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Aston University makes drama out of crisis
Specially commissioned play on antibiotic resistance gets public premiere at Thinktank on 13 April
Sugar fixation hampering obesity battle
Aston university academic says sugar tax and new guidance 'not a silver bullet' and multi-pronged attack needed.
App to encourage healthy eating and maths skills
Playing games with fruit and vegetables will boost consumption of healthy produce - and maths skills
Aston aids NASA rover mapping project
£1.6m grant to develop new robotic system to map world's nuclear sites safely and accurately
Aston University honoured with Regius Professorship
HM The Queen bestows historic honour on Aston in recognition of academic excellence and research
Obesity myths busted by Aston scientist
As Do Something Good for JanUary launches, Aston bioscientist busts popular myths
Older people needed to help beat frailty
An appeal has been launched for those aged 70 and over for a research project aimed at preventing or reversing frailty.
Growing levels of diabetes risk bankrupting NHS
Government must act to prevent further increase in childhood obesity
Official launch of innovative scheme to widen access...
Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get chance of medical career
New scheme launches to widen access to medical careers
Year 12 pupils from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds in the West Midlands are to get the chance of a career in medicine thanks to the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme
Statins reduce risk of dying from common cancers
Statins may significantly cut the risk of dying from the four most common cancers, ground breaking Aston University research has found.
LOCSU appoints Aston undergraduate as ambassador
Hassnain Safdar, final year undergraduate, is the first ever student ambassador for LOCSU.
Aston University to develop robotic stem cell factory
Aston University is playing a critical role in a €6 million EU project working to develop a robotic stem cell factory.
Aston evaluates Primary school reading programmes
An Aston University researcher has found two Primary school language programmes to be equally effective with children.
Aston graduate takes on Sri Lankan adventure
Meera Morjaria travelled to Sri Lanka to help improve mental health care.
Prestigious biology lecture given by Aston academic
The highly prestigious Royal Society of Biology Charter Lecture was delivered by Professor Cliff Bailey.
Reusing plastic bags a 'contamination risk'
Reusing carrier bags for different food products puts consumers at risk of biological contamination, warns an Aston academic.
Hospital discharges on weekends are life threatening
Hospital patients are up to a third more likely to die if they are sent home from hospital at weekends, Astonresearch reveals.
Prestigious Fellowship awarded to Professor
A British Science Association Honorary Fellowship has been awarded to Professor Gina Rippon for her outstanding contribution to science.
Aston 'top 15 in UK' for student satisfaction
Student course satisfaction at 90% overall for Aston undergraduates.
Common medications could delay brain injury recovery
Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to research involving Aston University.
Link between common medications and serious falls
Serious falls are more than twice as likely in older men who take medicines with anti-cholinergic properties according to new research.
NHS costs slashed for older adults in ExtraCare Villages
Combining housing, health and social care services can impact on the quality of life of older people while cutting costs, Aston research reveals.
Aston Technician awarded prestigious honour
Charlie Clarke-Bland's remarkable dedication to supporting students has been recognised by the prestigious Papin Prize Awards.
How do you banish children's fussy eating?
Parents could banish their children's fussy eating habits by following three simple steps, a new study suggests.
Medical School partnership officially announced
Aston University's initiative for a medical school in the heart of Birmingham has been officially endorsed and guaranteed by Leicester Medical School.
Research reveals why men are more forgetful
Academic discovers social life contributes towards your memory.
Academic to debate gender of the brain
Professor Gina Rippon will discuss how men and women think at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival.
Students to gain insight into Intellectual Property
New scheme will help turn ideas and inventions into business successes.
University guide ranks 5 Aston subjects in UK top 10
Influential guide ranks five Aston subjects among UK's top 10 with Ophthalmics (Optometry) first in UK.
International project to tackle frailty across Europe
Aston academics will collaborate with European colleagues to tackle the burden of frailty across Europe.
Gum condition linked to heart attacks
Treating a common gum condition in chronic kidney disease patients could reduce their risk of heart disease, Aston researchers say.
Aston shines at the Big Bang Fair 2015
The University visited the Big Bang Fair 2015 with enlightening sessions for a young audience.
Research for cystic fibrosis could be 'life-prolonging'
Preventing childhood lung infections could stop later life-threatening infections for people with cystic fibrosis, Aston researchers say.
