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As part of the Ebola sensitization, UNICEF asked community members to repeat what they have learned about Ebola

UCL-Lancet Commission argues that “health is as much about caring as it is about curing”

The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet. More...

Published: Oct 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Ultrasound scan of foetus

Scientists identify potential cause for 40% of pre-term births

Scientists from UCL and Queen Mary University of London have identified what they believe could be a cause of pre-term premature rupture of the fetal membrane (PPROM) which accounts for 40 per cent of pre-term births, the main reason for infant death world-wide. More...

Published: Oct 27, 2014 12:00:00 PM

UCL Quad

UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities

As part of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 2:50:00 PM

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Simplifying TB treatments to improve patients’ lives

Ways to simplify treatments for tuberculosis (TB) to reduce drug resistance and make it easier for patients to complete their course of treatment have been trialled by two international groups involving UCL scientists. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Dendritic cell revealed

How glands expand to fight off disease

The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 9:07:00 AM

Stress

People with diabetes are less able to regulate the body’s responses to stress

People with type 2 diabetes are physically less able to recover from stress, finds a study by scientists at UCL and the University of Zurich, funded by the British Heart Foundation.
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Published: Oct 22, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Professor Geoff Raisman

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. More...

Published: Oct 21, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Mouse brain

Myelin vital for learning new practical skills

New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the brain's wiring and is a major constituent of ‘white matter’. It is produced by the brain and spinal cord into early adulthood as it is needed for many developmental processes, and although earlier studies of human white matter hinted at its involvement in skill learning, this is the first time it has been confirmed experimentally. More...

Published: Oct 17, 2014 9:10:16 AM

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Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain. More...

Published: Oct 17, 2014 9:07:56 AM

UCL-Zürich Collaboration

UCL Workshop with Neuroscience Center Zürich (ZNZ)

On 22-23 September 2014, the second joint workshop ZNZ/UCL Neuroscience took place in Zurich. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the progress made in various collaborative projects  set up last year and identify future avenues for further collaboration. More...

Published: Oct 8, 2014 3:30:59 PM

UCL Life Sciences

UCL gets £15M to train the next generation of bioscientists

Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, health and other frontier biosciences following a £15M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). More...

Published: Oct 3, 2014 9:37:25 AM

UCL Nervous System Tumour Research Workshop Brochure

Experts gather at UCL Nervous System Tumour Research Workshop

Earlier this month Professor Paolo Salomoni (Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit, UCL Cancer Institute) and Dr Darren Hargrave (GOSH) held a workshop funded by CRUK and the BRC Neuroscience Programme, which played host to some of the foremost experts on Nervous System Tumour Research from UCL/UCLH/NHNN, the Francis Crick Institute, GOSH, QMUL/BCI, ICR/Marsden and the University of Glasgow.
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Published: Sep 25, 2014 4:39:43 PM

No smoking

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers. More...

Published: Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Statins

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials. More...

Published: Sep 24, 2014 10:32:00 AM

DNA helix

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.
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Published: Sep 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

A spoonful of sugar

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. More...

Published: Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Man on scales

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK. More...

Published: Sep 11, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Syringe

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex

New UCL research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex). More...

Published: Sep 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Antibiotics

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months. More...

Published: Sep 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

E-cigarette user

E-cigarette policies ‘should not be distorted by alarmist commentaries dressed up as evidence’

Public health messages about e-cigarettes should be based on facts and not prejudice, argues a new editorial from UCL public health experts. More...

Published: Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Dr Selina Wray with some of her stem cells

Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

An early-career researcher at UCL has just been awarded £900,000 for a stem cell study to develop new treatments for dementia. More...

Published: Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

PhD Scholarship at UCL Australia School of Energy and Resources

A PhD scholarship is available in the UCL School of Energy and Resources Australia, based in Adelaide and starting in February 2015. Potential areas of research include better designs for offshore monitoring programmes or developing rapid ecotoxicology methods for environmental assessment and management.

The scholarship is funded by BHP Billiton and covers tuition fees and a (tax free) living stipend of $A 25,392 p.a. for up to four years. For more information about how to apply, please visit the UCL Australia website.
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Published: Sep 4, 2014 11:47:07 AM

Depression

40% of women with severe mental illness are victims of rape or attempted rape

Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, reveals new research led by UCL and King’s College London funded by the Medical Research Council and the Big Lottery. More...

Published: Sep 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Dr Sian Henson pipettes samples

How to rejuvenate ageing immune cells

Researchers from UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing. More...

Published: Aug 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The brain of a fruit fly used to study neurodegenerative diseases

Toxic proteins implicated in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease

Scientists at UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have discovered how a specific genetic mutation may damage nerve cells in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease. More...

Published: Aug 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM