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UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

As part of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research.

Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research competition now open

2014-10-22 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL graduate students and academic staff are invited to submit their research images with aesthetic and artistic appeal for this year’s 'Research Images as Art/Art Images as Research' Competition and Exhibition.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

2014-10-21 : Dominique Fourniol

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE). 

Urgent problems with all student email

2014-10-09 : Clare Bowerman

UCL students received a very high volume of spam emails overnight on 9 October 2014. Updates on this situation will be posted on this page.

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

2014-10-06 : Siobhan Pipa

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.

Simon Cane appointed Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL

2014-10-02 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cane as the new Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. Simon joins UCL from his role as Deputy Director at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT).

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers.

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials.

Large AHRC grant awarded to UCL-led heritage project

2014-09-19 : Siobhan Pipa

Dr Rodney Harrison (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been awarded a £1.6million AHRC Large Grant to lead an innovative research programme called ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’, one of three grants announced today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.

UCL in top 5 worldwide in latest QS World University Rankings

2014-09-16 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is ranked in joint 5th place in the QS World University Rankings 2014/15 released today. UCL is one of four UK Higher Education institutions ranked in the top ten, along with Oxford (joint 5th), Cambridge and Imperial (joint 2nd).

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

UCL Honorary Graduands and Fellows 2014

2014-09-11 : Ruth Metcalfe

A range of eminent figures have joined the list of UCL Honorary Graduands and Honorary Fellows during the 2014 graduation ceremonies, held from 26 August to 5 September.

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

New UCL research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex).

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months.

UCL Professor appointed Chair of General Medical Council

2014-09-08 : Siobhan Pipa

Professor Terence Stephenson (UCL Institute of Child Health) has been appointed as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC), the independent regulator of the UK's 260,000 doctors.

E-cigarette policies ‘should not be distorted by alarmist commentaries dressed up as evidence’

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

Public health messages about e-cigarettes should be based on facts and not prejudice, argues a new editorial from UCL public health experts.

Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

An early-career researcher at UCL has just been awarded £900,000 for a stem cell study to develop new treatments for dementia.

40% of women with severe mental illness are victims of rape or attempted rape

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, reveals new research led by UCL and King’s College London funded by the Medical Research Council and the Big Lottery.

How to rejuvenate ageing immune cells

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers from UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing.

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2014-08-20 : Neil D Rodger

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£40,000 available from IOE/UCL New Grant Development Fund

2014-08-12 : David R Weston

Proposals are invited for the IOE/UCL New Grant Development Fund.

Toxic proteins implicated in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists at UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have discovered how a specific genetic mutation may damage nerve cells in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease.

What's the best way to brush teeth? Even dentists and dental associations don't agree

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Advice on how we should brush our teeth from dental associations and toothpaste companies is ‘unacceptably inconsistent’, finds new UCL research.