Researcher shortlisted for communication award

A researcher who has raised awareness of how social media affects people’s attitudes to body image has been shortlisted for a communication award.

Landmark textbook showcases Exeter’s expertise in realist research methods

A newly published definitive guide to using realist research methods counts four researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School among the international list of chapter authors.

Women in Fisheries website launched

New research exploring women’s roles in fishing families officially gets going this week, as the Women in Fisheries project launches its new website.

Key aspects of human cell ageing reversed by new compounds

The breakthrough could be “basis for a new generation of anti-degeneration drugs.”

Twin study highlights importance of both genetics and environment on gene activity

New research highlights the extent to which epigenetic variation is influenced by both inherited and environmental factors.

Medical Imaging student awarded research grant

An Exeter student has been awarded a grant to research how best to optimise peer support across Medical Imaging courses in the UK.

Simple factors that can avoid harmful side effects in type 2 diabetes

Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug for them to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in simple characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions, new research has shown.

World experts target guidance on managing dementia symptoms

New research which brings together the views of the world’s leading experts has concluded that non-drug approaches should be prioritised in treating agitation in people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Medicine programme tops Russell Group for student satisfaction

The University of Exeter’s Medicine programme has topped the Russell Group for student satisfaction levels.

Exeter researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in mammoth bike challenge

Two researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled a whopping 460 km from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four-day challenge.

Student satisfaction at Exeter amongst best in Russell Group in NSS 2018

Students rate teaching quality and learning experience at Exeter amongst the highest in the Russell Group universities, according to the latest results from the NSS 2018.

Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive

Asking ten “critical” questions before embarking on a serious relationship can help couples thrive, according to a new study backed by the prominent divorce lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton and supported by the University of Exeter Medical School.

Just ten minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care

An e-learning programme that trains care home staff to engage in meaningful social interaction with people who have dementia improves wellbeing and has sustained benefits.

Improving the Prescribing Practice of Newly-qualified Doctors

It is known that prescribing errors in hospitals are common and that junior doctors may make more mistakes than senior doctors as they write the most prescriptions in hospital settings.

Better clinical trials must address “critically low” dementia research shortfall

New research gives insights into how the design of clinical trials can improve, with new insights into the “critically low” research pipeline and improve the chances of finding effective dementia therapies.

Environment key battle ground in fight to tackle antibiotic resistance

The environment could be as important a battle ground as the clinic in the global fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance, new research has shown.

Commonly prescribed medications linked to rise in harmful side effects in dementia

 Medications which are commonly prescribed to people with dementia have been linked to an increase in harmful side-effects, research involving the University of Exeter has concluded.

New director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme appointed

We are pleased to announce that Professor Ken Stein has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR) Programme, starting in September 2018, successor to Professor Tom Walley.

Exeter in launch of major US study on brain ageing

The University of Exeter is collaborating with Synexus, the leading global network of dedicated research sites, to launch one of the largest, registry-based research initiatives in the United States to help understand how healthy brains age.

Exeter students marry and graduate on the same day

A young Romanian couple who met while studying together in Exeter have married and graduated from Medical School on the same day.

Research helps address problem of hospital bed blocking

A new study has questioned assumptions about the best way to stop unnecessary admissions and extended hospital stays for frail, elderly people.

First Medicine students graduate from Exeter

The University of Exeter Medical School will celebrate a major milestone on July 17, when its first Medical students will graduate.

Charitable organisation funds vital global testing for babies with rare disease

A charitable organisation is providing vital funding for people with a rare condition across the world to have genetic screening at the University of Exeter.

Celebrating positives improves classroom behaviour and mental health

Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct and to avoid jumping to correct minor disruption improves child behaviour, concentration and mental health.

Exeter diabetes experts to help diagnose and treat diabetes in Africa

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has awarded Exeter experts £2 million to answer important questions on diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa.

Take part in virtual reality nature study

A new research project in Truro is calling for members of the public to help study the effects of virtual reality on health.

Exeter leads early cancer diagnosis in major policy centre

A national expert on cancer diagnosis will take a lead role in a new £4.75 million centre to create research that guides policy.

Testicular cancer study reveals highest risk symptoms to aid diagnosis

A new study has identified the highest risk symptoms that can indicate testicular cancer, in research that aims to improve diagnosis.

Seeing the same doctor is a matter of life and death

A ground-breaking study has concluded that patients who see the same doctor over time have lower death rates.

Professor boosts dementia expertise at Exeter

A professor who is an expert in older people's medicine has further bolstered Exeter's research expertise in dementia

The key to good cancer care? Better admin

One of the most important factors in people’s overall experience of cancer care is good administration, according to results from a major new study funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and led by the University of Exeter Medical School in collaboration with University College London.

