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Senior Promotions 2016-17

We are very proud to announce the following senior promotions of colleagues, effective from 1st October:

L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science 2017 winner - Dr Manju Kurian

Dr Manju Kurian, of the Developmental Neurosciences programme at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, is among five promising UK scientists who won prestigious fellowships at the 10th annual L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women In Science. 

Genetic screening service enables PCD gene discovery

A team at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and University College London working with the Royal Brompton Hospital have identified a new gene which causes the lung condition Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). Working with researchers from around Europe including hospitals in Italy, Switzerland and France, the team have shown that the condition can be 'X-linked' meaning it is passed from mothers to their sons.

Gene key for chemically reprogramming human stem cells

Scientists have discovered the gene essential for chemically reprogramming human amniotic stem cells into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells, in research led by UCL and Heinrich Heine University.

Cells from pregnant women could prevent fractures by nearly 80 per cent for millions with fragile bones

Injecting cells from pregnant women could have a life-changing effect on the millions who are living with osteoporosis and brittle bone disease according to researchers at the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, the research partner of Great Ormond Street Hospital and The UCL Institute for Women’s Health. These cells could also be useful for strengthening the fragile bones of astronauts during their stay for long periods in space. 

Remarkable recovery in patients diagnosed with newly defined movement disorder

Researchers from the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health have discovered a new gene change that identifies a type of the movement disorder, muscle dystonia. This new discovery will allow doctors to more easily identify patients who can benefit from treatment so effective that it can restore the ability to walk.

Vitamin B6 is lifesaver for children with severe epilepsy

Children with severe epilepsy who do not respond to traditional drugs could be treated with vitamin B6, after the discovery of a new gene by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).