Bulletin - 27.01.10

John Tooke

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to the new School of Life & Medical Sciences (SLMS) weekly bulletin. Our aim is to keep School staff up to date with activities, events, awards, achievements, new facilities and school news.

The bulletin will complement the School newsletter (latest issue) which will in future be a termly publication more focused at an external audience. The newsletter will celebrate our strengths and successes and over time it will cover the Schools strategic priorities in a more systematic manner.

The bulletin is currently in the form of a webpage on the SLMS website. We have chosen this option in order to circulate the first issue immediately, but over time we anticipate moving to an html email.

The importance of internal communications cannot be understated, it involves regular and effective two-way communication with all members of staff. Please forward any comments or feedback to the School Communications Manager, email: slms-editor@ucl.ac.uk

Kind regards

Professor Sir John Tooke
Vice-Provost (Health), Head of UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences and Head of UCL Medical School


Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) Budget
As we devise our approach for returning the FLS budget to a sustainable position so we can build on the faculty's excellence in the future, keeping everyone informed about developments is critical.  You can find out more about the process by visiting: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/budget/index.php  (this information is password protected, you will need to log in using your UCL username and password in order to view this document).

SLMS Research highlights
►UCL study: Emotions are a universal language. More
►Genetic testing no real help in predicting type 2 diabetes. More
►Radio 4: Dr Mark Lythgoe on the images that changed the world. More
►UCL helps engineer design and evaluate device to heal his own heart. More
►Learning Laboratory completion celebrated. More
►Human brain uses grid to represent space. More
►Nano-motors facilitate communication between brain cells. More
►UCL scientists build clearer image of the machinery employed by bacteria to spread antibiotic resistance or cause disease. More

Institute of Child Health CHRAT Summer Studentships
There are up to six summer studentships available for undergraduate students studying science or medicine. More

School of Life & Medical Sciences newsletter
The latest School newsletter includes an editorial by John Tooke, the UCL Partners academic strategy, UK Centre for Medical Research & Innovation strategy, the Education Deanery strategy, details of the MBBS curriculum review and research highlights.

Awards and staff success

Professor David Shanks (Division of Psychology & Language Sciences) receives award from the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)
The Mid-Career Award is to recognise an experimental psychologist who is currently active in research, and has a distinguished research record over a substantial period. The EPS is the foremost society for experimental psychology in the UK. Professor Shanks will be invited to deliver the EPS Mid-Career Award Lecture at one of the Society's meetings (this will be held in 2011). UCL now has two winners out of eight – Professor Jon Driver received the award in 2006.

Dr David Carmichael (Institute of Neurology) has won the 2009 UCL Centre for Neuroimaging Techniques Investigator of the Year award.
Dr Carmichael was recognised for his work in recording electrical activity from the human brain while performing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
The award rewards an outstanding contribution to the field of neuroimaging techniques, in the form of a single or multiple achievements, by a young investigator at UCL. The contribution can be a significant innovation in neuroimaging techniques or a particularly innovative application of neuroimaging.

Professor Michael Baum (Division of Surgery & Interventional Science) and Professor Ali Zumla (Division of Infection & Immunity) shortlisted for the 2010 BMJ lifetime award
Professor Michael Baum (Division of Surgery & Interventional Science) and Professor Ali Zumla (Division of
Infection & Immunity) have been shortlisted for the 2010 BMJ lifetime award.
The BMJ Group received 117 nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award. A panel selected a shortlist of 10, choosing candidates on the basis of who has, over their working lifetime so far, made a unique and substantial contribution to improving health care.
The winner is decided by on line voting, to vote for the lifetime achievement award go to: http://www.bmj.com/#polldaddy-head.
The winner will be announced on 10 March 2010.
Voting started on Monday 4 January.
For more information, or to book tickets for the awards ceremony, visit the BMJ Group Awards website.

New Grant success

Listed below are details of research projects with a start date of Monday 18th – Sunday 24th January 2010. These awards support a wide range of research across the School.

Professor Mary Collins
Faculty of Life Sciences

Professor Max Telford
Faculty of Life Sciences

Up and coming events

28 January 2010, 13:00
Trying to understand planar cell polarity using Drosophila. Is it related to growth control?
Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar
Prof Peter Lawrence (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Cambridge)
Hosts: Prof Claudio Stern and Prof Lewis Wolpert
Location: Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Anatomy Building, Gower Street
Further information is available at: http://www.cdb.ucl.ac.uk/seminars/celldevbiol.shtml

02 February 2010, 13:15
Genetic testing for heart disease risk: fact or fiction?
UCL Lunch Hour Lecture
Professor Steve Humphries (UCL Medicine)
Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place
Further information: http://events.ucl.ac.uk/calendar/tab:lunch_hour_lectures/

New appointments

Listed below are the new starters in SLMS from Monday 18th – Sunday 24th January 2010.

Institute of Neurology: Miss Stephanie Burnett, Research Associate.
Division of Research Strategy: Dr Francesco Lescai, Research Associate.
Division of Infection & Immunity: Miss Pinaki Amin, Project Manager/ Administrator.
Ear Institute: Mr Nicholas Jacobs, Administrative Assistant (Teaching).
Institute for Women’s Health: Mr Patrick Molloy, Purchasing Officer; Mr Aron Kerenyi, Research Assistant.
Division of Medicine: Miss Marta Paiva, Research Associate; Miss Harsimran Singh, Research Assistant.
Eastman Dental Institute: Mrs Ho-Yan Armstrong, Research Technician.