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Moving into our new Chemistry of Health building

Researchers are now moving into our new Chemistry of Health building – a state-of-the-art space for the study of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases – which is just being completed.

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Scientists unravel molecular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease

Detailed brain cell analysis has helped a group of researchers - including scientists here in the Department of Chemistry - uncover new mechanisms thought to underlie Parkinson's disease.

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A knighthood for leading Alzheimer's researcher

A leading reseacher whose work has helped bring vital advances in our understanding of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.  

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The researcher measuring pollution in classrooms

Image: Department of Chemistry Photography

"I really hope the issue of indoor air pollution will attract more attention now. It’s a significant part of our exposure to pollution, because we spend 90% of our time indoors, and particularly affects children." 

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Exploring alternative forms of power

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Sandile Mtetwa wants to transform the energy sector in her country. She'll begin a PhD here this autumn, investigating alternative energy sources that can produce and store hydrogen and could give Zimbabwe access to cost effective solar energy.

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PhD student wins Bill Gates Award

PhD student Jerelle Joseph in the gym at Churchill College (photo: Nick Saffell)

Congratulations to our PhD student Jerelle Joseph who has jointly won the sixth annual Bill Gates Sr. Award in recognition both of her outstanding research and her social leadership.

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Producing purer drug molecules

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Researchers here have successfully modified a well-known chemical reaction in such a way that it can produce drug molecules in a purer and more effective form.

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Royal Society of Chemistry honours three researchers

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Three department researchers have been honoured with Royal Society of Chemistry 2018 awards.

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Brain cholesterol associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers led by our own Professor Michele Vendruscolo have shown how cholesterol – a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases – may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Meet Alzheimer's Adversaries

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"Preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions are huge challenges. But we are confident that this plague will be defeated in due course."

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