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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.

Changes in humour an early sign of dementia

2015-11-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Researchers at UCL have revealed that a change in sense of humour could be an early sign of dementia. The findings could help improve dementia diagnosis, by highlighting changes not commonly thought to be linked to the condition.

UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

2015-11-09 : Harry C Dayantis

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) was last night awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Being moody may help us adapt to change

2015-11-04 : Harry C Dayantis

It’s long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory published by UCL scientists in Trends in Cognitive Sciences argues that mood draws on experiences and can, in fact, help us quickly adapt to changes in our environment.

Engraved stones revealed at ice age pioneer basecamp

2015-11-02 : Ruth Metcalfe

Archaeologists from the UK working in the Channel Island of Jersey have found the remains of a 14,000 year old hunter-gatherer settlement offering great views over landscapes now drowned by the English Channel. 

Withdrawing dementia drug doubles risk of nursing home placement

2015-10-27 : Harry C Dayantis

Withdrawing a commonly-prescribed Alzheimer’s disease drug from people in the advanced stages of the disease doubles their risk of being placed in a nursing home within a year, according to UCL research published today in The Lancet Neurology .

Tribute to Professor Lisa Jardine

2015-10-26 : Siobhan Pipa

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Professor Lisa Jardine CBE FRS passed away on Sunday 25 October 2015.

President Xi Jinping joins UCL at Confucius Institute conference celebrating Mandarin teaching in UK schools

2015-10-22 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL today welcomed President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and HRH The Duke of York to the opening ceremony of the UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms Annual Conference.

UCL receives Silver Athena SWAN award

2015-10-02 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has received a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), in recognition of the university’s commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education.

UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015

2015-10-01 : Siobhan Pipa

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has today been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. The award will be presented on 4 December 2015, at an award ceremony at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

UCL rises 8 places in THE rankings

2015-10-01 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has risen to number 14 from 22 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

Why other people's skin always feels softer

2015-09-11 : Harry C Dayantis

Have you ever touched someone else and wondered why his or her skin felt so incredibly soft? Well, now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 10 present evidence that this experience may often be an illusion.

Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology

2015-09-10 : Harry C Dayantis

Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is observed in the brains of deceased patients who acquired Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) following treatment with prion-contaminated human growth hormone.

Higher risk of death for patients admitted to NHS hospitals at the weekend

2015-09-07 : Harry C Dayantis

Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death, compared with those admitted during the week, finds an analysis published in The BMJ this week.

Children of more caring, less controlling parents live happier lives

2015-09-04 : Harry C Dayantis

A UCL-led lifelong study of people in England, Scotland and Wales has found that those who perceived their parents as more caring and less psychologically controlling during their childhood were likely to be happier and more satisfied throughout their lives.

UCL Qatar housing support allowance for staff

2015-09-03 : Siobhan Pipa

UCL has clarified issues raised by media coverage this week of payments of housing support allowance to staff at UCL Qatar.