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Matthew Smart

Matthew Smart was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, having originally joined the publication under the auspices of its writing scheme. He is a Fight for Sight supported PhD student at the University College London's Institute of Ophthalmology, where his research focuses on the use of stem cell technologies to produce sources of retinal cells for transplantation into patients with degenerative retinal disorders. Previously, he studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London.


BioNews News articles written by Matthew Smart:

UK molecular scientist presented with prestigious Lasker Award

08 November 2010 - by Matthew Smart

The Lasker Foundation has awarded UK scientist, Professor David Weatherall from Oxford University its prestigious Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science... [Read More]

Fat rat fathers risk daughters' health

01 November 2010 - by Matthew Smart

Obesity in male rats increases the risk of their daughters developing diabetes in later life, a study by scientists at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, has found. The researchers believe epigenetic inheritance - changes in chemical markers on genes that affect their function - may be responsible... [Read More]

Study finds new genetic links to psoriasis

25 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart

An international research team has published data from a group of studies, which have uncovered new genetic variants associated with the autoimmune disease, psoriasis.... [Read More]

Experts criticise decision to shut down HFEA

18 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart

Former members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have spoken against proposals to axe the UK’s fertility watchdog... [Read More]

Heart disease gene test under fire

11 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart

Researchers in the US have shown that a gene-based test designed to predict the risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is only marginally better than existing methods.... [Read More]

Caffeine may help with IVF treatment side effects

04 October 2010 - by Matthew Smart

Researchers have found a molecule that they believe plays a key role in ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) - a potentially life-threatening condition that can arise from IVF treatment.... [Read More]

Gut stem cells may help to treat cancer

27 September 2010 - by Matthew Smart

Scientists from Cancer Research UK, Cambridge have suggested a new model for gut stem cell renewal. It was thought that gut stem cells could only renew themselves via a process of hierarchical cell division... [Read More]

Stem cell treatment 'restarts ovaries' in rat study

20 September 2010 - by Matthew Smart

A new way to restore ovarian function in rats has been discovered, scientists say, which may lead to future treatments for women with premature ovarian failure (POF)... [Read More]



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