New paper on sex and renal ageing accepted

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Our paper entitled ‘Protective role of female gender in programmed accelerated renal ageing in the rat’, has been accepted for publication by Physiological Reports. This is the first paper to come out of our BHF funded project on the renin-angiotensin system in renal ageing (PI Sarah McMullen) on which Wiola Pijacka led the work. Congratulations to her and to Bethan Clifford, for whom this is the first of many publications.


Book publication date set

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The second edition of my book (Nutrition, Health and Disease: A Lifespan Approach) will be published on July 3rd 2015. I am expecting to see the final proofs for checking very soon and am looking forward to seeing how they have interpreted my draft illustrations to create something more presentable. Some of my drafts were a little rough and I hope that they have been professionally drawn, whereas some of the others induce some feelings of pride. I have many questions unanswered (such as will the diagrams contain any colour) so am waiting with bated breath.

The book is now available for pre-order at Amazon, the Wiley website and all good bookshops! It looks like £49.99 well spent to me. It doesn’t look like there is a Kindle version initially, but no doubt that will follow. Both Amazon and Wiley are showing the full table of contents. This edition will be supported by a website that includes self-assessment questions and off-the-shelf powerpoint presentations that can be used by lecturers/teachers.

I was pleased with my efforts here- hand-drawn figure showing bone structure.
I was pleased with my efforts here- hand-drawn figure showing bone structure.
I really hope they have worked on this so that the 'blobs' look like cells. I am no artist.
I really hope they have worked on this so that the ‘blobs’ look like cells. I am no artist.

Scheme now open: CASCADE-FELLOWS Marie Curie Fellowships in Life Sciences

CASCADE-FELLOWS Marie Curie Fellowships in Life Sciences

Applications close 30 April 2015

CASCADE-FELLOWS co-funds researchers

  • with a PhD (no cap on seniority)
  • working outside their home country
  • for 12-24 month research projects in any area of Life Sciences


  • 40% of total fellowship costs (salary and research costs plus overheads) at a national rate fixed by the programme


  • Most organisations can host fellows: universities, research centres, industry, SMEs, etc
  • Host organisations can meet the remaining 60% from any non-EU funding source
  • There are no restrictions on the nationality of the researcher, but non-EU nationals can only apply to work with EU host organisations
  • Applicants must have lived and worked in their host country for less than 12 months in the three years before the application deadline
  • Fellows must be employed by their Host Organisation for the duration of their project and be paid at the standard Marie Curie rate for the programme (starting at £38,798)
  • Fellows must have access to training and leadership development opportunities to help boost their careers

How does it work?

  • Researchers contact host organisations to agree a project area and PI, and to secure matched funding
  • Researcher and PI collaborate on the application
  • Candidates apply online at before 30 April 2015
  • Successful candidates will be contacted after a central four-month evaluation process

Interested? Please get in touch!


Sandra Winfield, Project Manager

0115 846 6047