Older drivers can stay safe for longer
Dr Carol Holland leads Aston researchers in developing a new training plan for older drivers.
'Walking Football' has great health benefits
Walking Football could have multitude of health benefits, according to Aston researchers.
Aston receieves Marie Curie Fellowship awards
University receives 13 awards from fellowship scheme.
Seeing Sense: unlocking the secrets of the eye
Professor Ian Holliday will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, showing why there is more to vision than meets the eye.
Metformin use for diabetes and kidney disease
Reviewing the use of metformin for people with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease
REF highlights world leading research at Aston
The quality and depth of Aston University's research is confirmed in the Government's Research Excellence Framework 2014.
New head of Life and Health Sciences appointed
Internationally respected biological engineering expert, Professor Chris Hewitt has been appointed the new Executive Dean of LHS.
Academics back new fund for healthy ageing research
Professor Helen Griffiths and Dr James Brown backed a new healthy ageing charity at an event at the House of Lords.
Aston University spin-out backed with funding deal
Aston University spin-out, Aston EyeTech Limited, has received £230,000 of investment from Mercia Fund Management.
Web technology offers mental health support
A web based application connecting people with potential mental health issues to clinical advice has been created by researchers at Aston.
Dementia trials failing as patients overlooked
Dementia trials could be failing because they often overlook the physical health of patients, according to new research.
Gender assumptions in science challenged
Professor Gina Rippon has unveiled research which challenges assumptions of the reasons behind an under-representation of women in science.
Simple test could detect serious eye condition early
A simple test that could detect the early onset of a condition that causes visual impairment is being researched at Aston.
Protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia
How carbon monoxide could protect against arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) after a heart attack.
Aston hosts symposium on healthy ageing
The dramatically ageing global population and its associated factors were discussed at an international symposium held at Aston University.
Dementia carers need more medication support
Family carers of people with dementia may need more support with medication management, according to an Aston study.
Almonds reduce risk of heart disease
Aston scientists found that eating almonds in your diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by keeping blood vessels healthy.
Aston announces new Medical School
Aston University has announced plans for a new Medical School which will train the next generation of doctors in the heart of Birmingham.
International project to better Palestinian eye care
Dr Frank Eperjesi is in Palestine and Jordan to help better eye care provision as part of a 565,000 euro worldwide project.
App tackles problem of 'glue ear' in children
Aston University is tackling the problem of 'glue ear' in young children with a hearing test app for any concerned families.
Researchers prove the five-second rule is real
Food picked up just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, say researchers at Aston .
Hormone discovered that 'predicts' biological age
Scientists from Aston University have discovered a potential molecular link between Irisin and the ageing process.
Scientists contribute to €85 million antibiotics study
Aston scientists will lead a €85 million international drive to develop new and effective antibiotic drugs.
Pioneering study investigates causes of Alzheimer's
Dr Eric Hill will lead an investigation into the behaviour of tau proteins, which are thought to cause the disease when they accumulate and become tangled.
Professor elected Chair of Pharmacy Schools Council
Professor, Yvonne Perrie, Head of Pharmacy at Aston University, has been elected Chair of Pharmacy Schools Council and will help lead important discussions on pharmacy education reform.
Student wins global Pharmaceutical award
Ali Al-Khattawi from Aston's Drug Delivery Research Group received his award from the Pharmaceutical Excipients Council (IPEC) for his excellence in graduate research.
Aston academic awarded prestigious medal
A respected Aston University professor has been awarded the 2013 Lunar Society Medal for his long-standing work in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.
Aston clinician wins prestigious optometry award
An Aston clinician has received a prestigious optometry award for finding links between eye perception and stroke.
Medication errors in mental health service admissions
Medication errors found to be common in admissions to mental health services
Aston Academic receives prestigious award
Professor Cliff Bailey will receive the 2013 Lunar Society Medal in recognition of his work within the clinical academic community.
Fight against life-threatening pregnancy condition
Aston University researchers may have found a solution of a life-threatening pregnancy condition 'Pre-elcampsia'.
Aston student raises money for national charity
An Aston Biology student walked non- stop for 24-hours to raise funds for cancer research.
Intermittent fasting could help prevent diabetes
Intermittent fasting could help prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to a new report by Aston University researchers.
