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NSMI-funded scientists seek genetic treatments to fight frailty in older people

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North Staffs researchers have won a £19,985 grant to investigate whether gene therapy can stop older people becoming frail. The group, led by Dr Adam Sharples, hopes to pave the way for new treatments that will reduce falls and weakness in the elderly by switching off the genes that cause muscle wasting. They will study tissue samples donated by hip and knee replacement patients to find which genes cause unused…

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NSMI Charity’s £58,000 cash boost for local medical research

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Charity the North Staffordshire Medical Institute has announced a £58,000 cash injection for three “outstanding” local research projects. The money will support new studies based at Keele University and the University Hospital of the North Midlands (UHNM), designed to improve treatments for cancer, heart disease and muscle wasting in the elderly. A panel of experts led by Institute chairman Professor Shaughn O’Brien allocated the funds after reviewing applications for their…

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Institute set to announce research grant winners

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Researchers across the region will find out this week if their projects will be funded by the North Staffordshire Medical Institute. A committee of experts has been sifting through applications for the charity’s annual research grants and is set to announce its decisions following a meeting on Monday, February 19th. It will award sums of up to £20,000 towards three schemes designed to enhance understanding of disease and create more…

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Institute Reaches Fundraising Target for Community Defibrillator

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NORTH Staffordshire Medical Institute is thrilled to announce it has reached its fundraising target of £1,999 for a community defibrillator. The lifesaving machine, supplied by Stone-based charity AED Donate, will be mounted on an outside wall of the Institute’s premises in Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, for members of the public to use in an emergency. It is due to be installed following a year-long campaign to raise the funds, led by…

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NSMI conference manager is fired up for fundraising challenge

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STOKIE superhero Spencer Smith will pull on his fire kit for the challenge of a lifetime in 2018. The conference manager at the North Staffs Medical Institute, who also works as a retained firefighter, is set to run an incredible marathon and a half in his full gear to raise money for four charities. But even that isn’t enough of a challenge for the 43-year-old, who last year raised £800…

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In their own words: NSMI-funded scientists on their groundbreaking work

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North Staffordshire researchers undertake innovative brain injury study involving surgeons and scientists In a new study started in 2017, a North Staffordshire research team has succeeded in keeping adult human brain tissue alive in a dish outside of the body, using samples of tissue donated by living patients undergoing surgery for a brain condition called ‘Chiari malformation’. Clinical lead for the study, consultant neurosurgeon Mr Nikolaos Tzerakis explained: “The Chiari…

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North Staffordshire scientists invent new home test for diabetics

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A North Staffs research team hopes to save patients time and the NHS millions with a new home testing kit for diabetics. The scientists, led by Clinical Biochemist Dr Chris Duff, want to end the need for Britain’s four million patients with diabetes to visit a clinic for routine haemoglobin testing every four months. Their DIY version of the HbA1c test will be similar to the finger prick kit some…

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Keele student showcase highlights the future of medical research

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Student doctors had the chance to present their research to leading academics in a showcase event at Keele University. The ASPIRE Research Showcase – supported by the North Staffordshire Medical Institute and led by Professor Divya Chari – is designed to give the medical researchers of the future the chance to show off their ideas and develop their presentation skills. This year’s event on Wednesday, November 22nd featured talks and…

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Sunshine vitamin D holds the key to beat childhood asthma, North Staffs scientists claim

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A North Staffordshire research team hopes to prove spending time in the sunshine is the key to improving childhood asthma. The experts, led by consultant paediatrician Dr Will Carroll, believe many asthma attacks in children can be linked to a deficiency in vitamin D – a substance produced by the body when it is exposed to sunlight. Their preliminary research has found asthmatic youngsters are hospitalised more often in less…

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Heart surgery safer thanks to £250,000 North Staffs research project

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North Staffordshire scientists are making heart surgery safer with a groundbreaking £250,000 study. The research team, led by Professor Mamas Mamas, hopes to revolutionise the way patient health records are used by the NHS to prevent complications after coronary stent procedures. Patients often have a stent – a short wire-mesh tube – inserted to treat angina or following a heart attack. It works by stretching open a narrowed or blocked…

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