Scientists have found that some drugs from a group of anti-diabetic treatments may, in certain circumstances, act on glucagon receptors in the body, meaning that they could also potentially enable the release of sugar into the bloodstream. The work shows that, contrary to our previous assumptions, glucagon receptors can potentially be activated by anti-diabetic treatments […]
Technology assisting people with type 1 diabetes edges closer to perfection. The data clearly demonstrate the benefits of the artificial pancreas when used over several months Roman Hovorka An artificial pancreas given to children and adults with type 1 diabetes going about their daily lives has been proven to work for 12 weeks – meaning […]
A new review has produced the most conclusive evidence to date that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware. There has… been a tendency to portray personal characteristics like being overweight or a lack of self-control as the main reason people overeat. […]
A new study published by CEDAR in BMJ Open has found that the influence of better walking and cycling infrastructure on unconscious pathways may be more powerful in driving behaviour change than any explicit conscious change in perceptions of the physical and social environment. Those who support active travel have long campaigned for better infrastructure, […]
The Royal Academy of Medicine of the Pricipado de Asturias has awarded Prof. Toni Vidal Puig the 2015 Hippocrates International Award for research in human nutrition. This prize is awarded to scientists dedicated to pursuing research questions in the areas of human nutrition and metabolism. The prize panel recognized the TVP lab’s contributions to unravelling […]
Professor Patrick Chinnery, an expert in diseases that affect mitochondria – the ‘batteries’ that power our cells – has been appointed as Professor of Neurology and Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge. He will take up his appointment on 1 October. Professor Chinnery is currently Professor of Neurogenetics at […]
In collaboration with the Teleman lab (Heidelberg) the Vidal-Puig laboratory has identified a mechanism where by production of stearate by the enzyme Elovl6 is necessary to maintain appropriate mitochondrial function. Cells grown in media lacking stearate exhibited low mitochondrial respiration and fragmented mitochondria. Stearate acts to prevent mitochondrial fragmentation by blocking Transferrin receptor 1 activity […]
Sugar sweetened drinks may give rise to nearly two million diabetes cases over ten years in the US and 80,000 in the UK, estimates a study published in the BMJ. Substituting sugar sweetened drinks with artificially sweetened drinks or fruit juice is unlikely to be the best strategy in reducing the risk of developing type […]
To date, ten projects have been awarded funding, including that of Dr David Savage at the Metabolic Research Laboratories. A year of collaborative projects involving Cambridge and a consortium of Paris-based universities proves the potential of international partnerships.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, have shown how a radioactive agent developed in the 1960s to detect bone cancer can be re-purposed to highlight the build-up of unstable calcium deposits in arteries, a process that can cause heart attack and stroke.