Left to right: Professor Chiara Ciccarelli, Professor Jason Miller, Professor Rosana Collepardo-Guevara, and Dr Jenny Zhang

Four Cambridge researchers awarded consolidator grants from the European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded grants worth a total of €627 million to 308 researchers across Europe, of whom four are at the University of Cambridge.
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New report highlights increase in number of children and young people with eating disorders

One in five children and young people have a probable mental health condition, according to The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2023 report, published today. The report also reveals a significant rise in those being diagnosed with eating disorders, including a 10% increase among young men and women aged 17-19.
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Our brains are not able to ‘rewire’ themselves, despite what most scientists believe, new study argues

Contrary to the commonly-held view, the brain does not have the ability to rewire itself to compensate for the loss of sight, an amputation or stroke, for example, say scientists from the University of Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University.
Graphic representing an artificially intelligent brain

AI system self-organises to develop features of brains of complex organisms

Cambridge scientists have shown that placing physical constraints on an artificially-intelligent system – in much the same way that the human brain has to develop and operate within physical and biological constraints – allows it to develop features of the brains of complex organisms in order to solve tasks.
Naked Clams in wooden growth panel

Innovative aquaculture system turns waste wood into nutritious seafood

Researchers hoping to rebrand a marine pest as a nutritious food have developed the world’s first system of farming shipworms, which they have renamed ‘Naked Clams’.
Disease mural cells

Lab-grown ‘small blood vessels’ point to potential treatment for major cause of stroke and vascular dementia

Cambridge scientists have grown small blood vessel-like models in the lab and used them to show how damage to the scaffolding that supports these vessels can cause them to leak, leading to conditions such as vascular dementia and stroke.
Millennials pose for a photo

Boom and bust? Millennials aren’t all worse off than Baby Boomers, but the rich-poor gap is widening

A study of over 12,000 people in the US, comparing Baby Boomers and Millennials, raises concerns about Millennials’ diverging financial gains.
Silhouette of a woman facing a question mark and microchips

Cambridge Dictionary names ‘Hallucinate’ Word of the Year 2023

A new definition of ‘hallucinate’ was one of many AI-related updates to the Cambridge Dictionary in 2023.
Artist's impression of a meteor hitting Earth

‘Bouncing’ comets could deliver building blocks for life to exoplanets

How did the molecular building blocks for life end up on Earth? One long-standing theory is that they could have been delivered by comets. Now, researchers from the University of Cambridge have shown how comets could deposit similar building blocks to other planets in the galaxy.
Child receiving dental treatment

UK ‘sugar tax’ linked to fall in child hospital admissions for tooth extraction

The UK soft drinks industry levy introduced in 2018 may have saved more than 5,500 hospital admissions for tooth extractions, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Cambridge.


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