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REF2014: UCL strength in biomedicine reflected in largest share of 4* research

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UCL has achieved the greatest amount of 4* (world leading) research in Panel A, covering medicine and biological sciences, much of which is conducted in collaboration with our partner hospitals.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

UCL launches dedicated animal research information website

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UCL has today launched a new public information website on animal research, describing how and why animals are used across the university.

UCL professors use probabilities to persuade doubters skeleton is King Richard III

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Two UCL professors led a key part of the new analysis of ‘Skeleton 1’; which was discovered in a Leicester car park in 2012 on the site of the Grey Friars friary, the last known resting place of King Richard III. They used probability calculations to combine several different lines of evidence, producing an overall weight-of-evidence for the skeleton being that of King Richard III. Their work forms part of a research study led by Dr Turi King at the University of Leicester and published in Nature Communications.

Wellcome Trust unveils new funding framework

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The Wellcome Trust are making several changes to the schemes they offer, including a new funding mechanism for collaborative research by teams, and the introduction of seed grants to support researchers who want to develop original and innovative ideas.

Gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future

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Gas could play an important role as a ‘bridging fuel’ to a low-carbon economy but it won’t be long before gas becomes part of the problem rather than the solution, finds a study involving UCL scientists.

Cause of organ damage after heart attack and stroke found

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Succinate, a molecule made when the body breaks down sugars and fats, can cause long-term damage to organs following a heart attack, stroke or transplant according to new research involving UCL scientists. The team behind the study hopes that new therapies will be developed to protect organs from damage following the discovery.

SLMS Education Awards 2014/2015

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SLMS Education Awards 2014/2015

The SLMS Education Domain wish to recognise and reward those dedicated to improving the quality of education for SLMS students. We are proud to announce the SLMS Education Awards which aim to spotlight and support excellence and innovation in the delivery of education.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

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UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

How glands expand to fight off disease

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Dendritic cell revealed

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK.

Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

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Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.

UCL Prize Lecture for Clinical Science now online

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Professor Tony Segal

This annual prize lecture series has been running for 18 years but within this short space of time has rapidly become the pre-eminent series on contemporary science in Europe. The whole event, which provides an opportunity to debate and celebrate important scientific advancements, has always been very stimulating and hugely enjoyable.

Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

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Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biosciences at UCL, has today been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an ‘inner GPS’ - that enables us to orient ourselves.

Nobel Prize for Professor John O’Keefe

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UCL SLMS' John O’Keefe has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 for discovering an ‘inner GPS’ in the brain.

UCL gets £15M to train the next generation of bioscientists

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Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, health and other frontier biosciences following a £15M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Our ancestor’s ‘leaky’ membrane answers big questions in biology

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All life on Earth came from one common ancestor – a single-celled organism – but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today’s modern cells is a four billion year old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modelling.

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

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Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

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Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers. 

'World's slowest Doppler effect' found in embryo development

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Long-term time-lapse microscopy has elicited surprise findings about the rhythm of body segment formation during embryo development.

Galton archive now online

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Galton archive now online

UCL Special Collections, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, have announced the launch of a digitised archive of papers by the Victorian scientist, Sir Francis Galton.

Same genes drive maths and reading ability

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Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King’s College London who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.

Blocking cells’ movement to stop the spread of cancer

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Migrating embryonic neural crest cells

Insights into how cells move through the body could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumours, according to new UCL research.

Limb regeneration: do salamanders hold the key?

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The secret of how salamanders successfully regrow body parts is being unravelled by UCL researchers in a bid to apply it to humans.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

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David Fish

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

New Dean for UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

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Geraint Rees, Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience has been appointed to the next Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, with effect from 1 September 2014.

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