CDB's Szabadkai team receives Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award to study mitochondrial subtypes of breast cancer
Gyorgy Szabadkai (UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology) together with Robert Stein (UCLH, UCL Cancer Institute) and Mariia Yuneva (Francis Crick Institute) and Kevin Bryson (UCL Computer Sciences) as CoI, has received a Wellcome Trust Pathfinder Award to develop a mitochondrial gene expression based biomarker to inform on chemosensitivity of luminal breast tumours.
Publication date: 28 November 2016
The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training and exploits the unique research strengths and training infrastructure of UCL and Birkbeck.
There are four strategic themes including the Fundamental Mechanisms of Disease. Each theme supports a cohort of PhD students, PIs and training opportunities.
Deadline for applications: Friday 13 January 2017
Publication date: 24 November 2016
Alex Stewart along with a scientific team University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton and Indiana University has received an award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and validate reproducible methods for studying human social behavior.
DARPA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that invests in breakthrough technologies to support national security. The award is part of DARPA’s new Next Generation Social Science program, or NGS2, which aims to revolutionize the speed, scale and rigor with which social science is performed.
The grant provides the multi-disciplinary team with $2.95 million for two years, with a possible additional $2.3 million for a subsequent one-and-a-half years, dependent on progress, to further the goals of the NGS2 program, a key one being to develop a deeper understanding of the factors that drive the emergence or collapse of collective identity in human populations.
Alexander Stewart, University College London.
Joshua B. Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania
Erol Akçay, University of Pennsylvania
David Rand, Yale University;
Simon Levin, Princeton University;
Johan Bollen, Indiana University
Publication date: 16 November 2016
Co-Developing a method for assessing the psychosocial impact of cultural interventions with displaced people: towards an integrated care framework
Global Challenge Research Fund project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016-2018).
Publication date: 4 November 2016
We are delighted to announce that Seirian Sumner, formally a Senior Lecturer at Bristol, has joined CBER (the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) as a Reader in Behavioural Ecology. Seirian’s research seeks to to explore the interface between behavioural ecology, biodiversity and conservation.
Publication date: 28 October 2016
Evolutionary consequences of behavioral diversity - how access to more complex social interactions can cause a population to evolve less cooperative behaviours
Alex Stewart and collaborators Todd Parsons (Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris) and Joshua Plotkin (University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia) publish their findings in a paper to come out this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Publication date: 25 October 2016
Publication date: 24 October 2016
Dr Newbold's research seeks to understand how habitat loss and climate change together impact the structure and diversity of ecological communities. Habitat loss and climate change are the biggest threats to biodiversity, but the extent to which they might interact in their impacts on biodiversity remains very poorly understood.
Publication date: 24 October 2016
The EMBO Young Investigator Programme provides support for researchers under forty years of age who have set up their first laboratories in the past four years
Christophe is one of 25 life scientists selected to join the programme this year who join a network of 74 current and 382 past Young Investigators and who represent some of the best young group leaders in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.
Publication date: 21 October 2016
The award will support a post-doc in Tim Blackburn’s group, Professor of Invasion Biology, CBER. The study will seek to untangle evolutionary and human historical contexts in the introduction and spread of alien bird species.
Publication date: 20 October 2016
Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi (UCL) and Dr Tomoki Arichi (KCL) have been awarded a Merit Abstract Award from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping at their annual meeting for their study of spontaneous neuronal activity in prematurity using simultaneous EEG and fMRI.
The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) is the primary international organization dedicated to using neuroimaging to discover the organization of the human brain.
Publication date: 7 October 2016
Congratulations to Dr Andrew MacAskill who has been awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize of £25,000 for his research ‘Better understanding of affective behaviour through functional dissection of ventral subicular circuitry’. This Prize is given to four outstanding scientists each year in additional recognition of their success in obtaining a Wellcome Trust Fellowship to enable them to develop into independent researchers and leaders in their chosen fields.
