Genetic variants in ‘red hair gene’ associated with increased number of skin cancer mutations

Genetic variants in 'red hair gene' associated with increased number of skin cancer mutations

Melanoma patients with genetic variants in the ‘red hair gene’, MC1R, have more mutations in their cancers compared to patients without such variants, found a study published in Nature Communications last week. Carla Daniela Robles Espinoza, one of the authors on the paper, takes us through the findings.  Read more

Celebrating impact: How multidisciplinary One Health research produced results for real change in the real world

Celebrating impact:  How multidisciplinary One Health research produced results for real change in the real world

Guest post by Naomi Marks, project communications manager at the Institute of Development Studies. She managed the communications for the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium and now works with two other multidisciplinary zoonoses-related projects, the Myanmar Pig Partnership, and Livestock, Livelihoods and Health.  Read more

Connecting patients and clinicians: Why patient perspectives matter in research

Connecting patients and clinicians: Why patient perspectives matter in research

Vanessa Smith is a patient activist working to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the importance of the patient voice within the medical and research community. Vanessa has severe COPD and recently wrote a patient perspective which was published in npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, an online-only, open access journal devoted to the management of respiratory diseases in primary care. She writes about living with COPD on her blog, COPD in Focus, and can be found on Twitter @vancopd.  Read more