Exeter professor inputs into new NICE guideline

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has published a new guideline on assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Hypnosis may help reduce distress of cancer treatment in children

Hypnosis could help to reduce the fear of medical procedures in children and young people with cancer.

Diabetes Week: Eight Exeter diabetes discoveries

To mark Diabetes Week, we’re celebrating eight Exeter Diabetes discoveries that are changing lives worldwide.

Exeter student wins prestigious essay prize

 An Exeter Medicine student has won a prestigious essay award for her essay on emergency medicine.

Exeter holds first Undergraduate Student Conference

Students and staff from across the Medical School gathered this Saturday (9th June) for the Undergraduate Student Conference, which took place at the Exeter Racecourse.

Exeter Medicine student wins Student Leader of the Year Award

A Medicine student from the University of Exeter Medical School has been named Student Leader of the Year at the Exeter Students’ Guild Awards.

Dementia experts invite public to research open day

Members of the public are being invited to a free event in Exeter on Friday 15 June, to learn more about dementia and the latest research underway in the South West to tackle the condition.

Pioneering genomics researcher recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

An Exeter clinical scientist who has helped to transform the lives of thousands of patients worldwide has been recognised by the Queen in her latest Birthday Honours.   

New hope from the “seven year switch” in Type 1 diabetes

New research has shown that the rapid decline in insulin production that causes Type 1 diabetes continues to fall over seven years and then stabilises.

Exeter announces new Mireille Gillings Fellowships in Health Innovation to develop future women leaders

The University of Exeter Medical School is creating two new Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellowships, to help develop the next generation of leaders that excel in medicine, science, leadership and business. They have been funded from a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation – the largest single gift ever made to the University.

Exeter-Hong Kong centre to promote environmental sustainability and resilience

First of its kind Joint Centre in Hong Kong

“Miracle treatment” long-term success for babies with diabetes

Over a decade, Emma Matthews has progressed from fearing for her son’s life every night to being safe in the knowledge that his diabetes is well managed thanks to the long-term success of “miracle treatment” tablets.

Exeter Medicine student wins Course Rep of the Year Award

A Medicine student from the University of Exeter Medical School has been named Course Rep of the Year at the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union’s (FXU) Student Voice Awards.  

New guidance on treating diabetes in elderly and frail adults

New guidance has been published on managing diabetes in the elderly, including for the first time how to manage treatment for the particularly frail.

Researchers launch dementia project to combat ‘frightening' hospital experience

A group of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School has launched a project to improve our understanding of how best to help people with dementia and their loved ones in hospital.

Pioneering studies in Exeter funded by leading dementia research charity

Researchers in Exeter have received a £50,000 funding boost for pioneering dementia research in the city. The announcement of this new funding comes during Dementia Action Week, a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of dementia and encouraging people to get involved with efforts to help people living with the disease.

Exeter researchers on final funding push for mammoth 350 mile charity cycle

Two researchers from the University of Exeter are gearing up to reach their funding goal for dementia research.

University and NHS team up to launch pioneering Academy of Nursing

A new Academy of Nursing will combine academic rigour with NHS expertise to raise standards of care.

Improving heart health could prevent frailty in old age

New research has shown that older people with very low heart disease risks also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented.

Exhibition highlights tales and imagery of life with dementia

A public exhibition will feature poems, cartoons and images created by well-known artists working with people with dementia.

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research.

Medical research at Exeter hits world top 30

The University of Exeter has entered the world top 30 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, according to an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.

Huge success for student-led plastic surgery conference

Exeter Medicine students had huge success this month with the first ever South West Plastic Surgery Conference, aimed at helping students develop skills and maximize opportunities in the field of plastic surgery.

Medical Sciences student wins prestigious Quintiles prize

A Medical Sciences student has won a prestigious award from Quintiles (now IQVIA) for her achievements on her Professional Training Year (PTY) placement.

Evidence shows ocean sound may help reduce stress and create a sense of calm

The power of the ocean to bring mental health benefits to humans is a growing field of research as scientists increasingly understand the value of the marine realm in human health and wellbeing.

Exeter holds inaugural Sports Medicine Conference

The University of Exeter will join forces with the Exeter Chiefs from today to hold the first ever Sports Medicine Conference, promising to tackle the biggest issues in the field.

Research reveals key factors to support quality of life in dementia

A robust research analysis has identified what factors can be targeted to support people to live as well as possible with dementia.

World-class professor takes lead role at Medical School

A world-leading expert in the economics of health is joining the University of Exeter Medical School’s senior team.

£250,000 funding boost to investigate whether vitamin D promotes brain health

A robust clinical trial to investigate whether taking vitamin D can help keep our brains sharp in older age has been supported by a donation of nearly £250,000 from the J P Moulton Charitable Foundation. 

