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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.

UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017

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Images by UCL researchers are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.

Survival of bumblebee families improved by flowers

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Flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families, according to new research involving UCL scientists.

Genome-based diets improve growth, fertility and lifespan

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In flies and mice, diets based on an organism’s genome enhance growth and fertility with no costs to lifespan, according to a team of researchers from UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne.

UCL professors win The Brain Prize for 2017

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The Brain Prize for 2017, worth €1m, has been awarded to Professor Peter Dayan (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit), Professor Ray Dolan (UCL Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research) and Professor Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge) for their analysis of how the brain recognises and processes reward. The capacity to link reward to events and actions is the foundation of human and animal survival, and problems with processing rewards can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute

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UCL is involved in the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) – a major new £100 million investment by the government into the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary science and technology research centre.

Alien species on the rise globally

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The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers.

PhD student to focus on how hospital electronic prescribing can improve quality and safety

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New research is focusing on how hospital electronic prescribing can be used to improve safety and quality of medication use, as a part of the UCL Institute of Digital Health (UCL IDH) and Cerner UK collaborative partnership.

Immune system defence force captured in action

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How the natural defence force within our immune system attacks and destroys harmful invaders such as virus-infected and cancerous cells has been visualised in microscopic detail by scientists from UCL, Birkbeck, University of London, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash University, Australia.

Mapping movements of alien bird species

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The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies

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Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers.

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2017

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Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

Sex cells evolved to pass on quality mitochondria

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Mammals immortalise their genes through eggs and sperm to ensure future generations inherit good quality mitochondria to power the body’s cells, according to new UCL research.

Glaucoma drug may have potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease

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A drug which is used to treat the common eye disease glaucoma may have potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at UCL.

Worrying denial of invasive species threat

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A new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world’s rarest species and most unique ecosystems, say a team involving UCL scientists.

UCL Lancet Lecture launches global initiative linking climate change to health

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UCL researchers are leading an initiative with The Lancet to address the global health implications of climate change, launching this week in conjunction with today’s 2016 UCL Lancet Lecture.

Conservation lessons from Pokémon GO

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The popular smartphone game, Pokémon GO, sets a benchmark for new conservation-focused augmented reality games and could be adapted to benefit environmental conservation, according to new research involving UCL scientists.

UCL spin-outs at heart of new £1 billion life sciences investment group

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UCL spin-out companies will be at the heart of a new £1 billion life sciences company which has been created by three major investors in cancer research and other biotech fields. 

Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

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The ten UK universities who do the most world-leading biomedical research have announced their animal research statistics, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2015.

Sneaky males and choosy females feature in new exhibition at the Grant Museum

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‘Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. It explores the myriad elaborate shapes, sizes and crafty behavioural tactics some animals have evolved in order to survive, reproduce and pass on their genes.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre wins building award

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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL (SWC) has been named Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) 2016.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre appoints new Director

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Professor Thomas Mrsic-Flogel has today been announced as the new Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL.

UCL achieves first Gold Athena SWAN award for excellence in gender equality

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The MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL has achieved the university’s first departmental Athena SWAN Gold award for gender equality – one of only two awarded to UK universities in this round.

UCL’s innovative retail coalition celebrates first anniversary

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UCL is today marking one year since the launch of the innovative retail coalition inspired by Malcolm Walker of Iceland Foods to address the dementia challenge. Since the coalition was created nine UK retailers have committed to support UCL in its fight against dementia, initially pledging in the region of £20 million. In the first year alone, the partnership has already raised around £10 million – equivalent to the sale of around 200 million carrier bags.

Garden ponds may help spread lethal frog disease

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Keen gardeners stocking their domestic ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species could be inadvertently fuelling the rapid spread of the lethally infectious frog disease ranavirus, according to new research by scientists from UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Queen Mary University of London. 

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