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UCL Staff News

Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain

2017-03-21 : Harry C Dayantis

Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research.

MRI scans can help spot HIV in the brain

2017-03-13 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists at UCL have developed a way to use MRI scans to help identify when HIV is persisting in the brain despite effective drug treatment.

Ancient stardust sheds light on the first stars

2017-03-08 : Rebecca L Caygill

A huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen shortly after the Universe’s formation has been detected by a UCL-led team of astronomers, providing new insights into the birth and explosive deaths of the very first stars.

UCL strengthens position in QS subject rankings

2017-03-08 : Ruth Howells

UCL continues to perform strongly in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 10 subject areas ranked in the global top 10, and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

UCL professors win The Brain Prize for 2017

2017-03-06 : Harry C Dayantis

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

2017-02-24 : Rebecca L Caygill

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.

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

2017-02-22 : Harry C Dayantis

New UCL research has found no link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms, casting doubt on previous suggestions that people who grew up with cats are at higher risk of mental illness.

Evidence of brain damage found in former footballers

2017-02-15 : Harry C Dayantis

Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, has been found in the brains of former association football (soccer) players examined at the UCL Queen Square Brain Bank.

'Brute force' can overcome antibiotic resistance

2017-02-03 : Harry C Dayantis

Antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Light therapy effectively treats early prostate cancer

2016-12-20 : Harry C Dayantis

A new non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer can effectively kill cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, reports a new UCL-led phase III clinical trial in 413 patients. The trial was funded by STEBA Biotech which holds the commercial license for the treatment.

New £250m UK Dementia Research Institute to be led from UCL

2016-12-13 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has been selected as the 'hub' of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper, current leader of the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and scientific director at VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) in Belgium.

Women with dementia receive less medical attention

2016-12-05 : Harry C Dayantis

Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, new UCL research reveals.

HIV patients showing signs of multidrug resistance in Africa

2016-12-01 : Harry C Dayantis

Significant numbers of patients whose HIV strains developed resistance to older generation drugs are also resistant to modern drugs, finds a new study led by UCL and funded by Wellcome.

Older dogs better at learning new tricks

2016-11-07 : Harry C Dayantis

Older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills including non-verbal reasoning more effectively than younger people, finds new UCL research.

Peking University and UCL agree joint MBA programme

2016-11-04 : Ruth Howells

Two world-leading universities, Peking University (PKU) and UCL, today reinforced their key strategic partnership, which will see them work even more closely together to address pressing global challenges.

Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

2016-10-27 : Harry C Dayantis

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.

The Orwell Prize moves to UCL

2016-10-20 : Ruth Howells

Prestigious political writing award The Orwell Prize has moved to the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.

New research sheds light on role of HPV in head and neck cancers

2016-10-06 : Harry C Dayantis

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) drives a greater number of head and neck cancers than previously thought, finds new research from UCL and the University of Southampton.

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

2016-10-06 : Ruth Howells

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.

New Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership launched at UCL

2016-09-26 : Ruth Howells

UCL is proud to announce the establishment of the new Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership in UCL History, with the support of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University.

UCL ranked 15th worldwide by THE

2016-09-22 : Chris Lane

UCL has been ranked 15th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

UCL launches £600m philanthropy campaign  

2016-09-15 : Dominique Fourniol

UCL is aiming to raise £600m for cutting-edge research, transformative capital projects and expanded student support in a new fundraising and engagement campaign, It’s All Academic – The Campaign for UCL , launched today in London.

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

2016-09-14 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.

Vice-Provost (Research) to chair new Forum for Responsible Metrics

2016-09-14 : Nicholas W Tyndale Margaret-Anne Orgill

A new Forum for Responsible Metrics, to be chaired by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), will bring together research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

UCL Institute of Education leads Mandarin teaching initiative

2016-09-07 : James L Russell

A new £10 million Mandarin Excellence Programme, led by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), will see at least 5,000 young people on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.