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Paula Kearney, UCL Academy teacher, talking to pupils (from left to right) Patricia Markauskaite, Enaya Ali and Haroon Hussein (credit: Wellcome Trust)

Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

A major study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today, involving researchers from UCL alongside staff and students at the UCL Academy.
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Published: Jul 16, 2015 12:33:07 PM

Whole body anterior amyloid scans of a patient with systemic amyloidosis, showing abundant amyloid in the liver before treatment and the almost complete absence of amyloid after a single dose of the new anti-SAP antibody.

Improving treatment for systemic amyloidosis

A potential new approach to treat systemic amyloidosis, invented at UCL and being developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), marks the start of a successful and innovative academic-industry collaboration. More...

Published: Jul 16, 2015 11:57:29 AM

Scientist examines samples under a microscope

UCL to coordinate £16m project to crack difficult disease areas

UCL has successfully coordinated a £16 million bid to work with the Medical Research Council (MRC), GSK and four other universities to improve scientists’ understanding of inflammatory and fibrotic diseases that present a serious burden to patients. More...

Published: Jul 15, 2015 10:25:45 AM

Professor Nick Fox and Dr Jonathan Schott

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

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. More...

Published: Jul 14, 2015 10:05:31 AM

Horizon 2020

UCL top performing university in Horizon 2020

UCL is the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing a total of €73.2 million over 55 projects, according to an analysis by Research Professional. More...

Published: Jul 9, 2015 1:15:32 PM

Man on scales

Many overweight teenagers do not recognise they are too heavy

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. More...

Published: Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Pills

Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL.
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Published: Jul 3, 2015 9:36:39 AM

Hippocampus activity seen when forming event memories

Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events

When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has now revealed how this might happen in the brain. More...

Published: Jul 2, 2015 10:57:35 AM

Illustration of sleeping rat

Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future

When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. More...

Published: Jun 26, 2015 10:17:10 AM

UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

UCL Academy students become environmental engineers

144 Year 7 students at UCL Academy have been learning about the waste-energy-food cycle as part of a six-week environmental engineering educational programme led by Dr Aiduan Borrion (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), in the first major collaboration between UCL Engineering and UCL Academy. More...

Published: Jun 25, 2015 2:23:26 PM

Climate emergency

Climate change threatens to undermine the last half century of health gains

The threat to human health from climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a major new UCL-led Commission, published in The Lancet. More...

Published: Jun 23, 2015 10:46:00 AM

H1N1 influenza virus particles shown in transmission electron micrograph

‘Core’ immune cells reduce symptoms and spread of flu

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. More...

Published: Jun 16, 2015 10:16:18 AM

Prion protein expressed in E. coli

Natural genetic variation gives complete resistance in prion diseases

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit at UCL have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings, published in Nature, could give important insight into other human brain diseases that lead to dementia. More...

Published: Jun 11, 2015 12:21:26 PM

Small vessels inside a cystic kidney with disorganised vasculature

New treatment for polycystic kidney disease

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. More...

Published: Jun 3, 2015 1:26:36 PM

Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected H9 T cell

Starting HIV treatment early improves patient outcomes

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. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 6:32:23 PM

Saracens players wear patches in games and training

Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby

A team of UCL researchers have joined the ongoing Saracens study for the 2015/16 season, which combines impact sensors with blood samples to determine the effects of concussion on rugby players. More...

Published: May 21, 2015 12:09:04 PM

Chemotherapy machine

Chemo before surgery benefits patients with advanced ovarian cancer

Women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study published in The Lancet. More...

Published: May 20, 2015 1:32:26 PM

Hormones that trigger puberty in the mouse brain

Missing molecule prevents puberty

A molecule important in blood vessel formation and brain wiring is also essential for the onset of puberty, finds new research led by UCL and the University of Milan. More...

Published: May 19, 2015 10:12:34 AM

Ashtray

Smoking induces early signs of cancer in cheek swabs

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. More...

Published: May 14, 2015 4:05:32 PM

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster in London

Tuberculosis (TB) disease rates in some parts of London are as high as in Sub-Saharan Africa, and drug-resistant strains are becoming increasingly common. These require specific treatments, and if doctors know that a bug is resistant they can start therapy earlier, often leading to better outcomes. More...

Published: May 13, 2015 4:44:22 PM

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

Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver

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. More...

Published: May 11, 2015 4:49:42 PM

Ovarian cancer under the microscope

New screening technique could pick up twice as many ovarian cancer cases

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. More...

Published: May 5, 2015 5:14:50 PM

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Connecting places causes mental maps to merge

Realising how places connect geographically causes local maps in the brain to join, forming one big map which helps with planning future journeys, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Apr 23, 2015 5:02:10 PM

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mummified bodies from 18th century Europe found to have multiple tuberculosis infections

Bodies found in a 200 year-old Hungarian crypt have revealed the secrets of how tuberculosis (TB) took hold in 18th century Europe, according to a research team involving UCL scientists. More...

Published: Apr 20, 2015 11:36:45 AM

Young student takes exam

Emotional problems in schoolgirls rose dramatically over past 5 years

Emotional problems in girls aged 11-13 in England increased by 55% between 2009 and 2014, finds new research from UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. On average, this means that a mixed classroom of 30 children today is likely to contain one more girl with emotional difficulties than a comparable class 5 years ago. More...

Published: Apr 20, 2015 9:47:00 AM