New findings into the biology of progressive hearing loss New findings into the biology of progressive hearing loss

New research with funding from UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has led to the discovery of a new biological mechanism involved in the progressive loss of hearing which could lead to new approaches to treating this common form of hearing loss.

Six leading scientists to receive prestigious Novartis Prizes for Immunology at 16th International Congress of Immunology

• The Basic Immunology Prize is awarded to John Kappler, Philippa Marrack and Harald von Boehmer for demonstrating that the ability of the immune system to discriminate "self" from "non-self" is acquired in the thymus. • The Clinical Immunology Prize is awarded to Zelig Eshhar, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg for their work on the cellular immune therapy of cancer using CAR-T-cells.

South Tees bio-incubator officially launched South Tees bio-incubator officially launched

The 9th August 2016 saw the official launch of the South Tees Bio-Incubator. Located at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, the Bio-Incubator space will give early stage biotechnology and life sciences companies access to facilities and expertise to support innovations in biomedical research.

Community verified biological network models show promise for toxicology and drug discovery Community verified biological network models show promise for toxicology and drug discovery

A new set of community-produced biological network models has been shown to allow a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases. The models, of which earlier versions have been described in detail in the past [1,2] have been shown to have important applications in toxicology and drug discovery in a new paper in Gene Regulation and Systems Biology. The models are the latest output of the Network Verification Challenge (NVC), a global crowdsourcing initiative designed to draw on expertise from many scientific areas in order to verify and enhance understanding of biological networks [3].