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10 August 2018
Creative spaces can give young people in Africa a voice

Stories are often associated with fiction, but the process of generating real-life stories through research is increasingly understood to inspire political action on social issues. Story research, like arts research more generally, can change the way we see the world. Stories bring experiences and ideas into public and policy domains in a way that statistics or reports rarely can...continue reading

10 August 2018
Research and innovation to unlock the power of youth

Sunday 12 August is International Youth Day: an annual recognition of young people – the unique perspectives they bring and the distinct challenges they face – and a call to action for the rest of us to step up and help these young men and women make their mark on the world. How is research and innovation supporting young people to be active citizens and agents for change?....continue reading

30 July 2018
From algae to electricity: creating sustainable energy from palm oil waste

Tropical countries rely heavily on agricultural and agro-industrial activities for revenue. In Malaysia the palm oil industry is a major source of income, but it is also one of the largest sources of highly polluting waste effluents. In 2016, the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund facilitated a research collaboration between our team at the University of Malaya and researchers at the University of Cambridge, led by Dr. Adrian Fisher. Our mission: to generate sustainable electricity using effluent waste from the palm oil industry...continue reading

03 July 2018
From CRADLE to saved

Obstetric haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and sepsis account for more than 50% of maternal deaths worldwide. Early detection and effective management of these conditions relies on vital signs monitoring, including pulse and blood pressure. The team behind this Newton-Bhabha project has developed a novel device called the CRADLE Vital Sign Alert that can detect abnormal vital signs and the risk of deterioration due to common pregnancy complications. It can be used and understood by anyone thanks to its inbuilt traffic light alert...continue reading

18 July 2018
Ending the diagnostic odyssey for patients with inherited disease in Thailand

It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare disease. Eighty percent of these conditions are inherited and around fifty percent of people affected are children. Some diseases are so devastating that thirty percent of children with a rare disease will not live to see their fifth birthday. Despite these statistics, ninety-five percent of rare diseases have no FDA-approved drug treatment...continue reading

03 May 2018
Communicating in a disaster

In Vietnam, natural disasters are catastrophic. In the past two decades they have claimed more than 13,000 lives and caused £5 billion of damage.  Although the country has devoted efforts to reducing the impact of floods, landslides, tornados and droughts, technical and scientific solutions are still a long way off. This 2017 Newton Prize winning project tackled the problems of maintaining communications under extreme conditions - saving lives and reaching everyone in society, including the least well off...continue reading

12 April 2018
Keeping shrimp on the menu

Shrimp farming is big business, worth over $40bn each year. The vast majority of shrimp that we now love to eat is a single species, farmed mainly in Asia and Latin America. However, with big production has come big problems – disease is the number one barrier facing the industry, causing multi-$bn losses each year, leading to poverty, wasted resources and, breaks in the seafood supply chain. This Newton Prize winning project established the first ‘International Network of Shrimp Health’, led by a collaboration between the UK and Thailand...continue reading