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Signposts for improving cancer survival rates in Wales

The findings of a new in-depth study of cancer could pin-point ways to improve cancer survival rates in Wales.
The results of the latest International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) study revealed today in the BMJ Open is the first to show that GP’s readiness to investigate for cancer – either directly or by referral to secondary care – correlates with cancer survival. In addition, the survey reveals that GPs in the UK and within Wales, were less likely in an on line survey using examples of clinical cases, to refer or investigate patients with possible cancer symptoms when they first present, compared with the other countries in the study: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Publication date: 28 May 2015

Dr Martina Feilzer delivers keynote speech at Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice conference

Dr Martina Feilzer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, recently delivered a keynote speech at a major Welsh conference.

Publication date: 27 May 2015

Funding boost for the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research

Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff Universities have recently won £2,249,927 funding from Health and Care Research Wales (formerly NISCHR) to lead the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (NCPHWR), an all Wales Research Centre.

Publication date: 27 May 2015

Early Christian Irish and Scots ‘first-footers’ in Iceland

The first Icelandic inhabitants were not Vikings or Scandinavians, but early Irish or Scottish people, newly published archaeological work reveals. The Icelandic people have long had an interest in the early settlers who founded their nation, one of youngest islands to be inhabited worldwide, and have held that their forbearers, the island’s first inhabitants, were Vikings.

An article "Viking beaters: Scots and Irish may have settled Iceland a century before Norsemen" has been published on The Conversation (23/05/15). It was written by Kristjan Ahronson. 

Publication date: 25 May 2015

Raising a glass to the holidays

Asking people about what they drink on holidays and other special occasions shows we drink around the equivalent of 12 million more bottles of wine a week than we previously thought in England. Previous surveys on alcohol consumption have not accounted for all the alcohol that is sold. Research, funded by Alcohol Research UK and published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, appears to have found many of these ‘missing units’.

Also published today, an article "England's missing booze: 12 million more bottles drunk per week than previously thought" has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Christine Griffin at University of Bath and Mark Bellis at Bangor University

Publication date: 22 May 2015

Menai Science Park makes planning progress

Bangor University is delighted that Menai Science Park Ltd has received outline planning approval from Anglesey Council for the bespoke M-SParc development.

Publication date: 18 May 2015

Prestigious British Academy Award for Bangor Lecturer

Dr Helena Miguélez-Carballeira, from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, has been awarded almost £90,000 to embark on a project that would make a case for studying contemporary Spanish culture and politics from a postcolonial perspective.

Publication date: 18 May 2015

The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates at large

Publication date: 18 May 2015

Bangor helps to beat the bullies

Researchers in the Centre for Evidence-based Intervention (CEBEI), part of the School of Psychology, were the first in the UK to examine the effectiveness of the KiVa anti-bully programme that originated in Finland

Publication date: 15 May 2015

Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics sign up to future collaborations

Bangor University and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding which will enable both organisations to work more closely together in future years. 

Publication date: 14 May 2015

Successful workshop on careers in the Nuclear industry

Over 70 students from a range of disciplines including engineering, chemistry, environmental science, business, law, psychology and geography came together at a workshop held recently at Bangor University to learn about careers in the nuclear industry. The workshop was held in partnership with Horizon Nuclear Power, National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN), and the Nuclear Graduates Programme.  

Publication date: 12 May 2015

Bangor academic to speak at world's largest philosophy and music festival

David Healy of Bangor University’s College of Health and Behavioural Sciences will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May.

Publication date: 11 May 2015

Prudent Health and Behaviour Change: How behaviour science can impact the NHS

The Wales Centre for Behaviour Change (WCBC) at Bangor University recently presented to NHS staff from across Wales on how behaviour science can impact the NHS, and promote the Prudent Health model something the WCBC has been involved in previously (see here and here)

Publication date: 5 May 2015

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an “empty landscape,” scientists say

The decline of the world’s large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an “empty landscape” in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Many populations of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, deserts and forests, scientists say.

Publication date: 2 May 2015

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