News

Chemically modified insulin as a new marker to identify type I diabetes
A technique that could help predict, diagnose, stage and treat type 1 diabetes is currently being developed by researchers at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London.

[Published: 15 November 2017]


High BMI and blood pressure create heavy heart
Being overweight or obese creates damaging changes to the structure of the heart, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

[Published: 04 October 2017]


World’s largest inflammatory disease biobank will enable more precise treatment
Researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry have successfully been awarded a £1.7 million grant as part of a consortium led by the University of Glasgow, to create the world’s largest Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Disease (IMID) Biobank.

[Published: 25 September 2017]


Duchess of York visits the William Harvey Heart Centre
The Duchess of York was announced as an official British Heart Foundation Ambassador, marking the occasion by spending the morning at The William Harvey Heart Centre, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

[Published: 21 September 2017]


QMUL scientist shortlisted in national image competition
An image submitted by a British Heart Foundation-funded researcher at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has made the shortlist in the charity's annual 'Reflections of Research' image competition.

[Published: 31 August 2017]


Event: CHIAROSCURO from War Crime Trials to Clinical Trials
In this commemoration of the emergence of the Nuremberg Code doctors and patients of the William Harvey Clinical Research Centre will examine its significance for present-day clinical trials. Ralph Koltai, approaching his 93rd year, will recall his work as librarian for the prosecution at Nuremberg in conversation with David Collier, Clinical Director, with further contributions from Simon Callow will interview Ralph — probably the most famous stage designer alive today — with an illustrated commentary on his subsequent work for the stage.

[Published: 20 July 2017]


Study of the mouse genome reveals new gene functions and their role in human disease
The first results from a functional genetic catalogue of the laboratory mouse has been shared with the research community, revealing new insights into a range of rare diseases and the possibility of accelerating development of new treatments and precision medicine.

[Published: 26 June 2017]


Genetic testing can pick out men at increased risk of testicular cancer
Testing for large numbers of genetic changes can identify men with over a 10-fold increased risk of testicular cancer, a new study shows. Researchers found that testing for newly identified genetic factors along with others found in their previous studies could pick out men at increased risk, who might potentially benefit from monitoring or preventative treatment.

[Published: 13 June 2017]


Statins help improve heart structure and function
Statins can improve the structure and function of the heart, according to a new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

[Published: 01 June 2017]


QMUL study finds link between diesel pollution and heart damage
Diesel fumes have negative effects on the heart according to a new study by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

[Published: 01 June 2017]


New study finds loss of Sacsin effects organisation of the cells cytoskeleton
ARSACS Foundation funded scientists at Queen Mary University of London, McGill University and Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele have just published a research paper in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, which looks at the cytoskeleton in cells cultured from ARSACS patients.

[Published: 30 May 2017]


Data suggests that the brain controls exercise capacity
A joint study by researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), University College London (UCL) and the University of Bristol suggests that the brain controls exercise capacity, a highly novel idea with ramifications for health in the general population as well as elite athletes.

[Published: 18 May 2017]


Some statin-related side-effects are due to 'nocebo' effect
Patients report more side effects when they know they are taking a statin, than when they do not know whether they are on the drug or a dummy pill, according to a study by researchers from Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

[Published: 3 May 2017]


Event: Research Matters - changing lives in east London and beyond
For International Clinical Trials Day 2017, Barts Health NHS Trust and QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry will be hosting ‘Research Matters: changing lives in east London and beyond’The free event will feature talks from award-winning academics and clinicians, patients and others, to showcase high-quality clinical research and engage patients, families, carers and community leaders to act as research champions and encourage greater participation and involvement in healthcare research. 

[Published: 13 April 2017]


Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research
Dr Suchita Nadarki has been announced as one of the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017. The winning photo, titled The Pacenta Rainbow, is based on her research into pregnancy complications, and will be shown at exhibitions held across the UK and internationally, including Russia and South Africa.

[Published: 6 March 2017]  


Success for WHRI in QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017
On Tuesday 7th February 2017 QMUL hosted the second annual Engagement and Enterprise Awards to celebrate and showcase projects demonstrating excellence in the application and dissemination of research and teaching through public engagement, academic innovation, media relations and student enterprise.

[Published: 3 March 2017] 


Obesity leads to harmful activation of the immune system
WHRI researchers find a link between a high-fat diet, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk.

[Published: 10 February 2017] 


William Harvey New Year Celebration 2017
On Friday the 3rd of February the WHRI held its annual New Year Celebration and featured 15 talks from the institute's postgraduates and young post-docs.

