Usher Institute

News 2024

A selection of news from the Usher Institute in 2024.

New Deputy Director, Professor Miguel O. Bernabeu

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Miguel O. Bernabeu, Professor of Computational Medicine, to become the new Deputy Director of the Usher Institute.

England’s oldest became frailer during austerity

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The speed at which England’s oldest adults became frailer accelerated during the UK Government’s era of austerity politics, according to a new study.

Virus ancestry could help predict next pandemic

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Virus family history could help scientists identify which strains have potential to become the so-called Disease X that causes the next global pandemic.

Pioneering hope for malignant glioma, a deadly brain cancer

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Usher Institute leads on implementation of science and cost assessment of new GLIOMATCH platform.

E-cigarettes help pregnant smokers quit without risks to pregnancy

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New analysis of data shows pregnant smokers using nicotine replacement products face no adverse outcomes.

All-UK study reveals impact of missed Covid vaccines

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The first research study of the entire UK population of 67 million people has highlighted gaps in Covid-19 vaccine coverage.

Treatment boost needed to shift NHS Covid backlog

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The NHS needs 10% monthly increase in non-emergency treatments to tackle pandemic-induced backlog, reveals analysis.