The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.
Published: Jan 13, 2017 8:46:26 AM
The main changes in our brains as we get older are in the brain cells with a supporting role, called glial cells, British scientists have found.
Published: Jan 11, 2017 2:16:30 PM
Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers.
Published: Jan 10, 2017 5:22:26 PM
A new model to predict when people are most likely to try different products has been developed by scientists at UCL and dunnhumby, a customer science company.
Published: Jan 10, 2017 1:05:03 PM
UCL researchers have discovered a new genetic cause for dystonia, a movement disorder, enabling treatment with Deep Brain Stimulation which has been so successful that children have been able to walk again.
Published: Dec 20, 2016 11:08:49 AM
A new non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer can effectively kill cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, reports a new UCL-led phase III clinical trial in 413 patients. The trial was funded by STEBA Biotech which holds the commercial license for the treatment.
Published: Dec 20, 2016 9:29:15 AM
People who suffer neglect and abuse in childhood are much more likely to have time off work due to long-term sickness and less likely to own their own homes when they reach middle age than their peers, according to new research undertaken at UCL.
Published: Dec 19, 2016 11:54:14 AM
UCL has been selected as the 'hub' of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper, current leader of the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and scientific director at VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) in Belgium.
Published: Dec 14, 2016 11:43:00 PM
A drug which is used to treat the common eye disease glaucoma may have potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at UCL.
Published: Dec 8, 2016 2:14:29 PM
The number of mothers passing the HIV virus to their babies has fallen to a new record low in the UK and Ireland thanks to the very high take-up of antenatal HIV screening and treatment which reduces virus levels in the pregnant women, according to research led by UCL.
Published: Dec 8, 2016 10:34:57 AM
Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, new UCL research reveals.
Published: Dec 5, 2016 11:55:26 AM
UCL researchers are leading an initiative with The Lancet to address the global health implications of climate change, launching this week in conjunction with today’s 2016 UCL Lancet Lecture.
Published: Nov 16, 2016 4:45:18 PM
Many pain-sensing nerves in the body are thought to respond to all types of ‘painful events’, but new UCL research in mice reveals that in fact most are specialised to respond to specific types such as heat, cold or mechanical pain.
Published: Nov 14, 2016 11:14:30 AM
Mothers smoking in pregnancy, children skipping breakfast and not having a regular bedtime or sufficient sleep all appear to be important factors in predicting whether a child will become overweight or obese, according to new research led by UCL.
Published: Nov 11, 2016 10:26:07 AM
Body clock function can break down when light and temperature levels throughout the day are out of sync, finds new UCL research in fruit flies.
Published: Nov 10, 2016 2:25:51 PM
Blood vessels play a vital role in stem cell reproduction, enabling the brain to grow and develop in the womb, reveals new UCL research in mice.
Published: Nov 8, 2016 6:02:16 PM
Older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills including non-verbal reasoning more effectively than younger people, finds new UCL research.
Published: Nov 7, 2016 12:53:39 PM
Three square metres of Arctic summer sea ice disappears for every tonne of carbon dioxide a person emits, wherever they are on the planet, according to new UCL research.
Published: Nov 3, 2016 6:24:22 PM
The ten UK universities who do the most world-leading biomedical research have announced their animal research statistics, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2015.
Published: Oct 27, 2016 11:09:41 AM
Telling small lies desensitises our brains to the associated negative emotions and may encourage us to tell bigger lies in future, reveals new UCL research funded by Wellcome and the Center for Advanced Hindsight.
Published: Oct 25, 2016 4:03:55 PM
A new study from UCL researchers finds that subtle, unconscious increases in arousal – indicated by a faster heartbeat and dilated pupils – shape our confidence for visual experiences.
Published: Oct 25, 2016 10:16:35 AM
The risk of developing a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia is highest for young people, men, ethnic minorities and people living in urban areas and poorer neighbourhoods, finds a new study by UCL and the University of Cambridge.
Published: Oct 24, 2016 5:24:25 PM
Walking briskly or cycling for the recommended 150 minutes a week can reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26%, according to new research by UCL.
Published: Oct 18, 2016 11:57:34 AM
Toddlers’ fussy eating habits are mainly the result of genetic influences rather than the result of poor parenting, according to new research led by scientists at UCL.
Published: Oct 14, 2016 9:57:14 AM
Every day, people use their hands effortlessly to assess an object's stiffness, like the ripeness of a piece of fruit. For the first time an international team of scientists led by UCL, have discovered the area in the brain where stiffness perception is formed. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, could aid rehabilitation in patients with sensory impairments.
Published: Oct 13, 2016 11:08:12 AM