The blog of the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease

If you’re interested in how people and animals move, see, eat and age, and what we can do when things go wrong, then this blog is for you.

This is a behind the scenes look at the latest research and activities from the Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease. We’d love to hear your questions and comments.


Outreach event for primary school children

Posted on: 28 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Whole class of primary school children outside William Henry Duncan Building

“Inspiring, educational, awesome, factual, exhilarating, incredible, epic, fab….” These are some of the ways the children described their visit to the Institute, following the IACD Junior Science Lab on 28 November. The theme for the opening session was “The Giant Cardiovascular System”, with demonstrations and hands-on activities to explore the physiology of blood cells and circulation, the eye, and the brain. Twenty-nine Year Six children (aged 10-11) and four members of staff from St Thomas CE School (Lydiate) were amazed by their experience and excited about what they learned. Whilst 50% of the children reported previously having visited a university, only 32% had ever met a scientist before their visit.


Workshop on chemical cross-linking for the treatment of keratoconus

Posted on: 22 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A group of smiling Indian and European people

A workshop was organised by Eye & Vision Science staff with experts at the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India to discuss the findings of a project that aims to develop a new chemical cross-linker to treat keratoconus. The workshop, on November 18th 2017, featured speakers including Professor Rachel Williams (front, second left), Professor Colin Willoughby and Dr Atikah Haneef (front, second right) from Eye and Vision Science and clinicians from across India. The workshop was funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council under the Translational Alliance Program Scheme.


Ageing workshop & symposium

Posted on: 6 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A room of people watching a presentation entitled 'what is ageing?'

On the 26th and 27th October 2017, our lab (the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group, led by Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães), organised a two day scientific symposium and workshop to bring together scientists researching the field of ageing.


Microbial keratitis in Malawi

Posted on: 30 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Image of a standing African man in a white coat attending to the eye of a seated African man

Microbial keratitis is an infection of the cornea that may lead to ulcers, scarring and loss of sight. The risk factors and organisms that cause microbial keratitis are unknown in Malawi meaning that treatment is limited and outcomes are poor. One of the barriers to identifying the organisms responsible has been the difficulty in collecting samples from the cornea. This has depended on the use of sharp instruments and specialist equipment, which are not available in resource deprived settings as you find in Malawi. Dr Tobi Somerville, also of St Paul’s Eye Unit, recently tested a novel method for identifying the cause of the infection.


Diagnosing malaria in comatose children

Posted on: 23 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A man looks down a large camera into the eyes of a child laying on a bed - the room is dark

Great strides have been taken in the battle against malaria – the biggest killer of African children under five years of age – but still around 450,000 children die from the disease every year. Many of those children will slip into a short coma during their illness; around 15% of them will die and a further 15% will suffer a neurological disability. It is therefore imperative that an accurate diagnosis is made as quickly as possible so that treatment can begin.


Tackling blindness in Malawi

Posted on: 16 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Dr Nankwenya shows young nurses how to treat a diabetic patient

Staff from Eye & Vision Science recently visited the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme in Blantyre, Malawi, one of five Wellcome Major Overseas Programmes. This first post on their visit examines the dramatic rise of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy in Malawi and the programme’s efforts to tackle the problem.


Launch of the ONWARD Network

Posted on: 2 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Logo featuring an eye and the word 'ONWARD'

The National Institute for Health Research (the research arm of the NHS) Ophthalmology Speciality Group has given its approval to support a national strategy, in collaboration with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, for supporting Trainee Research Networks. In the Liverpool region, Dr Neeru Vallabh (Glaucoma Research Fellow) will be leading.


At the European Conference of Machine Learning, Macedonia

Posted on: 27 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Evening shot of a bridge over a river

Machine learning can be applied to medical images for enhanced medical diagnosis. The complex challenge of high-level analysis creates a necessity to improve machine learning theory itself. The Centre for Research in Image Analysis (CRiA) team at IACD used the problem of fundus image diagnosis to devise a theoretical solution to large image analysis. As a PhD student presenting at my first conference outside the UK I will briefly talk about my experience at the recent ECML conference and about the work I presented.


A Cool TEDx Talk on Cryonics

Posted on: 6 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Photo of Joao Pedro Magalhaes talking at TEDx

Giving talks, both to science audiences and to the general public, is part of any academic’s life. Indeed, in my nine-year academic career I have given over 100 talks. But some talks are harder than others. In most talks about my work I reuse large chunks from previous talks, making it more of a process of optimization and evolution. My recent TEDx talk, however, was completely different.


Grow your own cornea

Posted on: 4 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Dr Rebecca Lace & Dr Kyle Doherty of Department of Eye & Vision Science on a research trip to Sydney, Australia

This week is Organ Donation Week (4-10th September), when the British public is encouraged to register to donate tissue after their deaths. However, organ donation may soon not be the only way to replace lost tissue.


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    Outreach event for primary school children

    Posted on: 28 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

    Whole class of primary school children outside William Henry Duncan Building

    “Inspiring, educational, awesome, factual, exhilarating, incredible, epic, fab….” These are some of the ways the children described their visit to the Institute, following the IACD Junior Science Lab on 28 November. The theme for the opening session was “The Giant Cardiovascular System”, with demonstrations and hands-on activities to explore the physiology of blood cells and circulation, the eye, and the brain. Twenty-nine Year Six children (aged 10-11) and four members of staff from St Thomas CE School (Lydiate) were amazed by their experience and excited about what they learned. Whilst 50% of the children reported previously having visited a university, only 32% had ever met a scientist before their visit.


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