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New logo and plans

The Leeds Microbubble Consortium is pleased to present our new Microbubble logo.

The logo has been designed by Ellie McBride, who is a freelance designer and artist, specialising in 2D and 3D animation. Ellie will be working with a small team of the consortium to create an animation centred around the work here in Leeds.

The project has just begun, but we are really excited about where this will take us and how we can project the fantastic research going on.

Watch this space for updates!

How a microbubble works


Microbubbles take centre stage in the Winter 2014-15 Alumni magazine

Not Just for Medics


Medicine is a highly competitive field that interests many students; however, medicine is not just about medics!  On Thursday, December 18, the STEM@Leeds team hosted 120 Year 10 and 11 students from schools across Yorkshire at the Medicine, Not Just About Medics event.  The high-ability students, already interested in studying medicine, participated in three different practicals from subjects across STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), exploring other medically related research areas and degree programs at the University of Leeds.

Members of Professor Evan's Molecular and Nanoscale Physics group at University of Leeds, Adam Chruchman, along with Radwa Abou-Saleh and Liam Hunter, hosted the highly successful Microbubbles practical where students built their own microbubble by optimizing different parameters to specifically target a disease in the body, making the best microbubble for the situation.  It was no easy task!

The overall feedback was extremely positive from the students, at the end of the session the team were told that, 'The students really enjoyed the session, in particular the session on microbubbles'.

First Prize


Laura McVeigh recently won First Prize for her research poster on 'Bubbles for Cancer: Improving the delivery of anti-cancer drugs using microbubbles' as part of the SHOWCASE: 5th Annual University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference.

The conference was head on 4th December 2014.

"It's all bubbling up at Leeds..."

Professor Steve Evans recently spoke with the Leeds Alumni Group to discuss the continuous work with Microbubbles.

To read the full article, please click here

School of Medicine host lab tour at St James

Louise Coletta and Gemma Marston from the Leeds Microbubble Consortium, hosted a number of school pupils at a recent lab visit over the 2nd and 3rd July.

The students were allowed to take a look at the Bubble HQ, Louise and Gemma, among others, explained how the team are currently making and using bubbles to cure cancer.

Over the two days there was a set timetable that allowed the students to learn about different areas of the research that is being undertaken at St James' University Hospital around Microbubbles. The timetable included discussion around Bioscreening, tissue culture and Microbubbles, in addition to different areas. Louise lead the discussion and tour around Mircobubbles.

Thinking Day Event: Science Fair


Dr Louise Coletta and Dr Gemma Marston attended the recent Thinking Day Event: Science Fair on 23rd February in Wakefield.

During the day they gave presentations around Microbubbles and Science to girls of age 10+. It was an interactive day and the attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the work going on around Microbubbles here in Leeds.

Sidmouth Science Festival

Friday evening pre-opening gathering of speakers and organisers

Saturday 19th October 2013 - Inspired by Science - we were amused and gratified to receive the following from one of the attendees at Professor Evans' lecture on the physics of bubbles

The Physics of Bubbles and their Application
Prof. Stephen Evans
(Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan)

Our lives were sadly lessened were it not for the ubiquity
Of bubbles' different sizes and their wonderful proclivity
To soapily distend and gently wander on the air's soft tide
But scientists are well aware that bubbles have a darker side!

The propeller of a liner they can chew in wide eyed innocence
Then cheery light emit as they subside in sonoluminscence*
But all's not lost 'cos bubbles have potential that's deflationr'y
To dock on nasty tumours which are growing but are station'ry.

For bionanotechnophiles and medicos molecular
Are striving in laborat'ries to conjure quite spectacular
Bubbles that can vary from the micro to the nanosize
Bubbles that will heal you, I'm sure that comes as some surprise!

They'll travel round your body like a little roving limpet mine
To lock on nasty ailments is their mission and their whole design
And when they come upon a growth that they have chosen to deflate
Then with a blast of ultra sound the tumour they will detonate!

They're not the Guinness bubbles that you find atop your creamy stout
They're not the yeasty lipids that in Champers struggle to pop out
They're not the South Sea version that will make your shares disintegrate
But, by ingenious paradox, expand to discombobulate.

So here's three cheers for bubbles, let us raise a glass and evervesce
And may the back room boffins with their cunning plans have great success!
So look afresh at bubbles when you've drowned a glass to quench your thirst:
Remember that 'the first are last' and don't forget 'the last are first'.

*(poetic licence with spelling: 'sonoluminescence')

By Graham Clarke

For more information about the Sidmouth Science festival please visit their website: http://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/festival/2013.aspx