Health science centres announced for region

The creation of three academic health science centres (AHSC) in the West Midlands has been announced by West Midlands minister Liam Byrne, MP, during a visit to The University of Warwick’s Medical School.

The AHSC at Warwick will be the first in the Midlands and will bring together all the NHS trusts across Coventry and Warwickshire to draw on the university’s world-leading research expertise in systems biology, engineering and medicine.

Another two AHSCs are planned in the region.

For more details see The University of Warwick.  

Business innovation challenge

Businesses are being challenged to improve their innovation strategy with the help of design experts at Coventry University.

The university’s design hub wants businesses to get in touch with them so staff can help in developing innovation strategies for firms.

The Design Hub is leading the way in responding to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills’ new white paper Innovation Nation, which has called for sharing of knowledge between the public and private sectors.

Innovation challenge project manager Julia Stew said: “We’re inviting businesses across the West Midlands to get in touch to find out how we can help them to develop their innovation strategy.  We can help with concept development, industrial design, graphic design and initial prototyping.”

For more details see Coventry University. 

Society-wide action needed over obesity

A group of experts tackling obesity have called for more widespread action across society to tackle a growing crisis.

The group of experts from Birmingham University have called for more to be done in areas like transport policy, town planning, education and access to sport to encourage a healthier lifestyles.

The group is focusing on developing research that looks to tackle obesity across our entire lifespan.

For more see Birmingham University.

Rugby & Kenilworth MP Gets in Astronomer’s Shadow

Rugby and Kenilworth MP Jeremy Wright has been placed in the shadow of a University of Warwick Astronomer. Thankfully this doesn’t mean that he is blocking the light to a telescope based experiment – he is taking part in a Royal Society run scheme to pair up MPs with active research scientists so they can shadow each other’s work and get more understanding of science in to politics and government.

Jeremy has been paired with Dr Danny Steeghs, Assistant Professor & Advanced Fellow in the Astronomy & Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick.

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