High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats

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Birman cat that exhibits FARS

When the charity International Cat Care asked veterinary neurologists at Davies Veterinary Specialists, UK, for help with several enquiries it had received regarding cats having seizures, seemingly in response to certain high-pitched sounds, the answer was that the problem was not documented and little, if anything, was known about it. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award for Pharmacy

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The Equality Challenge Unit has announced the latest round of Athena SWAN award winners, of which the UCL School of Pharmacy is a recipient. The bronze award will be valid until April 2018. Many thanks go to Professor Felicity Smith and her team for all their hard work on this application.

Three of world’s premier pharmacy schools form landmark alliance

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Monash University and UCL (University College London) are joining forces to advance and transform research, education and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. 

Release of report "Will Smoking Meet its Match?

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On Wednesday March 4th 2015 the UCL School of Pharmacy launched a new report entitled Will Smoking Meet its Match?

NEWS RELEASE - London Drug Discovery Institute to fast-track development of new treatments for dementia

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Alzheimer’s Research UK, the world’s largest dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL (University College London), the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

Charity Week 2014

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Charity Week is held annually at the UCL School of Pharmacy with the aim of raising as much money as possible for orphans and needy children for the host charity, Islamic Relief. 

World-class research standing of UCL School of Pharmacy confirmed by REF 2014

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The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which assesses the international quality of research outputs, environment and impact, have clearly indicated the world-class standing of UCL SOP. The overall results are expressed in terms of a profile ranging from 4* (world leading) 3* (internationally excellent) 2* (internationally recognized) and 1* (nationally recognized). The School was awarded the following profile:

UCL School of Pharmacy – Greenlight Pharmacy partnership wins HE NCEL quality award

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The UCL School of Pharmacy - Greenlight Pharmacy partnership were overall winners of the ‘Collaboration and Partnership in Education’ HE NCEL quality award, announced at the awards ceremony on December 3rd 2014, held at Beveridge Hall in Senate House, University of London.

Innovative new MSc programme launched for 2015 entry

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Gold molecule

The new MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship builds on the strengths of UCL’s School of Pharmacy and department of Management Sciences and Innovation. It has been conceived in direct response to the changing nature of the contemporary pharmaceutical industry, and will provide recent graduates with the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact pharmaceutical business ventures.

UCL School of Pharmacy Hosts Advanced Training Course for Chinese Clinical Pharmacists

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UCL School of Pharmacy ran its first summer training course for oversea clinical pharmacists between 14th July and 4th August 2014. The course has attracted a number of hospital pharmacists from both China (mainly) and Russia, as well as participants from pharmaceutical universities. 

Probiotic viability study featured in national press

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Probiotic lactobacillis bacteria

A recent study by Dr Simon Gaisford’s group has shed new light on the viability of solid and liquid probiotic formulations and was reported in the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times and The Telegraph. It found that liquid products were in general capable of delivering more viable bacteria than solid products. It also suggested that taking products in the fasted state gave the best chance of successful delivery.

Professor Abdul Basit receives Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Award

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Professor Abdul Basit

Professor Abdul Basit of the UCL School of Pharmacy is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) Award.

Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize 2014

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The School would like to congratulate Courage Sihlangu on the award of The Physiological Society Undergraduate Prize. Courage was nominated for his research project on the effects of KCNQ inhibitors on smooth muscle which was supervised by Professor Mala Shah.

Licensed to Cure: Undervaluing New Medicines Threatens Patient Wellbeing and Economic Growth

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Innovative medicines and other new therapies have extended life expectancy by some 10 years since the 1950s, and contributed significantly to the UK’s prosperity. But Licensed to Cure?, a new report published by the UCL School of Pharmacy, warns that if bodies such as NICE under‐estimate the value of their benefits this will undermine investment in research and treatment development.

UCL School of Pharmacy staff featured in policy document from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Brain cogs

Three members of staff from the Department of Pharmacy Practice have been highlighted as examples of pharmaceutical scientists who have made significant contributions to their field of work.

UCL SOP makes links with the Clinical Pharmacy community and leadership in China

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Give primary school pupils lessons on drugs

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Professor Simon Gibbons

Professor Simon Gibbons, a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, has recommended a broader drugs education in primary and middle schools. At present, there is little coverage of this issue in the curriculum and Prof Gibbons argues that awareness of these matters should be raised from an early age. To find out more, read his interview in the Daily Telegraph.

BioKier Inc signs exclusive global license with UCL Business

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Colonic delivery

BioKier Inc has entered into an exclusive license agreement with UCL Business PLC (UCLB) for the proprietary colon delivery technology (PhloralTM) developed by researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy. PhloralTM will be used in the formulation of an anti-diabetes drug, BKR-013, under development by BioKier Inc. 

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research established

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Asthma Inhaler

Professor Rob Horne was a co-applicant on a successful £2 million bid to establish the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUK CAR). The BMTO research cluster was one of 13 leading academic research organisations from across the UK comprising a successful bid for £2 million to establish the AUK CAR.

Research Innovation Fund - Outcomes

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UCL School of Pharmacy has created a new Research Innovation Fund (RIF) that will provide funding for early-stage pilot projects of timeliness and promise. The objectives of the scheme are: i) to increase the availability of specialised equipment and essential consumable materials and ii) to stimulate cross-disciplinary research that will lead to future grant applications to the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC or EU.

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