Archive of Research News

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23 October 2014: How glands expand to fight off disease

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK. More...

22 October 2014: Professor Sir Michael Marmot made President-Elect of World Medical Association

Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Institute of Health Equity) has recently (11 October) been made President-Elect of the World Medical Association. 
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22 October 2014: People with diabetes are less able to regulate the body’s responses to stress

People with type 2 diabetes are physically less able to recover from stress, finds a study by scientists at UCL and the University of Zurich, funded by the British Heart Foundation.
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21 October 2014: UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE). 
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21 October 2014: UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. More...

17 October 2014: Archaeology powered by communities: new crowd-funding platform

UCL Institute of Archaeology and the British Museum are asking for public help in conducting, designing and funding research about archaeology, history and heritage.
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17 October 2014: Myelin vital for learning new practical skills

New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the brain's wiring and is a major constituent of ‘white matter’. It is produced by the brain and spinal cord into early adulthood as it is needed for many developmental processes, and although earlier studies of human white matter hinted at its involvement in skill learning, this is the first time it has been confirmed experimentally. More...

17 October 2014: Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain. More...

16 October 2014: ZAP! Spacecraft discovers Saturn’s moon Hyperion is charged

Cassini spacecraft received the equivalent of a 200 volt electric shock from the electrostatically charged surface of Saturn’s moon, Hyperion, confirming that objects in the outer Solar System can have charged surfaces, according to UCL research. More...

16 October 2014: Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk

Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16%, according to new UCL research undertaken as part of the Public Health Research Consortium. More...

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