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Antidepressants during pregnancy do not pose risk to unborn child

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Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to women who are not exposed to the drugs, according to new research from UCL.

New test could predict dementia risk during routine GP visits

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It may be possible to assess the risk of developing dementia by analyzing information gathered during routine visits to the family doctor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.

Early chemotherapy improves survival for men with prostate cancer

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Two papers from UCL show that having early chemotherapy improves survival for men with prostate cancer. The papers, published in the Lancet and Lancet Oncology, report the results from the STAMPEDE clinical trial and a meta-analysis.

Apply to the UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme

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The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training across four strategic themes.

First evidence to suggest that screening for ovarian cancer may save lives

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New results from the world’s biggest ovarian cancer screening trial led by UCL suggest that screening based on an annual blood test may help reduce the number of women dying from the disease by around 20%.

Parents need more guidance to prevent toddlers overeating

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Reducing toddlers’ portion sizes or number of eating occasions could potentially help to target weight gain in later life according to new research from UCL.

Study finds Americans do not have better teeth than the English

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Contrary to popular belief, the oral health of US citizens is not better than the English, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ.

More than half of England’s poorest citizens risk undetected bowel cancer

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The study was set up to test ways of narrowing the gap in uptake between rich and poor. The results highlight just how wide this gap currently is, and also provide the first published national figures on bowel screening uptake since the scheme was fully rolled out in 2010.

Research Images as Art/Art images as Research: 2015/16 winners announced

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A diverse and fascinating series of images were unveiled as the winners of the Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research competition for 2015/16, run by the UCL Doctoral School.

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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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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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 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.

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