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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015-05-11 : Harry C Dayantis
Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.
2015-05-05 : Harry C Dayantis
A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL.
2015-04-20 : Harry C Dayantis
Emotional problems in girls aged 11-13 in England increased by 55% between 2009 and 2014, finds new research from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. On average, this means that a mixed classroom of 30 children today is likely to contain one more girl with emotional difficulties than a comparable class 5 years ago.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.