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Impaired circulating myeloid CD1c+ dendritic cell function in human glioblastoma is restored by p38 inhibition - implications for the next generation of DC vaccines (2019)
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Adhikaree, J., Franks, H. A., Televantos, C., Vaghela, P., Kaur, A. P., Walker, D., …Patel, P. M. (2526). Impaired circulating myeloid CD1c+ dendritic cell function in human glioblastoma is restored by p38 inhibition - implications for the next generation of DC vaccines. OncoImmunology,

Current treatments for glioblastoma (GBM) have limited efficacy and significant morbidity and therefore new strategies are urgently needed. Dendritic cells have the power to create anti-tumour immune responses. The greater potency of circulating den... Read More

Higher education outreach: examining key challenges for academics (2019)
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Johnson, M., Danvers, E., Hinton-Smith, T., Atkinson, K., Bowden, G., Foster, J., …Williams, S. (2019). Higher education outreach: examining key challenges for academics. British Journal of Educational Studies, 1-23. doi:10.1080/00071005.2019.1572101

How should academic staff engage in outreach with communities outside of the university? The need of academics to answer this question has intensified in the UK given the changing priorities of academic job roles, shaped by increasing institutional c... Read More

Restricted visiting reduces nosocomial viral respiratory tract infections in high-risk neonates (2018)
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Szatkowski, L., McClaughry, R., Clarkson, M., & Sharkey, D. (2018). Restricted visiting reduces nosocomial viral respiratory tract infections in high-risk neonates. European Respiratory Journal, doi:10.1183/13993003.01874-2018

Restricting visitors on the neonatal intensive care unit to parents only during a worldwide pandemic resulted in a 39% reduction in nosocomial viral respiratory tract infections in neonatal patients. These findings need validating in a prospective tr... Read More

The Impact of Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Body Weight and Gestational Diabetes on Markers of Folate Metabolism in the Placenta (2018)
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Martino, J., Segura, M., García-Valdés, L., Padilla, M., Rueda, R., McArdle, H., …Campoy, C. (2018). The Impact of Maternal Pre-Pregnancy Body Weight and Gestational Diabetes on Markers of Folate Metabolism in the Placenta. Nutrients, 10(11), doi:10.3390/nu10111750

Dietary methyl donors, including folate, may modify the placenta and size at birth but the influence of maternal body weight has not been widely investigated. We therefore examined whether maternal or fetal folate status, together with indices of pla... Read More

The prevalence, clinical status and genotype of cystic fibrosis patients living in Cuba using national registry data (2018)
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Rodríguez-Calá, F., Suárez-Medina, R., Josefina Venero-Fernández, S., Smyth, A., Carr, S. B., & Fogarty, A. W. (2018). The prevalence, clinical status and genotype of cystic fibrosis patients living in Cuba using national registry data. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, doi:10.1016/j.jcf.2018.10.007

Background: We aimed to establish a national cystic fibrosis (CF) registry for Cuba, a developing country. Methods: Regional centres that deliver care for all CF patients provided information for a national database. Findings: The prevalence of CF... Read More

Negative correlation between Placental Growth Factor and Endocan-1 in women with preeclampsia (2018)
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Hentchke, M. R., da Cunha Filho, E. V., Vieira, M. C., Paula, L. G., Mistry, H. D., Pinheiro da Costa, B. E., & Poli-de-Figueiredo, C. E. (2018). Negative correlation between Placental Growth Factor and Endocan-1 in women with preeclampsia. Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia, 40(10), 593-598. doi:10.1055/s-0038-1670713

Objective: To analyse Endocan-1, a biomarker of vascular endothelial related pathologies, and Placental growth factor (PlGF), an angiogenic factor and a placental dysfunction marker in patients with pre-eclampsia (PE). Methods: Case-control study c... Read More

