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Garden ponds may help spread lethal frog disease

Keen gardeners stocking their domestic ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species could be inadvertently fuelling the rapid spread of the lethally infectious frog disease ranavirus, according to new research by scientists from UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Queen Mary University of London. 

Published: Sep 28, 2016 12:03:03 PM

Celebrating 10 years of Hinode in space

Hinode, a satellite which observes the Sun’s activity in high resolution, today marks ten years of success since its launch. It carries three instruments, one of which – the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) – was built and is managed by a UCL team.

Published: Sep 22, 2016 10:20:05 AM

Low English skills at school start linked to behavioural difficulties

Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome.

Published: Sep 20, 2016 10:07:16 AM

UCL launches special inquiry into regenerative medicine research

As a leading research intensive university, UCL takes the integrity of its research and its research processes very seriously. Following recent events at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden relating to some aspects of regenerative medicine research, UCL’s Vice Provost (Research) has instigated a special inquiry in order to establish the nature and scope of regenerative medicine research at UCL and to establish the nature of UCL’s relationship with regenerative medicine research that may have taken place at the Karolinska Institute.

Published: Sep 16, 2016 1:43:59 PM

UCL launches £600m philanthropy campaign  

UCL is aiming to raise £600m for cutting-edge research, transformative capital projects and expanded student support in a new fundraising and engagement campaign, It’s All Academic – The Campaign for UCL, launched today in London.

Published: Sep 15, 2016 9:36:23 AM

Vice-Provost (Research) to chair new Forum for Responsible Metrics

A new Forum for Responsible Metrics, to be chaired by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), will bring together research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

Published: Sep 14, 2016 10:48:17 AM

Study reveals how ionising radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

For the first time, a team including UCL researchers has identified in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation. These fingerprint patterns may now enable doctors to identify which tumours have been caused by radiation, and investigate if they should be treated differently.

Published: Sep 12, 2016 3:13:46 PM

Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs. Next to St Pancras station and the British Library, the Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe.

Published: Sep 1, 2016 10:32:32 AM