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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.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

2014-10-29 : Nicholas W Tyndale

UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

Drug tests on mothers’ hair links recreational drug use to birth defects

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.

UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing”

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet .

Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births

2014-10-16 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary University of London have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM) which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide.

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.