The latest list of publications from the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre with a brief summary. 

Publication: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease,

Moylett S, Price A, Cardinal RN, Aarsland D, Mueller C, Stewart R, O’Brien JT.

28 November 2018

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Publication: Brain

Baker K, Gordon SL, Melland H, Bumbak F, Scott DJ, Jiang TJ, et al.

13 August 2018

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Publication: Nature Communications

Li X, Francies HE, Secrier M, Perner J, Miremadi A, Galeano-Dalmau N, Barendt WJ, Letchford L, Leyden GM, Goffin EK, Barthorpe A, Lightfoot H, Chen E, Gilbert J, Noorani A, Devonshire G, Bower L, Grantham A, MacRae S, Grehan N, Wedge DC, Fitzgerald RC, Garnett MJ.

30 July 2018

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Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry

Savulich G, Jeanes H, Rossides N, Kaur S, Zacharia A, Robbins TW, et al.

21 November 2018

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Publication: Nature

Baland Jalal, Annette Brühl, Claire O’Callaghan, Thomas Piercy, Rudolf N. Cardinal, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Barbara J. Sahakian

23 October 2018


A ‘brain training’ app could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears.

One of the most common types of OCD, affecting up to 46% of OCD patients, is characterised by severe contamination fears and excessive washing behaviour. Excessive washing can be harmful as sometimes OCD patients use spirits, surface cleansers or even bleach to clean their hands. The behaviours can have a serious impact on people’s lives, their mental health, their relationships and their ability to hold down jobs.

Cambridge researchers developed a new treatment to help people with contamination fears and excessive washing. The intervention, which can be delivered through a smartphone app, involves patients watching videos of themselves washing their hands or touching fake contaminated surfaces. Read the full story here

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Publication: Nature Genetics

Gozdecka M, Meduri E, Mazan M, Tzelepis K, Dudek M, Knights AJ, Pardo M, Yu L, Choudhary JS, Metzakopian E, Iyer V, Yun H, Park N, Varela I, Bautista R, Collord G, Dovey O, Garyfallos DA, De Braekeleer E, Kondo S, Cooper J, Göttgens B, Bullinger L, Northcott PA, Adams D, Vassiliou GS, Huntly BJP.

7 May 2018

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Publication: Molecular Autism

Cassidy S, Bradley L, Shaw R, Baron-Cohen S.

31 July 2018

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Publication: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Mc Ardle R, Morris R, Hickey A, Del Din S, Koychev I, Gunn RN, et al.

10 April 2018

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Publication: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Brian A. Ference, Deepak L. Bhatt, Alberico L. Catapano, Chris J. Packard, Ian Graham, Stephen Kaptoge, Thatcher B. Ference, Qi Guo, Ulrich Laufs, Christian T. Ruff, Arjen Cupido1, G. Kees Hovingh, John Danesh, Michael V. Holmes, George Davey Smith, Kausik K. Ray, Stephen J. Nicholls, Marc S. Sabatine

2 September 2019


Most cardiovascular events can be prevented with sustained exposure to modestly lower combinations of lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and lower systolic blood pressure (SBP), according to research led by Cambridge researchers who carried out Mendelian randomization analyses involving 438,952 participants. Read the full story here.

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Publication: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.

Mak E, Bethlehem RA, Romero-Garcia R, Cervenka S, Rittman T, Gabel S, Surendranathan A, Bevan-Jones RW, Passamonti L, Rodríguez PV, Su L.

1 January 2018

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Publication: Nature Communications