“Blue light” of LED streetlights linked to breast and prostate cancer

The “blue light” emitted by street lights including LEDs, and commercial outdoor lighting such as advertising, is linked to a significant increase in the risk of breast and prostate cancer, innovative new research has concluded.

Commonly prescribed heartburn drug linked to Pneumonia in Older Adults

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found a statistical link between pneumonia in older people and a group of medicines commonly used to neutralise stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers.

Pub-goers invited to raise a pint to science in Exeter

Experts from the University of Exeter will bring their research out of the laboratory and into city watering holes, as the world’s largest festival of public science talks arrive in Exeter.

£1m toolkit to calculate economic value of urban greenspace

£1m is being invested in an online toolkit designed to empower cities and developers to accurately assess the multiple benefits of green infrastructure, so as to make informed policy and business decisions. 

New Medicine student common room opened

A new common room for Medicine students has been opened at the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building.

£10M donation for Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre, medical research and leadership programmes

Gift from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation is the single largest received by the University of Exeter.

Medicine students publish national Pathology research

Two Medicine students have collaborated with a national expert to produce a national paper on the teaching of Pathology in Medicine.

Gene that Makes Humans Eat More Sugar Can Also Lower Body Fat

Scientists have known since 2013 that a version of the gene FGF21 makes us consume more carbohydrates.

Weight loss is an important predictor of cancer

Unintended weight loss is the second highest risk factor for some forms of cancer, concludes the first robust research analysis to examine the association.

Exeter partners with Dementias Platform UK

The University of Exeter Medical School has been confirmed as a full partner of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), a partnership of leading universities and prominent industry names striving for better research in dementia.

Exeter Medicine student hosts successful first National Social Prescribing Conference

The first National Social Prescribing Conference organised by an Exeter Medicine student has been hailed a resounding success, attracting 80 delegates and featuring keynotes from world leading medical experts.

270 million visits made to English coastlines each year

Research has revealed for the first time that around 271 million recreational visits are made to marine and coastal environments in England.

Exeter diabetes researcher wins top European award

A rising research star at the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious European prize, for her commitment to the study of diabetes.

St Luke’s bids farewell to famous cat

Around 60 people gathered to bid farewell to a much-loved cat who was among the most famous in Exeter.

Isabel to take student lead at international Alzheimer’s conference

An Exeter PhD student has been selected as a lead student at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Success for Exeter Medicine students at Diabetes UK conference

Exeter students have won a national prize for their scientific posters at last week’s Diabetes UK professional conference. 

School children unpick genetic riddle in University labs

Pupils from schools across the Westcountry used genetic processes commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.

Exeter to train more of Tomorrow’s Doctors

The Government has granted permission for the University of Exeter Medical School to train an additional 88 Medicine students each year, in a major boost to the South West.

Genes could protect against Type 2 diabetes, new study finds

Scientists in Exeter and London have identified seven new genetic variants that could lower a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Exeter undergraduate contributes to international research

An Exeter student has contributed to an international review on the effects of heat stressors in pregnancy.

Exercise could delay progression of Type 1 diabetes when first diagnosed

Innovative new research has suggested that physical activity around the time people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes could have long-term health benefits, improve blood glucose levels, reduce hypos and reduce the risk of complications, such as retinopathy and neuropathy. 

Exeter academics in star roles at Diabetes UK conference

World-renowned diabetes researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School will give prestigious talks at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2018 this week.

Exeter PhD student to attend prestigious Nobel meeting

A PhD student from the University of Exeter has been invited to attend a prestigious worldwide event.

Genomic Medicine extension for Exeter

The University of Exeter Medical School has received additional funding from Health Education England (HEE) to extend its MSc Genomic Medicine programme, as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Medical School wins General Medical Council accreditation

The Medical School passed its “health check” from the General Medical Council (GMC) with flying colours, when it officially registered the undergraduate Medicine programme.

Brain Awareness Week to bring neuroscience to the masses

Members of the public are being invited to the University of Exeter to learn more about the marvels of the human brain as part of Brain Awareness Week.

Medicine student volunteers help hospital weather storm

Exeter’s Medicine students stepped up to volunteer in a wide range of support roles to help staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to continue delivering high quality patient care over the severe weather period.

Mums-to-be can exercise in warm weather and use saunas without getting too hot

Pregnant women can safely exercise in warm weather and take short hot baths or saunas without risking critical elevations in body temperature that could harm their unborn child, a review has found.

Sea swimming increases ailments

People who spend time in the sea are more likely to experience stomach bugs, ear aches and other types of illness than those who do not.

Road map to improve dementia research by 2025

A new Alzheimer’s Society roadmap has outlined the steps that must be taken on dementia prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025.

Exeter students launch national women’s health conference

Medicine students from the University of Exeter Medical School have organised a national medical conference on women’s health.

