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New research to revolutionise understanding of lung cancer

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Researchers at UCL and University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are involved in a landmark study to unlock the secrets of lung cancer, tracking in real time how lung tumours develop and evolve as patients receive treatment.

Health Service Journal names Professor Jane Dacre as one of the most inspirational women in healthcare

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Professor Dacre, Director, UCL Medical School was included in the Health Service Journal's inaugural Inspirational Women list announced this week.

Protein responsible for ‘bad’ blood vessel growth discovered

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The discovery of a protein that encourages blood vessel growth, and especially ‘bad’ blood vessels – the kind that characterise diseases as diverse as cancer, age-related macular degeneration and rheumatoid arthritis – has been reported in the journal Nature.

How 'obesity gene' triggers weight gain

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An international team of researchers has discovered why people with a variation of the FTO gene that affects one in six of the population are 70 per cent more likely to become obese.

Sugar makes cancer light-up in MRI scanners

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A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by UCL scientists. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumours in greater detail.

Funding awarded for new severe arthritis pain study

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Medical research charity Arthritis Research UK has awarded researchers at UCL and the University of Nottingham a grant of £800,000 to develop new treatments for severe arthritis pain.

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