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Research Retreat 2014 - 6th June - deadline for abstracts 28th April

This year's Division of Medicine Research Retreat will take place on 6th June at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, Bath Road, Hounslow TW6 2AQ. 

Published: Apr 11, 2014 11:08:00 AM

UCL Applied Renal Physiology 2014 - course

This is a modular course and includes the following sections: a primer in renal physiology, a 2-day course on fluids, electrolytes and acid-base and, finally, a 1-day cutting-edge science symposium.  More...

Published: Apr 3, 2014 10:08:20 AM

Rosetrees Trust Studentships - September 2014

Applications are invited for three separate 3-year PhD studentships to start in September 2014 jointly funded by the Rosetrees Trust & Royal Free Charity.

Published: Mar 24, 2014 9:39:50 AM

Professor Andrew Burroughs

We are greatly saddened to announce the death of Prof Andrew Burroughs, who passed away on Saturday 15th March, at the age of 60.  Prof Burroughs was an eminent and world renowned Professor of Hepatology and Consultant Physician/Hepatologist.  He joined the UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health last year, having previously worked in the Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre at the Royal Free Hospital for the majority of his career. 

Professor Massimo Pinzani, Sheila Sherlock Chair of Hepatology and Director of the UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health, commented:

"Andy was one of the greatest hepatologists in history and the true representative of Dame Sheila Sherlock's legacy.  For more than thirty years, Andy led world class clinical research at the Royal Free providing major advances in clinical practice.  He was a world leader and an amazing mentor for generations of hepatologists trained at the Royal Free. Our thoughts go to his family and to the memories of him working with us."

Published: Mar 19, 2014 2:24:32 PM

Tsochatzis Manolis

UEG Rising Star Award 2014

Congratulations to Emmanuel (Manolis) Tsochatzis on receiving the 2014 Rising Star Award by the United European Gastroenterology Society (UEG). This is awarded to 8 emerging young clinical scientists from Europe based on a track record of international quality research and developing scientific independence. The recipients of the award give state-of-the-art lectures and chair scientific sessions at the UEG week.

Published: Mar 19, 2014 8:54:52 AM


in2scienceUK Summer Internship

Rebecca McKelvey (Neuroscience) and Adam Giangreco (Medicine) have secured funding from Development and Alumni Relations and UCL Outreach to support the UCL-led In2ScienceUK laboratory placement scheme.  The aim of this scheme is to inspire and motivate AS level science students from low income backgrounds and support them in their application to competitive research universities.  

Now in its 5th year, the goal of this year’s programme is to place over 100 students in labs at UCL, Imperial and Kings.  The scheme is very successful, with 80% of former students gaining places at UK universities (compared with around 17% in this demographic nationwide) – but a key to this success is finding labs that are happy to act as hosts.  This occurs for 2 weeks in July-August, is a great experience for a senior PhD student or postdoc, and involves no additional administrative duties.  Students can shadow group members, talk to PIs/postdocs/students in other labs, watch demonstrations, analyse data, or get involved in any other task which is appropriate.  In2scienceUK will organize the placement, interview and select the students, and complete any necessary paperwork.  

If you or someone in your lab would like to make a real difference to the prospects of these young people please contact Rebecca McKelvey More...

Published: Mar 17, 2014 12:34:49 PM

RSSE charter

CABI Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

The UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) has been awarded the unique opportunity to showcase their research at the UK’s most prestigious science exposition - The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.  This was a very competitive process; 21 groups were selected from the UK, with CABI being the only group from UCL. More...

Published: Feb 21, 2014 9:51:48 AM

Bockenhauser Kleta and Klootwijk

New insights into how the kidney works

 Professor Robert Kleta and team have discovered a new disease mechanism shedding light onto how the kidney works (Klootwijk et al., NEJM, 2014, 370, 129-138). As a trained paediatrician and geneticist he and Dr Detlef Bockenhauer from the Institute of Child Health together lead a competitive team based at Royal Free Hospital comprised out of renal doctors, geneticists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, cell and molecular biologists and physiologists focused on the study of rare renal disease. They investigated a clinical problem called autosomal dominant renal Fanconi syndrome in paediatric and adult patients and thereby discovered a completely novel disease mechanism: they showed that aberrant trafficking of an enzyme can cause disease not by its absence in the organelle it was intended to be, but by disturbing function of the organelle it is wrongly routed to. They discovered that a mutation in a peroxisomal protein caused misrouting to the mitochondria and interfered with mitochondrial metabolism.

Prof. Leon Fine, Professor and Chair, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Research Education, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA, formely UCL, commented “The paper is a tour de force of clinical observation, interdisciplinary science, multi-institutional collaboration, genomics and cellular physiology, which has led to the determination of the cause of an inherited disease. A truly outstanding achievement.”

Published: Feb 21, 2014 8:39:25 AM

Anisur Rahman

British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration List 2014

Very well done to Anisur Rahman for his place in the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration List 2014 and to Jayne Kavanagh who received the Provost's Award for Public Engagement. Jayne was nominated for this award for her leading role in creating and running the Beacon-funded 2013/14 project ‘Stories from the soul: doctors’ choices, women’s lives’.  'Stories from the soul’ includes three evenings of storytelling, music and discussion that bring together healthcare providers with members of the public to explore how doctors’ decisions affect women’s lives. More...

Published: Feb 20, 2014 11:51:52 AM

Andrew Burroughs

ILTS Distinguished Service Award

 Professor Andrew K. Burroughs, a faculty of the UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health and consultant hepatologist at the Royal Free London, has recently been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) for his outstanding contribution to this field. Indeed, Professor Burroughs is one of the pioneers of transplant Hepatology and his research has greatly contributed to establishing the current management of liver transplantation. This represents a great honour for UK and European Hepatology.
During 2013, Professor Burroughs received two other major career awards: the Distinguished Career Award of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the highest honour from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG):  the Sir Arthur Hurst Lecture.
In addition to his value as clinician and researcher, these awards were motivated by Professor Burroughs’ exceptional ability to mentor emerging talent in his field; indeed he has provided mentorship for an incredible number of UK and international hepatologists, in keeping with a tradition established at the Royal Free by his mentor Professor Dame Sheila Sherlock.


Published: Feb 18, 2014 12:35:43 PM

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