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New target for macular degeneration gets funding for clinical trials

The Medical Research Council is to fund researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital to conduct clinical trials into the use of a humanised monoclonal antibody to treat patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More...

Published: Nov 20, 2015 5:11:00 PM


Poorer dementia patients in England less likely to be prescribed drugs

Dementia patients from more affluent areas in England are 27% more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than patients from poorer areas, finds a new UCL study of 77,045 dementia patients across the UK. This inequality was not seen in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. More...

Published: Nov 19, 2015 10:33:00 AM


Changes in humour an early sign of dementia

Researchers at UCL have revealed that a change in sense of humour could be an early sign of dementia. The findings could help improve dementia diagnosis, by highlighting changes not commonly thought to be linked to the condition. More...

Published: Nov 10, 2015 10:21:00 AM

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UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) was last night awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. More...

Published: Nov 9, 2015 9:09:06 AM


‘Dickensian’ lung disease rates on the rise in UK pensioners

The number of people diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a lung condition thought to be a ‘disease of the past’, has risen considerably in the past decade and now affects more than 1% of UK pensioners, finds a new study by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research. More...

Published: Nov 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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Being moody may help us adapt to change

It’s long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory published by UCL scientists in Trends in Cognitive Sciences argues that mood draws on experiences and can, in fact, help us quickly adapt to changes in our environment. More...

Published: Nov 4, 2015 9:31:13 AM

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Engraved stones revealed at ice age pioneer basecamp

Archaeologists from the UK working in the Channel Island of Jersey have found the remains of a 14,000 year old hunter-gatherer settlement offering great views over landscapes now drowned by the English Channel.  More...

Published: Nov 2, 2015 4:01:18 PM


Withdrawing dementia drug doubles risk of nursing home placement

Withdrawing a commonly-prescribed Alzheimer’s disease drug from people in the advanced stages of the disease doubles their risk of being placed in a nursing home within a year, according to UCL research published today in The Lancet Neurology. More...

Published: Oct 27, 2015 12:26:50 PM


New trial to find out whether aspirin fights cancer

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. More...

Published: Oct 22, 2015 3:04:01 PM

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Images of pleasure and winning have unique distracting power

Images related to pleasure or winning attract attention from demanding tasks, while equally intense but negative images and those associated with losing can be fully ignored, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Oct 21, 2015 11:31:48 AM

His and hers

Extra brain cells make males remember sex

A pair of neurons have been found in the brain of male nematode worms that allow them to remember and seek sex even at the expense of food.  More...

Published: Oct 15, 2015 12:41:36 PM

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Our brain’s response to others' good news depends on empathy

The way our brain responds to others’ good fortune is linked to how empathetic people report themselves to be, according to new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Oct 8, 2015 11:52:00 AM

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UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds

UK supermarkets Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have today pledged funds from the new levy on single-use carrier bags to support the construction of a new world class dementia research centre at UCL. More...

Published: Oct 5, 2015 1:21:01 PM

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UCL rises 8 places in THE rankings

UCL has risen to number 14 from 22 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16. More...

Published: Oct 1, 2015 9:59:35 AM


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

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. More...

Published: Sep 15, 2015 4:48:00 PM

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Why other people's skin always feels softer

Have you ever touched someone else and wondered why his or her skin felt so incredibly soft? Well, now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 10 present evidence that this experience may often be an illusion. More...

Published: Sep 11, 2015 5:17:37 PM

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Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology

Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is observed in the brains of deceased patients who acquired Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) following treatment with prion-contaminated human growth hormone. More...

Published: Sep 10, 2015 11:30:16 AM

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Children of more caring, less controlling parents live happier lives

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. More...

Published: Sep 4, 2015 12:09:06 PM

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Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 12:05:17 PM

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Scientists warn only ‘simplified’, degraded tropical forest may remain by end of century

A new and more dangerous phase of impacts on the world’s remaining tropical forests is emerging, threatening to simplify the world’s most diverse ecosystem including mass species loss, according to new UCL-led research published today in Science.  More...

Published: Aug 21, 2015 4:57:34 PM

Working late

Working long hours linked to higher risk of stroke

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. More...

Published: Aug 20, 2015 11:22:14 AM

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Heat release from stagnant deep sea helped end last Ice Age

The build-up and subsequent release of warm, stagnant water from the deep Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last Ice Age within the Arctic region, according to new research led by a UCL scientist. More...

Published: Aug 14, 2015 9:54:46 AM

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.

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

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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