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UCL coding clubs for east London youngsters

2014-07-23 : Neil D Rodger

UCL is running a series of free coding clubs for young people in east London.

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research.

Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is a drastically premature measure with no medical value and huge financial and social costs, say researchers from UCL and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.

Drink less for a healthier heart

2014-07-11 : Harry C Dayantis

A reduction in alcohol consumption, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, could be linked to improved cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to new research published in the BMJ .

Galton archive now online

2014-07-10 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL Special Collections, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, have announced the launch of a digitised archive of papers by the Victorian scientist, Sir Francis Galton.

Working with Camden Council to get children active

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

An initiative to see if playground design can inspire schoolchildren to be more active, Camden Active Spaces, is launched today at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) in partnership with UCL and Camden Council.

New AHRC grant will fund ‘Museums on Prescription’ research

2014-07-02 : Ruth Metcalfe

A team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Museums & Collections) will begin a new three year project this month, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

Diabetes treatments ‘do more harm than good’ for many people

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

Treatments to reduce blood sugar levels do more harm than good in many type 2 diabetes patients, particularly older people, finds new research from UCL, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Queen’s Birthday Honours for the UCL community

2014-06-19 : Siobhan Pipa

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

UCL and the Olympic Park: an update from Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise)

2014-06-18 : Neil D Rodger

Over the past four months, we have been working with colleagues from across UCL to develop our academic and financial plans to establish a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP). 

UCL wins national public engagement award

2014-06-12 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL Public and Cultural Engagement are celebrating success at the national Engage Competition Awards which took place on 11 June 2014 at the Natural History Museum.

Leukaemia drug found to stimulate immunity against many cancer types

2014-06-12 : Harry C Dayantis

A class of drug currently being used to treat leukaemia has the unexpected side-effect of boosting immune responses against many different cancers, reports a new study led by scientists at UCL and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge.

UCL research showcased as part of Universities Week

2014-06-06 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL is featuring in a UK-wide campaign from 9–15 June to highlight the value and importance of university research to our everyday lives.

Our own treacherous immune genes can cause cancer after viral infection

2014-06-05 : Harry C Dayantis

HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is widely known to induce cancer. Many of the mutations that cause this virally-induced cancer are caused by a family of genes that normally combats viral infections, finds new UCL research.

UCL professor wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

2014-05-29 : Harry C Dayantis

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was today awarded to Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL and affiliated faculty member in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

UCL submits plans to transform Wates House

2014-05-27 : Rebecca L Caygill

UCL has submitted a planning application to transform Wates House for The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Proposed merger between IOE and UCL

2014-05-21 : Ruth Metcalfe

The Councils of the Institute of Education and UCL have given approval for negotiations to continue on the proposed merger between the two universities.

E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

2014-05-20 : Harry C Dayantis

People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, finds a large UCL survey of smokers in England. 

Prominent social theorist to head new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

2014-05-15 : Ruth Metcalfe

A bold bid to uncover an alternative to the current failed model of economic growth is being launched via the establishment of a new UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, led by the renowned anthropologist Professor Henrietta L. Moore.

UCL working to inspire pupils in Newham

2014-05-09 : Neil D Rodger

UCL has been engaging with schools in Newham, with the aim of inspiring pupils from the borough to consider higher education as a viable option, and applications to UCL from students living in Newham have risen by 31% in the past year.

UCL joins call to action for greater numbers of women in technology and engineering

2014-05-07 : Ruth Metcalfe

Today UCL is joining with government and other educational and industry partners to commit to the Women into Technology and Engineering Call to Action. This action includes engaging with young people, and increasing the participation of women in these fields within the University.

UCL Petrie Museum launches 3D online object library

2014-04-30 : Ruth Metcalfe

UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators.

UCL Professor Jane Dacre elected president of the Royal College of Physicians

2014-04-15 : Harry C Dayantis

Professor Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians last night, by single transferable vote from a field of ten candidates, in a ballot organised by Electoral Reform Services.

UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

2014-04-02 : Harry C Dayantis

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years.

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life

2014-03-28 : Harry C Dayantis

Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study.