Aston rated among top 30 UK universities
Aston University is ranked 27th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2014 with three subject areas rated among the UK's top 10.
Aston scientist embarks on innovative dementia study
Research funded by Alzheimer's Research UK to help understanding about the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Hine is 'Commercial Innovator of the Year'
Dr Anna Hine wins prestigious award for her work with Isogenica in the development of high quality gene libraries.
PhD Scholarships for Indian students announced
Showing support for PM David Cameron's initiative, LHS announces 6 PhD Scholarships for Indian students of £7,000 per year. These scholarships are available now.
Medication: Take It, Leave it or Sometimes Forget
Patients on medication for long-term conditions can often face difficulties with taking their medication as directed by their doctor.
Student Nominated for National Award
An Aston University student has reached the final stage of a prestigious national award in recognition of his contribution during his work placement.
Aston academic is 'Innovator of Year' finalist
An Aston University biologist has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of her molecular technology research and its relevance and application for health industries.
UK's first to receive Doctorate in Optometry
An Aston University student has become the first person in the UK to receive a professional Doctorate in Optometry.
'M5 Universities' launch equipment database
Aston involved in new website which lists research equipment that can be shared across all M5 members.
Aston partnership to develop gene library
Isogenica and Aston have secured TSB funding to develop gene library technology exclusively licensed to Isogenica.
Athletes Art Exhibition at Aston University
An interview with 74-year-old veteran sports star, Sheila Champion, one of 50 inspirational athletes featured in a free photo exhibition at Aston.
Aston student nominated for national award
An Aston University student has reached the final stage of a prestigious national award in recognition of his contribution towards optics.
'More than stinks' chemical tools to unlock biology
Aston University launches its new public lecture series Aston Inaugurals, to celebrate the work of its newly appointed professors.
Aston challenging perceptions of Ageing
Aston University will be hosting a photograph exhibition of veteran athletes who still compete at an international level.
'Under-reported' use of anti-psychotic drugs
The scale of the challenge to reduce the use of anti-psychotic drugs by people with dementia may be under-estimated.
ARCHA Launch ExtraCare Well-being Study
Researchers at at Aston University are working with a leading health charity to study the impact of their programme on older people.
Aston professor wins Pharmaceutical Award
Professor Yvonne Perrie's work towards developing a new tuberculosis vaccine has seen her named Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year
Cup of herbal tea could help fight breast cancer
Scientists at Aston University and Russells Hall Hospital have discovered that an extract from a common plant in Pakistan may help cure breast cancer.
Aston bucks the trend for graduate employment
92% of Aston graduates have found employment or taken up further study, up from 89% in 2011 and better than the UK average of 90%.
Graduation Ceremonies honour leading figures
Aston University held its graduation ceremonies in the splendour of Birmingham's Town Hall
DBE for Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor
Professor Julia King has been awarded a DBE for her services to education and technology in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Aston rated among top 30 UK universities
Aston University is ranked 27th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2013, with three subject areas rated among the UK's top 10.
Partnerships strengthen Hong Kong connections
Two new partnership agreements strengthen Aston's links with Hong Kong and China.
Aston University in partnership with Santander
Aston has signed an agreement with Santander to provide support for future students, researchers and entrepreneurs.
Aston University hosts Salters' Chemistry Festival
Students from 15 secondary schools are set to enjoy a fun-filled day of chemistry at the Salters' Festival of Chemistry taking place at Aston University.
Alzheimers drug fails to reduce significant agitation
A drug prescribed for Alzheimer's disease does not ease clinically significant agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study involving Aston University.
Aston optometrist awarded European Fellowship
Dr Shehzad Naroo was awarded a fellowship in recognition of his excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research, education and professional advancement of optometry.
Discovery in understanding of body's water balance
Scientists at Aston University have identified a new mechanism responsible for regulating the flow of water into and out of cells.
Tackling obesity and diabetes in population
Aston University researchers are examining how metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 2 diabetes affect the ageing process.
Tackling road safety in an ageing population
Researchers at Aston University are examining driving behaviour in drivers across the lifespan.
Blood flow research showcased at Parliament
Aston researchers showcase how spiral groove bearings can lead to safer and improved artificial blood pumps.
Weight loss programme tackles obesity
Results from a report produced by researchers from Aston University have shown that a community weight loss programme is effective at reducing weight over a 12 week period.
