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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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Examining embryos under the microscope

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.

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

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UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

Grant Museum starts major project to preserve rarest skeleton in the world

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The Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL is undertaking a major project to protect 39 of its rarest and most significant skeletons, some which have been on display in the Museum for 180 years. To help achieve this, the Museum is launching its first ever public fundraising campaign – aiming to raise £15,000 to support the costs of this crucial work.

Gardening and Muck in Day at St Pancras

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Earlier this month student volunteers from UCL and other London universities took part in a Gardening and Muck in Day in St Pancras.

UCL announces partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

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Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

UCL is delighted to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (NCS) in East Ham.

Changing London’s cycling infrastructure will improve safety

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London and other cities in Britain could be made safer for cyclists finds a study by researchers at UCL and Loughborough University. The report commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), makes recommendations which could be implemented using £913 million earmarked by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson to improve cycle safety in the capital and increase the number of cyclists four-fold by 2026, say the scientists behind the study.

‘London: the Information Capital’ showcases UCL data and mapping research

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London: The Information Capital

A new book bursting with London maps and infographics, published last week, is the result of a year of intense work by Dr James Cheshire (UCL Geography) and designer Oliver Uberti.

UCL awarded £4.2 million for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy

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UCL has been awarded £4.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a Blood and Transplant Research Unit for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy, due to launch in October 2015.

Drug tests on mothers’ hair links recreational drug use to birth defects

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Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.

UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing”

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As part of the Ebola sensitization, UNICEF asked community members to repeat what they have learned about Ebola

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet.

Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births

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Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary University of London have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM) which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide.

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