Exeter researcher running Bath Half to beat diabetes

A researcher from Exeter will be pounding the pavements in the Bath Half Marathon in aid of Diabetes UK, the charity that funds her work.

Academics launch report for Rockefeller Foundation

Experts at the University of Exeter have contributed to an international report on how to bring health and the environment into global policy-making.

Pimavanserin: relief from psychosis in dementia, without devastating side-effects

A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.

New discovery could lead to prevention of organ damage in chronic disease

Researchers at the University of Exeter have worked with researchers from Cardiff University and the Wales Kidney Research Unit to find a potential new method for preventing the process that causes scar formation in organs.

Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading diabetes expert today received his CBE for his work in revolutionising global diagnosis and treatment.

Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear

Experts have developed a cognitive test to detect subtle memory deficits years before Alzheimer's disease symptoms develop.

Dementia care improved by just one hour of social interaction each week

Increasing the amount of social interaction for people with dementia living in care homes to just one hour a week improves quality of life when combined with personalised care.

Exeter academics co-author four of BJGP’s top ten most read articles

Four of the British Journal for General Practice (BJGP)’s top ten papers of 2017 were co-authored by University of Exeter Medical School academics.

Exposure to chemical found in plastics ‘hard to avoid’ in everyday life

86 per cent of teenagers have traces of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used to make plastics, in their body.

New research on why GPs quit patient care

New research has shed light on the reasons driving doctors out of General Practice.

Global science to support coastal communities in SE Asia

During January 2018 world-class experts from the South West UK attended the Kick-Off meeting for the Grand Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Blue Communities Programme, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Brain food: How to eat well for a healthy brain in later life

A new international report gives the clearest evidence to date on the impact of diet on brain health in older adults.

New pharmacist training to upskill workforce

Qualified post-registration community pharmacists in the South of England can now enrol in the University of Exeter Medical School’s new Master in Clinical Pharmacy.

Exeter dementia research showcased in New York

Exeter’s world-leading dementia research will soon be showcased at a special event in New York.

Dorset to benefit from green spaces and health research

A new partnership will further research into the health benefits of the natural environment in Dorset’s communities.

Medicine students' work published in international science journal

Two Medicine students have contributed to research published in an international scientific journal.

Exeter student’s essay published in European scientific journal

An Exeter Medicine student has had her award-winning essay published in a European-wide journal.

Surfers three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant bacteria in guts

Regular surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have antibiotic resistant E. coli in their guts than non-surfers, new research has revealed.

Gene linked to opposing blood sugar conditions in single family

Scientists from the University of Exeter Medical School have uncovered new insights into the genomics of diabetes through the rare case of a family where one gene is associated with two opposing conditions.

Obese fat becomes ‘inflamed’ and scarred, which may make weight loss harder

The fat of obese people becomes distressed, scarred and inflamed, which may make weight loss more difficult, research at the University of Exeter has found.

New Year’s fitness frenzy as pair sign up for cycle challenge

Two researchers from the University of Exeter have made a positive start to 2018 and put their New Year’s resolutions into action as they strive for success in completing an epic 350 mile cycle ride.

National research extended to stop young adults with ADHD slipping through the net

Researchers at the University of Exeter have launched the second phase of a national survey to help identify existing services and gaps in provision for young adults with Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD).

Research will help GPs diagnose dementia more accurately

Research at the University of Exeter designed to help identify patients with dementia and reduce the pressure on health services has received a generous boost of £120,000 from the Halpin Trust.

Alex raises over £800 to support research into Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Exeter teenager Alexandra Daniels has raised over £800 to help fund respiratory research at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in memory of her grandfather.

More than 10,000 people sign up to health research at Exeter

Thousands of people in Devon have signed up to take part in high-quality research, accelerating meaningful benefits to patient health.

Students bring Yuletide merriment to care home

A group of Medicine students from the University of Exeter have organised a Christmas party to boost engagement with the arts for people living in a residential care home.

Elf and fitness boost through cycle challenge training

Two researchers from the University of Exeter put elf before beauty to prepare to cycle 350 miles from London to Paris for the charity Alzheimer’s Society.

Dementia Research Highlights 2017

Take a look at our dementia research highlights from 2017.

Exeter to award and host prestigious MRC Skills Development Fellowships

The Centres for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare and Biomedical Modelling and Analysis will partner with the MRC to award and host Skills Development Fellowships.

Parental lifespan genes could hold clue to longer life

A large-scale international study led by the University of Exeter Medical School has discovered new genes linked to parents’ lifespan – which could one day be targeted to help prolong human life.  

Artist and students transform cardboard into stunning artwork

A local artist has worked with students from the University of Exeter Medical School to create a striking sculpture made from a humble everyday material: cardboard.

