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UCL academics elected as British Academy Fellows

2015-07-16 : Siobhan Pipa

Four academics from UCL have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

Dr Celia Caulcott appointed Vice-Provost (Enterprise)

2015-07-16 : Ruth Metcalfe

Dr Celia Caulcott has been appointed the next Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, with effect from 1 October 2015.

Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

2015-07-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A major study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today, involving researchers from UCL alongside staff and students at the UCL Academy.

Improving treatment for systemic amyloidosis

2015-07-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A potential new approach to treat systemic amyloidosis, invented at UCL and being developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), marks the start of a successful and innovative academic-industry collaboration.

UCL to coordinate £16m project to crack difficult disease areas

2015-07-15 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has successfully coordinated a £16 million bid to work with the Medical Research Council (MRC), GSK and four other universities to improve scientists’ understanding of inflammatory and fibrotic diseases that present a serious burden to patients.

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

2015-07-14 : Harry C Dayantis

A landmark study that has been following a group of people since their birth in the same week in March 1946 is now turning its focus to the risk factors and early signs of dementia.

UCL Council and Sir Tim Hunt

2015-07-09 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL top performing university in Horizon 2020

2015-07-09 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing a total of €73.2 million over 55 projects, according to an analysis by Research Professional .

Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

2015-07-03 : Harry C Dayantis

Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL.

Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events

2015-07-02 : Harry C Dayantis

When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has now revealed how this might happen in the brain.

Missing people project wins ESRC impact award

2015-07-09 : Nicholas W Tyndale

T he Geographies of Missing People , a research project co-designed by the Acting Head of UCL Public Policy, Dr Olivia Stevenson, has won the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Society.

Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future

2015-06-26 : Harry C Dayantis

When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.

UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

2015-06-25 : Ruth Metcalfe

144 Year 7 students at UCL Academy have been learning about the waste-energy-food cycle as part of a six-week environmental engineering educational programme led by Dr Aiduan Borrion (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), in the first major collaboration between UCL Engineering and UCL Academy.

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

2015-06-23 : Harry C Dayantis

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new UCL-led Commission, published in The Lancet.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

2015-06-17 : Siobhan Pipa

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

‘Core’ immune cells reduce symptoms and spread of flu

2015-06-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A four-year study of 1,414 unvaccinated people across England found that 43% of them had immune cells that protected them from symptoms of both seasonal and pandemic influenza, and reduced their chances of shedding the virus by two thirds. The work led by researchers from UCL, Oxford University and Public Health England was funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

UCL Awards for Enterprise 2015

2015-06-11 : Ruth Metcalfe

Winners of the eighth annual UCL Awards for Enterprise were announced on Wednesday 10 June, at a ceremony held at UCL Advances’ new incubator space for product and creative businesses at King’s Cross, BASE KX.

Natural genetic variation gives complete resistance in prion diseases

2015-06-11 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit at UCL have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings, published in Nature , could give important insight into other human brain diseases that lead to dementia.

New treatment for polycystic kidney disease

2015-06-03 : Harry C Dayantis

A new technique for treating polycystic kidney disease has been identified by researchers based at the UCL Institute of Child Health. Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the treatment, which involves targeting tiny blood and lymphatic vessels inside the kidneys, is shown to improve renal function and slow progression of disease in mice.

Starting HIV treatment early improves patient outcomes

2015-05-27 : Harry C Dayantis

A major international randomised clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune system health—is higher, instead of waiting until the CD4+ cell count drops to lower levels.

UCL launches UK’s first fully Open Access university press

2015-05-27 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL is pleased to announce the launch of UCL Press, the University’s in house publishing arm. UCL Press will be the first fully Open Access university press in the UK with all books, journals and monographs freely available online, creating a diverse and accessible global knowledge resource.

Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby

2015-05-21 : Harry C Dayantis

A team of UCL researchers have joined the ongoing Saracens study for the 2015/16 season, which combines impact sensors with blood samples to determine the effects of concussion on rugby players.

Missing molecule prevents puberty

2015-05-19 : Harry C Dayantis

A molecule important in blood vessel formation and brain wiring is also essential for the onset of puberty, finds new research led by UCL and the University of Milan.

Smoking induces early signs of cancer in cheek swabs

2015-05-14 : Harry C Dayantis

DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research published today in JAMA Oncology. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which aren’t usually associated with it – including breast and gynaecological cancers.

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster in London

2015-05-13 : Harry C Dayantis

Tuberculosis (TB) disease rates in some parts of London are as high as in Sub-Saharan Africa, and drug-resistant strains are becoming increasingly common. These require specific treatments, and if doctors know that a bug is resistant they can start therapy earlier, often leading to better outcomes.