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Scientists transplant photoreceptors from retina grown ‘in a dish’

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UCL scientists have carried out the first successful transplant of light-sensitive photoreceptor cells extracted from a synthetic retina, grown ‘in a dish’ from embryonic stem cells.

Protein responsible for ‘bad’ blood vessel growth discovered

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Blood vessels

The discovery of a protein that encourages blood vessel growth, and especially ‘bad’ blood vessels – the kind that characterise diseases as diverse as cancer, age-related macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis – has been reported in the journal Nature.

UCL and Marie Curie to establish new Chair in Palliative and End of Life Care

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Marie Curie Cancer Care and UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences are pleased to announce the establishment of the first Chair of Palliative and End of Life Care at UCL, following a £3.2 million grant from the UK’s leading end of life care charity.

'Risky' stroke prevention procedure may be safe in some patients

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A major study published today in the Lancet Neurology, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stroke Association, found that stenting in the carotid artery (in the neck) is as safe as carotid artery surgery at reducing stroke risk in some patients.

Irreversible tissue loss seen within 40 days of spinal cord injury

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The rate and extent of damage to the spinal cord and brain following spinal cord injury have long been a mystery. Now, a joint research effort by UCL, the University of Zurich and University Hospital Balgrist has found evidence that patients already have irreversible tissue loss in the spinal cord within 40 days of injury.

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