Blood pressure declines 14 to 18 years before death

Blood pressure in the elderly gradually begins to decrease about 14 or so years before death, according to a new largescale study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Exeter reports to UN on antibiotic resistance in environment

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest health challenges of modern times – and now two world-leading academics have reported to the United Nations on how the problem can be spread through our natural environment.

Medical School celebrates exceptional achievements of students and staff

Students and staff have been recognised for their outstanding achievements at the fourth University of Exeter Medical School’s annual Prizes and Awards ceremony.

Type 1 diabetes as common in adults as children, but many adults are misdiagnosed

Type 1 diabetes is not predominantly a ‘disease of childhood’ as previously believed, but is similarly prevalent in adults, new research published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows.

Charity funds Medicine students’ placements abroad

Final year Medicine students have spent the summer developing their clinical skills through international work placements in locations around the world, thanks to a charity donation.

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit receives national registration

The future of high quality health research in Exeter and the South West has been boosted by announcement of the national registration of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit.

Research hopes to make dental visits less stressful for children with autism

Inspired by her own experience as a mum to a five-year-old son with autism, a dental hygienist has published new research hoping to make dental examinations less stressful for autistic children.

Dementia research at Exeter gets £190,000 boost

The dementia research charity BRACE and Kirby Laing Foundation have together awarded more than £190,000 to the University of Exeter Medical School to support cutting-edge genomic research to better understand the causes of dementia.

University of Exeter researchers among world’s ‘most influential scientific minds’, says new ranking

Leading academics from the University of Exeter – including an authority on plastics pollution – are among the world’s most “influential scientific minds”, according to a new ranking.

Asthma attacks reduced in tree-lined urban neighbourhoods

People living in polluted urban areas are far less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma when there are lots of trees in their neighbourhood, a study by the University of Exeter’s medical school has found.

Brave Exeter Lecturer cuts hair off for children’s charity

A Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, who is due to undergo chemotherapy, has cut off her long hair in aid of a children’s cancer charity close to her heart.

Rising stars in antibiotic resistance research awarded Industrial Fellowships

Two talented young researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health, have been awarded prestigious Industrial Innovation Fellowships by the National Environment Research Council (NERC).

World Diabetes Day: Exeter researcher recruits trial participants

A Diabetes expert is recruiting hundreds of people with a recent diagnosis of the disease to an ongoing clinical trial.

Hong Kong residents invited to study to maintain healthy brain

People in Hong Kong aged 50 and over are being invited to join a ground-breaking online study called PROTECT, to help learn how they can maintain a healthy brain in later life.

Cornish residents help improve health and wellbeing within their communities

Residents from Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth have united with businesses and academics in a project designed to improve people’s health and wellbeing in tomorrow’s homes.

Old human cells rejuvenated in breakthrough discovery on ageing

A new way to rejuvenate old cells in the laboratory, making them not only look younger, but start to behave more like young cells, has been discovered by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton.

Professional Training Year students present scientific posters

Medical Sciences students have showcased scientific posters on the work they carried out during the Professional Training Year, which gives them key research skills to prepare for their working lives.

More women than men diagnosed with bowel cancer as an emergency despite extra GP visits

More than a third (34%) of women with bowel cancer in England were diagnosed after an emergency hospital visit compared to less than a third of men (30%).

Climate change already damaging health of millions

Climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency, new research shows.

Tales and imagery of life with dementia captured on Exeter allotment

People whose lives have been affected by dementia have worked with well-known professional artists to create insightful images and poems that capture some of their experiences, to form a new book.

€2 million project to explore links between oceans and human health

The European Union is investing €2 million (£1.78m) to coordinate research into the complex links between oceans and human health and wellbeing.

Student medics encouraged to try research

Aspiring doctors, dentists and vets are being encouraged to try their hands at research in a student-run journal.

Physical inactivity and restless sleep exacerbate genetic risk of obesity

Low levels of physical activity and inefficient sleep patterns intensify the effects of genetic risk factors for obesity

Exeter Professor wins international award for psychiatric genetics research

A genetics researcher has won a prestigious award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) for his work on diseases that affect the brain.

Academics awarded ‘Research Paper of the Year’ by the Royal College of General Practitioners

A paper involving the University of Exeter, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, has been awarded Research Paper of the Year Award 2016 from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Medical students win Management & Leadership award

A group of Medical students have won a national award which celebrates Management and Leadership. 

Truro event to boost older people’s wellbeing through nature

People with dementia and their carers are being invited to an interactive event which will discuss the significant benefits nature can have on their wellbeing. 

Public invited to interactive talk on dementia in Exeter

Members of the public are being invited to an interactive talk, to hear more about the personal experiences of those living with dementia, and the portrayal of the condition in the media.

Social media accounts promote skeletal images of women

Skeletal images of bodies featuring protruding bones and pencil-thin limbs are being shared and promoted on social media, new research shows. 

