Latest issue of Research Forum magazine out now

Friday, 13 May 2016

Research Forum Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 issue of Research Forum, the magazine showcasing research excellence at Oxford Brookes University is now available

You can read the magazine online on your desktop or on your phone or tablet.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships said: “In this edition we lead with the fascinating research by Dr Simon Underdown, Principal Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, which is revolutionising how we think about human evolution and disease. By studying genetic data and ancient DNA we have been able to learn more about our links with Neanderthals and how exchange of disease, genes and even ideas have played a key role in shaping our evolution. You may have seen national media coverage on this last month.

In this edition we lead with the fascinating research by Dr Simon Underdown, Principal Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, which is revolutionising how we think about human evolution and disease. By studying genetic data and ancient DNA we have been able to learn more about our links with Neanderthals.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Global Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

“With the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, we look to Brazil and two research projects with a global reach. One feature is from Dr David Botterill in the Oxford School of Hospitality Management comparing environmental policy development in the city of São Paulo with South Wales. An article from Dr Tim Jones, from the School of the Built Environment, updates on his work with three Brazilian universities to develop new approaches to mobility planning to help address health inequalities within urban areas.

“I also talk about the new direction the University is heading with its research, and finally we finish with something sweet. An unusual project between our Functional Food Centre and our Movement Science Group investigating the benefits of dark chocolate in reducing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The project begins this month, but you may have seen national media coverage on this when it was first announced back in November last year.

“I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Research Forum.”

If you have any comments about the magazine or suggestions get in touch via researchforum@brookes.ac.uk.

Last month the University's Research and Knowledge Exchange and International strategies were both revised for the period 2015 to 2020 in anticipation of further changes to the higher education landscape. You can read more about this on the news pages.

Quick read versions of the Research and Knowledge Exchange and International strategies are both available to read on the Oxford Brookes Strategy webpages where you can also read the documents in full.