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Sneaky males and choosy females feature in new exhibition at the Grant Museum

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Ocellated wrasse

‘Natural Creativity: Sex and Trickery’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. It explores the myriad elaborate shapes, sizes and crafty behavioural tactics some animals have evolved in order to survive, reproduce and pass on their genes.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre wins building award

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The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL (SWC) has been named Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) 2016.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre appoints new Director

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Professor Thomas Mrsic-Flogel

Professor Thomas Mrsic-Flogel has today been announced as the new Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL.

UCL achieves first Gold Athena SWAN award for excellence in gender equality

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Athena SWAN Gold Logo

The MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL has achieved the university’s first departmental Athena SWAN Gold award for gender equality – one of only two awarded to UK universities in this round.

UCL’s innovative retail coalition celebrates first anniversary

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UCL is today marking one year since the launch of the innovative retail coalition inspired by Malcolm Walker of Iceland Foods to address the dementia challenge. Since the coalition was created nine UK retailers have committed to support UCL in its fight against dementia, initially pledging in the region of £20 million. In the first year alone, the partnership has already raised around £10 million – equivalent to the sale of around 200 million carrier bags.

Garden ponds may help spread lethal frog disease

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Keen gardeners stocking their domestic ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species could be inadvertently fuelling the rapid spread of the lethally infectious frog disease ranavirus, according to new research by scientists from UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Queen Mary University of London. 

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.

Paving the way for new treatments to combat bacterial infections

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A team from Birkbeck, University of London and UCL has revealed new details of the structure of bacterial pili and how they interact with phages – viruses which can enter and kill bacteria.

Key mechanism behind brain connectivity and memory revealed

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nerve cells

Memory loss in mice has been successfully reversed following the discovery of new information about a key mechanism underlying the loss of nerve connectivity in the brain, say UCL researchers.

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.

New imaging platform tracks cancer progression

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tracking cancer in zebrafish

A new rapid fluorescent 3-D imaging system developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists offers a non-invasive approach to accurately monitor tumour development in adult zebrafish.

HIV doesn’t drive the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis

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HIV budding

While the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic fuels tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistance in TB patients as previously suspected, according to an international study led by UCL scientists.

UCL researchers honoured by The Royal Society

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Royal Society Prize Winners

The outstanding achievements of three UCL researchers have been recognised by The Royal Society, the UK’s national Academy of science, in this year’s Awards and Prizes announcement.

British Academy elects new Fellows

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Congratulations to the three members of the SLMS community recognised by the British Academy: (l-r) Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Nilli Lavie and Professor Robyn Carston

Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

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biodiversity hotspots

Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to UCL-led research.

A federal origin of Stone Age farming

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The transition from hunter-gatherer to sedentary farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to research by an international team including UCL.

Q&A with Manuj Sharma - Review of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme

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With the Arena One: Teaching Associate Programme, you can join a cohort of postgraduate teachers to develop your teaching practice and work towards a nationally recognised teaching award; an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Manuj Sharma is a recent alumnus of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme, so we talked to him about what prompted him to take the course and his experiences of it. 

Professor Marcel Levi to join UCLH as Chief Executive

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Marcel Levi

UCLH has announced the appointment of Professor Marcel Levi as its new Chief Executive. He is due to take up the post on 3 January 2017, succeeding UCLH’s current Chief Executive, Sir Robert Naylor.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction

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late cretaceous dinosaurs

Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers.

SLMS Education Showcase

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The SLMS Education Showcase was organized by the SLMS Education Network and hosted by UCL School of Pharmacy on Friday June 17th. 

New appointees - NIHR Research Professorships 2016

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Of four prestigious NIHR research professorships in 2016, two have gone to UCL researchers who are also UCLH consultants; Professor Rachel Batterham (obesity) and Dr Alexander Leff (neurology).

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour opens

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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre was officially opened on 23 May by Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Kandel.

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

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lassa virus

A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Four SLMS researchers elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Four members of our community have been elected to the (clockwise from top left) Professor Arne Akbar, Professor Christopher Brewin, Professor Mark Emberton and Professor Mala Maini

Junk food causes similar high blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes

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A junk food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

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