Stefan Gräf, Matthias Haimel, Marta Bleda, Charaka Hadinnapola, Laura Southgate, Wei Li, Joshua Hodgson, Bin Liu, Richard M. Salmon, Mark Southwood, Rajiv D. Machado, Jennifer M. Martin, Carmen M. Treacy, Katherine Yates, Louise C. Daugherty, Olga Shamardina, Deborah Whitehorn, Simon Holden, Micheala Aldred, Harm J. Bogaard, Colin Church, Gerry Coghlan, Robin Condliffe, Paul A. Corris, Cesare Danesino, Mélanie Eyries, Henning Gall, Stefano Ghio, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, J. Simon R. Gibbs, Barbara Girerd, Arjan C. Houweling, Luke Howard, Marc Humbert, David G. Kiely, Gabor Kovacs, Robert V. MacKenzie Ross, Shahin Moledina, David Montani, Michael Newnham, Andrea Olschewski, Horst Olschewski, Andrew J. Peacock, Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Inga Prokopenko, Christopher J. Rhodes, Laura Scelsi, Werner Seeger, Florent Soubrier, Dan F. Stein, Jay Suntharalingam, Emilia M. Swietlik, Mark R. Toshner, David A. van Heel, Anton Vonk Noordegraaf, Quinten Waisfisz, John Wharton, Stephen J. Wort, Willem H. Ouwehand, Nicole Soranzo, Allan Lawrie, Paul D. Upton, Martin R. Wilkins, Richard C. Trembath & Nicholas W. Morrell

12 April 2018


Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is a fatal lung disease and causes the walls of the arteries become thick and stiff, narrowing the space for blood to pass through and increasing blood pressure then leading to heart failure.

The disease kills 50% of those affected within five years, but little was known about what caused the condition in some people. Now experts say they have discovered five genes that cause the illness and could pave the way for more treatments.

Scientists carried out the largest ever genetic study of the disease by analysing the genomes – the unique sequence of a person’s DNA – of more than 1,000 PAH patients for whom the cause of the illness was unknown.

They found that mutations in five genes were responsible for causing the illness in these people, including in four genes that were not previously known to be involved in the disease. In people with the condition these genes fail to effectively produce the proteins that are required for the structure, function and regulation of the body’s tissues, researchers found.

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Publication: Oxford Academic

Lisa Pennells, Stephen Kaptoge, AngelaWood, Mike Sweeting , Xiaohui Zhao, Ian White, Stephen Burgess, Peter Willeit, Thomas Bolton, Karel G.M. Moons, Yvonne T. van der Schouw, Randi Selmer, Kay-Tee Khaw, Vilmundur Gudnason, Gerd Assmann, Philippe Amouyel, Veikko Salomaa, Mika Kivimaki, Børge G. Nordestgaard, Michael J. Blaha, Lewis H. Kuller, Hermann Brenner, Richard F. Gillum, Christa Meisinger, Ian Ford, MatthewW. Knuiman, Annika Rosengren, Debbie A. Lawlor, Henry Vo¨ lzke, Cyrus Cooper, Alejandro Marı´n Iba~nez, Edoardo Casiglia, Jussi Kauhanen, Jackie A. Cooper, Beatriz Rodriguez, Johan Sundstro¨m, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Rachel Dankner, Paul J. Nietert, KarinaW. Davidson, Robert B.Wallace, Dan G. Blazer, Cecilia Bjo¨ rkelund, Chiara Donfrancesco, Harlan M. Krumholz, Aulikki Nissinen, Barry R. Davis, Sean Coady, Peter H.Whincup, Torben Jørgensen, Pierre Ducimetiere, Maurizio Trevisan, Gunnar Engstro¨m, Carlos J. Crespo, TomW. Meade,  Marjolein Visser, Daan Kromhout, Stefan Kiechl, Makoto Daimon, Jackie F. Price, Agustin Go´mez de la Ca´mara, JWouter Jukema, Benoıˆt Lamarche, Altan Onat, Leon A. Simons, Maryam Kavousi, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, John Gallacher, Jacqueline M. Dekker, Hisatomi Arima, Nawar Shara, RobertW. Tipping, Ronan Roussel, Eric J Brunner, Wolfgang Koenig, Masaru Sakurai, Jelena Pavlovic, Ron T. Gansevoort, Dorothea Nagel, Uri Goldbourt, Elizabeth L.M. Barr, Luigi Palmieri, Inger Njølstad, Shinichi Sato,W.M. Monique Verschuren, Cherian V. Varghese, Ian Graham, Oyere Onuma, Philip Greenland, MarkWoodward, Majid Ezzati, Bruce M. Psaty, Naveed Sattar, Rod Jackson, Paul M. Ridker, Nancy R. Cook, Ralph B. D’Agostino, Sr, Simon G Thompson, John Danesh, Emanuele Di Angelantonio

22 November 2018

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