• Live Talk | Living in Low Oxygen: Another Tool in Cancer’s Survival Kit | 18:30 (UK time), 18th May 2021.

    Dr Isabel Pires - Cancer Biologist and Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hull. LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 18 May 2021.  Did you know that there are areas in a tumour that have virtually no oxygen at all? How can cancer cells survive in these conditions? How does this impact on treatment? In this talk we will discuss how cancer cells can hijack the process by which the tissues in our body respond to low oxygen conditions, not only to survive in...
  • LIVE Q&A | Creating a Living Biobank for Ovarian Cancer to Develop New Therapies | 18:30 (UK time), 10 May 2021.

    Professor Stephen Taylor - Manchester Cancer Research Centre LIVE streaming at YouTube 18:30 (UK time), 10 May 2021. Summary: For 15 years, I studied the intricacies of how human cells divide (mitosis) in order to make new cells, how this goes wrong when cells become cancerous and how to sensitise cancer cells to anti-mitotic chemotherapy drugs. All of this work took place using cancer cell lines – cancer cells that keep dividing over very long periods of time in a flask – which has been...
  • Fighting Cancer with Protons

    As a physicist, the things I learned at university were mostly along the lines of Maxwell’s equations, special relativity, Fourier transforms, quantum mechanics, and numerical methods. Five years ago I certainly didn’t envision myself working in cancer science, let alone be applying some of what I learned at university to cancer research.    Although I’ve barely stepped foot in a lab, I don’t have a white lab coat, and I haven’t looked down a microscope since GCSE biology, I’m now confident I can call myself a cancer researcher. Of course, it helps to be working in a multi-disciplinary group, with a team of supervisors made up...
  • Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 3 – Zooniverse – Citizen science without all the internet searching

    I’m a scientist but I didn’t know what “citizen science” really was until writing this blog. I can’t figure out whether that makes me a bad scientist, a bad citizen or both. So, in order to redeem myself, I typed in to Google (other search engines are available…) “Citizen Science activities” and the top search finding was “Zooniverse” and I realised pretty quickly that I had struck gold with this website. From exploring the marine life in the fjords of Sweden to understanding the dancing movements of the...
  • LwS Anniversary Month Sum-Up

    This month we will be hosting various events in celebration of our 1 year anniversary! Links to everything we're doing this month can be found below! For our monthly agenda, please visit this blog: https://www.livewithscientists.com/2021/03/27/live-with-scientists-anniversary-month-events/ For details about this month's competitions, please follow this link: https://www.livewithscientists.com/2021/02/21/live-with-scientists-anniversary-month-get-involved/ To register for our "Research and You: Why science needs you" panel with University of Manchester scientists on the role of the public in their research: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-with-scientists-research-and-you-why-science-needs-you-tickets-143276773687 To register for our Science Pub Quiz: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-with-scientists-science-pub-quiz-tickets-143277124737 To register for our...
  • Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 2- ‘The birds and the bees’ of Citizen Science

    Citizen science is a way for everybody to contribute to the world of science. By using the power of huge numbers of volunteer amateur scientists, rather than only a small number of professionals, a much more extensive, exciting and impactful dataset can be put together! The projects can range from astronomy to ecology to oceanography and might involve looking at images on a computer, manipulating molecules in a simulator, or venturing outdoors. By taking part, you’re contributing important information to...
  • Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 1 – Eterna – the RNA folding game

    If like me, you enjoy playing a good video game, then you might already have saved some lives by staying at home and doing just that during the COVID-19 lockdowns. But what if you could more directly contribute just by playing a game?!  Enter “Eterna” - a citizen science project that uses your solutions to puzzles to improve medicine and contribute to science! (Need to be 13 years or older to play - due to US law)  Eterna is an RNA folding puzzle game - you may have heard...
  • Anniversary Month Events

    In April 2021 Live with Scientists will be marking our first anniversary with a celebration of what we stand for that “Science is for everyone”.   We will be hosting a series of events during the month focussing on the fantastic impact that the public has and continues to have on research. From a panel discussion of from researchers whose research has especially benefited from your input to highlighting fantastic citizen science projects that everyone can participate in! We will also be challenging researchers to...
  • COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 3

    Blog part 3: Treatments  Fighting back- As COVID-19 vaccine development and roll-out to the UK public occurs at a rapid pace. Questions now turn to how we are going to treat those currently suffering from COVID-19, and how can we limit spread of the disease in the future. In this blog we are focussing on how our treatment of pandemics has evolved over time. By looking back at lessons learned from past key pandemics, we can appreciate how we are now able to respond rapidly to COVID-19 through the development or novel treatments for COVID-19 including monoclonal antibodies to treat hospitalised patients and...
  • COVID-19 Blog Series: Part 2

    Blog part 2: Fighting back: Training our immune system with vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 Disclaimer: This blog is for information purposes only – please consult a medical professional for advice if you are concerned about COVID-19 or vaccine suitability.  In the last blog we saw how our immune system can fight back against SARS-CoV-2. But for some people this will mean getting unwell during their initial infection, and as we know, COVID-19 can be fatal especially in at-risk groups. So, what we want is to teach our immune system to...