Creator of Exeter hip dies

A surgeon who played an integral role in creating an artificial implant that revolutionised hip replacements worldwide has died.

More than £1 million to identify genomic changes in schizophrenia

The Medical Research Council is awarding more than £1 million to the University of Exeter Medical School to continue their pioneering work into how and why schizophrenia develops. 

Cancer identification genetics project wins European Health Award

Identifying cancer links more quickly – genetics project wins European Health Award

Healing molecule discovery could reduce limb amputations for diabetes patients

Scientists have discovered new insights into a molecule which is part of the body’s tissue repair system, in a finding which could help treat non-healing wounds and injuries, such as diabetic foot.

Global experts seek to end damaging dementia psychosis cycle

A new research report calls for a change in approach in the treatment of psychosis in dementia, to find alternatives to highly damaging antipsychotics.

Psychosis in Parkinson’s dementia: new treatment provides hope

New research involving King’s College London and the University of Exeter has highlighted the benefits of a promising new treatment which could relieve psychosis in thousands of people with dementia related to Parkinson’s disease. 

£500,000 for dementia brain research at Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has announced more than £500,000 in funding for researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School to advance understanding of how dementia affects the brain.

How to keep your brain sharp in older age

New research from the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has revealed which mentally engaging activities best keep the brain sharp.

Dementia researchers raise thousands for Alzheimer’s Society in epic bike challenge

Five researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society.

People with dementia benefit from goal-oriented therapy

Personalised cognitive rehabilitation therapy can help people with early stage dementia significantly improve their abilities.

Dementia researchers gear up for epic cycle challenge

A group of dedicated and intrepid dementia researchers are gearing up to cycle 350 miles to raise £12,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

Research shortfall on common form of dementia highlighted

New research has highlighted the scarcity of evidence on the prognosis of dementia with Lewy bodies.

New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies

New international guidelines will help ensure an accurate diagnosis and the best possible care for people with dementia with Lewy bodies.

Soapbox Science returns to Exeter

Ever wondered what happens in your brain when you eat chocolate? Or whether Nemo’s dad should’ve been less worried about finding his son and more concerned about ocean acidification?

Five ways people can act on dementia

Five ways people can act on dementia, backed by research

Did you know: Your vitamin D levels are linked to dementia risk

Did you know: Your vitamin D levels are linked to dementia risk

Did you know: Gardens and mealtime music in care homes can improve lives for dementia residents

Did you know: Gardens and mealtime music in care homes can improve lives for dementia residents

Did you know: 10 minutes of daily social interaction can reduce agitation in dementia

Did you know: 10 minutes of daily social interaction can reduce agitation in dementia

Did you know: Your lifestyle influences your risk of developing dementia

Lifestyle factors influence your risk of developing dementia. We outline how as part of our series to mark Dementia Awarness Week.

Can online therapy reduce distress in dementia carers?

A new study is inviting people who care for someone with dementia to help investigate whether an online therapy can help carers cope with feeling of stress, anxiety or depression.

Celebrating 10 years of European Research Council funding

The University of Exeter will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) with a celebratory public event at the Streatham Campus.

Research-based healing exhibition at Musgrove Park

An exhibition on healing will bring together people’s experiences of physical and mental mending as part of a research project.

Diabetes Week: Eight Exeter diabetes discoveries

To mark Diabetes Week, we’re celebrating eight Exeter Diabetes discoveries that are changing lives worldwide.

Dementia: The right to rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is as important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.

New Medicine student common room opened

A new common room for Medicine students has been opened at the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building.

Isabel to take student lead at international Alzheimer’s conference

An Exeter PhD student has been selected as a lead student at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Isabel to take student lead at international Alzheimer’s conference

An Exeter PhD student has been selected as a lead student at the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC).

Medical Schools wins General Medical Council accreditation

The Medical School passed its “health check” from the General Medical Council (GMC) with flying colours, when it officially registered the undergraduate Medicine programme.

Low levels of ‘memory protein’ linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has discovered that low levels of the protein NPTX2 in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s may change the pattern of neural activity in ways that lead to learning and memory loss.

Exeter researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award

An Exeter researcher has just been awarded £362,337 from leading charity Diabetes UK to understand if certain genes can protect people from developing Type 2 diabetes.

Variation in genetic risk explains which people develop type 1 diabetes in later life

Having certain genetic variants could explain why people can develop type 1 diabetes at markedly different ages, including later in life, says new University of Exeter research being presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon, Portugal (11-15 Sept). 

Exeter’s world diabetes expert awarded CBE

A world-leading diabetes expert has been awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his work in revolutionising global diagnosis and treatment.

Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in government-funded research centre

The impact of vibrations from very tall buildings and wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and wellbeing is to be researched in a new £7.2 million government-funded national research facility.

Exeter scientist wins prestigious dementia prize

University of Exeter researcher Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017.

