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'Pacman' style therapy tricks mutant p53 cancer cells into leaving healthy cells alone

First celebrated in 2000, World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness of a disease which claims millions of lives every year. The goal is that more research into innovative treatments will one day save many more lives from this condition. Dr Patricia Muller in our Biosciences department is working to discover whether mutant p53 cells can be manipulated to eat particles posing as cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.
The therapy works like a Pacman gobbling up the other cells.

NEW PUBLICATION: 'A Cultural History of Death' (Bloomsbury) edited by Professor Douglas Davies FBA

The Centre for Death and Life Studies is delighted to announce the publication of 'A Cultural History of Death', a unique scholarly resource framing our mortality through eight themes and six eras edited by centre director Professor Douglas Davies!
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How educational scholarships can help create long lasting peace

The sixth United Nations International Day of Education will be celebrated on Wednesday 24 January, with a theme of ‘learning for lasting peace’. Our PhD student Anas N. Almassri is exploring how Palestinians receiving scholarships are using these educational opportunities to build everyday peace.
Mr Anas Almassri delivering a talk in Gaza in 2018. Credit: Nada Flaifel, Me To You Initiative

Female CEOs issue less debt than their male counterparts

Female CEOs issue less company debt than male CEOs, because women are often more risk-averse than their male counterparts and therefore less likely to get the company into financial difficulty.
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Gossiping at work really is bad for your career

New research by Durham University Business School and NEOMA Business School highlights the detrimental effects of negative workplace gossip on career advancement.
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Durham and the University of Tübingen strengthen partnership and launch new research investment

In partnership with the University of Tübingen in Germany, we have renewed our partnership agreement for a further five years and launched a new round of funding to promote joint research collaborations to address global challenges.
University of Tubingen and Durham University staff together in Tubingen, Germany

Durham law school partner of choice for Women Peace and Security expertise

Experts from our Law School have been assigned a unique role, as a leading partner of The Women Peace and Security (WPS) Helpdesk.
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WoMaHN Inaugural Symposium and Key Members Meeting

This week Professor Cassandra Phoenix will join a group of international scholars at the University of Tilberg for the inaugural symposium and Key Member meeting of the Women’s Marginalised Health Network (WoMaHN), where she will present work from the programme of research she is leading within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences on movement through menopause.
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Durham astrophysicist lands prestigious 2024 Fowler Award for pioneering research

We are delighted to announce Dr Leah Morabito from our ground-breaking Physics Department has been awarded the 2024 Fowler Award by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).
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Honour for Durham geographer’s climate change research

Durham geographer Professor Harriet Bulkeley has been honoured for her boundary-breaking research into climate change.
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Durham research secures Science and Nature front pages

Inspiring and impactful research from our departments of Biosciences and Physics has featured on the front covers of two of the world’s most prestigious journals in recent weeks: Science and Nature.
Front covers of Science and Nature magazines

Happy employees help make stock prices more accurate

Companies with high levels of employee satisfaction are associated with stock prices that more accurately reflect the value of the company, due to increased positive employee reviews giving more insight to investors on a firms performance, compared to firms with unsatisfied employees unlikely to leave a review.
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Research Impact at Durham

Read about our Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case studies.

Impact Case Studies
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