Epilepsy and associated mortality in patients with multiple sclerosis (2018)
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Chou, I. J., Kuo, C. F., Tanasescu, R., Tench, C. R., Tiley, C. G., Constantinescu, C. S., & Whitehouse, W. P. (2018). Epilepsy and associated mortality in patients with multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology, doi:10.1111/ene.13821

Background and purpose: We aimed to determine the prevalence of epilepsy in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) at diagnosis, the risk of developing epilepsy after the diagnosis of MS and the relative risk of mortality associated with epilepsy. Me... Read More

Gaps in the evidence for treatment decisions in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review (2018)
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Rowbotham, N., Smith, S., Robinson, K., & Smyth, A. (2019). Gaps in the evidence for treatment decisions in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review. Thorax, 74(3), 229-236. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2017-210858

Introduction:Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a multisystem disorder. Treatment is complex and evidence for treatment decisions may be absent. Characterising gaps in the research evidence will highlight treatment uncertainties and help prioritise research que... Read More

Cognitive predictors of parent-rated inattention in very preterm children: the role of working memory and processing speed (2018)
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Retzler, J., Johnson, S., Groom, M., Hollis, C., Budge, H., & Cragg, L. (2018). Cognitive predictors of parent-rated inattention in very preterm children: the role of working memory and processing speed. Child Neuropsychology, doi:10.1080/09297049.2018.1510908

Background: Inattention is one of the most common neurobehavioural problems following very preterm birth. Attention problems can persist into adulthood and are associated with negative socio-emotional and educational outcomes. This study aimed to det... Read More

Oropharyngeal colostrum in preventing mortality and morbidity in preterm infants (2018)
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Nasuf, A. W. A., Ojha, S., & Dorling, J. (2018). Oropharyngeal colostrum in preventing mortality and morbidity in preterm infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011921.pub2

Background Placing a small volume of colostrum directly onto the buccal mucosa of preterm infants during the early neonatal period may provide immunological and growth factors that stimulate the immune system and enhance intestinal growth. These ben... Read More

Paternal diet programs offspring health through sperm- and seminal plasma-specific pathways in mice (2018)
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Watkins, A. J., Dias, I., Tsuro, H., Allen, D., Emes, R. D., Moreton, J., …Sinclair, K. D. (2018). Paternal diet programs offspring health through sperm- and seminal plasma-specific pathways in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(40), (10064–10069). doi:10.1073/pnas.1806333115. ISSN 1091-6490

The association between poor paternal diet, perturbed embryonic development, and adult offspring ill health represents a new focus for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis. However, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms... Read More

An in-vivo pilot study into the effects of FDG-mNP in cancer in mice (2018)
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Aras, O., Pearce, G., Watkins, A. J., Nurili, F., Medine, E. I., Guldu, O. K., …Akin, O. (2018). An in-vivo pilot study into the effects of FDG-mNP in cancer in mice. PLoS ONE, 13(8), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202482

PURPOSE: Previously, fluorodeoxy glucose conjugated magnetite nanoparticles (FDG-mNPs) injected into cancer cells in conjunction with the application of magnetic hyperthermia have shown promise in new FDG-mNPs applications. The aim of this study was... Read More

Staphylococcus aureus in cystic fibrosis: pivotal role or bit part actor? (2018)
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Hurley, M. N., & Smyth, A. R. (2018). Staphylococcus aureus in cystic fibrosis: pivotal role or bit part actor?. Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, 24(6), (586–591). doi:10.1097/mcp.0000000000000518. ISSN 1070-5287

Purpose of review: describe why this review is timely and relevant. The cystic fibrosis lung has long been appreciated as a competitive niche for complex interactions between bacterial species. The individual relationships between effects on the host... Read More

Diencephalic syndrome in child with NF-1 and hypothalamic tumour (2018)
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Pilotto, C., Thomas, A., Simon P.S., H., Didcock, L., Thomas, S., & Walker, D. A. (2018). Diencephalic syndrome in child with NF-1 and hypothalamic tumour. Journal of Neurology and Clinical Neuroscience, 2(3), 1-3