Fractures and mobility in an ageing population
The Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) is looking at ways of developing and optimising bioactive implants that can help bones heal and regenerate.
Aston a top 10 university for producing millionaires
Aston rated among the top 10 UK universities for producing millionaires.
National Student Enterprise Conference at Aston
The National Student Enterprise Conference, CTRL ALT DISRUPT, was held this year at Aston University.
Cashless payment scheme a success
Aston University has introduced an innovative new cashless scheme to make buying food and drink on campus quicker, safer and more convenient.
AGR praises placement year benefits
The Association of Graduate Recruiters has praised the benefits of an integrated placement year for students aiming to impress future employers.
New York Times 'hearts' Birmingham
Birmingham is firmly in the hearts of the Big Apple, with a recent article penned by The New York Times lauding England's heartland metropolis as big-shouldered, friendly and fun.
European Year of Active Ageing 2012
ARCHA will be using the opportunities that the European Year of Active Ageing provides to further its research and impact in five vital areas related to healthy and active ageing.
Research showcase evening 15 February
Aston is inviting representatives from businesses and public sector organisations to a research showcase evening on Wednesday February 15th
Leading UK businesses turn to Aston graduates
A survey of the UK's 100 top employers has again rated Aston among the top 20 universities for graduate employment.
Pharmaceutical partnership helps eye care
Aston has joined forces with a major UK pharmaceutical company to deliver improved care for patients with eye disease, allergies and other conditions.
Aston launches crackdown on bad energy habits
Aston University is aiming to more than halve its carbon emissions by 2020
World's biggest bacterium reaches Birmingham
The E.coli superbug has hit Birmingham but don't worry, this one isn't about to make you ill. It's a huge scientific model, certified by Guinness World Records as the largest ever.
New funding for Parkinson's research
New research has started at Aston University to investigate how a small amount of a common sleeping tablet may be a new potential treatment for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson's.
Aston University KTP rated 'outstanding'
Working with healthcare company Insight Health Ltd, the Microbiology team from Aston's School of Life & Health Sciences developed a revolutionary cleaning solution that will help to tackle the problem of hospital 'superbugs'.
Top UK Experts Meet to Tackle Ageing
Some of the UK's leading experts on ageing are coming together for a one day conference to explore the impact old age will have on all of us.
Aston ARCHA helps support an ageing population
ARCHA is holding a Research Showcase on 21 September to present a series of talks on challenges for the ageing population and our relevant research.
Aston: 2012 tuition fee and support packages
Aston University has set a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for all UK/EU undergraduates starting degree courses from September 2012.
Graduation ceremonies honour leading UK figures
Aston University held its graduation ceremonies in the splendour of Birmingham's Town Hall and presented eight honorary degrees to leading UK figures.
Top honour for Aston University Pro-Chancellor
Dr Paul Golby, Aston University's Pro-Chancellor, who has been awarded the CBE by Her Majesty The Queen in her latest Birthday Honours List.
The Demise of Spectacles- Inaugural Lecture
Perfect sight, without glasses or contact lenses, right into old age is a realistic dream.
Government information on student support
The Government has recently published information about support packages for 2012 entry students.
Aston involved in Mission for Health campaign
Dettol's Mission for Health campaign investigates the cleanliness of where we live, work and travel.
Unique study on medicine-taking behaviours
Researchers at Aston are encouraging people to tell them about their attitudes towards taking prescribed medication.
Aston's strong commitment to social mobility
Aston University aims to be one of the boldest and best at promoting widening participation.
Success for Aston in latest league tables
Aston University has performed well in several recent global and UK ranking league tables and surveys
Aston University: 2012 tuition fees proposal
Aston University is proposing to set a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for UK/EU undergraduates starting degree courses in 2012.
Earthquake in Japan
A powerful earthquake has hit Japan's north-east coast. Our thoughts are with our Japanese friends and their families at this time.
Senior appointments to strengthen health research
Aston's strong reputation in life and health sciences is further augmented by two new senior appointments.
Unique study evaluates pharmacy education
The Pharmacy Education and Accreditation Reviews Project reviewed professional pharmacy education as a whole in Ireland.
Top employers target Aston for graduates
An independent recruitment survey of the UK's 100 top employers rates Aston University among the top 20 UK universities they turn to for graduate employment.
