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Water Research Laboratory

What is this project about?

The Water Research Lab (WRL) project is HRI’s flagship fundamental research project. The aim is to establish a centre of excellence for exploring the physics of water, using state of the art experimental techniques.

The expected findings from this project will have a wide range of potential applications, but HRI’s reason for co-funding WRL is that the 5-year research programme may well uncover the mode of action of homeopathic medicines.

Techniques such as Near-Infrared spectroscopy, Nuclear-Magnetic Resonance, Conductivity measurements and Mass-spectrometry will be used to probe the underlying physics of the properties of water, potentially telling us how homeopathic high-dilutions (beyond Avogadro’s number) can contain information and be biologically active.

The research team will be led by Dr Alexander Tournier, collaborating at an international level with world experts in the various techniques being used.

The laboratory, located in Heidelberg, Germany, is currently being fitted out and the project is on track for experiments to start in early 2018.

Lead researcher

Alexander Tournier BSc DIC MASt Cantab PhD

Dr Tournier studied physics at Imperial College, London, and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. He wrote his PhD on the biophysics of water-protein interactions at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. For the last 10 years he has been conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundaries between mathematics, physics and biology, as an independent researcher for Cancer Research UK (5th institute worldwide for molecular biology).

Why is this project important?

Confirming the existence of structured phase of water would have considerable ramifications not only for homeopathy, but could also lead to completely novel therapeutic and diagnostic techniques. 

 Dr Alexander Tournier PhD

Learn more about this project

Water Research Lab

Click here to visit the official website for WRL.

Author publicationsLess

  1. Tozluoğlu M, Tournier AL, Jenkins RP, Hooper S, Bates PA, Sahai E. Matrix geometry determines optimal cancer cell migration strategy and modulates response to interventions. Nature Cell Biology. 2013, 15(7):751-62 | Pubmed
  2. Mao Y, Tournier AL, Hoppe A, Kester L, Thompson BJ, Tapon N. Differential proliferation rates generate patterns of mechanical tension that orient tissue growth. EMBO J. 2013, 32(21):2790-803 | Pubmed
  3. Mao Y, Tournier AL, Bates PA, Gale JE, Tapon N, Thompson BJ. Planar polarization of the atypical myosin Dachs orients cell divisions in Drosophila. Genes Dev. 2011, 25(2):131-6. | Pubmed
  4. Schmierer B, Tournier AL, Bates PA, Hill CS. Mathematical modeling identifies Smad nucleocytoplasmic shuttling as a dynamic signal-interpreting system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008; 105(18):6608-13. | Pubmed
  5. Tournier AL, Réat V, Dunn R, Daniel R, Smith JC, Finney J. Temperature and timescale dependence of protein dynamics in methanol : water mixtures. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2005, B(7):1388-93. | Pubmed
  6. Tournier AL, Smith JC. Principal components of the protein dynamical transition. Phys Rev Lett. 2003; 91(20):208106. | Pubmed
  7. Tournier AL, Xu J, Smith JC. Translational hydration water dynamics drives the protein glass transition. Biophys J. 2003, 85(3):1871 | Pubmed

ReferencesLess

  1. Montagnier, L., Aïssa, J., Ferris, S., Montagnier, J.-L. & Lavalléee, C. Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA sequences. Interdiscip. Sci. Comput. Life Sci. 2009, 1, 81–90. | Pubmed
  2. Montagnier, L. et al. DNA waves and water. J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 306, 012007 (2011). | Link
  3. Davenas E, et al. Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE. Nature. 1988 333(6176):816-8. | Pubmed
  4. Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn TE, Baumgartner S, Willich SN. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies–a systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2007 Jun;15(2):128-38. | Pubmed

Project: hriwaterlab

Funding WRL

Funding status

Research activities starting Dec 2014, ongoing funding required of £50k/year