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Press releases

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

Overcoming why a new treatment is resisted by lung cancer
(29 July 2015)
A promising new agent which can be used to treat cancer rarely has an effect on the most common lung tumours, but new research from The University of Manchester has suggested how this might be overcome.

Molecular clues to serious illnesses to be explored
(27 July 2015)
The University of Manchester is to lead a new £2.9 million molecular pathology research project to improve diagnosis and treatment of non-cancerous diseases within the NHS.

Large rise in suicide among male patients in mental health care
(22 July 2015)
There has been a 29% rise in suicide since 2006 among men under the care of mental health services in the UK, a report by the NCISH shows.

Manchester professor conducts world’s first bionic eye implant
(22 July 2015)
The world’s first implant of a bionic eye has been carried out by a University of Manchester academic

Anonymous patient’s leukaemia genetically mapped to give hope to others
(14 July 2015)
Manchester scientists have genetically mapped the cancer of a leukaemia patient whose disease was resistant to treatment in order to identify a method of personalising therapy for individuals.

CPPE teams up with NHS England to train clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot
(13 July 2015)
The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is working with NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) as a delivery partner to provide training for a new group of clinical pharmacists based in general practices following an announcement of a new £15m scheme by NHS England. The aim of the scheme is to improve patient care and outcomes while supporting the GP workforce.

Aspiring health data scientists gather for The Farr Institute’s inaugural PhD Symposium
(10 July 2015)
The next generation of health informaticians from across The Farr Institute’s four UK-wide centres came together for the first annual Farr PhD Symposium on the 9 and 10 June.

Medical student overcomes brain tumour to take up cancer hospital placement
(8 July 2015)
A University of Manchester medical student who graduated yesterday (7 July, 12.30pm), returned as part of a placement to the radiotherapy department that treated her brain tumour.

Medical graduate provides a lifeline for remote Peruvian villages
(7 July 2015)
Graduation held no fear for a University of Manchester medic who has sailed up the Amazon and treated a snakebite victim in a jungle village.

Cystic fibrosis overcome by student who graduates with a first class degree
(7 July 2015)
A University of Manchester student graduated yesterday with a top degree in pharmacy, despite struggling with the cystic fibrosis she was diagnosed with as a baby.

WATCH: Tributes as stroke professor receives national award
(30 June 2015)
One of the country’s leading stroke specialists has scooped a national Life After Stroke Special Recognition Award for her pioneering work to transform the quality of stroke care in the UK.

New NICE online learning tool for healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with psychosis, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
(26 June 2015)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new online learning tool – Severe mental illness: prescribing and monitoring antipsychotics.

Manchester to tackle cancer’s biggest challenges as new Cancer Research UK Major Centre
(26 June 2015)
Cancer Research UK has announced a further investment of £5 million in Manchester to help transform personalised medicine for cancer treatment and follows last week’s launch of the new cancer research building in Manchester.

Manchester stroke specialist scoops national award for life-saving work
(25 June 2015)
One of the country’s leading stroke specialists has scooped a national Life After Stroke Special Recognition Award for her pioneering work to transform the quality of stroke care in the UK.

New breath test for pneumonia
(25 June 2015)
Researchers from The University of Manchester are part of a team that has identified an important new approach to diagnose infections in critically ill patients rapidly and accurately.

Researchers identify gene mutation that can cause key-hole shape defect in eye
(23 June 2015)
A scientific collaboration, researchers from The University of Manchester at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM), and the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, , has pinpointed the genetic cause of a rare form of blindness, which can present itself as a key-hole shaped defect in the eye in newborn babies.

Research with thieving puppets demonstrates toddlers’ caring sides
(18 June 2015)
An experiment conducted by The University of Manchester has shown that three and five-year-old children will intervene to protect others from theft and distress, even when not personally affected.

State-of-the-art research centre will transform cancer treatment
(16 June 2015)
A NEW £28.5m research centre that will transform cancer treatment opens in Manchester this week.

Manchester signs research and teaching agreement with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
(12 June 2015)
The University of Manchester has entered into a new partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to train new researchers and make advances in drug safety, development and personalised dosage.

New drug can clear all psoriasis symptoms
(10 June 2015)
A University of Manchester led trial of a new psoriasis drug has resulted in 40 percent of people showing a complete clearance of psoriatic plaques after 12 weeks of treatment and over 90 percent showing improvement.