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17 December 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Support and rehabilitation from traumatic brain injuries

The University of Exeter has identified a direct link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and impulsivity and problems in social reasoning, which are risk factors for young people committing violent and repeated crime.

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15 December 2020

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Enabling treatment for a neglected disease

Researchers at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology discover that faulty signalling in the immune system of healthy individuals leads to Chromoblastomycosis.

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14 December 2020

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Gender equality and food security

Professor Toby Pennington and Dr Carolyn Petersen are working with field partners at the Instituto Ouro Verde (IOV) to level the playing field in gender roles in agroforestry systems in Brazil.

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10 December 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Suspending the UK’s fast track system for asylum seekers

Research from Dr Nick Gill has directly contributed to the permanent suspension of the UK’s fast track system for asylum seekers.

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18 November 2020

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Energy governance, digitalisation and decarbonisation: conducting a policy-relevant PhD

Geography PhD student Emily Judson is researching the governance challenges emerging from the digitalisation of the energy industry and the development of policy which aligns with the transition to a Net Zero energy system.

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17 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Powered by beetroot

Professor Andy Jones and team have generated a substantial evidence base over the past 12 years for beneficial effects of nitrate-rich dietary supplements on sport and exercise performance as well as cardiovascular and metabolic function.

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3 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Uncovering the ‘Glass Cliff’

Research at the University of Exeter has uncovered a previously unknown phenomenon, in which women are more likely to be appointed to risky and precarious leadership positions in times of crisis. The ‘glass cliff’ is the phrase used to describe this situation. It follows previous research has described the barriers women face…

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2 November 2020

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Breaking Boundaries: Setting the marathon world record

For many years running a sub-two hour marathon was considered impossible, but research produced by a team at the University of Exeter underpinned much of the scientific strategy applied by project leaders, Nike and INEOS, to make this a reality.

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20 October 2020

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Kindness and Coronavirus: Building Relationships using HAIRE

Might more kind and compassionate communities be part of the legacy of Covid-19?

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28 September 2020

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Modelling the financial impact of a global low carbon transition

Research led by Dr Jean-Francois Mercure has contributed to the development of a global model which forecasts the positive and negative impact that a transition to low carbon technology and renewable energy would have on our economy.

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7 August 2020

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Playing politics with World Heritage sites

Our research released today shows the process of ‘In Danger’ listings is being manipulated for political gain. National governments and other groups try to keep sites off the list, with strategies such as lobbying, or partial efforts to protect a site. (Republished from The Conversation)

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28 July 2020

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Too hot to handle? Studying the impact of climate change in the hottest sea in the world!

For this year’s #WorldNatureConservationDay, PhD candidate Hind Mohsen Al Ameri talks about why our warming climate could be driving marine turtles into extinction and why the conservation of nature is vital to life on Earth.

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3 July 2020

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Helping aquaculture businesses save millions by predicting the risks of harmful algal blooms

Marine research led by Dr Ross Brown has uncovered environmental factors that increase the risk of HABs forming, which have been applied to the development of a statistical model, which can predict the risks of HABs developing.  

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24 June 2020

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The impaired control of blood glucose in diabetes

Dr Cruz recently defended her PhD at Exeter which focused on understanding the whole body regulation of energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis, with specific focus on how these change in diabetes.

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30 April 2020

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Sustainability and the migrant experience in the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is producing substantial changes in the practices and experiences of migration and mobility.

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22 April 2020

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How fatigue affects our dexterity

What effect does fatigue have on your dexterity? PhD candidate Ellie Hassan’s research is looking at whether fatigue makes us clumsier and makes daily tasks more difficult.

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17 September 2019

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Breaking 2: Nike’s sub-two hour marathon mission

Global sports giant Nike and University of Exeter scientists have facilitated an attempt to achieve the first sub-two hour marathon, in the internationally broadcast event ‘Breaking 2’.

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4 January 2019

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Quorn: assessing the benefits of mycoprotein

Sports scientists have built a successful relationship from a pilot study to two fully-funded PhD studentships with Quorn to assess the health benefits of mycoprotein.

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17 October 2018

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Redressing the gender balance

The under-representation of women in surgical roles is being addressed by research from a leading University of Exeter academic.

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22 March 2018

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Bacteria produce diesel on demand

Bioscientists have worked with Shell to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.

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14 March 2018

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Researcher in focus: Dr Ceri Lewis

Dr Ceri Lewis is a lecturer in Marine Biology for the College of Life and Environmental Science. She spoke to Lara Cronin about her research into Ocean Acidification, the importance of educational outreach and why she loves the polar regions. Can you tell me about what inspired your interest in Marine Biology? I think I probably…

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2 December 2016

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Building partnerships to protect fish stocks

Find out how research into warming seas has led to a partnership which is changing the way we fish.

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14 April 2016

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How plastics are entering the food chain

Vast amounts of plastic waste are thrown into the oceans every year, what would it mean if this plastic could, and was entering the food chain? Professor Tamara Galloway in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, whose research focuses on marine pollution, has been exploring this question through her Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded…

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1 January 2016

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Working with Greenpeace

Research aimed at discovering how chemical pollutants are distributed through the environment and are affecting the world is being carried out by scientists working with the international organisation Greenpeace, based within the University of Exeter. The team of scientists affiliated with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, conduct research which shapes…

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24 November 2015

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Watching Nature DVDs may help to reduce anxiety in dementia patients

Dr Craig Knight is using video to reduce anxiety levels in dementia patients.

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23 September 2015

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What effects do microplastics have on the food chain?

When it comes to plastic waste in the ocean, how much is too much? Professor Tamara Galloway has been researching the effects of microplastics on marine wildlife and how ingestion of these objects by some of the smallest creatures in the ocean can have implications for the rest of the food chain. Professor Galloway,…

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17 December 2014

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The effects of exercise on mental health and nicotine addiction

Research from the Sport and Health Sciences department, led by Professor Adrian Taylor, has identified gaps in the evidence-base for the effects of physical activity on mental health and nicotine addiction.

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10 September 2014

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Working with Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Fundamental research questions in areas including marine renewables, molecular biology and environment and human health are being addressed by a partnership between the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) – a marine environment research provider. The University and PML have been working together for a number of years with the…

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25 June 2014

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The impact of microplastics on marine life

Microplastic debris floating in the world’s oceans could be having a massive impact on marine life. Tiny bits of plastic rubbish are having an impact on lugworms, and other marine animals, which are an important source of food for other animals. Work by Stephanie Wright a postgraduate researcher from Biosciences found that…

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