An internship in Milan through the IAESTE programme changed the course of Professor Aleksander's career. Photo by Angel / Creative Commons
Professor Igor Aleksander, emeritus professor of neural systems engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, designed the world's first neural pattern recognition system. He writes about how a stint in Milan with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) changed the course of his career.
Studies have shown that international mobility drastically improves young scientists' careers. Photo by Kuster & Wildhaber Photography / Creative Commons
Cell delivery systems for treatment of stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and bone regeneration are under development. Photo of nano-sized plastic particles (cell delivery system) courtesy of the author.
The promises of regenerative medicine cause both hope and fear. Professor Kevin Shakesheff, who spoke at our 'Unlocking the secrets behind regenerative medicine' event in London yesterday, explains some of the controversy. The event is part of BIRAX, our UK-Israel initiative to support international research into some of the world's most dreadful diseases.
Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (pictured here through an electron microscope) are used in sunscreens. Micrograph by Engineering at Cambridge under Creative Commons licence.
Nanotechnology is said to improve several aspects of our lives, e.g., the shelf-life of food or the quality of sunscreens, but its minute scale challenges the imagination and raises public concerns. Dr Jon Turney, participant in this week's British Council-supported debate on nanOpinion at The Guardian explains the controversy.
Autophagic or 'self-eating' activity in a human colon cancer cell (image courtesy of the Cell Image Library: 13914)
Biochemist Dr. Didac Carmona-Gutierrez will be presenting his research into 'self-eating' cells during European Researchers' Night at the Natural History Museum in London on 27 September. As an alumnus of the FameLab science communication competition, of which the British Council is an international partner, he will be joined by other ex-participants