Exeter researchers unite and take on 350 mile cycle challenge to defeat dementia

A team of six passionate dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are uniting against dementia and cycling 350 miles from London to Paris in a bid to raise £12,000 for the charity Alzheimer’s Society.

Two in five GPs to ‘quit within five years’

Large scale survey exposes severity of impending GP shortfall.

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

The more regularly people report doing word puzzles such as crosswords, the better their brain function in later life, a large-scale and robust online trial has found.

How to eat like a Mediterranean to reduce dementia risk

How to eat like a Mediterranean to reduce risk of dementia

One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money

Person-centred activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life in care homes.

£2 million for Exeter Centre of Excellence in dementia care research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £2million to the University of Exeter.

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

One in three cases of dementia could be potentially prevented if brain health is improved throughout life.

Helping the UK visitor economy to become more dementia friendly: new research findings

An estimated 46.8 million people are affected by dementia worldwide, a figure expected to double every 20 years reaching around 131.5 million by 2050. 

Nursing plans unveiled

The University of Exeter Medical School will be launching a series of training and education programmes to develop the nurses of the future.

Aspirin reduces risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women

Extensive study offers ‘definitive proof’ of improved outcomes in high-risk pregnancies.

Can spending time in parks, woodlands and beaches improve our mental health?

A new study involving the University of Exeter  will investigate whether spending time in green and blue spaces, such as parks and beaches, can have a positive effect on our long-term wellbeing and mental health.

Study finds GPs are unwilling to refer patients for bowel cancer checks

GPs can be reluctant to refer patients with symptoms of bowel cancer for further investigations, a study by the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter has found.

Public health academics win medical book prize

An academic at the University of Exeter Medical School is among a trio of authors to win a prestigious book prize.

Mind’s eye research nominated for “Oscars” of Higher Education

A research project that comforted thousands of people who lack a “mind’s eye” by naming their condition has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

BlueHealth makes a media splash

University of Exeter researchers hit television screens and radio speakers across the country this week, as millions of people across the UK tuned in to learn about the BlueHealth programme.

Exeter team brief government on threats to coastal communities

University of Exeter scientists have been commissioned by the Government to write a briefing paper on the health and wellbeing of people living in coastal cities, towns and villages.

Can singing help overcome impact of strokes?

Researchers are seeking volunteers to help study the benefits of singing groups for people with a communication disorder associated with strokes.

Devon pupils lead citizen science on plastic

Young people will take part in a unique outreach project in which they will lead and participate in a scientific research project on chemicals in plastic food packaging.

Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms

Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make their symptoms worse, a new study suggests.

Alzheimer's Research UK Chief Executive awarded honorary degree

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter in recognition of her work at the helm of the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Supporting coastal communities in Southeast Asia

A group of UK researchers have been awarded funding to help support coastal communities in East and South East Asia that depend on healthy and diverse marine ecosystems.

Exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Excluding children from school may lead to long- term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown.

Bowel cancer diagnosis delayed by other illness

A new study revealed that additional serious long-term health conditions, such as heart disease, can push a bowel cancer diagnosis back by up to twenty six days.

Medical School launches Exeter Expert Series in Genomics

The University of Exeter Medical School will launch the first course in its Expert Series in Genomics this Autumn 2017.

Student medics performed at Glastonbury Festival

A group of Exeter Medical students battled the crowds and mud of Glastonbury Festival to deliver top medical care to revellers.

Medical student wins prize for exploring sensitive issues around miscarriage

University of Exeter Medical School Medicine student, Charlotte Williams, won the prestigious prize for her Medical Humanities project based on real stories of miscarriage.

Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

New research has shown that the youngest pupils in each school year group could be at risk.

Medicine student meets Prince Charles to advocate social prescribing

Medicine student Bogdan Chiva Giurca has met HRH The Prince of Wales to champion a new social prescribing project.

Two Exeter diabetes researchers recognised as “Rising Stars”

Two researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been recognised as rising stars in diabetes research.

Carers speak about helping to shape research and education

Carers have spoken about the value of sharing their experiences with students and researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Student raising money to build sustainable playground in Africa

A Medical Sciences student from the University of Exeter Medical School is travelling to Uganda this summer to help build a playground from renewable materials.

£800,000 to develop life-saving heel-prick test for babies with diabetes

Exeter’s world-leading diabetes experts have been awarded more than £800,000 to develop a test for babies with neonatal diabetes.

Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures.

Imagine walking along a South Devon beach on a lovely day. The waves are lapping on the shore, rabbits are scurrying in the undergrowth, and the bells of the local church are mingling with the calls of the seagulls.

Older adults under-referred for mental health therapies

A large research study from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter has revealed that older people are not being referred for mental health support nearly as frequently as their younger counterparts.

