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NHS breast cancer patients to benefit from go ahead for UCL-pioneered treatment

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given limited approval for suitable NHS patients to receive a new type of breast cancer treatment pioneered by clinical scientists at UCL, which will eventually benefit thousands of women and is already in use in many countries throughout the world.

UCL gifted £1m for major research project on rare cancer

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A UK wide research network for osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer primarily affecting teenagers and young adults, is to be set up by UCL thanks to a generous gift of £1m from The Tom Prince Cancer Trust.  

UCL cancer trials to get £9m funding boost

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Cancer Research UK is planning to invest nearly £9m over the next five years into research at the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre.

Blood thinners may raise stroke risk in over-65s with kidney disease

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People over 65 years old may be increasing their stroke risk by taking anticoagulants for an irregular heartbeat if they also have chronic kidney disease, finds a new study led by UCL, St George’s, University of London and the University of Surrey.

‘Off the shelf’ living artificial tissues could repair severe nerve injuries

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Severe nerve damage has been successfully repaired in the laboratory using a new living artificial nerve tissue developed by UCL, ReNeuron and Sartorius Stedim Biotech.

One cigarette a day increases cardiovascular risk

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Smoking just one cigarette a day carries a much higher risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke than expected – about half the risk of smoking 20 per day – concludes a UCL-led review of the evidence.

Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation

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By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a UCL-led research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people.

Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

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Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

New ovarian cancer drug based on UCL research

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A new drug to delay the spread of ovarian cancer, which was developed from UCL research, has been licensed for use in the UK.

UCL research leads to haemophilia gene therapy success

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UCL research is behind the first successful gene therapy trial to treat haemophilia A, the most common type of the disease.

Gene mutation causes low sensitivity to pain

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A UCL-led research team has identified a rare mutation that causes one family to have unusually low sensitivity to pain.

Higher education linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in gene study

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Higher educational attainment is associated with a “significantly lower” chance of people suffering Alzheimer’s, according to the biggest genetic study into the potential causes of the disease reported today in the BMJ.

Children with mental health problems more likely to be out of work by 55

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Physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on people’s prospects of being in employment in later life, according to two reports from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the renEWL research team based at UCL.

Individual choices, not family influence teenagers’ non-alcoholic drink preference

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Adolescents’ non-alcoholic drinks preferences are strongly influenced by their own individual circumstances and lifestyle choices, but not by their families and home environment, according to a new UCL study.

Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

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HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Simple test predicts diabetes remission following weight loss surgery

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A new simple test that helps predicts which people with type 2 diabetes will benefit most from weight loss surgery has been developed by a UCL-led team.

Foodbank users report benefit delays, adverse life events

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A new UCL study surveyed who uses food banks in London, and for what reasons.

The study, published this week in the Journal of Public Health, found benefit-related problems were the most common reason, while recent adverse life events were also associated with food insecurity.

UCL joins with top Chinese university to train world leaders of the future

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A UCL academic with an illustrious Chinese ancestry has forged new links with China’s top university by designing a course that will help teach future potential leaders from the West about China’s history and culture.

Former UCL head of medicine appointed government’s Chief Scientific Adviser

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Professor Patrick Vallance, former head of medicine at UCL, has been appointed the UK government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

UCL professor named NHS medical director

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Professor Stephen Powis (UCL Division of Medicine) has been named medical director of NHS England.

He is succeeding a fellow UCL academic, Sir Bruce Keogh, who was previously Professor of Cardiac Surgery at UCL and is stepping down from his post at the end of 2017. The current chair of NHS England is former UCL Provost, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant.

Tiny silicon probes provide high definition recording of brain activity

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A team involving UCL scientists has developed a new device that could revolutionise our understanding of the brain by allowing researchers to map the activity of complex neural networks that control behaviour and decision making, in a way never before possible. The Neuropixels probes are described in a paper published today in Nature.

UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

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UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

#WorldArthritisDay £2 million funding boost for the Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology

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The Centre for Adolescent Rheumatology at UCL, UCLH and GOSH, the only research centre in the world dedicated to understanding how rheumatic conditions like arthritis affect teenagers, has received a £2 million funding boost to support its pioneering research over the next five years.

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Patrick McCormick named WMIS Young Investigator of the Year Award

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Dr Patrick McCormick from the Molecular Imaging Group at CABI has won the Young Investigator of the Year Award from the World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS). 

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