Acne bug could be the cause of infections
A bacterium which causes acne and is commonly found on the skin, is now known to cause infections all over the body.
Former Cadbury's Chairman is Chancellor
Sir John Sunderland has been confirmed as the new Chancellor of Aston University
Aston bucks national trend on graduate employment
Aston University students are again among the most employable in the UK, with over 80 per cent of its 2009 graduates finding graduate - level employment.
Body Volume Index (BVI) measurement launched
A new obesity measurement which can help identify individuals at risk of illnesses has been launched
Helping medical graduates to prescribe safely
New project specifically designed to aid recently graduated doctors
First phase of Aston Student Village complete
Phase I of Aston Student Village's (ASV) new residences project has been completed, ready for the influx of new Aston students.
Aston recognised by Athena SWAN Charter
Aston has received a bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter for its support for women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
New diabetes drug announced
A new drug for type 2 diabetes -dapagliflozin- acts independently of insulin, improves blood sugar control, and lowers bodyweight.
Aston academics awarded prestigious fellowship
Aston academics receive National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their contribution to higher education.
Understanding 'life' inside a crystal
The public are invited to attend leading academic Carl Schwalbe's inaugural lecture, 'Better light through crystal glazing', next week on Tuesday 11th May.
Is this the future of tablet technology?
Scientists at Aston University have received two substantial research grants to develop new forms of cost-effective drug delivery that will have a real impact on patient treatment and care.
Higher level skills essential for economic recovery
The development of higher level skills is essential to build a stronger economy outlined Regional Minister, Ian Austin.
BBC radio star opens Alzheimer's event
The UK's leading dementia research charity (ART) held a public meeting at Aston University to discuss more about the illness.
Non-heterosexual pregnancy loss support
Research has found discrepancies in services for lesbian / bisexual women who experience pregnancy loss compared to heterosexual women.
New hope for cancer weight loss patients
Research at Aston could help to reduce the incidence and severity of weight loss in cancer patients.
Young people fuzzy about drinking limits
According to recent research conducted by Aston University and the University of Aberdeen, young people are unaware that government guidelines would class them as binge drinkers.
Graduation recognises business, science and arts
Aston will present its latest Honorary Degrees between Tuesday 14th and Friday 15th July at Birmingham Town Hall
Congratulations to national award winner
Technical Team Leader for Psychology and Audiology presented with prestigious award
UK first for Aston breast cancer research project
A breast cancer research project at Aston University in Birmingham has been chosen as one of 26 new projects in the UK and Ireland to receive a share of £2.3 million funding from the leading research charity Breast Cancer Campaign.
European project to define key stages of human ageing
Aston University is involved in a EUR 12m project that is set to identify and establish biomarkers which recognise the key stages of human ageing.
Aston University brings insight into 'superbug' battle
A collaborative research project between Aston University in Birmingham, UK and London-based healthcare company Insight Health Limited is to tackle the serious problem of healthcare associated infection (HAI).
Aston film premiere escalates ambition
The Midlands Health Academy (MHA), a partnership of health sector employers, universities and colleges committed to providing education for employment, will hold a special film premiere at Aston University in Birmingham on Wednesday, 6th May from 11.30am.
Natural born leaders
The behaviours that drive leadership style are linked to our genes, this is the finding of a study presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Brighton, last week.
British Science Festival returning to Birmingham in 2010
The British Science Festival one of Europe's largest public science events - will be coming to Birmingham in September 2010, the British Science Association and Aston University jointly announced today.
New vascular health lab at Aston creates a UK first
Scientists at Aston University in Birmingham are conducting research which uses the human eye as a 'window' to the vascular health of the human body.
Scientists create living model of basic units of human brain
Researchers in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University are developing a novelway to model how the human brain works by creating a living representation of the brain.
Secrets of Neuroimaging revealed
Professor Paul Furlong will deliver his inaugural lecture at Aston University on Monday, 16th March. In it, he will explore neuroimaging techniques and their value to both fundamental research as well as their practical application in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain.
Hospital trial shows copper reduces contamination
A study carried out at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham has shown that surfaces made with materials that contain copper kill a wide range of potentially harmful micro-organisms significantly reducing the number of these organisms that can come into contact with patients, visitors and staff.
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