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Professor Rachel Batterham has been appointed a NIHR Research Professorship. More...
Published: Jun 27, 2016 4:33:22 PM
Professor Rachel Batterham receiving the Andre Mayer Award for outstanding research in the field of obesity at the International Congress of Obesity in Vancouver in May. More...
Published: Jun 27, 2016 4:26:17 PM
Professor Mark Lythgoe(UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) has been announced as the new Chair of the Times Cheltenham Science Festival. More...
Published: Jun 27, 2016 3:45:29 PM
Students in the Division of Medicine took several prizes at the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ fourth annual Dean's Research Prize held on 11th February 2016: Jessica Eley (UCL Respiratory) won 1st prize for the 3 Minute Thesis presentation (UCL Respiratory also had one of the other two 3MT finalists, Tanvi Agrawal); Madhur Motwani (Centre for Clinical Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics) won 1st prize for best PhD student oral presentations, & Marco Bolgeri (MSc Urology) won 1st prize for best poster by a post-graduate taught student. Congratulations to all. The Faculty has over 3000 students including 900 Masters and 450 Research students and a flavour of their research achievements was highlighted at the event in the form of research talks and posters. All Divisions were represented by a PhD student who spoke about their work and representatives from the highly successful MBPhD, Grand Challenge and Impact programmes also contributed. Posters were on show representing 26 Masters and iBSc programmes showcasing the contribution these make to the Faculty’s research. A 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was also arranged and three heats of 10 3MT presentations were held in the morning and the winners of each heat invited to present in the main afternoon event. The event was attended by over 60 staff and students who engaged with both the talks and the posters. More...
Published: Apr 11, 2016 12:02:38 PM
The Division of Medicine’s Athena SWAN team led by Dr Jenny Rohn (Research Department of Nephrology, Royal Free) hosted a special event to mark International Women’s Day on Friday 11th March. At the event held in the Rayne Building, three prominent women cartoonists who have been working in residence amongst the clinicians and scientists of UCL/UCLH shared with the audience their views on why cartoons have the power not only to make us laugh, but to make us think, and to question the world around us. Their work, some of it inspired by recent events at UCL, was on display, and during the Q&A, they talked about what had made them become cartoonists. The cartoonists who took part were: More...
Published: Apr 11, 2016 11:55:30 AM
A consortium of five WIBR scientists together with collaborators at Oxford and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, has been awarded £4M by the Wellcome Trust to study neural circuits in the mammalian brain (“Functional neuromics of the cerebral cortex”). read more
Published: Jul 27, 2015 11:56:12 AM
Published: Jul 20, 2015 3:05:08 PM
These talks illustrate how smart technologies will change the ways that we investigate, diagnose, treat and monitor disease at an individual and population level.
Published: Jul 15, 2015 4:18:43 PM
Professor Rachel McKendry wins 2015 UCL Provost’s Spirit of Enterprise Award
UCL Professor Rachel McKendry was awarded the UCL Provost Spirit of Enterprise Award at this year’s eighth annual UCL Awards for Enterprise.
The award was in recognition for Rachel’s outstanding track record of partnerships with industry to tackle infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance, which have led to new antibiotics, mobile diagnostic devices, apps and mapping systems to nowcast outbreaks using symptoms reported online.
Throughout her research career, Rachel, who holds a joint position at the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Division of Medicine at UCL, has championed collaboration and engagement with industry in order to bring her research to the people that matter- patients and the public. She has also strived to provide her students and postdocs with valuable exposure to the clinical and commercial world, teaching and encouraging them to work across, and beyond traditional research boundaries.
Rachel’s work with industry partners Targanta Therapeutics (now the Medicines company) helped to unravel the mechanism of action of oritavancin, a new antibiotic, which was recently FDA approved. Rachel also led a major NIHR Innovation for Invention award with industry partner OJ-Bio to develop a mobile phone-connected diagnostic test for HIV, which has now successfully passed early clinical pilot studies.
In 2013, Rachel was awarded an £11m EPSRC grant to develop global early warning systems for infectious diseases (i-sense) with academic, clinical and industry partners, including Cambridge Life Sciences, Mologic, Cepheid and Telefonica O2.
Through this consortium, Rachel has secured Google funding for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Google Flu Trends on their modeling techniques and, together with UCL Professor Ingemar Cox, helped seed a partnership with Microsoft to track the spread of infectious diseases at music festivals using Twitter and search engine queries. Through the collaboration with OJ-Bio, a student and postdoc from Rachel’s research group were able to gain industrial experience at Japan Radio Company, OJ-Bio’s Parent Company in Fujimino, Japan.
Rachel McKendry said:
“ I think it’s crucial to work with our industry partners to translate some of our exciting discoveries in the lab into products and practices that can ultimately benefit patients”
The UCL Provost Spirit of Enterprise Award, which was presented by UCL President and Provost Michael Arthur, recognises the achievements and attitude of an academic at UCL that has demonstrated a willingness to engage with business in multiple ways that have enhanced their core research and teaching activities.
Winners of the 2015 UCL Awards for Enterprise were announced on Wednesday 10 June, at a ceremony held at UCL Advances’ new incubator space for product and creative businesses at King’s Cross, BASE KX.
You can see the full list of winners here.
Published: Jun 25, 2015 2:25:22 PM
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