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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE scheme will promote international and inter-sectoral collaboration through a number of research and innovation staff exchanges within a partnership of institutions. Admission: Free, but registration required. Contact for further information: Grania Rogers Tel: 0191 208 8959 Email: grania.rogers@ncl.ac.uk

Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 12.00 to 14.00 - Research Beehive, Room 2.22

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) scheme will promote international and inter-sectoral collaboration through a number of research and innovation staff exchanges within a partnership of institutions. Exchanges can be purely inter-sectoral, purely international, or a combination of the two. Inter-sectoral exchanges are between the academic and non-academic sector – the latter sector includes businesses, SMEs, multinational companies, NGOs, public sector bodies, governmental bodies, charities, etc. International exchanges are between European institutions and those outside Europe, irrespective of whether they are academic or non-academic.

The 2016 call is now open and has a deadline of 28 April 2016. The event will start with lunch at 12.00, followed by the briefing itself at 12.20.

Please register at http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=9158


Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme)

The Graduate School would like to congratulate the two teams that took part in this year’s Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme).

The Graduate School would like to congratulate the two teams that took part in this year’s Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme). Both teams did fantastically well to win through to the finals from their regional heats, fighting off stiff competition in Manchester and Edinburgh. The teams comprised research students from the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Institute of Cellular Medicine (Hannah Swinburne, Beccie Brennan, Valeria Chichagova and Ellie Meader) and research staff based at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (Natalia Martinez-Soria, Natalie Bell, Alex Elder, Sarah Fordham and Frida Ponthan). With more than a hundred teams involved it is testament not only to the hard work our teams put in but also to the collaborative efforts of the Careers Service, Entrepreneurial Development Unit and those involved in the Research Student Development Programme for the bespoke training and advice provided to the teams.

The finals were a very grand affair held in one of the best hotels in Westminster followed by a drinks reception and dinner in Whitehall. Each team received a finalists award but the staff team also received the Best Healthcare Business Plan award sponsored by GSK. The standard of presentations at the finals was remarkably high and the winning team from Nottingham University were incredibly slick and professional. As inspiring as this current success was the involvement of two of Newcastle’s former participants, Matt Wilcox and Andrew Jenkins, who were invited as special guests and feature in a publication about success stories from the last 20 years (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/advancedtherapeutics/documents/yesis20-anniversary-brochure-v1.pdf

Matt was also called up to share the stage with compère Maggie Philbin, providing a brief account of his work since taking part in the competition. Neither Matt nor Andrew won in the year they took part but both benefited greatly from the experience and from the support of the Entrepreneurial Development Unit, not just in the competition but in protecting their Intellectual Property Rights and the commercialisation of their research findings. 


Prize Winners: North East Postgradaute Conference organising team

The Graduate School would formally like to offer it's congratulations to the NEPG Conference organising team who have been awarded a special prize in recognition of all of their hard work 

The Graduate School would formally like to offer it's congratulations to the NEPG (North East Postgradaute Conference) organising team who have been awarded a special prize in recognition of all of their hard work putting on a fantastic conference earlier this year. The Prize will provide an opportunity for a celebratory dinner and a chance to meet up again to recount an excellent day thoroughly well planned. The team was lead fantastically well be Hannah Swinburne and ably support by research students from across the faculty and from SAgE faculty and Northumbria University.

http://ne-pg.co.uk/meet-the-team/

Planning for next year's confenence starts tomorrow (16 December) with an initial meeting. If you are interested in being involved, please register for this meeting at http://faculty-tools.ncl.ac.uk/training/book?instance_id=2910 

 


NUS Survey regarding Disabled Student Allowance

The aim of this survey is to evaluate disabled students’ wellbeing and experiences in further and higher education. 

We hope to capture what the educational landscape looks like for disabled students 20 years on from the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) - an anti-discrimination law which made this country a better place for many disabled people.

You will be asked questions about the accessibility of your institutions and learning environment, your understanding of your rights and experiences of discriminatory behaviour.

The information that you provide will be stored securely and personal data such as your email address will not be revealed to people outside of NUS.

If you have any questions about the survey which you would like to ask before or after taking part, please email Sally Thomas, Policy Officer (Liberation)  sally.thomas@nus.org.uk

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=144733927859 


Computer model could hold key to personalised epilepsy treatment

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A computer model that identifies the parts of a person’s brain responsible for epileptic seizures could be used to design personalised surgical procedures.

A computer model that identifies the parts of a person’s brain responsible for epileptic seizures could be used to design personalised surgical procedures.

The research team from ICOS (based in the School of Computing Science), have used brain scans from patients with the most common type of epilepsy - temporal lobe epilepsy - and computer modelling techniques to look at the brain as an example of a computer network. By simulating brain activity within each patient-specific network, they successfully identified regions that were more prone to seizures.

The research (lead by Frances Hutchings with co-lead Dr Peter Taylor in the team of Prof Marcus Kaiser), simulated surgery by disconnecting sections of the network that corresponded to the parts of the brain most commonly removed. They also ran individual patient simulations, removing the most seizure-prone parts of the model for each person. By mimicking seizures before and after ‘surgery’, they found that patient-specific surgery showed, in every case, a significant improvement compared to removal of the regions most commonly taken out.

The research is published in PLOS Computational Biology, and is believed to be the first study to combine computational modelling of brain dynamics with patient-specific MRI data from individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy.

Read more about the research from the University press release.

Also, see this YouTube video about the research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVTrmCdufjs.


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