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CITER research webinar: Biofilms in Health and Disease

CITER research webinar: Biofilms in Health and Disease

On 24 June 2020, Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) hosted their first virtual research webinar, Biofilms in Health and Disease, giving researchers a unique opportunity to discuss rapid advances that have developed in the field over the past...

Innovation in Skin Microbiome Diversity

Innovation in Skin Microbiome Diversity

The theme for World Microbiome Day 2020 is ‘Diversity’ - celebrating diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and the diversity among microbiome researchers. In this blog, our Senior Innovation Consultant, Dr Katerina Steventon...

What is the microbiome and how does this impact on biofilms?

What is the microbiome and how does this impact on biofilms?

There has been a huge explosion of interest and publications in the role of microbiome, which is defined as all of the genetic material within the collection of microorganisms in a specific niche, such as the human gut or the skin. Importantly, getting data on the...

Bacteriophages: the good guys on the viral block

Bacteriophages: the good guys on the viral block

The recent Covid-19 crisis may have completely changed our approach to phage technology. Dr Ron Dixon is an Associate Professor within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln. He shares with us his topical discussions with fellow scientists and...

Bacteriophage and biofilms

Bacteriophage and biofilms

There is a requirement for science and technology to push towards advancement and offer medical solutions which, whilst addressing the difficult problems facing humanity in post Covid-19 era, are also safe. The use of Bacteriophage in medicine represents an old...

Is bacteriophage technology the innovation to make food safe?

Is bacteriophage technology the innovation to make food safe?

The food industry has commercially exploited phage technology to its full potential so far. The available phage based products for the food industry against Listeria sp. or Escherichia coli have bactericidal effects akin to biofilm prevention. Some of these...

Women in Engineering: shaping our world

Women in Engineering: shaping our world

International Women in Engineering Day takes place on 23 June. The international awareness campaign run by the Women's Engineering Society aims raise the profile of women engineers and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this...

Oral Care Innovation: Toothpastes and Biofilms

Oral Care Innovation: Toothpastes and Biofilms

Innovation in oral care presents a challenge. When looking at new toothpaste technologies, it is important to consider that toothpaste is used to enhance the effectiveness of cleaning with a toothbrush. Toothbrush type, technique, duration and frequency of brushing...

Oral Care Innovation: Hygiene and consumer behaviour

Oral Care Innovation: Hygiene and consumer behaviour

‘A smile is the shortest distance between two people’ [i]   Beautiful smiles with healthy, white teeth can enhance our social connections. Daily oral care is an essential regimen for most people aiming to maintain oral health. It can prevent tooth decay (dental...

The impact of a pandemic on the skin microbiome

The impact of a pandemic on the skin microbiome

In May we attended via webinar, the ‘Microbiome Connect: Leadership Session’ to discuss the impact of a pandemic on the skin microbiome sector. Our Senior Innovation Consultant, Dr Katerina Steventon shares her highlights from the meeting held by Kisaco Research.  ...

Probiotics in Acne

Probiotics in Acne

Acne and the skin microbiome Acne is one of the most common skin conditions with detrimental consequences for affected individuals. The pathophysiology of acne is not well understood. The interactions of skin microbiome with the immune system of the body appears to be...

NBIC: Realising our potential

NBIC: Realising our potential

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) was formed in late 2017 as the very first BBSRC supported Innovation Knowledge Centre (IKC) and we are tasked with building upon and leveraging existing and historical investments in biofilm research and innovation in the...

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Can biofilm research support treatment?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Can biofilm research support treatment?

Personal stories of people living with skin conditions like Hidradenitis Suppurativa touch us inevitably, stronger than reporting of research findings. Last week, the British Skin Foundation published Bethan’s moving story about life with this biofilm-driven skin...

Approaching skin microbiome innovation

Approaching skin microbiome innovation

The skin microbiome trend and concept are increasingly popular with consumers as a way of thinking about maintaining healthy skin and industry are always seeking out exciting, innovative ideas to build on this receptivity. With Dove being one of the first...

Improving scalp health: Industry approaches

Improving scalp health: Industry approaches

Dandruff is a concern for many people: a flaky, itching scalp that affects up to half the world’s population post-puberty. Ranging from mild to severe, the condition has a higher prevalence in men due to factors that include testosterone metabolism, a trigger of sebum...

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