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Record for fastest data rate set

A new record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information has been set by UCL researchers in the Optical Networks Group. They achieved a rate of 1.125 Tb/s as part of research on the capacity limits of optical transmission systems, designed to address the growing demand for fast data rates. More...

Published: Feb 11, 2016 10:27:10 AM

FKBP51 proteins (light blue) shown in mouse spinal cord tissue

Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice

A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council. More...

Published: Feb 11, 2016 9:20:19 AM


Understanding the physics of pancakes to save sight

Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma. More...

Published: Feb 8, 2016 10:56:51 AM


Rare bleeding disorder diagnosis improved with super-resolution microscopy

Researchers from UCL, the National Physical Laboratory and the Royal Free Hospital have differentiated between patients with a rare bleeding disorder and healthy volunteers using super-resolution microscopy, providing an alternative method for accurately and cost-effectively diagnosing rare platelet diseases. More...

Published: Feb 4, 2016 12:25:14 PM

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Resistance to key HIV drug ‘concerningly common’

HIV drug resistance to tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug vital to most modern HIV treatment and prevention strategies, is surprisingly and worryingly common according to a large study led by UCL and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Published: Jan 29, 2016 10:02:47 AM

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Estrogens alleviate hyperactivity in zebrafish with autism gene

Research led by UCL, Yale and University of California, San Francisco has shown that the hormone estrogen alleviates the sleep disruption experienced by zebrafish genetically designed to help understand the biology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More...

Published: Jan 28, 2016 5:02:09 PM


Antidepressants during pregnancy do not pose risk to unborn child

Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to women who are not exposed to the drugs, according to new research from UCL. More...

Published: Jan 28, 2016 10:40:32 AM

Help is at Hand

1 in 10 suicide attempt risk among friends and relatives of people who die by suicide

People bereaved by the sudden death of a friend or family member are 65% more likely to attempt suicide if the deceased died by suicide than if they died by natural causes. This brings the absolute risk up to 1 in 10, reveals new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council. More...

Published: Jan 27, 2016 11:09:18 AM

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UCL marks Holocaust Memorial Day

MP and shadow minister, Sir Keir Starmer, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich MBE and Jewish Chaplain for London Universities, Rabbi Gavin Broder will attend a small commemorative ceremony at the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. More...

Published: Jan 27, 2016 10:30:57 AM


Statement: UCL and rent campaign

“UCL Estates is actively seeking dialogue with the Cut the Rent campaign so that we can discuss the issues and set out how the finances of UCL accommodation work.  More...

Published: Jan 26, 2016 1:12:28 PM

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UCL joins consortium to launch £40 million Apollo Therapeutics Fund


Published: Jan 25, 2016 9:37:51 AM


New test could predict dementia risk during routine GP visits

It may be possible to assess the risk of developing dementia by analyzing information gathered during routine visits to the family doctor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Medicine.

Published: Jan 22, 2016 10:08:00 AM

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Gillian Anderson joins pupils at Islington Primary School in support of reading campaign

Today UCL celebrated the start of its 2016 Reading Recovery Read Aloud (Read Aloud) campaign, which is being led by the International Literacy Centre (ILC) based at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), to raise awareness of literacy issues of school children. More...

Published: Jan 19, 2016 4:02:26 PM

Dr Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL

UCL launches £50 million technology investment fund

UCL is today launching the UCL Technology Fund to invest £50 million in commercialising its world-leading research emerging over the next five years. More...

Published: Jan 18, 2016 9:43:20 AM


DNA ‘building blocks’ pave the way for improved drug delivery

DNA has been used as a ‘molecular building block’ to construct synthetic bio-inspired pores which will improve the way drugs are delivered and help advance the field of synthetic biology, according to scientists from UCL and Nanion Technologies. More...

Published: Jan 11, 2016 4:37:34 PM