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UCL Staff News

Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice

2016-02-11 : Harry C Dayantis

A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council.

Statement: UCL Bloomsbury Theatre closure

2015-09-01 : Ruth Metcalfe

Statement update

1 in 10 suicide attempt risk among friends and relatives of people who die by suicide

2016-01-27 : Harry C Dayantis

People bereaved by the sudden death of a friend or family member are 65% more likely to attempt suicide if the deceased died by suicide than if they died by natural causes. This brings the absolute risk up to 1 in 10, reveals new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council.

UCL marks Holocaust Memorial Day

2016-01-27 : Ruth Metcalfe

MP and shadow minister, Sir Keir Starmer, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE and Jewish Chaplain for London Universities, Rabbi Gavin Broder will attend a small commemorative ceremony at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Epilepsy drug could protect nerves from damage in MS

2016-01-26 : Harry C Dayantis

An epilepsy drug could lead to a new treatment that protects nerve damage in MS patients, according to research published in the Lancet Neurology.

UCL recognised at launch of new Race Equality Charter

2016-01-21 : Ruth Metcalfe

Marking the launch of the first ever award scheme recognising the work that universities are undertaking to advance race equality, UCL and seven other universities were presented with their Race Equality Charter awards at a ceremony in London this week.

UCL launches free online dementia course

2016-01-20 : Harry C Dayantis

UCL has today announced a free four-week online course “The Many Faces of Dementia” aiming to provide valuable insights into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. The interactive MOOC (massive open online course) features interviews with world-leading experts, people with dementia and their families as well as articles and discussion.

Leadership appointed for new UCL Research Domains

2016-01-18 : Nicholas W Tyndale Rebecca L Caygill

Leaders of the new UCL Environment Research Domain and the UCL eResearch Domain have been appointed, to foster interaction and collaboration across the university and with its partner organisations.

UCL launches free online course examining global social media impact

2016-01-12 : Ruth Metcalfe

Anyone with an interest in how social media is used around the world can now sign up for Why We Post: The Anthropology of Social Media , UCL’s first MOOC (massive open online course).

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2016

2016-01-06 : Siobhan Pipa

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

First evidence to suggest that screening for ovarian cancer may save lives

2015-12-17 : Harry C Dayantis

New results from the world’s biggest ovarian cancer screening trial led by UCL suggest that screening based on an annual blood test may help reduce the number of women dying from the disease by around 20%.

New trait explains why some people are more easily distracted than others

2015-12-15 : Harry C Dayantis

People vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new UCL research suggests that they also vary according to a particular cognitive trait: distractibility. The findings are published in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

More than half of England’s poorest citizens risk undetected bowel cancer

2015-12-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cause of cancer death, and screening is offered through the National Health Service to everyone from age 60. But only 44% of those living in the poorest areas* in England take up this offer compared with 66% of those living in the richest areas, reports a new UCL-led study of 747,856 people.

Research Images as Art/Art images as Research: 2015/16 winners announced

2015-12-09 : James L Russell

A diverse and fascinating series of images were unveiled as the winners of the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2015/16, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

GM mice reveal the secret to a painless life

2015-12-04 : Harry C Dayantis

People born with a rare genetic mutation are unable to feel pain, but previous attempts to recreate this effect with drugs have had surprisingly little success. Using mice modified to carry the same mutation, UCL researchers funded by the MRC and Wellcome Trust have now discovered the recipe for painlessness.

Research reveals how specific diet works to help epilepsy

2015-11-27 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers have found out how a specific diet works to help treat patients with uncontrolled epilepsy.

Reaction to Spending Review and Autumn Statement from around UCL

2015-11-25 : Ruth Metcalfe

There has been reaction from around UCL to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement speech given earlier today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, setting out the government’s spending plans to 2019/20.

UCL Laws strengthens international links through scholarship programme

2015-11-25 : Ruth Metcalfe

This week, members of UCL Laws visited Peking University to formalise a five-year scholarship agreement, made possible by the generous support of the Hong Kong-based Vinson & Cissy Chu Charitable Foundation and, in particular, Laws Alumnus Winston K S Chu.

Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded to UCL Institute of Education

2015-11-19 : Harry C Dayantis

In recognition of its “world leading contribution to the policy and practice of education with international reach around innovative social research” UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.  

Poorer dementia patients in England less likely to be prescribed drugs

2015-11-19 : Harry C Dayantis

Dementia patients from more affluent areas in England are 27% more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than patients from poorer areas, finds a new UCL study of 77,045 dementia patients across the UK. This inequality was not seen in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Grant Museum wins Love London Time Out Award

2015-11-19 : Ruth Metcalfe

The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL has won the category for local culture in Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and Holborn via public vote in Time Out’s Love London Awards.

Developing molecular diagnostics for pneumonia in hospitals

2015-11-18 : Harry C Dayantis

Clinicians and scientists from UCLH, UCL and the University of East Anglia (UEA) have been awarded a £2.5 million grant by the National Institute for Health Research to develop and evaluate new molecular diagnostic tests.

International UCL-led study prompts rethink on the rise of diabetes in cities

2015-11-16 : Ruth Metcalfe

New research led by UCL for the Cities Changing Diabetes partnership shows socio-cultural factors including time pressure, commuting time and where you live play significant roles in diabetes vulnerability.

UCL statement: Paris attacks

2015-11-14 : Ruth Metcalfe

“The UCL community wishes to send its support to the people of Paris and France after the terrible events that occurred in Paris on Friday night. We also wish to send our condolences to the families of the victims of these horrific attacks.

Three UCL researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

2015-11-12 : Ruth Metcalfe

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education, UCL Geography and the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience have recently been awarded 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prizes.