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Body’s defences hijacked to make cancers more aggressive

2015-04-08 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL scientists have discovered that a vital self-destruct switch in cells is hijacked - making some pancreatic and non small cell lung cancers more aggressive, according to research published in Cancer Cell .

New role uncovered for ‘oldest’ tumour suppressor gene

2015-03-27 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists have revealed a brand new function for one of the first cancer genes ever discovered – the retinoblastoma gene – in a finding that could open up exciting new approaches to treatment.

Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain

2015-03-26 : Harry C Dayantis

How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new UCL research.

UCL allocated £171m by HEFCE for 2015/16

2015-03-26 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is to receive a funding allocation of £171m for teaching and research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the academic year 2015/16, the largest overall total allocated to any English institution.

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered

2015-03-24 : Harry C Dayantis

By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, a new study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

2015-03-19 : Harry C Dayantis

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases

2015-03-19 : Harry C Dayantis

Messenger RNAs (mRNA) are linear molecules that contain instructions for producing the proteins that keep living cells functioning. A new study by UCL researchers has shown how the three-dimensional structures of mRNAs determine their stability and efficiency inside cells. This new knowledge could help to explain how seemingly minor mutations that alter mRNA structure might cause things to go wrong in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

A good budget for UK research, says UCL President & Provost

2015-03-19 : Ruth Metcalfe

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, has broadly welcomed the measures contained in the Budget to provide extra support for postgraduate research students and for science and innovation, stating that these will strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in research excellence.

Sharon Peacock CBE appointed Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute

2015-03-12 : Neil D Rodger

Professor Sharon Peacock has been appointed as the first Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.

New transitional appointments to the Senior Management Team

2015-03-12 : Siobhan Pipa

New transitional arrangements have been announced this week to cover the responsibilities of Professor Stephen Caddick, currently Vice-Provost (Enterprise), who will be stepping down from his role at the end of May to move to the Wellcome Trust as their Director of Innovations.

How drinking behaviour changes through the years

2015-03-06 : Harry C Dayantis

In the UK, frequent drinking becomes more common in middle to old age, especially amongst men, according to UCL research published in the open access journal, BMC Medicine. Doctors are seeing a growing number of cases of alcohol misuse among the elderly and this finding supports concerns that older people might be abusing alcohol.

Drugs Live results: how different types of cannabis affect the brain

2015-03-04 : Harry C Dayantis

New UCL-led research reveals the positive and negative effects of different types of cannabis on the human brain, in a trial broadcast on Channel 4: Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial .

UCL Philanthropy Day

2015-02-25 : Siobhan Pipa

This week saw 153 UCL students, staff and alumni join together in an attempt to set the record for the largest number of people wearing Jeremy Bentham facemasks in one place on campus.

PROUD study shows Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is highly protective against HIV infection

2015-02-25 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL and Public Health England have presented results at a conference in Seattle, Washington, indicating that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV for gay and other men who have sex with men in England.

Cancer fear can impact screening uptake

2015-01-29 : Harry C Dayantis

People who worry about cancer are more likely to want to get screened for colon cancer, but feeling uncomfortable at the thought of cancer makes them less likely to actually go for the test, finds new UCL-led research.

Having a romantic partner present can make pain feel worse

2015-01-21 : Harry C Dayantis

The support of a romantic partner is often advised for painful medical procedures, but new research from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire finds that this can actually make the pain feel worse.

UCL researchers win Leverhulme Trust awards worth £1.3m

2015-01-20 : Liz Almond

Ten UCL researchers have been awarded funding worth over £1.3m from the Leverhulme Trust to fund a range of research, art and education projects across a wide range of subjects. In total, five Research Project Grants, three Major Research Fellowships and two Artist-in-Residence Grants were made.

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

2015-01-20 : Harry C Dayantis

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research.

Bloomsbury Research Institute awarded £7.5 million

2015-01-16 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have been awarded a grant of £7.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to develop the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2015

2015-01-07 : Ruth Metcalfe

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

2014-12-18 : Ruth Metcalfe

Professor David Lomas appointed as new UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

2014-11-27 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Lomas to the role of Vice-Provost (Health), replacing Professor Sir John Tooke, from 1st August 2015.

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

2014-11-25 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

UCL announces partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

2014-11-10 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is delighted to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) in East Ham.

UCL awarded £4.2 million for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has been awarded £4.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a Blood and Transplant Research Unit for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy, due to launch in October 2015.