Published: April 2013
At the end of 2012, the University was awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with Reckitt Benkiser in Hull, whose principal activity is the global manufacture and sales of household and healthcare products. They focus on five core categories and brands include, Clearasil, E45, Durex, Scholl, Strepsils, Nurofen, Lemsip, Gaviscon and Veet which is world leader in cosmetic depilatories. The KTP, valued at over £120K is being delivered through the Centre for Skin Sciences (more info).
The Centre for Skin Sciences is a leading centre of expertise in the skin and hair sciences working closely with the health and personal care sectors.
Based at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, the Centre's internationally renowned scientists integrate basic science with applied research to gain a greater understanding of what is required for healthy skin and hair. We work with partners to help turn this understanding into exciting opportunities for new technology and products.
The CSS occupies laboratories within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, which provides state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment and where its scientists have access to the University's Analytical Centre, Bio-imaging Suite and Ethical Tissue Bank.
The CSS works in close collaboration with the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit with clinical fellows working within the Centre on various research projects related to wound healing and has well-established links with local hospitals and other research laboratories within the UK, elsewhere in Europe and overseas.
University of Bradford research student wins Best Poster Award at System Biology Europe 2012.
A University of Bradford research student, Mr Mohamad Al-shammari, wins the best research poster at the European 2012 System Biology in Madrid Spain. The award was made at the conference for a poster titled “Systematic Associations of Gene Mutations and Human Cancers (SA-GMHC)”.
Mohammad Al-shammari is working on an interdisciplinary project between the Centre for Skin Sciences supervised by Professor Desmond Tobin and the Department of Computing supervised by Dr Yonghong Peng. Gene mutations have been recognized as the main genetic factors causing the change of cell behaviour and thus the development of cancer. His project aims to develop a genome-wide map of human cancer-associated gene mutations in order to investigate the mechanism of gene mutation driving target cancers. Already the investigation has discovered some surprising links between cancers and the associated genes and mutations, which encourage him to investigate further into the details of cancer caused by the complex gene-gene interactions on a genome-wide scale, and to understand how gene mutations collectively drive the development of various cancers. This may enable us gain great insight into the genetic causative factors of cancers which may pinpoint effective targets for gene therapy and treatment in the future. Mohamad’s work created a great deal of interest at the conference within the European Systems Biology community.
To find out more about collaborating with the Centre for Skin Sciences please contact:
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Desmond J. Tobin (Director)
Vladimir A. Botchkarev (Associate Director - Scientific)
Karin U. Schallreuter (Associate Director - Clinical)
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