[Published: 7 February 2017] 


Genetic defect found to cause disease in multiple organs
New research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has identified a novel syndrome in patients with kidney and adrenal disease.

[Published: 7 February 2017] 


New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people
Over 80 new genetic variants that strongly influence human height have been discovered in a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Montreal Heart Institute, The Broad Institute and the University of Exeter.

[Published: 2 February 2017] 


William Harvey Research Institute hosts Church of England clergy visits
Church of England vicars visit the WHRI to experience clinical and genomic research at first hand, as part of a national initiative to help scientists and faith leaders engage in dialogue and enhance understanding of ethical issues in medicine.

[Published: 2 February 2017] 


Over 100 new blood pressure genes could provide targets for treating hypertension
Study co-authored by Professor Mark Caulfield finds 107 new gene regions associated with high blood pressure, potentially enabling doctors to identify at-risk patients and target treatments.

[Published: 31 January 2017]


Professor Fulvio D'Acquisto receives large CPE award for a project titled 'CPD course to establish the Young Mind Science Knowledge Network'
East London school teachers to be provided CPD support and workshops to connect local schools with the Frontiers for Young Minds initiative, an open access scientific journal that publishes ground‐breaking science in language reviewed by teachers and their classes for accessibility.

[Published: 27 January 2017] 


Major Grant awarded to resolve debate on treatment after surgery
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) awarded $1.5m (£1.2m) by Edwards Lifesciences to carry out a study into a debated therapy for preventing complications after major surgery.

[Published: 13 January 2017] 


How the brain helps the body fight bacteria
"The brain may not only control our thoughts and physical functions," writes Dr Jesmond Dalli in The Conversation. 

[Published: 6 January 2017]


White blood cell treatment could prevent leading cause of foetal death
Treating a type of white blood cell using hormones could improve the development of the placenta in women with pregnancy complications according to early research led by QMUL. 

[Published: 12 December 2016]


Maternal blood test may predict birth complications
A protein found in the blood of pregnant women could be used to develop tests to determine the health of their babies and aid decisions on early elective deliveries, according to an early study led by WHRI's Dr Marika Charalambous.

[Published: 24 October 2016]


Research summary: Enzymes responsible for tissue repair
Dr Jesmond Dalli explains how his new research has uncovered enzymes that are crucial for the repair and regeneration of tissues, and could lead to new treatments for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.  

[Published: 11 October 2016]


WHRI researchers identify link between immunity and 'holidays'
A team of researchers at the WHRI are investigating ways in which holidays, music or a change of environment can bolster our immune systems in the fight against disease

[Published: 30 September 2016]


Major global study reveals new hypertension and blood pressure genes
Thirty-one new gene regions linked with blood pressure have been identified in one of the largest genetic studies of blood pressure to date, involving over 347,000 people, and jointly led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Cambridge. 

[Published: 13 September 2016]


A new hope for reducing uncontrollable blood pressure
At The Royal London Hospital, on 30 June 2016, the Barts Blood Pressure Clinic became the first hospital in the country to provide two NHS patients with the innovative Barostim Neo™ device that could transform and save the lives of people living with uncontrollable blood pressure. 

[Published: 12 July 2016]


The Fox Got You project visits WHRI labs
A London-based swiss artist, horticulturalist and founder of The Fox Got You project has recently published the findings from her visit to the William Harvey Research Institute. The WHRI was one of three biochemistry laboratories visited by Francoise Sergy as part of the project. 

[Published: 1 June 2016]


Parliamentarians pay visit to WHRI researchers
Chris Green MP, Stephen Timms MP and Baroness Neville-Jones were welcomed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on a visit organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

[Published: 26 April 2016]


WHRI was awarded a major recognition from the British Pharmacological Society
WHRI receives a major recognition from the British Pharmacological Society. The 'UK Pharmacology on the Map' award was presented to the WHRI for its outstanding contribution to the discovery and development of medicines.

[Published: December 2015]


Amrita Ahluwalia awarded Women in Science and Engineering prize
Professor Amrita Ahluwalia from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been awarded the 2015 Prize for Research by the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Campaign.

[Published: 16 November 2015]


Professors Mark Caulfield, Panos Deloukas and Patricia Munroe from the William Harvey Institute are within the top one per cent most highly cited in the field of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Four QMUL colleagues have been named in the top cited researchers, as released by Thomson Reuters.

[Published: 14 September 2015]


The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) bring excellent news for WHRI and our mother organisations
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today, confirm Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)’s place in the very top group of research-led universities.

[Published: 18 December 2014]

 

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