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Life Science and Technology (LST) combines knowledge from several branches of science, with the basic aim of making people healthier and improving their quality of life. But it is also embraces the intrinsic aim of finding out more about ourselves as humans. We try to build a bridge between science and medical practice by conducting research into substances that are known to halt cancer in the body, for example, and the conditions in which this occurs.
But we also take a wider view of these issues by looking at prevention, mental health and welfare. You come across things like this every single day. If you get a headache, you take paracetamol because it’s thought to be ‘safer than aspirin’. On the other hand, people with cardiovascular disease are often prescribed aspirin because it protects against heart attacks, even if you only take half a children’s dose per day. We would never know about this without good research.
Our students and researchers study the development of prostheses to replace certain physical functions, for example. Or they explore ways of ensuring that the blood of patients on heart-lung machines clots properly. Is shift work healthy or not? These are just a few examples of the things we explore. By the time you start this programme, numerous other new research projects will undoubtedly have started up. You’re bound to find something that arouses your interest.
Is this the programme
If you are interested in studying the human body in the minutest detail (right down to cell level), and if you can think logically and enjoy doing experiments, then LST is the right programme for you. The programme obviously includes pure sciences and a lot of interesting lab work.
What is Life Science and Technology?
UG to take leading role in development of new antibiotics
A better life for kidney patients
People with serious kidney problems have to visit hospital regularly for dialysis. This is both time-consuming and a physical strain. There is always a risk of infection because the patient is connected to an external machine via tubes. Researching the possibilities of generating an artificial implantable kidney is just one of the current focus areas of Life Science and Technology. If this proves possible, imagine the difference it will make to the lives of countless kidney patients.
Can we generate new organs from human cells? How do you design an artificial hip? How do diseases like cancer develop and what is the best way to treat them?
Wat is Life Science