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Exploring the physics of chocolate fountains
Publication date: 25 November 2015
UCL announces the launch of gene therapy company Athena Vision
Publication date: 24 November 2015
Athena Vision is focused on developing gene therapies for eye diseases based on research conducted at UCL.
UCL Business PLC, the wholly-owned technology transfer company of UCL, today announced the formation of Athena Vision Limited, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of gene therapies to treat a range of devastating eye diseases causing blindness.
New target for macular degeneration gets funding for clinical trials
Publication date: 20 November 2015
Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded to UCL Institute of Education
Publication date: 19 November 2015
Poorer dementia patients in England less likely to be prescribed drugs
Publication date: 19 November 2015
Changes in humour an early sign of dementia
Publication date: 10 November 2015
UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Publication date: 9 November 2015
‘Dickensian’ lung disease rates on the rise in UK pensioners
Publication date: 5 November 2015
The number of people diagnosed with bronchiectasis, a lung condition thought to be a ‘disease of the past’, has risen considerably in the past decade and now affects more than 1% of UK pensioners, finds a new study by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research was funded by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research.
Being moody may help us adapt to change
Publication date: 4 November 2015
It’s long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory published by UCL scientists in Trends in Cognitive Sciences argues that mood draws on experiences and can, in fact, help us quickly adapt to changes in our environment.
Engraved stones revealed at ice age pioneer basecamp
Publication date: 2 November 2015
Nearly 2/3 of secondary school children do not know what antisemitism means
Publication date: 27 October 2015
New trial to find out whether aspirin fights cancer
Publication date: 22 October 2015
A new trial launches today, which aims to answer once and for all whether or not a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent some cancers from coming back. Some previous studies have suggested it might, but the evidence has not been conclusive. Doctors need clear proof that it is a safe and effective treatment before prescribing it for their patients.
Images of pleasure and winning have unique distracting power
Publication date: 21 October 2015
First human trial for innovative new drug in development to treat Huntington’s disease
Publication date: 19 October 2015
Patients in London are being dosed for the first time with an experimental drug for Huntington’s disease. This breakthrough could be one of the most important developments since the gene for Huntington’s disease was discovered in 1993. The trial of the revolutionary new ‘gene silencing’ treatment is being led by scientists at UCL’s Institute of Neurology.
Genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity highlighted
Publication date: 16 October 2015
Extra brain cells make males remember sex
Publication date: 15 October 2015
UCL and Takeda announce a new research partnership
Publication date: 14 October 2015
Our brain’s response to others' good news depends on empathy
Publication date: 8 October 2015
UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds
Publication date: 5 October 2015
UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015
Publication date: 1 October 2015
Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has today been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. The award will be presented on 4 December 2015, at an award ceremony at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Islamist insurgency strongly influences where polio occurs
Publication date: 30 September 2015
Animals built of glass inspire art exhibition at the UCL Grant Museum
Publication date: 29 September 2015
Having the ‘right’ connections only gets you so far
Publication date: 25 September 2015
How the Inuit adapted to Ice Age living and a high-fat diet
Publication date: 18 September 2015
Greenland natives – the Inuit – have mutations in genes that control how the body uses fat which provides the clearest evidence to date that human populations are adapted to particular diets according to new UCL research. The genetic differences allow the Inuit to physically adapt to survive Arctic conditions and live healthily on a traditional diet which is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from marine mammal fat.
England has the potential to have the lowest disease burden in the world
Publication date: 15 September 2015
For the first time, a new study led by Public Health England (PHE) and authored by a number of UCL researchers, ranks the diseases and risk factors that cause death and disability in England compared with other high-income countries, revealing the nation’s potential to have the lowest total disease burden (years of life lost to death and lived with disability) in the world.