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Connecting places causes mental maps to merge

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Realising how places connect geographically causes local maps in the brain to join, forming one big map which helps with planning future journeys, finds a new UCL study.

Emotional problems in schoolgirls rose dramatically over past 5 years

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Emotional problems in girls aged 11-13 in England increased by 55% between 2009 and 2014, finds new research from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. On average, this means that a mixed classroom of 30 children today is likely to contain one more girl with emotional difficulties than a comparable class 5 years ago.

Human immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting ‘kick and kill’ cure is possible

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The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, finds new research led by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

HIV spreads like internet malware and should be treated earlier

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HIV-1 infected T cell (purple) interacting with an uninfected target T cell (brown) during cell-to-cell spread at the virological synapse

A new model for HIV progression finds that it spreads in a similar way to some computer worms and predicts that early treatment is key to staving off AIDS.

New role uncovered for ‘oldest’ tumour suppressor gene

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Professor Sibylle Mittnacht interviewed by Clare Hastings at The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Scientists have revealed a brand new function for one of the first cancer genes ever discovered – the retinoblastoma gene – in a finding that could open up exciting new approaches to treatment.

More than a third of 12-year-olds embarrassed to smile because of their teeth

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More than a third (35%) of 12-year-olds and 28% of 15-year-olds say they have been embarrassed to smile or laugh due to how they felt about their teeth, finds a new UCL-led report commissioned by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

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The regions of ancient British, Irish and Saxon control in the 7th Century

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

A good budget for UK research, says UCL President & Provost

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Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, has broadly welcomed the measures contained in the Budget to provide extra support for postgraduate research students and for science and innovation, stating that these will strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader in research excellence.

New transitional appointments to the Senior Management Team

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New transitional arrangements have been announced this week to cover the responsibilities of Professor Stephen Caddick, currently Vice-Provost (Enterprise), who will be stepping down from his role at the end of May to move to the Wellcome Trust as their Director of Innovations.

Strange Creatures put on display at UCL

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‘Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye.

Dr Jade Alglave named as winner of prestigious Royal Society award

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Dr Jade Alglave (UCL Computer Sciences) has been named as the winner of the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation by the Royal Society,

Diabetes and depression predict dementia risk in people with slowing minds

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People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, finds a new review led by UCL researchers.

International Women’s Day 2015 events

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To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March 2015 UCL will be hosting a programme of events across campus.

UCL awarded £10m to develop new dementia treatments

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Alzheimer’s Research UK today announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

UCL Academy's Sixth Form rated highest performing maintained mixed school in Camden

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The UCL Academy has been rated as the highest performing maintained mixed school in Camden in this year’s annual performance tables for A Levels from the Department for Education.

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

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Thousands of hydroxyapatite spheres (magenta), each just a few microns across, are found in large drusen deposits within the eye

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research.

Shortlist announced for UCL East master planners

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The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has today (Monday 12 January) announced a short list of five creative teams to develop a master plan for the UCL East university campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2015

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Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

UCL launches dedicated animal research information website

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UCL has today launched a new public information website on animal research, describing how and why animals are used across the university.

Discovery of ‘drunk and incapable’ arrest record shows Orwell’s ‘honesty’

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A court record unearthed in a London archive detailing George Orwell's 1931 conviction for being ‘drunk and incapable’ confirms his account of the incident, lending foundation to the lore surrounding Orwell’s truthfulness as a writer.

Influential UK birth cohort studies to be brought together for first time

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One outcome of the IOE and UCL merger coming into effect today will be that all five of the UK’s national birth cohort studies will be housed at the same institution for the first time, forming the largest concentration of birth cohort expertise in the world.

UCL to pay all interns at London Living Wage rate

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All UCL interns are to be paid at the rate of the London Living Wage (LLW) with effect from today (1 December), under UCL’s updated Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Policy.

Professor David Lomas appointed as new UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

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UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Lomas to the role of Vice-Provost (Health), replacing Professor Sir John Tooke, from 1st August 2015.

UCL launches largest ever mentoring scheme with UCL Academy

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UCL in conjunction with the Brightside Trust, a mentoring charity, has launched a bespoke mentoring scheme for students at the UCL Academy, the UCL-sponsored school in Swiss Cottage.

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