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UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation collaborates with Cell Medica to develop products to fight cancer

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T Cell targeting of cancer

UCL has signed a research collaboration with Cell Medica aiming to utilize UCL’s novel T cell receptor (TCR) technology to generate leading-edge modified TCR products for the treatment of cancer.

New imaging platform tracks cancer progression

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tracking cancer in zebrafish

A new rapid fluorescent 3-D imaging system developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists offers a non-invasive approach to accurately monitor tumour development in adult zebrafish.

British Academy elects new Fellows

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Congratulations to the three members of the SLMS community recognised by the British Academy: (l-r) Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Nilli Lavie and Professor Robyn Carston

Q&A with Manuj Sharma - Review of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme

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With the Arena One: Teaching Associate Programme, you can join a cohort of postgraduate teachers to develop your teaching practice and work towards a nationally recognised teaching award; an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Manuj Sharma is a recent alumnus of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme, so we talked to him about what prompted him to take the course and his experiences of it. 

Professor Marcel Levi to join UCLH as Chief Executive

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Marcel Levi

UCLH has announced the appointment of Professor Marcel Levi as its new Chief Executive. He is due to take up the post on 3 January 2017, succeeding UCLH’s current Chief Executive, Sir Robert Naylor.

SLMS Education Showcase

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The SLMS Education Showcase was organized by the SLMS Education Network and hosted by UCL School of Pharmacy on Friday June 17th. 

New appointees - NIHR Research Professorships 2016

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Of four prestigious NIHR research professorships in 2016, two have gone to UCL researchers who are also UCLH consultants; Professor Rachel Batterham (obesity) and Dr Alexander Leff (neurology).

Launch of new clinical research facilities to advance cancer diagnostics and therapies at UCL/UCLH

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The final stages of an £8.9 million award to advance cancer medical research facilities at UCL/UCLH, were celebrated with a launch event marking the implementation of new cancer genomics and imaging technologies that will support two world-class cancer research programmes. 

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

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Diabetic macular oedema

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour opens

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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre was officially opened on 23 May by Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Kandel.

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases

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Image showing damage caused by uveitis in the untreated mouse eye (left) and the treated eye (right)

Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King’s College London.

Professor Mark Lythgoe appointed Chair of the Times Cheltenham Science Festival

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Mark Lythgoe

Professor Mark Lythgoe (UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) has been announced as the new Chair of the Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

Four SLMS researchers elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Four members of our community have been elected to the (clockwise from top left) Professor Arne Akbar, Professor Christopher Brewin, Professor Mark Emberton and Professor Mala Maini

Junk food causes similar high blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes

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A junk food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

Bacterial immunization prevents PTSD-like symptoms in mice

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M. vaccae

Injecting mice with a UCL-discovered bacterium can reduce stress and inflammation, preventing them from developing PTSD-like conditions, finds a new international study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

SLMS researchers elected as Fellows of Royal Society

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Professors Maria Fitzgerald (Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, UCL Division of Biosciences) and Eleanor Maguire (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology) will become elected fellows of the Royal Society.

Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

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'Pain matrix[' in person who doesn't feel pain

Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers from UCL and the University of Reading saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain.

New team to develop radiotherapies that target cancer more effectively

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CGI of proton beam therapy equipment

Safer precision radiotherapies that will be able to cure more cancers with fewer side-effects will be available within five years under ambitious new plans for research and treatment at the UCL Cancer Institute and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust.

Fruit flies live longer on lithium

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Lithium fruit flies

Fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium, according to a UCL-led study.

Cancer drug could treat blood vessel deformities

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Child with venous malformations

A drug currently being trialled in cancer patients could also be used to treat an often incurable condition that can cause painful blood vessel overgrowths inside the skin, finds new research in mice led by UCL, Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center in New York and the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) in Barcelona.

UCL winners at 2016 Wellcome Image Awards

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Premature baby receiving light therapy

A photograph of a premature baby receiving light therapy by David Bishop, a photographer with UCL Health Creatives and the Royal Free Hospital, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Julie Dorrington Award for Outstanding Clinical Photography in the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards.

New lupus study reveals why the body’s immune cells cause so much damage

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Plasma Cell

The reason why the body’s immune cells cause so much damage and can’t regulate themselves in patients with lupus has been revealed in a UCL study published in the journal Immunity, a finding which could lead to more effective ways of treating lupus.

Tumours contain the seeds of their own destruction

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Killer T cells surround a cancer cell

Scientists at UCL have made a groundbreaking discovery in understanding how the genetic complexity of tumours can be recognised and exploited by the immune system, even when the disease is at its most advanced stages.

UCL spin-out Autolus secures £40 million funding

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Autolus Limited, a biopharmaceutical spin-out from UCL Business, announced today that it has raised £40 million of new capital. Autolus focuses on the development and commercialisation of next-generation engineered T-cell therapies for haematological and solid tumours.

Rare bleeding disorder diagnosis improved with super-resolution microscopy

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Platelets

Researchers from UCL, the National Physical Laboratory and the Royal Free Hospital have differentiated between patients with a rare bleeding disorder and healthy volunteers using super-resolution microscopy, providing an alternative method for accurately and cost-effectively diagnosing rare platelet diseases.

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