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UK vote to leave EU: UCL statement

2016-06-24 : Mark Skinsley Clare Bowerman

The outcome of the referendum is now known. While UCL did not take a formal position during the referendum campaign, I have given my  personal view  and you will have heard many other voices from the UCL community. The loss of EU membership will have a clear impact on universities such as UCL, particularly around the mobility of students and funding of research.

LGBTQ+ rainbow flag flying at half-mast

2016-06-16 : Ruth Howells

UCL’s LGBTQ+ rainbow flag has been flying at half-mast above the UCL portico as a gesture of condolence and solidarity with those affected by mass shooting in Pulse, the LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando.

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

2016-06-14 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases

2016-06-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King’s College London.

‘The New EU Flag’: art installation at UCL

2016-06-09 : Ruth Howells

A striking gold flag made from foil blankets used by refugees has been raised on the flagpole above the UCL portico. The piece is by UCL Slade School of Fine Art student Mariana Bisti. 

Declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks

2016-06-03 : Harry C Dayantis

Older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain, finds a new UCL study of over 25,000 people funded by Wellcome.

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression

2016-06-02 : Harry C Dayantis

A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council.

Research revealing early changes at epigenetic level points to possible new prevention strategies for ovarian cancer

2016-05-24 : Rowan Walker

The discovery of early changes in the cells of the Fallopian tubes of women carrying the BRCA genetic mutation could open the way for new preventative strategies for ovarian cancer, reducing the need for invasive surgery, according to research published today in science journal Nature Communications.

Teenage pregnancies hit record low, reflecting efforts of England’s strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions

2016-05-24 : Rowan Walker

Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the greatest effect is seen in areas of high deprivation and areas that received the most TPS funding, according to research published in The Lancet .

Three UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

2016-05-11 : Siobhan Pipa

Three UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.

Why bad experiences are remembered out of context

2016-05-13 : Harry C Dayantis

Bad experiences can cause people to strongly remember the negative content itself but only weakly remember the surrounding context, and a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has revealed how this happens in the brain.

Study points to failures in heart attack care in England and Wales

2016-05-10 : Rowan Walker

Around 33,000 deaths could have been avoided if heart attack aftercare guidelines outlining when to give treatment were followed, according to a study funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) looking at the frequency of missed opportunities to treat people after a heart attack.

Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

2016-04-26 : Harry C Dayantis

Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers from UCL and the University of Reading saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain.

Government research funding ‘to be exempt’ from anti-lobbying restrictions

2016-04-21 : Nicholas W Tyndale

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has sought to reassure researchers that the proposed restrictions preventing the use of government grants to ‘lobby’ government will not apply to funding from the Research Councils, HEFCE or the National Academies.

UCL Professor advises House of Lords inquiry into science and the EU

2016-04-21 : Ruth Howells

UCL Professor Graeme Reid acted as specialist adviser for the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report on the influence of EU membership on UK science, published this week.

New drug shows promise against muscle wasting disease

2016-03-24 : Harry C Dayantis

A new drug to treat the muscle wasting disease inclusion body myositis (IBM) reverses key symptoms in mice and is safe and well-tolerated in patients, finds a new study led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

UCL excels in QS World University Subject Rankings

2016-03-22 : Ruth Howells

UCL has strengthened its performance in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 8 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

UCL confirms theatre will be reinstated

2016-03-17 : Ruth Howells

Following an initial consultation and feedback from students and other groups, UCL has confirmed its commitment to reinstating a theatre on campus.

UCL winners at 2016 Wellcome Image Awards

2016-03-16 : Siobhan Pipa

A photograph of a premature baby receiving light therapy by David Bishop, a photographer with UCL Health Creatives and the Royal Free Hospital, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Julie Dorrington Award for Outstanding Clinical Photography in the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards.

Risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses three times higher in refugees

2016-03-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A study of 1.3 million people in Sweden found that the risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychoses was three times higher in refugees than in the Swedish-born population.

Pregnant women support first maternal gene therapy trial

2016-03-10 : Rowan Walker

Pregnant women would be willing to trial maternal growth factor gene therapy to treat severe early-onset fetal growth restriction (FGR) in their unborn babies, according to a new study. If the proposed trial goes ahead it is likely to be the first time maternal gene therapy has ever been used.

Nitrous oxide could disrupt formation of traumatic memories

2016-03-04 : Harry C Dayantis Siobhan Pipa

Nitrous oxide administered after a traumatic event may help to prevent distressing memories from ‘sticking’ in the brain, suggests new UCL research.

Tumours contain the seeds of their own destruction

2016-03-04 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists at UCL have made a groundbreaking discovery in understanding how the genetic complexity of tumours can be recognised and exploited by the immune system, even when the disease is at its most advanced stages.

UCL spin-out Autolus secures £40 million funding

2016-03-03 : Ruth Howells

Autolus Limited, a biopharmaceutical spin-out from UCL Business, announced today that it has raised £40 million of new capital. Autolus focuses on the development and commercialisation of next-generation engineered T-cell therapies for haematological and solid tumours.

Climate change adaptation spending in cities protects “wealth not people”

2016-03-01 : Ruth Howells Ruth Metcalfe

Developed cities are spending significantly more than developing cities on measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change – with spending seemingly linked to wealth rather than number of vulnerable people – finds UCL research.