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We always have something new to announce at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

If you're a journalist, you should find the below press releases useful. More news items can be found on our news page.

Most press releases will specify media contacts, but if in doubt, please get in touch with our Media Relations Officer Jamie Brown at or on +44 (0)161 275 8383.

Latest releases

Research looks to help children with social communication difficulties
(27 July 2016)
New research led by The University of Manchester aims to help children with ‘hidden’ speech and language problems.

Markers that cause toxic radiotherapy side-effects in prostate cancer identified
(27 July 2016)
A new study involving researchers from The University of Manchester looked at the genetic information of more than 1,500 prostate cancer patients and identified two variants linked to increased risk of radiotherapy side-effects.

Centre for Musculoskeletal Research designated as a European rheumatology centre of excellence
(21 July 2016)
The Centre for Musculoskeletal Research in the Faculty's Institute of Inflammation and Repair has recently been designated as a Centre of Excellence for the third time by European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

Graduate Jordan gives back with degree project for fellow Parkinson’s patients
(21 July 2016)
A University of Manchester psychology student who graduates on 21 July has used part of his studies to benefit other people with Parkinson’s by taking part in a project to help them improve their movement.

Paralympian graduate set to sail into new speech and language therapy career
(21 July 2016)
A new graduate from The University of Manchester who has represented her country at sailing will combine her passion for the sport with her speech and language therapy knowledge as she embarks on a new career.

Weightlifter Scott raises the bar at graduation
(18 July 2016)
A record-breaking weightlifter will also be carrying the expectations of his patients now that he’s graduated from The University of Manchester with a medical degree. Scott Wong from Singapore graduated last week to add another honour to a list that includes representing his country at the Commonwealth Games. As well as representing Singapore, he has […]

MAHSC awards Honorary Clinical Chairs
(12 July 2016)
Six outstanding doctors and scientists are the latest to be honoured with a MAHSC Honorary Clinical Chair by The University of Manchester.

University of Manchester team highly commended in NIHR New Media Competition
(12 July 2016)
The National Institute for Health Research has highly commended Dr Emma Crosbie of the University of Manchester in Round 6 of its New Media Competition. The NIHR Clinician Scientist received the accolade for submitting a film about the Womb Cancer Alliance.

Good indicator of cancer prognosis turned on its head by new research
(7 July 2016)
A molecule which, for the last 20 years has been believed to be an indicator of good prognosis in tumours has been shown to have a dark side by new research from The Universities of Manchester, Athens and collaborators, recently published in Nature Cell Biology.

New study finds no evidence of weekend increase in mental health patient suicide
(7 July 2016)
A new study from The University of Manchester, prompted by current government policy for a ‘seven-day NHS’, has found that suicide deaths by mental health patients are actually lower at the weekends.

European cancer scientists converge on Manchester to share latest research
(6 July 2016)
Cancer experts from around Europe will converge on Manchester this weekend (July 9-12) to share expertise with the city’s world-leading scientists at a special Congress.

Statins controversy linked to rise in UK patients stopping the treatment
(1 July 2016)
New research highlights potential public health impact of high profile health stories in the media.

New collaboration will implement the latest public health research in the North
(1 July 2016)
The University of Manchester has announced the launch of a major new initiative as part of the Well North project, designed to improve the health of communities in the north of England.

University of Manchester researchers join forces with US ‘cancer moonshot’ to develop advanced cancer cell detection technology
(29 June 2016)
Cancer Research UK researchers based at The University of Manchester and the US government’s National Cancer Institute have announced that two teams will work together to radically accelerate progress against cancer, in one of the first international collaborations inspired by US Vice-President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot.

When reality bites: procedures meet practice in community pharmacies
(27 June 2016)
High workload, rigid rules, and conflicting pressures from their employers are all leading to community pharmacy staff deviating from standard procedures at times to ensure patients receive the tailored care they require, a new study from The University of Manchester has found.

Multi-centre trial to test new treatment for chronic cough
(21 June 2016)
An international clinical trial to test the first new cough drug in 50 years is being led by The University of Manchester’s Professor Jaclyn Smith. If approved, the promising new treatment could offer hope to the millions of people living with chronic cough for whom few, if any, effective treatments exist.

Comedy gig kicks off a psoriasis awareness week that’s no laughing matter
(16 June 2016)
A high profile comedy night in Manchester will use humour to raise awareness of a serious subject as it kicks off the biggest ever Psoriasis Shout Out® – a week of events (18-24 June) organised by The University of Manchester.

Innovative podcast gets on its Soapbox to tell deaf people’s stories
(13 June 2016)
The inspiring life stories of deaf people from around the world, collected over ten years by a University of Manchester researcher, are to be explored in an innovative new podcast and public science event.

University spin-out focusing on Alzheimer’s disease launches in Manchester
(10 June 2016)
New stem cell company, StrataStem, which is able to study ‘Alzheimer’s disease in a dish’, has just launched in Manchester. Spun-out of The University of Manchester by UMIP, StrataStem was founded by Stem Cell Research Fellow, Dr Lisa Mohamet and Dr Chris Ward, a Reader in Stem Cell Biology.

Flashes of inspiration needed to solve weather and pain mystery
(10 June 2016)
The University of Manchester team behind a ground-breaking study recording how thousands of people with chronic pain react to the weather is seeking help from the public to come up with explanations for the results.