Publication date: 22 September 2016
CDB is excited to announce a trio of new grants, awarded to three of its senior academics.
Publication date: 20 September 2016
A new study from the Salinas lab in CDB, published in Current Biology, shows that restoring Wnt Signalling reverses synapse degeneration.
Publication date: 20 September 2016
New paper from Stern lab in Nature Communications announces the discovery of a new embryonic ‘organizer’.
Prof Claudio Stern's lab in CDB have had a new paper published in Nature Communications.Prof Stern is J Z Young Professor, former head
Cell and Developmental Biology, and an elected fellow of the Royal Society.
Publication date: 26 August 2016
UCL will receive £151,779 to take forward Phase 2 of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing.
Publication date: 12 August 2016
Throughout the academic year UCL medical students are able to nominate teachers who have been particularly helpful or inspiring to them during their studies for a Top Teacher award. At the end of the academic year, the QAU counts the number of nominations for each teacher and the ones with the most nominations receive an award. This year, Prof Thomas receives a Top Teacher award for Year 2 Genetics, Development & Cancer.
Publication date: 3 August 2016
Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0716/190716-Royal-Society-Prize-Winners for the news of Prof Jonathan Ashmore's Royal Society Croonian Medal and Lecture. The Lecture will be held at the RS the evening of the 15th May 2017, open to the public, no tickets required.
Publication date: 2 August 2016
Congratulations to Nick Lane on being awarded the 2016 Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture in recognition of his excellent work in communicating science to UK audiences.
Nick will be presented with his medal as part of his prize lecture to be given at the Royal Society in February 2017.
Publication date: 19 July 2016
The results of a study carried out by an international team of researchers including GEE/UGI researchers from the Thomas and Hellenthal Groups, found that there were deep genetic differences in early farming populations, indicating very distinct ancestries.
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Publication date: 18 July 2016
A study, published today in Science, led by researchers from UCL, the Natural History Museum and UNEP-WCMC, found that levels of biodiversity loss are so high that if left unchecked, they could undermine efforts towards long-term sustainable development."This is the first time we’ve quantified the effect of habitat loss on biodiversity globally in such detail and we’ve found that across most of the world biodiversity loss is no longer within the safe limit suggested by ecologists” explained lead researcher, Dr Tim Newbold from UCL-CBER and previously at UNEP-WCMC.
Publication date: 15 July 2016
Congratulations to Professor Stephen Hunt who delivered the Pat Wall Lecture at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society.
About the Pat Wall lecture:
An invitation to deliver the British Pain Society’s Annual Pat Wall Lecture at its Annual Scientific Meeting and receive its associated medal is made to a distinguished and outstanding basic scientist. This lecture is held in honour of Professor Pat Wall (1925-2001). While Professor Wall was working at Massachusetts Institute of Technology he met Ronald Melzack and they published The Gate Control Theory of Pain in 1965. Pat Wall was also the first editor of the journal Pain. From 1967-1990 he was Professor of Anatomy at University College London. He also co-edited the first Textbook of Pain in 1983. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1989, was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1999. He had an international reputation for research work on pain, especially the application of basic research for clinical benefit.
Publication date: 11 July 2016
GEE are delighted to announce the promotion of Anjali Goswami to Professor and Judith Mank to a band 2 Professorship.
Publication date: 22 June 2016
Congratulations to James Howie who successfully passed his PhD viva held on Thursday 19 May. His thesis is on "Female mate choice and male ornamentation in the stalk-eyed fly, Diasemopsis meigenii” and was supervised by Prof. Kevin Fowler and Prof. Andrew Pomiankowski.
Publication date: 25 May 2016
GEE scientists recognised by the Linnean Society for their outstanding contributions to the Natural Sciences
Bicentenary Medal for excellent work by a biologist under 40. Georgina Mace won the Linnean Medal in Zoology for services to science. Pictured here with their medals awarded at the Linnean Society anniversary meeting on May 24.
Publication date: 25 May 2016