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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

Campaign to get the whole family involved in preventing falls among older people
(1 October 2015)
Ahead of International Day of Older Persons (1 October) experts at The University of Manchester, are raising awareness of strength and balance programmes, which can halve the risk of falls and potentially prevent many thousands of injuries each year.

Memories inspire young onset dementia service users’ music and art
(25 September 2015)
People with young onset dementia and their carers came together to provide a moving musical and artistic performance that concluded a series of weekly sessions.

New film tells parenting stories of Manchester’s Syrian refugee families
(21 September 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester and an independent film maker have produced a new documentary to show the experiences of Syrian refugee families living in Manchester.

New approach found to tackle breast cancer hormone therapy resistance
(18 September 2015)
University of Manchester researchers funded by Breast Cancer Now have discovered a new explanation as to why women with oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer develop resistance to hormone treatment, and a potential new approach to overcome the problem.

Imaging method has potential to stratify head and neck cancer patients
(18 September 2015)
Manchester researchers have identified a potential new way to predict which patients with head and neck cancer may benefit most from chemotherapy.

Lung ‘filtering’ technique can reduce transplant rejection
(15 September 2015)
University of Manchester researchers have used a new technique to recondition poorly functioning lungs and remove donor white blood cells in an attempt to increase the number of lungs available for transplant, and at the same time reduce the risk of acute rejection.

New leukaemia gene stops blood cells ‘growing up’
(14 September 2015)
University of Manchester scientists have identified a gene – FOXC1 – that, if switched on, causes more aggressive cancer in a fifth of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients, according to a Cancer Research UK study.

University of Manchester and Manchester-based SME Keep it Usable work together on award-winning app
(11 September 2015)
A collaboration between The University of Manchester and a local user experience (UX) design agency, Keep it Usable, has resulted in an app so innovative that it was recently the subject of a meeting at 10 Downing Street.

Research power against fungal disease revealed at Manchester Centre launch
(10 September 2015)
Manchester leads the world in the fight against deadly fungal infections with the opening of new Centre - a powerful partnership between research, doctors and industry to help 300 million people across the globe.

Placenta’s oxygen tanks for early embryos revealed
(10 September 2015)
A new role for the placenta has been revealed by University of Manchester scientists who have identified sites which store, and gradually release, oxygen for newly formed embryos in the weeks after the baby’s heart is developed.

University and AstraZeneca in £11.5m oncology collaboration
(9 September 2015)
AstraZeneca and The University of Manchester today announced a collaboration harnessing clinical bioinformatics to deliver personalised healthcare for cancer patients.

Greater Manchester to lead the way in creating world-class health innovation
(2 September 2015)
Leaders across healthcare research, academia and industry have today, Wednesday 2 September, come together to launch a unique partnership.

Dementia detection research a personal mission for PhD student
(27 August 2015)
A University of Manchester PhD student has used MR scans in a new way to detect the devastating form of dementia that affected her late husband, raising the possibility of earlier diagnosis.

Gut feeling restored by growth outside the body
(25 August 2015)
University of Manchester scientists have bridged a gap between two separate pieces of small intestine kept alive outside the body, in an advance which could have implications for surgery in human adults and babies.

How research at Tameside Hospital could provide clues to one of the UK’s biggest health challenges
(21 August 2015)
Novel research is being undertaken at Tameside Hospital to help determine the reasons why patients with type 2 diabetes have a greater risk of damage to the inner lining of the blood vessels, which can affect the eyes, nerves and kidneys and why diabetic men are three times more likely to develop sexual dysfunction.

New study examines the link between hospital care for self-harm and risk of death
(14 August 2015)
A University of Manchester study which followed up 38,415 people admitted to hospital with self-harm has, for the first time, investigated the association between the treatment patients receive in hospital and their subsequent risk of death.

Bid to cut childbirth mortality with game for African midwives
(11 August 2015)
Researchers at The University of Manchester have developed a new board game which will help African midwives to detect prolonged and obstructed labour to prevent women dying in childbirth.

Student campaigns for memorial to thousands in Manchester pauper graves
(7 August 2015)
A student from The University of Manchester is rallying support behind her petition to remember more than 40,000 people buried in and around Manchester’s Angel Meadow.

University collaboration for early detection of lung cancer
(5 August 2015)
The University of Manchester has signed a collaboration agreement with Abcodia to perform proteomics studies on a cohort of non-small cell lung cancer cases from the UKCTOCS biobank, with the aim of discovering new blood-based biomarkers for earlier detection of the disease.

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.