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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). 

New licensing agreement for UCL technology to combat antimicrobial resistance

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The alarming rise and spread of antimicrobial resistance is an increasing global challenge and there is considerable interest and an acknowledged benefit in the targeted delivery of antimicrobial agents.  

Japan’s PM reaffirms close ties with UCL in meeting with Provost

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thanked UCL for its role in helping to educate students from his country dating back 150 years to the Choshu Five in the 19th century.

Virtual brain lab brings together world-leading neuroscientists

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Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. 

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

UCL community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

Himalayan powerhouses: how Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency

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Sherpas have evolved to become superhuman mountain climbers, extremely efficient at producing the energy to power their bodies even when oxygen is scarce, suggests a new study led by University of Cambridge and UCL researchers, published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.

Three UCL SLMS researchers named as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Three UCL SLMS researchers have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

Tracking unstable chromosomes helps predict lung cancer’s return

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Scientists have found that unstable chromosomes within lung tumours increase the risk of cancer returning after surgery, and have used this new knowledge to detect relapse long before standard testing. These are the first findings from the Cancer Research UK-funded TRACERx lung cancer study, led by UCL researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature

Common antibiotic may help to prevent or treat PTSD

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The common antibiotic doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative associations in the brain, according to new research from UCL and the University of Zurich.

Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries

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A cure for pancreatic cancer, virtual reality rehabilitation, data-driven robotic surgery, and futuristic wound-healing technology are just four of the 16 projects selected for MedCity’s ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ programme.

Embrace exhibition to help raise funds for new UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation

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Embrace, a new exhibition opened this week at the Saatchi Gallery. The show, by Aisha Cahn, a contemporary British artist, is inspired by the science of cells, and the narrative of her mother's experience with cancer. Despite cancer eventually taking her life, the way in which she and Aisha approached the terminal prognosis together, was one of positivity, achieved through advanced medical treatment, faith and spirituality.

MRI scans can help spot HIV in the brain

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Scientists at UCL have developed a way to use MRI scans to help identify when HIV is persisting in the brain despite effective drug treatment.

'Brute force' can overcome antibiotic resistance

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Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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