We describe a 20 month old boy with neuro-fibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) who presented with diencephalic syndrome due to a large hypothalamic tumour and developed massive necrosis after chemotherapy associated with severe encephalopathy. We report thi... Read More

Physiological and molecular responses to altered sodium intake in rat pregnancy (2018)
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Eisele, N., Klossner, R., Escher, G., Rudloff, S., Larionov, A., Theillg, F., …Gennari-Moser, C. (2018). Physiological and molecular responses to altered sodium intake in rat pregnancy. Journal of the American Heart Association, 7(15), doi:10.1161/JAHA.117.008363. ISSN 2047-9980

Background In pregnancy, a high plasma volume maintains uteroplacental perfusion and prevents placental ischemia, a condition linked to elevated maternal blood pressure (BP). Reducing BP by increasing Na+ intake via plasma volume expansion appears... Read More

Antacid therapy for gastroesophageal reflux in preterm infants: a systematic review (2018)
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Dermyshi, E., Mackie, C., Kigozi, P., Schoonakker, B., & Dorling, J. (2018). Antacid therapy for gastroesophageal reflux in preterm infants: a systematic review. BMJ Paediatrics Open, 2(1), doi:10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000287

Background: Gastro-oesophageal reflux is prevalent in preterm infants. Despite widespread use in clinical practice, there is still much controversy over the efficacy and safety of drug interventions, particularly antacid therapy. Objective: To syste... Read More

Transcriptional analysis of adipose tissue during development reveals depot-specific responsiveness to maternal dietary supplementation (2018)
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Fainberg, H. P., Birtwistle, M., Alagal, R., Alhaddad, A., Pope, M., Davies, G., …Symonds, M. E. (2018). Transcriptional analysis of adipose tissue during development reveals depot-specific responsiveness to maternal dietary supplementation. Scientific Reports, 8(1), (1-11). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-27376-3

Brown adipose tissue (BAT) undergoes pronounced changes after birth coincident with the loss of the BAT-specifc uncoupling protein (UCP)1 and rapid fat growth. The extent to which this adaptation may vary between anatomical locations remains unknown,... Read More

Molecular heterogeneity and CXorf67 alterations in posterior fossa group A (PFA) ependymomas (2018)
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Pajtler, K. W., Wen, J., Sill, M., Lin, T., Orisme, W., Tang, B., …Ellison, D. W. (2018). Molecular heterogeneity and CXorf67 alterations in posterior fossa group A (PFA) ependymomas. Acta Neuropathologica, 136(2), (211-226). doi:10.1007/s00401-018-1877-0. ISSN 0001-6322

Of nine ependymoma molecular groups detected by DNA methylation profiling, the posterior fossa type A (PFA) is most prevalent. We used DNA methylation profiling to look for further molecular heterogeneity among 675 PFA ependymomas. Two major subgroup... Read More

Early life incidence of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections in children with gastroschisis: a cohort study (2018)
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Bannister, J., Szatkowski, L., Sharkey, D., Tan, S., Fiaschi, L., & Ban, L. (2018). Early life incidence of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections in children with gastroschisis: a cohort study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 67(5), 580–585. doi:10.1097/MPG.0000000000002045

Objectives: Survival in infants with gastroschisis is increasing although little is known about early childhood morbidity. In the context of a hypothesised link between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and immune function, this study explores rates of... Read More

Relapse after treatment withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs for juvenile absence epilepsy and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (2018)
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Healy, L., Moran, M., Singhal, S., O'Donoghue, M. F., Alzoubidi, R., & Whitehouse, W. P. (2018). Relapse after treatment withdrawal of antiepileptic drugs for juvenile absence epilepsy and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy, 59, doi:10.1016/j.seizure.2018.05.015

Purpose Conventional teaching is that juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) require lifelong antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment. We therefore wanted to determine how many patients attending our epilepsy service with J... Read More