Populations & Lifelong Health

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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

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Cancer drug makes fruit flies live longer

Adult fruit flies given a cancer drug live 12% longer than average, according to a UCL-led study researching healthy ageing. The drug targets a specific cellular process that occurs in animals, including humans, delaying the onset of age-related deaths by slowing the ageing process. More...

Published: Jun 25, 2015 5:12:17 PM

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Single gene controls fish brain size and intelligence

A single gene called Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) drives brain size and intelligence in fish according to a new study by researchers at UCL, Stockholm University and University of Helsinki. More...

Published: Jun 24, 2015 12:39:09 PM

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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

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‘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

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New calculations to improve carbon dioxide monitoring from space

How light of different colours is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations developed by a UCL-led team of scientists. This will help climate scientists studying Earth’s greenhouse gas emissions to better interpret data collected from satellites and ground stations measuring CO2. More...

Published: Jun 15, 2015 9:58:05 AM

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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

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Sir Tim Hunt FRS and UCL

UCL can confirm that Sir Tim Hunt FRS has today resigned from his position as Honorary Professor with the UCL Faculty of Life Sciences, following comments he made about women in science at the World Conference of Science Journalists on 9 June.  More...

Published: Jun 10, 2015 6:22:35 PM

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Celebrating 100 years of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL

On 7th June the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology celebrated one hundred years since first opening its doors at UCL. To honour this milestone year the museum will be hosting a number of special events focusing on the characters behind this world class collection. More...

Published: Jun 8, 2015 10:52:04 AM

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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

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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

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UCL launches UK’s first fully Open Access university press

UCL is pleased to announce the launch of UCL Press, the University’s in house publishing arm. UCL Press will be the first fully Open Access university press in the UK with all books, journals and monographs freely available online, creating a diverse and accessible global knowledge resource. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 4:42:47 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

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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