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Combating climate change requires climate scientists to play a central role in informing policy and guiding public debate. To make this happen, the UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science recommends, in particular, extending scientists’ skills and establishing a professional body for climate scientists.
UCL Policy Commission on Communicating Climate Science →
DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, a study led by UCL found. The researchers found that this damage could predict cancer risk and that it was reversed in ex-smokers who quit ten years or more before the trial.
Smoking induces early signs of cancer in cheek swabs →
HIV spreads through the body via ‘hybrid spreading’, the same way some persistent computer viruses spread via the internet, researchers from UCL Infection & Immunity have discovered. The breakthrough means that in future, doctors will be able to more accurately predict a patient’s disease progression to AIDS.
HIV spreads like internet malware →
The UCL-Lancet Healthy Cities Commission Report, and its briefings for policymakers and practitioners, made recommendations about how urban planning can reshape cities to make them healthier. Developed by 19 experts from disciplines as diverse as development planning and philosophy, the recommendations included the use of experimental projects to enhance planning, and improved dialogue between stakeholders.
UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities →
UCL was one of the first universities in the world to be involved in making scientific observations in space. The UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory has contributed to numerous satellite missions and rocket experiments since 1966, and it continues to build equipment for future space science missions including the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s Mars Rover.
UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory →
Vast amounts of data from sources as diverse as vehicle movements, grocery shopping and Twitter are a key driver for the economy. UCL is one of five partner universities to the new national centre for data science, the Alan Turing Institute, which will attract leaders in academia and industry from around the world.
Alan Turing Institute →
UCL is home to the world’s longest running birth cohort study: the Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development follows people born in 1946. In a landmark study, Insight 46, UCL researchers are assessing 500 of the participants to gain crucial insight into how life experiences and genetics combine to determine an individual’s risk of dementia.
Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development →
The UCL Institute of Making, a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world, has joined forces with researchers from 17 different organisations for Light.Touch.Matters – a project that is developing a new generation of affordable materials that respond to touch with light. These novel materials will be applied to care and wellbeing applications.
Our Legacies of British Slave-ownership project is tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain. The project hit the news in 2015 with its involvement with Britain’s Forgotten Slave-owners, two BBC programmes that went on to win the Royal Historical Society Public History Prize.
Legacies of British Slave-ownership →
Wellbeing and the practice of mindfulness are built into learning at the UCL Academy. The school is also participating in a large-scale trial to assess the benefits, whether mindfulness improves the mental resilience and concentration of pupils, and the most effective ways to teach it.
Mindfulness and wellbeing at UCL Academy →
Target Medicine is a widening participation project delivered by medical students from UCL Medical School, with support from UCL staff. The project aims to inspire students from non-selective state schools to consider a career in medicine and to mentor and support them through the process of applying to medical school.
Target Medicine →
UCL values the importance of volunteering to the university, its students and to London’s communities. The UCLU Volunteering Services Unit is a dedicated facility for students who want to get involved with volunteering projects, enabling them to learn new skills, make friends and contribute to other people’s lives.
UCLU Volunteering Services Unit →
The risks of tsunamis are hard to predict. In response our Urban Waves project is developing Europe’s largest tsunami testing simulator. Funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor Tiziana Rossetto at UCL’s Department of Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering, the research is featured in the Science Museum’s three year ‘Engineer Your Future’ exhibition.
Urban Waves project →
UCL’s Festival of Culture offers more than 80 free opportunities across five days to discover and be inspired by our world-leading research across the arts, humanities and social sciences.
UCL Festival of Culture →
Roofing zinc becomes etching plate, slate and bricks become ink. Through the work of UCL Chemistry Leverhulme artist in residence Hilary Powell, Urban Alchemy explores the material stories and processes of urban change through salvage and chemical print experiments. The Urban Alchemy book was launched in the UCL construction workers’ canteen.
Urban Alchemy →
Neuroscientists can now measure and manipulate the activity of many individual neurons, but have yet to understand how neural networks function. At the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL Neuroscience has partnered with the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to meet this next great conceptual challenge.
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour →
Growing social isolation among the elderly is partly caused by their idea of what they can and cannot do. RecommendME! is a digital platform that connects the elderly with personalised services, helping them to be more active and independent. It was the winner of our Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing Ageing Research Prize Workshop.
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