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In November 2017, UCL's Bartlett Development Planning Unit led the International observation mission to Somaliland’s presidential elections.
The 2018 Brain Prize, the world’s most valuable prize for brain research at €1m, has been awarded to Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor Bart De Strooper (UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL) for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Universities match scientists and financiers to boost start-up success
Jam today doesn’t have to mean jam tomorrow
Our attempts to defy the ageing process are not a modern phenomenon. In ancient Egypt early skin lotions included the use of castor oil, as well as Cleopatra's legendary donkey milk baths. The Romans, however, preferred protective balms and skin creams made of beeswax, olive oil and rosewater.
Microscopy has been the major tool for studies of cells and one of the main driving forces for life sciences research. The birth of microscopy in the 16th century led to the first ‘wave of discovery’: the existence of cells and their internal structures. However, fundamental properties of light impose limitations on light microscopes. These prevent scientists from accurately resolving structures smaller than 300 nanometers (nm) – which is just the size range of many cellular compartments, molecular complexes and viruses.
Early in 2016 UCL Transport Institute (UCLTI) was commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) to conduct a scoping study into the social and behavioural questions associated with automated vehicles – better known as AVs.
DNA evidence has been used in the criminal justice field for several decades, but in recent years, much smaller and more degraded samples have been able to be used for DNA profiling. UCL's Professor David Balding is the Chair in Statistical Genetics at the Genetics Institute and a pioneer in this breakthrough technique.