The Biochemist Blog

European Medicines Agency and Brexit: Where next for the UK?

By David Pye and Derry Mercer

On 20th November 2017, the EMA announced that it would be relocating to Amsterdam from London with the intention of commencing operations on 30th March 2019 at the latest. The choice of Amsterdam was no great surprise to anyone, except possibly for a few Milanese. The EMA, based in London since 1995, currently employs almost 900 staff and it is hoped that many will move with the EMA to their new headquarters taking with them their €322 million annual budget.

The best laid plans…10 top tips for planning a conference as a PhD student!

By Meg Booth, University of Cambridge

At the start of my PhD I decided to seek out some careers advice. I was told that many PhD students spend 100% of their time in the lab and neglect their all-important CVs. For jobs both in and out of academia, having a couple of stand out points on your CV is as important as the PhD itself. During my undergraduate degree I worked part time doing event promotions for a national radio station and the University of Liverpool. Therefore, the logical decision was to organise an event for other PhD students!

CancerSEEK – the ‘holy grail’ of cancer diagnosis?

Kelli Gallacher, University of Bristol

It may only be early in 2018, but we have already been treated to some exciting science news. Last week, a study published in Science described a blood test that is able to detect proteins and genes that are characteristic of eight common forms of cancer; ovarian, lung, breast, liver, stomach, pancreatic, colon and oesophageal. This could have a huge impact in how we diagnose cancer – but how far have we come and how soon can we see the test in practice?

Life at the extreme levels of air pollution

By Louise Corscadden, University of Leicester

Recent news headlines have highlighted the rise of extreme air pollution levels globally, from Delhi to London. It has become hard to ignore the thought that the very air we breathe can harm us. The World Health Organisation estimates that 7 million people annually will die a premature death due to air pollution and the number is likely to rise as pollution levels increase.