Chris Peers from the institute of cardiovascular research
was interviewed on BBC TV's Look North about
his research into oxygen deprivation and Alzheimer's disease,
featured on the front page of Reporter 475.
Asked about the impact of strokes on brain cells, Dr Peers
confirmed that 'individuals who have suffered strokes
are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease'. His lab-based
work supports US studies which showed stroke patients
were more likely to suffer dementia.
TV's current affairs programme On the Record
joined the school of geography's BSc open day for a feature
on student funding. The government's review of tuition
fees was discussed with visiting parents. Filmed around
campus, locations such as the Brotherton Library and redeveloped
Student Union provided an impressive setting for the film.
Also interviewed was minister for higher education Margaret
sciences lecturer Jurgen Neuberg and his technique for
predicting the magnitude of volcanic eruptions (see Reporter
475) received national coverage. In the New
Scientist, he explained that current techniques
can gauge the time but not the size of eruptions. In the
THES, he explained the theory of using
broader seismic arrays, as 'like looking at a picture
through a blue-tinted glass. You see only one colour.'
His work will also feature in a forthcoming edition of
BBC Radio 4's Leading Edge.
studies Dr Steve Lax commented on the slow uptake of digital
television in BBC Leeds' North of Westminster.
Despite the availability of several free channels, viewers
can only access them through a digital package at present.
A new device to decode just the free channels may encourage
more people to switch to digital TV.
20% of male drivers admitting to falling asleep at the
wheel, 'respecting sleep makes economic sense', states
the Independent. Lawrence Smith's Shiftcheck
software helps companies organise shifts to match workers'
body clocks. The system gives individuals more appropriate
shifts and can increase alertness, reducing the risk of
accidents at work and on the roads.
professor Roger Gosden has successfully transplanted ovarian
tissue. His work in this area began at Leeds before his
move to the Eastern Virginia Medical School in the USA.
New Scientist reported the successful transplant
of rat ovaries from a paper published in Nature.
The Independent highlighted the potential
benefits for women who have undergone treatment for cancer
and have lost their fertility.
in in-car entertainment featured in the Financial
Times' business supplement. Columnist Michael
Harvey recounted his test drive in the University's driving
simulator. Email will soon be accessible in cars from
several manufacturers and Hamish Jamson is researching
the effects of this distraction on drivers: "The levels
of impairment are very similar to those we found on a
study with hands-free mobile phones."