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Congratulations to Adrian Brennan who has just published his latest paper in MDPI.

Dr Adrian Brennan and a team of researchers have just published their latest paper in MDPI.
Chickpea plant

Climate change might make winter bird migration a thing of the past

Congratulations to Professor Steve Willis and Kieran Lawrence on their paper just published in Global Change Biology.
Yellow Wagtail

Understanding the relationship between dementia and COVID-19 risk

Georgia Walsh, a third year Biological Sciences student performed a BPS-funded summer placement in Dr Paul Chazot's lab probing a potential new Durham University “spin out” drug for treating Parkinsons disease. Georgia is the deputy lead of the new Durham University Parkinsons Pals community support programme, the first in the UK.
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Infrared light therapy might aid dementia patients

Research led by Dr Paul Chazot on a new infrared light therapy that might have the potential to help people with dementia.
Paul Chazot: Infrared light therapy

How an equal partnership can lead to big breakthroughs in NTDs research.

Our international consortium of academic researchers from South America, Asia and the UK, are seeking new therapeutic solutions to leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
Neglected Tropical Diseases

Congratulations to Dr Wayne Dawson who has been awarded a Darwin+ project!

Wayne Dawson has been awarded a Darwin+ project funded by the Darwin Initiative (Defra), to assess climate change-mediated invasion risks posed by introduced plants and invertebrates on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

Natal origin of Namibian grey whale implies new distance record for in-water migration

Congratulations to Professor Rus Hoelzel on his recent research published in Biology Letters which also features in several news articles!

Climate variability may delay post-fire recovery of boreal forest in southern Siberia, Russia.

Prolonged dry periods and increased temperatures that result from anthropogenic climate change have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of wildfires in the boreal region. There is growing evidence that such changes in fire regime can reduce forest resilience and drive shifts in post-fire plant successional trajectories.

Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that. He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably. This is because a research team, involving Durham, has found that Covid-19 has a very distinct odour – which we as humans can’t smell – but the dogs’ super sniffing powers can detect it with up to 94 per cent accuracy.

Tracking garden songbirds this spring

Biosciences Steve Willis and a team of researchers are working on a new project inviting people to help create a national sample of birdsong.
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More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers

Fresh water ecosystems can be adversely affected by barriers to the flow of water and a new study suggests that Europe’s river system is particularly badly affected.
Weir on a Northeast English stream removed by Tees Rivers Trust - a) before, b) during, c) after, d) 17 months after, removal.