PenCHORD awarded funding to forge links with India

An internationalisation grant has been awarded to PenCHORD – PenCLAHRC’s operational research group – to establish a research collaboration between the University of Exeter Medical School and Charusat University in India.

Hay fever map of Britain published to help sufferers avoid hotspots

Admissions to hospital for asthma spike days after high pollen counts.

University of Exeter Medical School to host an NIHR HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre

A team of systematic review specialists from the University of Exeter Medical School have been commissioned to conduct evidence syntheses on the organisation and delivery of healthcare.

Raised blood platelet levels ‘strong predictor’ of cancer

Having a high blood platelet count is a strong predictor of cancer and should be urgently investigated to save lives, according to a large-scale study.

Guardian top ten for two Medical School programmes

The University of Exeter Medical School’s Medicine programme has moved up to 5th place in the Guardian University Guide 2018, while Medical Imaging has moved up to 6th.

Pint of Science Exeter to take local science breakthroughs to city pubs

Experts from the University of Exeter and the Met Office will bring their research out of the laboratory and into city watering holes, as the world's largest festival of public science talks arrives in Exeter.

Medicine students create inspiring book on Exeter cancer stories

Two Medicine students at the University of Exeter Medical School are behind an upcoming book that aims to empower people with cancer by sharing their inspirational stories.

Cross-Pacific rowers visit Exeter

Four women who rowed 8,000 miles, from San Francisco in the United States to Cairns, Australia, will share their remarkable story at a film screening at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 17 May.

Students award for Medical Sciences research community

The Medical School’s Medical Sciences programme has been voted Subject with the ‘Best Research Community’ at the University of Exeter Students Guild Teaching Awards.

Research moves closer to unravelling mystery cause of multiple sclerosis

A new study has made a major new discovery towards finding the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS), potentially paving the way for research to investigate new treatments.

A third of emergency cancer patients haven't seen their GP

Around one third (34%) of cancer patients diagnosed as an emergency had not consulted their doctor beforehand, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study published today (Tuesday) in the British Journal of General Practice.

Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.

New genes for height revealed in global study of 700,000 people

83 new genetic variants that strongly influence human height have been discovered in a study.

Global dementia expert gives first lecture as head of Exeter Medical School

World-leading dementia expert Professor Clive Ballard will deliver his first lecture since joining the University of Exeter.

Medicine students visit Cuba for insight into international health delivery

Medicine students at the University of Exeter Medical School have travelled to Cuba to get an insight into how the country delivers high quality healthcare on a tight budget.

New tool will help GPs decide if patients under 50 have serious bowel condition

A new research-backed risk assessment tool will support GPs in identifying the symptoms of bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease in patients aged under 50.

£2 million to improve rehabilitation of older people after hospital discharge

Researchers have received £2 million of funding to conduct a five year national study looking at how rehabilitation can be improved for older people with frailty following discharge from hospital.

Student researcher wins prize at Houses of Parliament poster exhibition

A budding student researcher from the University of Exeter has secured third place at a prestigious poster exhibition of undergraduate research at the Houses of Parliament.

School children unpick genetic baking riddle in University labs

Pupils from Westcountry schools used genetic processes commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who is sabotaging Devon’s very own Bake Off.

Diabetes expert wins top international scientific award

A world expert in diabetes will deliver a lecture presented as the top international science award by Diabetes UK.

Scientists develop calculators to help clinicians decide on best diabetes treatments

People with diabetes could benefit from digital ‘risk calculators’ in the future that help healthcare professionals prescribe the best combination of medicine for each person. 

World expert in brain function adds to Exeter’s research excellence

A world expert in measuring brain function will give his first lecture at the University of Exeter.

Exeter doctor wins prestigious diabetes research award

A University of Exeter researcher has just been awarded nearly £800,000 to find out why Type 1 diabetes develops in babies.

App combines latest research to help users curb food cravings

Experts are seeking volunteers to test a research-based app that aims to help users curb cravings for unhealthy foods and lose weight.

New drive to tackle deadly global disease

The University of Exeter is part of a pan-European partnership worth almost 30 million Euros to improve the prevention and management of Diabetic Kidney Disease.

Emoticons help gauge school happiness level in young children

A new questionnaire based on emoticon-style facial expressions could help teachers and others who work with children as young as four to engage them on their happiness levels in the classroom.

New research to act as a catalyst to help GPs diagnose cancer

A revolutionary Cancer Research UK-funded project will investigate ways of bringing new and improved cancer diagnostic tests to GPs.

Mutations responsible for cleft palate and related birth defects identified

Study of Amish and Saudi Arabian families finds mutations in HYAL2 gene that impact development.

No silver bullet to beating obesity, study finds

New research challenges previous findings that any single aspect of diet or lifestyle can be targeted to reduce the risk of obesity in adults with a high genetic risk of putting on weight.

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