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Medical Research Charities Hardest Hit

A recent report produced by Claudia Wood for Demos and New Philanthropy Capital [NPC] highlights some of the issues that have faced charities in the last year and highlights that non-covid related Medical Research charities, such as RAFT have been particularly hit hard. The amount of money donated to medical research between January and June …

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Marathon Runners Recognition

We are really proud of our Marathon runners, Bob Jenkins (far left), and his son Rob (middle). In recognition of his 23 Marathons for RAFT that they have been chosen by incoming marathon sponsors, Flora, as a beneficiary of their initiative to help charities keep running. RAFT gets to receive £1,000 from this. Rob said: …

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Congratulations Dr Nazanin Owji

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the new Dr Nazanin Owji for passing her PhD viva! Nazanin carried out her PhD on the development of degradable inks for 3D printing of implants for craniofacial surgery, a collaboration between UCL (Eastman Dental Institute) and RAFT. This new inks are developed specifically for #3Dprinting and used to create a custom-fit …

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Property News

Following the successful relocation of their remaining programmes to other locations, particularly the Griffin Institute at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and University College London (UCL) RAFT have surrendered their leasehold interest in the premises they occupied at Mount Vernon. Whilst RAFT continues its science in these locations, the support and back office functions are …

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Covid-19 crisis

Our collaborators at the Griffin Institute remain open and are helping the with the Covid-19 crisis. Here is some of what they are doing to directly help in the current pandemic: • Producing additional engineered organs to help fight the shortage of organs • Partnering with organisations working on immunology directly related to COVID-19 • …

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RAFT- An update on our Science

Breast reconstruction Current guidelines recommend that women should be offered the option of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. However, current reconstructive options are far from ideal. Currently, fewer than half the women in the UK who have a mastectomy choose to have breast reconstruction. These patients have suffered the trauma of cancer and are understandably unwilling …

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RAFT – An update on us

2019 has been a year of transition for RAFT. The Trustees recognized that our patients and our research would be better served by moving our laboratories away from a single location, that had become progressively less fit for purpose, and into designated centres of excellence for academic and clinical research. We start 2020 with the …

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UCL/RAFT Student passes Upgrade towards a PhD

Congratulations to UCL/RAFT PhD student Taleen Shakouri on passing her Upgrade towards a PhD. Taleen is doing innovative research into biodegradable inks for producing custom-fit 3D printed implants for maxillofacial surgery. Check out details on this project here: https://raft.ac.uk/3d-printing-for-facial-reconstruction-surgery

'Bioengineering' scientific journal publishes work of former RAFT intern

A paper by Evan Davison-Kotler, on research carried out via a collaboration between RAFT and St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, has been published by Bioengineering; an international scientific peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of bioengineering. Dr Elena Garcia, RAFT’s Director of Research, also contributed to the paper, which is entitled …

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RAFT receives Global Venture 2019 award

RAFT has achieved recognition at the Global Venture Annual Awards 2019, receiving the accolade for “Most Dedicated Medical Research Company 2019 – UK” Through a rigorous process where nominations were received, Global Venture have selected the world’s leading firms and professionals in global geographical regions, rewarding a variety of businesses who deliver outstanding levels of …

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