Impact News Stories
Top European Award for Lipid Research
Professor John Harwood from the School of Biosciences has been awarded the 2014 Chevreul Medal by the Société Française pour l’Etude des Lipides. This is regarded generally as the top European award for lipid research. It is given to ‘Internationally renowned scientists from academic or industrial sectors who have greatly and significantly contributed to a better knowledge of lipids, oils and fats through their outstanding research activities.’
Michel Chevreul was a giant amongst French scientists. Amongst other achievements, he elucidated the chemical structure of soaps, discovered cholesterol and proposed the theory of the simultaneous contrast of colours. The latter observation was exploited spectacularly by the French impressionists. Chevreul was active in his laboratory at the age of 100! (http://lipidlibrary.aocs.org/history/chevreul)
New addition to neurosciences research team
Dr Stéphane Baudouin has joined the School of Biosciences as part of a Sêr Cymru science initiative launched by the Welsh Government. The aim of this initiative is to recruit young, talented scientists following their own research programmes while directly benefiting from the new environment made possible by the appointment of Yves Barde to the School of Biosciences as Sêr Cymru Research Chair in Neurobiology.
Launch of New Wildlife Health Unit in Sabah
Sabah's first Bio-security 2 (BSL2) Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensic laboratory is a recent joint initiative between Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) and Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC, managed by Cardiff University). The opening of the laboratory was officiated by US Ambassador to Malaysia HE Ambassador Joseph Yun in December 2013. With funding provided by EHA and the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Program, SWD and DGFC, the three institutions have established a state-of-the-art facility, which will enable wildlife health monitoring. The facility will in return benefit conservation and land use planning for a better management of Sabah’s landscape; both agricultural and forest.