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Medical Poetics: call for entries for Yale-UCL Medicine poetry competition

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This year's Yale-UCL poetry competition is now open for entries from medical students looking to render their Aesculapian experiences in verse… and win £1000. The upcoming deadline is Saturday, 10 May 2014 and the winner(s) will be announced at the end of July.

Mayor launches MedCity with £4.1m investment

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The Mayor of London today launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences.

Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralysed muscles

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A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London.

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life

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Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study.

Cell-saving drugs could reduce brain damage after stroke

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Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new UCL-led study.

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters

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Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers.

Statins could help control multiple sclerosis

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Dr Jeremy Chataway

A high dose of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin significantly reduces brain shrinkage in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), found researchers supported by the Biomedical Research Centre at UCL and UCLH, with colleagues from Imperial College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Three quarters of people with seasonal and pandemic flu have no symptoms

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Around 1 in 5 of the population were infected in both recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, but just 23% of these infections caused symptoms, and only 17% of people were ill enough to consult their doctor, according to new UCL-led research.

Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see

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Too much visual information causes a phenomenon known as ‘load induced blindness’, with an effect akin to dimming the lights, reports a new UCL study.

Human brains ‘hard-wired’ to link what we see with what we do

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Active brain

Your brain’s ability to instantly link what you see with what you do is down to a dedicated information ‘highway’, suggests new UCL-led research.

Education ‘protects’ poor women from fattening effects of rising wealth

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Obesity levels among women in low- and middle-income countries tend to rise in line with wealth as they purchase more energy-dense foods, but a new UCL study suggests that more educated consumers make better food choices that mitigate this effect.

MAMS-TB trial stops recruiting patients to two arms

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The MAMS-TB trial, being conducted by the PanACEA consortium is stopping recruiting patients to two of its arms. This follows a meeting of the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) which looked at interim analyses. The IDMC recommended that the arms testing the HRZQ and HR20ZQ combinations of drugs should be closed, as the interim results were not promising enough. These two arms include the drug SQ109 instead of ethambutol in the standard 6-month combination with rifampicin given at the higher dose of 20mg/kg in the HR20ZQ arm. Patients are still being recruited to the other three arms of the trial.

£10 million funding for pioneering brain tumour research programmes

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The Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit at the UCL Cancer Institute is one of three pioneering research programmes to benefit from an unprecedented £10 million in funding. Grants from The Brain Tumour Charity totalling £5million will fund the research programmes and are being matched by other charitable and public sources. The milestone investment paves the way to transform the diagnosis and treatment of both childhood and adult brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of people under 40.

Promising new treatment for respiratory syndrome

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Geoff Bellingan

A new treatment for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome has seen mortality rates plummet by about 80 per cent.

UCL to benefit from £8.9m medical bioinformatics grant

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The Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts, announced today that the Medical Research Council (MRC) has made an investment of £8.9 million to a consortium of institutions, comprising UCL, Queen Mary University of London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Francis Crick Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute.

Patient's own bone-marrow stem cells could treat resistant TB

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Quad in Autumn

Patients’ own bone-marrow stromal (stem) cells could be used to treat resistant tuberculosis (TB), according to a preliminary study by an international research team.

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research: winners announced

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Muscle Fibres of the Heart

A striking image showing the spiral structure of heart muscle fibres in minute detail is the overall winner of this year’s Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition, run by the UCL Graduate School.

Two awards for academic health science centre paper

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Quad in Autumn

Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research), along with colleagues at the University of Oxford and King's College London, has won 'Best Public Sector Paper' and 'Best Health Management Paper' at the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.

Tuberculosis research project wins Times Higher Education award

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THE Awards

A UCL research and training project centred on a diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) won the Times Higher Education (THE) International Collaboration of the Year award at a ceremony in London last week.

UCLPartners designated as an Academic Health Science Centre

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The Department of Health has today designated UCLPartners to continue as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) for the next five years, from April 2014. UCLPartners has held the coveted AHSC title since 2009, creating an environment for clinicians and academics working in some of the UK’s leading hospitals and universities to collaborate to deliver world class clinical and academic outcomes. 

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

100,000 UK volunteers invited to donate genome to science

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100,000 UK volunteers invited to donate genome to science

The search for UK volunteers willing to donate their genome and health data to science has begun with the launch today of the Personal Genome Project UK.

New drug extends life in women with advanced ovarian cancer

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Quad in Autumn

Women with ovarian cancer that has returned had their life extended by almost three months after treatment with a drug called cediranib, according to trial results presented by researchers from the Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre.

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

UCLPartners Academic Health Science Centre video

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UCLPartners have produced a short film in which the leaders of our Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) discuss strengths and successes.

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