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Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

2016-04-26 : Harry C Dayantis

Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers from UCL and the University of Reading saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain.

Government research funding ‘to be exempt’ from anti-lobbying restrictions

2016-04-21 : Nicholas W Tyndale

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has sought to reassure researchers that the proposed restrictions preventing the use of government grants to ‘lobby’ government will not apply to funding from the Research Councils, HEFCE or the National Academies.

UCL Professor advises House of Lords inquiry into science and the EU

2016-04-21 : Ruth Howells

UCL Professor Graeme Reid acted as specialist adviser for the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's report on the influence of EU membership on UK science, published this week.

New drug shows promise against muscle wasting disease

2016-03-24 : Harry C Dayantis

A new drug to treat the muscle wasting disease inclusion body myositis (IBM) reverses key symptoms in mice and is safe and well-tolerated in patients, finds a new study led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

UCL excels in QS World University Subject Rankings

2016-03-22 : Ruth Howells

UCL has strengthened its performance in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, with 8 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 and 4 areas in the top 5 worldwide.

UCL confirms theatre will be reinstated

2016-03-17 : Ruth Howells

Following an initial consultation and feedback from students and other groups, UCL has confirmed its commitment to reinstating a theatre on campus.

UCL winners at 2016 Wellcome Image Awards

2016-03-16 : Siobhan Pipa

A photograph of a premature baby receiving light therapy by David Bishop, a photographer with UCL Health Creatives and the Royal Free Hospital, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Julie Dorrington Award for Outstanding Clinical Photography in the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards.

Risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses three times higher in refugees

2016-03-16 : Harry C Dayantis

A study of 1.3 million people in Sweden found that the risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychoses was three times higher in refugees than in the Swedish-born population.

Pregnant women support first maternal gene therapy trial

2016-03-10 : Rowan Walker

Pregnant women would be willing to trial maternal growth factor gene therapy to treat severe early-onset fetal growth restriction (FGR) in their unborn babies, according to a new study. If the proposed trial goes ahead it is likely to be the first time maternal gene therapy has ever been used.

Nitrous oxide could disrupt formation of traumatic memories

2016-03-04 : Harry C Dayantis Siobhan Pipa

Nitrous oxide administered after a traumatic event may help to prevent distressing memories from ‘sticking’ in the brain, suggests new UCL research.

Tumours contain the seeds of their own destruction

2016-03-04 : Harry C Dayantis

Scientists at UCL have made a groundbreaking discovery in understanding how the genetic complexity of tumours can be recognised and exploited by the immune system, even when the disease is at its most advanced stages.

UCL spin-out Autolus secures £40 million funding

2016-03-03 : Ruth Howells

Autolus Limited, a biopharmaceutical spin-out from UCL Business, announced today that it has raised £40 million of new capital. Autolus focuses on the development and commercialisation of next-generation engineered T-cell therapies for haematological and solid tumours.

Climate change adaptation spending in cities protects “wealth not people”

2016-03-01 : Ruth Howells Ruth Metcalfe

Developed cities are spending significantly more than developing cities on measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change – with spending seemingly linked to wealth rather than number of vulnerable people – finds UCL research.

The world’s social media habits uncovered in new UCL study

2016-02-29 : Ruth Howells Ruth Metcalfe

Why do we post selfies in England and footies in Chile? Why is social media considered a distraction to education in rural China, yet a valuable learning aid in Brazil? And how quintessentially English are we when it comes to our social media activity? 

Following orders makes us feel less responsible for our actions

2016-02-18 : Harry C Dayantis

Coercive instructions make people feel less responsible for the outcomes of their actions, as opposed to merely saying that they are less responsible, researchers from UCL and the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium have found.

Professor Becky Francis appointed new Director of UCL Institute of Education

2016-02-18 : Siobhan Pipa

Professor Becky Francis has been appointed as the next Director of UCL Institute of Education, with effect from 1 July 2016.

UCL excels in securing EU research funding

2016-02-17 : Ruth Howells Ruth Metcalfe

UCL has retained and strengthened its position as the top performing university in Europe in the major EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing more than €103 million so far.

Virtual reality therapy could help people with depression

2016-02-15 : Harry C Dayantis

An immersive virtual reality therapy could help people with depression to be less critical and more compassionate towards themselves, reducing depressive symptoms, finds a new study from UCL and ICREA-University of Barcelona.

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 Howells 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 Howells 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 Howells 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.