UCL in the Media
9 April 2006
Media stories relating to UCL for 9 April 2006
The miracle worker - 9 April
in-depth profile of Professor Geoffrey Raisman, Director, UCL Spinal
Repair Unit, says that many believe that his work on stem cells holds
the key to repairing spinal damage, and that 2006 could be remembered
as the year British biotechnology took the first step towards an
authentic cure for spinal cord injury in humans, with a promise of
greater things to come.
Sunday Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-2111140,00.html
Weak brain links 'explain autism' - 9 April
The difficulties people with autism have in relating to others could be due to poor communication between brain areas, scientists suggest in a study published in Neuroimage. "It seems that, for people with ASD, paying attention to a face is much harder to do and doesn't have the same effect," says Dr Geoff Bird, at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, who led the research.
BBC Online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4888528.stm
Schizophrenia chemical flaw clue - 9 April
A scanning technique called single photon emission tomography (SPET) has identified a failure in the chemical messaging system in the brains of people with schizophrenia. The discovery was made by the Institute of Psychiatry, working with Professor Peter Ell, UCL Institute of Nuclear Medicine, whose team developed the SPET technique.
BBC News Online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4886808.stm
When drug trials go horribly wrong - 9 April
Commenting on the trial of TGN1412 that has sent shock waves through the research world and caused regulators to rethink procedures for testing certain new drugs, Dr Michael Ehrenstein, UCL Department of Medicine, who studies the molecules that TGN1412 affects, says there was strong reason to be very cautious. "Many people would say [clinical trials on this compound] was a very high risk strategy. I'd have to agree with that."
International Herald Tribune http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/07/news/drug.php