Reading Research Blog

10 years in the making: drug discovered by Reading scientists reaches UK children with severe epilepsy

Today a new cannabis-derived medicine for severe childhood epilepsy was approved for use on the NHS after over a decade of research at the University of Reading. Here we track the story of the drug’s long journey from bench to bedside.

Continue reading “10 years in the making: drug discovered by Reading scientists reaches UK children with severe epilepsy”

Improving health, curbing climate change – a win-win situation

Professor Elizabeth Robinson, whose research contributes to The Lancet Countdown, explores how actions that individuals and governments can take to improve our health can also help to curb climate change.

Continue reading “Improving health, curbing climate change – a win-win situation”

Picturing science for children: the power of Marie Neurath’s designs

Marie Neurath designed science books for children in the mid-20th century, using clever visual techniques to explain scientific ideas. An exhibition about her work at the House of Illustration in London draws upon collections held here at the University of Reading. Here we take a look at some of the innovative techniques Marie Neurath used to communicate science.

Continue reading “Picturing science for children: the power of Marie Neurath’s designs”

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II

Just as in wartime, our prosperity, wellbeing and the future of our children are under severe threat from the climate crisis. What is needed is a vast mobilisation of scientific knowledge linked with government and citizens, says Professor Tom Oliver in a new piece for The Conversation.

Continue reading “To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II”

Children challenging world leaders for inaction on climate change won’t win, but they will put the spotlight on climate justice

Greta Thunberg and 15 other children are legally challenging world leaders for violating their children’s rights by failing to act on climate change. Sarah Harrop sat down with Human Rights Law specialist Dr Alison Bisset and Professor Chris Hilson, Director of the Reading Centre for Climate and Justice, to hear their views on this unusual case.

Continue reading “Children challenging world leaders for inaction on climate change won’t win, but they will put the spotlight on climate justice”

Posts