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Cambridge announced as one of five key partners in new national Alan Turing Institute

The University of Cambridge is to be one of the five universities that will lead the new Alan Turing Institute, announced the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills today. The Alan Turing Institute will promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and ‘Big Data’ […]

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Exploring early intervention in Alzheimer’s dementia

Attempts to bring new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease to the market have been disappointing despite a high level of investment. However, the realisation that Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder and that early intervention may be more effective has led to research efforts being focused on prevention. The MRC Biostatistics Unit is contributing to the […]

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Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity

A brisk 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death, according to new research lead by Professor Ulf Ekelund from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge .

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Lassa fever controls need to consider human to human transmission and the role of ‘super spreaders’

One in five cases of Lassa fever – a disease that kills around 5,000 people a year in West Africa – could be due to human-to-human transmission, with a large proportion of these cases caused by ‘super-spreaders’, according to research published today in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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IMF lending undermined healthcare provision in Ebola-stricken West Africa

Researchers criticise reforms advocated by IMF for chronically under-funded and insufficiently staffed health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They say these policies contributed to “lack of preparedness” of West African health systems to cope with disease and emergencies such as Ebola. Writing in the journal Lancet Global Health, researchers from Cambridge University’s Department […]

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A University of Cambridge scientist is helping the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

A Professor of Virology from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Pathology, arrived in Sierra Leone on December 1 to help set up a new diagnostics centre amid reports that the West African country is now the worst-hit by the Ebola crisis.

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