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Researchers given £1.5 million to help tackle aggressive brain tumours

It'll be overseen by Dr Colin Watts, a consultant neurosurgeon and clinical scientist. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Researchers in Cambridge have been given £1.5 million to find a way to treat aggressive brain tumours.

The team got the grant from The Brain Tumour Charity - they will now research drugs that more effectively target what's known as glioblastoma.

Cells from patients will be harvested and prepared in a University of Cambridge laboratory at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

These will be passed to the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam to identify the most effective cancer-busting drug-combinations.


Drivers being warned they must belt-up in new crackdown

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will be targeting drivers and passengers who don't belt-up during a week-long enforcement campaign.

Additional checks will be carried out as part of a Europe-wide initiative which begins today (Monday 11th September) and runs until the Sunday.

During a similar campaign last year more than 165 people were caught driving without a seatbelt in Suffolk alone.

"Wearing seatbelt is such a basic piece of road safety advice that it is hard to believe some people still fail to belt-up."

– Chief Inspector Kris Barnard

"There is only so much our police can do to keep Norfolk's roads safe - the rest comes down to social responsibility. It is disappointing that, despite the warnings, more than 100 people were caught driving while not wearing a seatbelt during the last TISPOL campaign in Norfolk. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk so the next time you get into your vehicle do yourself and other road users a favour and belt-up."

– Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green

Papworth develops pioneering heart transplant surgery

This week is Organ Donation Week and to mark it Papworth Hospital invited back one of its rather special heart patients to help publicise the need for more donors.

Tom Shing was only the second patient at Papworth to receive a donor heart thanks to a new technique pioneered at the world renowned hospital.

Until recently surgeons only transplanted beating hearts from donors who had been declared 'brain stem dead' - but now they're also able to use hearts that have stopped beating when someone dies.

Stuart Leithes' report contains images of the surgical procedure.

To Russia with Love: Stevenage sends satellite to rocket rendevous

Sentinel nearing launch date Credit: Airbus

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus’ Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Launch is currently planned on 9 October on a Rockot rocket.

The journey will take 5 days, will start with a flight to Moscow aboard an Antonov 124, followed by another flight to Archangelsk in the northwest of Russia. The last leg of the journey will be a train ride taking the satellite 200km south of Archangelsk to the Russian spaceport of Plesetsk.

Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of a global monitoring programme which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment and study climate change.


Boost for region after multi-million life science investment announced

Experts in Cambridge say this region could get a boost worth billions of pounds thanks to the government's latest life sciences strategy.

Ministers today announced plans to turn the UK into a world leader in bio-medical research.

And with this region already seeing huge investment in pioneering centres - including the proposed Public Health Laboratory in Harlow in Essex -scientists here believe they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities.

Sentinel satellite heads to Russia for rocket launch

The Sentinel 5P satellite Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”

– Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK

More on the Copernicus project.

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