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Professor John O’Keefe

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Professor John O’Keefe, inaugural Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, having launched the centre, will be stepping down from the role in September 2016 so he can once again devote his full attention to a significant program of ongoing and new scientific research. We are extremely grateful to him for having taken on the demanding role of launching the Centre and are delighted that he will continue his research within it.

Vice Provost (Health) View November 2015

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Having been Vice-Provost (Health) for three months, I should like to start by thanking my predecessor Professor Sir John Tooke: health at UCL has gone from strength to strength over the past five and a half years.

Professor Jane Wardle

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On 20th October 2015 UCL lost a hugely talented, highly respected and greatly loved colleague, Jane Wardle, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences. Jane had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and sadly succumbed to complications relating to its treatment.

New trial to find out whether aspirin fights cancer

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A new trial launches today, which aims to answer once and for all whether or not a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent some cancers from coming back. Some previous studies have suggested it might, but the evidence has not been conclusive. Doctors need clear proof that it is a safe and effective treatment before prescribing it for their patients.

PhotoSynthesis Competition results

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After months of waiting the results are finally in for our Photosynthesis competition 2015. The judging panel (consisting of senior academics, managers and communications staff from across the School) were extremely impressed by all the entries but the winners are:

Staff Survey Case Study

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Staff Survey 2013 sections: 

Vision and Values ‘I understand the values of UCL’ and ‘I feel that my goals and objectives are aligned to those of UCL’

Q&A with Dr. Chloe Park - ESC Young Investigator winner 

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Chloe Park interview image

What is your role and what does it involve?

Our research group moved to UCL less than 2 years ago.  A key attraction for us was the close links that ICS has with longitudinal studies (cohorts) based at UCL, particularly through omic platforms and cross cohort analysis.  Our group has enriched this relationship by bringing our non-invasive cardiovascular physiology measures to clinical and cohort studies here.  

England has the potential to have the lowest disease burden in the world

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For the first time, a new study led by Public Health England (PHE) and authored by a number of UCL researchers, ranks the diseases and risk factors that cause death and disability in England compared with other high-income countries, revealing the nation’s potential to have the lowest total disease burden (years of life lost to death and lived with disability) in the world.

Higher risk of death for patients admitted to NHS hospitals at the weekend

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Patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to be sicker and have a higher risk of death, compared with those admitted during the week, finds an analysis published in The BMJ this week.

Children of more caring, less controlling parents live happier lives

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Mother and baby

A UCL-led lifelong study of people in England, Scotland and Wales has found that those who perceived their parents as more caring and less psychologically controlling during their childhood were likely to be happier and more satisfied throughout their lives.

Working long hours linked to higher risk of stroke

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Working late

Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33% greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13%) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hour week, according to the largest study in this field so far, led by UCL and published in The Lancet.

Review of the Future Leaders course: Q&A with Joyce Harper

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Last year, representatives from Women’s Health (Judith Stevenson, Joyce Harper), Child Health (Shamima Rahman) and Clinical Trials & Methodology (Ab Babiker) attended the Future leaders programme, and we witnessed as a Faculty just how transformative the course was for those involved.We asked Joyce Harper from the Institute for Women's Health to answer a few short questions about her experience: 

Call for Pro Vice Provosts: Going (more) global

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UCL has recently announced its Global Engagement strategy with 6 key objectives:

UCL academics elected as British Academy Fellows

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British Academy Fellows

Four academics from UCL have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences.

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

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Professor Nick Fox and Dr Jonathan Schott

A landmark study that has been following a group of people since their birth in the same week in March 1946 is now turning its focus to the risk factors and early signs of dementia.

Major new research study on the impact of system-wide reorganisation of cancer services

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A research team led by Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research) has been awarded £1.2 million over three and a half years by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme to study the centralisation of specialist cancer surgical services.

Many overweight teenagers do not recognise they are too heavy

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Man on scales

More than a third of overweight or obese teenagers don’t see themselves as being too heavy and think their weight is about right, according to a UCL study published today in the International Journal of Obesity.

‘Core’ immune cells reduce symptoms and spread of flu

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H1N1 influenza virus particles shown in transmission electron micrograph

A four-year study of 1,414 unvaccinated people across England found that 43% of them had immune cells that protected them from symptoms of both seasonal and pandemic influenza, and reduced their chances of shedding the virus by two thirds. The work led by researchers from UCL, Oxford University and Public Health England was funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

Faculty Award winners

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StAR Awards

StAR of the year Award winners

The Student Academics Representatives (StARs) Annual Reception 2015 took place on 4 June where StARs were thanked for their work and dedication this year. There are 900 StARs across UCL, but our Faculty representative, Natasha Liou (MSc Reproductive Science/ UCL Institute for Women’s Health) swept the board won and both staff and Union choice StAR of the Year for her outstanding support to her peers.

Q & A with Lele Rangaka: Review of 'Public Speaking Masterclass for Women in STEMM’

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In April, engineer, physicist, and BBC television scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE led a one-day practical course on learning how to communicate complex ideas with clarity and passion. Delegates were shown how to analyse and prepare their work for communication to different audiences, learn techniques for presenting their message in person and maximising its impact and practice doing all this on camera.

New treatment for polycystic kidney disease

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Small vessels inside a cystic kidney with disorganised vasculature

A new technique for treating polycystic kidney disease has been identified by researchers based at the UCL Institute of Child Health. Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the treatment, which involves targeting tiny blood and lymphatic vessels inside the kidneys, is shown to improve renal function and slow progression of disease in mice.

Starting HIV treatment early improves patient outcomes

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Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected H9 T cell

A major international randomised clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune system health—is higher, instead of waiting until the CD4+ cell count drops to lower levels.

SLMS Education Domain announces the winners of the first SLMS Education Awards

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education awards

We are proud to announce the winners of the first SLMS Education Awards to reward those dedicated to improving the quality of education for SLMS students and to spotlight and support excellence and innovation in the delivery of education.

Smoking induces early signs of cancer in cheek swabs

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DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research published today in JAMA Oncology. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which aren’t usually associated with it – including breast and gynaecological cancers.

Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver

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Magnified image of liver sample from Hepatitis B patient showing suppressor cells (brown) approaching T cells (red)

Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust.

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