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Top ten universities conduct a third of all UK animal research

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UCL animal research facility

The ten UK universities who do the most world-leading biomedical research have announced their animal research statistics, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2015.

‘Middle England’ faces lowest psychosis risk

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East Anglia

The risk of developing a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia is highest for young people, men, ethnic minorities and people living in urban areas and poorer neighbourhoods, finds a new study by UCL and the University of Cambridge.

“Some is good, more is better”: Regular exercise can cut your diabetes risk

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Walking briskly or cycling for the recommended 150 minutes a week can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26%, according to new research by UCL.

Toddlers’ food fussiness is heavily influenced by genes

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Toddlers’ fussy eating habits are mainly the result of genetic influences rather than the result of poor parenting, according to new research led by scientists at UCL.

UCL spin-out Achilles Therapeutics to develop immunotherapies for cancer

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Test tubes

A new spin-out company Achilles Therapeutics has been launched to develop immunotherapies for cancer, based on the work of scientists from UCL and its associated hospitals.

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

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UCL's Cruciform building

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.

E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people quit smoking in 2015

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E-cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking in 2015, according to new research by UCL which was published in the British Medical Journal.

Vice-Provost (Research) to chair new Forum for Responsible Metrics

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David Price

A new Forum for Responsible Metrics, to be chaired by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), will bring together research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

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Francis Crick Institute

The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs. Next to St Pancras station and the British Library, the Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe.

What hunter-gatherers can tell us about human social networks

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Food sharing among BaYaka

Hunter-gatherers have a three-tiered social network to increase the chance the whole community has enough to eat, according to new UCL research which looked at two contemporary hunter-gatherer groups.

Camp stability predicts patterns of hunter–gatherer cooperation

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Food-sharing is more prevalent in stable hunter-gatherer camps, shows new UCL research that sheds light on the evolutionary roots of human cooperation.

Bacterial immunization prevents PTSD-like symptoms in mice

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M. vaccae

Injecting mice with a UCL-discovered bacterium can reduce stress and inflammation, preventing them from developing PTSD-like conditions, finds a new international study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Indian medicine book to be featured on BBC Radio 4

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In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room

In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels through Indian Medicine, the second book by Dr Aarathi Prasad (UCL Grand Challenges), will be BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week from 23 May.

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

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Houses of Parliament

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.

Lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals twice as likely to suffer mental health issues

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Adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) are twice as likely as heterosexual adults to suffer from anxiety or depression, according to research from UCL, London Metropolitan University and Public Health England. 

Risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses three times higher in refugees

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Refugees on the Macedonian border

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.

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

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New York skyline

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.

Resistance to key HIV drug ‘concerningly common’

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Map showing the countries included in the study

HIV drug resistance to tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug vital to most modern HIV treatment and prevention strategies, is surprisingly and worryingly common according to a large study led by UCL and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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

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Help is at Hand

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 launches free online course examining global social media impact

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South Indian Field Site

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).

Early chemotherapy improves survival for men with prostate cancer

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Two papers from UCL show that having early chemotherapy improves survival for men with prostate cancer. The papers, published in the Lancet and Lancet Oncology, report the results from the STAMPEDE clinical trial and a meta-analysis.

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

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Diagram of the bowels

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.

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

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Cities Changing Diabetes

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.

Three UCL researchers awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes

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2015 recipients UCL

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

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

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Professor John Hardy

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.

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