Probiotics International Ltd is a UK based SME who manufacture and market a range of health supplements, including probiotics, specially formulated for all the family, from childhood through to old age and marketed under the Protexin brand.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that colonise the intestinal tract and act to promote the efficient functioning of digestion, help prevent digestive upsets and stimulate and maintain the natural immunity of the body. Probiotic bacteria are normal inhabitants of the intestines and are found in the healthy gut of all humans.
Research Scientists from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway are working with Protexin to establish the efficacy of their product and identify new strains of Bacillus subtilis able to offer improved health properties.
Research facilities in the School include state of the art mass spectrometry; proteomics and metabolomics facilities; marine and freshwater aquaria; insect culture rooms; level-3 ACGM containment suites; a monoclonal antibody production unit; environmentally-controlled plant growth room; facilities for plant and animal cell culture; glasshouses, and an electrophysiology suite.
Royal Holloway has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lyric Hammersmith, the UK's first teaching theatre, to recognise their mutual commitment to the arts. The agreement is designed to facilitate co-operation by engaging complementary skills and expertise in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and community engagement in theatre and the performing arts.
The co-operation is intended to enhance the competitive advantage of both parties by extending the scope and depth of their joint educational capabilities; providing joint research funding opportunities and by exchanging complementary professional skills. This will lead to wider academic, community and commercial profiles for both the Lyric and for Royal Holloway, together with enhanced opportunities for the dissemination of research and practice in the performing arts.
Since signing the MoU early in 2010, Royal Holloway and the Lyric have already developed a wide range of collaborative activities, including joint research and Lottery funding bids; teaching from Lyric practitioners at three key stages in The Department of Drama and Theatre's MA pathway in Applied Drama; a pilot undergraduate performance piece and the planned development of a new Graduate Diploma.
The Psychology Department at Royal Holloway are using novel methods of vision analysis to assist Tobii Technology
Tobii Technology is the global market leader in eye tracking and eye control. This technology makes it possible for computers to know exactly where users are looking. Tobii products are widely used within the scientific community, in commercial market research and usability studies, as well as by people with disabilities as a means to improve communication.
Conventional vision processing techniques are computationally demanding and vulnerable to unexpected image changes. The Royal Holloway team are working on alternative approaches inspired by the mechanisms underlying attention and motion processing within the human brain.
The Vision Research Group conducts research on fundamental aspects of human vision. The main emphasis is on psychophysical investigations (particularly studies of motion perception), brain imaging studies (fMRI) and eye movement research. Excellent facilities exist for all these lines of research, including a research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner. The Group's work includes studies of both the healthy human visual system and vision in individuals with disease or damage to the visual system.