How protein fragments could help to tackle the cause of hay fever
For hay fever sufferers, the end may be in sight for another year of sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes caused by grass pollen. But while many people are able to treat their symptoms with over the counter medications, for some sufferers, a different approach is needed to tackle the root cause.
Researchers at Imperial College London are investigating new hay fever therapies based on protein fragments from grass, which they have found can help to reduce symptoms after just three weeks of treatment. Read full article.
Immune cells can switch from ‘gang members’ to ‘police officers’
When the immune system overreacts, as in an allergic reaction, cells causing trouble can change into cells that dampen the reaction.
Learning to control the mechanism behind the switch could be used to make more effective immunotherapies, say the authors of the new study, led by Imperial College London.
Annual Stimulating Physics East Midlands Network Day Conference 29 September 2018; 9:30am - 3:20pm
The conference features a keynote lecture ‘Bees and Physics’ by Dr Martin Bencsik of Nottingham Trent University. You also have the opportunity to choose from a busy programme of workshops. These will be run by IOP Physics Network Coordinators, SPN Teaching and Learning Coaches and other experienced presenters.
All teachers of physics are welcome. More information available on the TalkPhysics website.
Programmes for schools
Creative Quarter 2018 23 November 2018
Creative Quarter is a free event for 13 - 19 year olds. Run in partnership with other South Kensington partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, this fun and interactive day aims to give an insight into various creative industries and careers.
Visit our event page to find out more and book sessions at Imperial.
Proto Maker Challenge This is a fully funded programme for students aged 11-14. The programme works with secondary schools local to White City and involves three full days of making in the Reach Out Makerspace and two after school mentoring sessions. To find out more information please visit the Imperial website.
The Maker Challenge - Summer Intensive Aimed at young people aged 14-18 who are local to White City, The Maker Challenge offers the opportunity to develop an idea and see it through to creation using cutting edge technologies. Apply for the Summer Maker Challenge here.