Latest Life Sciences News
Junk food causes similar high blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes
Publication date: 20 May 2016
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.
Genes for nose shape found
Publication date: 19 May 2016
Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a UCL-led study.
The four genes mainly affect the width and ‘pointiness’ of noses which vary greatly between different populations. The new information adds to our understanding of how the human face evolved and may help contribute to forensic DNA technologies that build visual profiles based on an individual’s genetic makeup.
SLMS researchers elected as Fellows of Royal Society
Publication date: 29 April 2016
Professors Maria Fitzgerald (Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, UCL Division of Biosciences) and Eleanor Maguire (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology) will become elected fellows of the Royal Society.
Brain caught ‘filing’ memories during rest
Publication date: 18 April 2016
Biggest library of bat sounds compiled
Publication date: 14 April 2016
Fruit flies live longer on lithium
Publication date: 7 April 2016
UCL researchers take their research to parliament
Publication date: 9 March 2016
First gene for grey hair found
Publication date: 1 March 2016
Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice
Publication date: 11 February 2016
Rare bleeding disorder diagnosis improved with super-resolution microscopy
Publication date: 4 February 2016
Researchers from UCL, the National Physical Laboratory and the Royal Free Hospital have differentiated between patients with a rare bleeding disorder and healthy volunteers using super-resolution microscopy, providing an alternative method for accurately and cost-effectively diagnosing rare platelet diseases.
Estrogens alleviate hyperactivity in zebrafish with autism gene
Publication date: 28 January 2016
Bacterium’s coiled anchor causes urinary tract infections
Publication date: 12 January 2016
UCL and Birkbeck-led research reveals the flexible, coiled structure used by bacteria to anchor onto the lining of the urinary tract, which allows them to thrive and cause infections. Understanding this structure in atomic detail will help the development of new drugs to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), say the scientists behind the study.
UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2016
Publication date: 6 January 2016
Map shows hotspots for bat-human virus transmission risk
Publication date: 5 January 2016
Mammal diversity exploded immediately after dinosaur extinction
Publication date: 23 December 2015
The diversity of mammals on Earth exploded straight after the dinosaur extinction event, according to UCL researchers. New analysis of the fossil record shows that placental mammals, the group that today includes nearly 5000 species including humans, became more varied in anatomy during the Paleocene epoch – the 10 million years immediately following the event.
Apply to the UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme
Publication date: 21 December 2015
The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training across four strategic themes.
Research Images as Art/Art images as Research: 2015/16 winners announced
Publication date: 9 December 2015
Professor John O’Keefe
Publication date: 6 November 2015
Professor John O’Keefe, inaugural Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, having launched the centre, will be stepping down from the role in September 2016 so he can once again devote his full attention to a significant program of ongoing and new scientific research. We are extremely grateful to him for having taken on the demanding role of launching the Centre and are delighted that he will continue his research within it.
Vice Provost (Health) View November 2015
Publication date: 6 November 2015
PhotoSynthesis Competition results
Publication date: 21 October 2015
After months of waiting the results are finally in for our Photosynthesis competition 2015. The judging panel (consisting of senior academics, managers and communications staff from across the School) were extremely impressed by all the entries but the winners are:
Genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity highlighted
Publication date: 16 October 2015
Extra brain cells make males remember sex
Publication date: 15 October 2015
How the Inuit adapted to Ice Age living and a high-fat diet
Publication date: 18 September 2015
Greenland natives – the Inuit – have mutations in genes that control how the body uses fat which provides the clearest evidence to date that human populations are adapted to particular diets according to new UCL research. The genetic differences allow the Inuit to physically adapt to survive Arctic conditions and live healthily on a traditional diet which is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from marine mammal fat.
Major new research study on the impact of system-wide reorganisation of cancer services
Publication date: 14 July 2015
A research team led by Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research) has been awarded £1.2 million over three and a half years by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme to study the centralisation of specialist cancer surgical services.
Old world monkey had tiny, complex brain
Publication date: 3 July 2015
The brain of a 15 million year old monkey has been visualized for the first time by a team led by Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology). The 3D computer model shows that the brain is much smaller and has more folds than expected, supporting the idea that brain complexity can evolve before brain size in the primate family tree.