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

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Professor Jane Dacre

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. The result was announced at the end of College Day, the day of the RCP’s Annual General Meeting. Professor Dacre won by 281 votes from the next nearest candidate and becomes the third female president in the RCP’s history. In total there were 4,933 valid votes, and following nine voting transfers Professor Dacre was elected with 1,848 votes.

Mayor launches MedCity with £4.1m investment

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UCL Quad and UCL Hospital

The Mayor of London today launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences.

Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralysed muscles

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Diagram of optical muscle control system

A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London.

Launch of new research unit in blood borne and sexually transmitted infections

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A new collaboration of health protection researchers across UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England has launched today.

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

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Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

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.

UCL study finds new evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality

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Fruit and vegetables

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study.

New innovation could mean eye injections are a thing of the past

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Human Eye

Drugs used to treat blindness-causing disorders could be successfully administered by eye drops rather than unpleasant and expensive eye injections, according to new research led by UCL scientists that could be a breakthrough for the millions worldwide suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other eye disorders. 

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

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Green Economy

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair.

Interactive map of human genetic history revealed

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Genetic Atlas

A global map detailing the genetic histories of 95 different populations across the world, showing likely genetic impacts of European colonialism, the Arab slave trade, the Mongol Empire and European traders near the Silk Road mixing with people in China, has been revealed for the first time.

Highly commended UCL Open Access Guide now available

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UCL Open Access

UCL’s new Open Access (OA) Guide is now available on the UCL Library Services website.

The guide, launched at the recent UCL OA Forum, has been praised as a clear, straightforward introduction to OA for all researchers, including those whose funding agencies require their outputs to be made open access.

Leading the world on dementia

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Jeremy Hunt IoN visit

The Prime Minister today called for a global effort to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time: dementia. UCL scientists, working with clinicians at the university's partner hospitals, are at the heart of the battle to treat the condition.

Tuberculosis research project wins Times Higher Education award

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THE Awards

A UCL research and training project centred on a diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) won the Times Higher Education (THE) International Collaboration of the Year award at a ceremony in London last week.

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Twitter languages of London

Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

Go to bed! Irregular bedtimes linked to behavioural problems in children

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child sleeping

Researchers from UCL have found that children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behavioural difficulties.

UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants awarded to 24 new projects

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24 new research projects have been awarded funding of up to £3,000 through the 2013-2014 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme.

Blood pressure at night is higher than previously thought

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blood pressure

Scientists at UCL have developed new technology which reveals that blood pressure measured close to the heart is much higher during sleep than previously thought. Night time blood pressure is a strong predictor of both heart disease and stroke, with previous studies establishing that blood pressure measured over the arm falls at night during sleep. However these new data indicate that the night-time decline in blood pressure may be less extensive than previously thought.

Study finds brain system for emotional self-control

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Brain scan

Different brain areas are activated when we choose for ourselves to suppress an emotion, compared to situations where we are instructed to inhibit an emotion, according a new study from the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Ghent University.

Children with behavioural problems under-react to painful images

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Brain scan

When children with conduct problems see images of others in pain, key parts of their brains under-react, according to new research published today in Current Biology.

UCL PhD researcher strikes gold in Parliament

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Parliament Science

Joanna Brunker, a PhD student in the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, struck Gold at a competition in the House of Commons, for the excellence of her Biology research, walking away with a £3,000 prize yesterday.

Study finds strong genetic component to childhood obesity

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Obesity

Childhood body weight is strongly influenced by genes, according to new research published today in the International Journal of Obesity.

Call for proposals: UCL–French Embassy science and technology workshops

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Yale UCL Collaborative: 4D imaging transforms heart healthcare

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Yale-UCL

Modern cardiovascular surgery is being transformed by virtual imaging, according to a talk given at the Yale UCL Cardiovascular Device Innovation Summit.

Developing cities face perfect storm of environmental risks

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UCL Grand Challenges £5,000 grants available

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UCL Grand Challenges

The UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme invites applications to fund cross-disciplinary projects in Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

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