Science after Brexit: the end of UK science?

From the invention of logarithms by St Andrews graduate John Napier in 1614 to more recent successes such as the Nobel Prize-winning isolation of graphene by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2012, the United Kingdom has been a world leader in scientific research for over half a millennium. Despite […]

Heaven’s Above! Handover interview

Heavens Above! is the astronomy section of the Sci@StAnd site. This month, we see the handover of this section from the current author John Weaver to the new author, Kate Gould. So Kate, tell me a bit about yourself: Well first off, I’m a first year here at St Andrews and like a lot of […]

University of St Andrews leads new TB data-sharing platform

Data collected from one of the largest tuberculosis (TB) clinical drugs trials, lead by the University of St Andrews, has been released as part of a new data-sharing platform. The trial, completed in 2014, sought to investigate whether moxifloxacin, an antibacterial drug used in the treatment of pneumonia and bronchitis [1], could be used as a […]

St Andrews Awarded £5.7m to Further Understand Evolution

The University of St Andrews announced last week that they have been awarded a £5.7 million grant to lead an international team of experts in a research programme with the aim of furthering our understanding of evolution. [1] The multi-disciplinary team of 50 world renowned figures, led by Professor Kevin Laland of the School of Biology […]

St Andrews and Harvard publish breakthrough in fibre-optic wound healing

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Harvard University have jointly published a paper in the journal Nature describing the use of biodegradable fibre-optic devices. These waveguide devices deliver externally-applied light deep into the tissue, allowing the process of photochemical tissue bonding in deeper tissue than previously treated  [1,2]. Photochemical tissue bonding is a technique that […]

New £10m Marine Lab to be Built in St Andrews

The new £10 million marine laboratory planned to replace the internationally renowned but now outdated Gatty Marine Laboratory at the University of St Andrews should secure the University’s status as frontrunners of Marine Conservation Science in the UK. The new facility will provide a global hub for marine research focused on conservation and understanding the effects […]

Shine: St Andrews Celebrates the International Year of Light

In December 2013 the UN General Assembly announced that 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light Based Technologies. [1] There are over 85 countries involved and more than 100 partners from these, committed to developing this initiative. This program was set up in order to celebrate innovations in light science, as well as […]

New Stem Cell Research Opening Up The Door To Possible Treatments For Motor Neuron Disease

A joint research project led by scientists from the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh has shed light on possible ways to study and treat Motor Neuron Disease (MND) by using stem cells from human skin samples.[1] The project was led by Dr. Gareth Miles, a senior lecturer at the School of Psychology and Neuroscience […]

University Supports Women in Science

In October 2013, Sci@StAnd reported that the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews was presented with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.[1] Now the School of Chemistry has become the first school in the University to successfully attain the Silver Award. In addition, two more schools across the University are supporting women in science, the School of […]

Breakthrough for Communicating with Dementia Patients

New dementia research from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews has given new insights into communicating with patients suffering from this pathology.[1] The research suggests that non-verbal communication methods may aid both patients and carers in forming and maintaining emotional connections. The research team, led by Dr Maggie Ellis […]

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