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New paper by H. Freyja Ólafsdóttir, Francis Carpenter and Caswell Barry

H. Freyja Ólafsdóttir, Francis Carpenter and Caswell Barry, "Task Demands Predict a Dynamic Switch in the Content of Awake Hippocampal Replay" will be published in Neuron on Thursday 19 October 2017, 5pm UK time / 12pm US Eastern time and is under a strict embargo until this time.

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New Scientist Live Festival 2017

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery, taking place at ExCeL London from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October, expecting around 30,000 visitors across 4 days. The Royal Society of Biology will be running ‘Ask a Biologist’ in the exhibition area, giving members of the public the opportunity to question 24 of our member experts, find out more about what the Royal Society of Biology does and how they can get involved with us.
NPP’s Professor Jonathan Ashmore will be there on Sunday 1st October from 1:30pm to 5pm.

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Neanderthal growth patterns revealed

Ontogenetic studies help us understand the processes of evolutionary change but no one single system defines the ontogeny of an individual. Previous studies of Neanderthals have focused more on the pace than the pattern of growth. Thirteen genetically related Neanderthals have been recovered from the 49 ky site of El Sidrón, Asturias, Spain, including a new juvenile partial skeleton for which there is associated dental, cranial and postcranial material.

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Congratulations to Dr Elvira Mambetisaeva on becoming a Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Elvira who is a Teaching Fellow in GEE and a Program Tutor for the MSc Genetics of Human Disease was awarded the UCL Arena Fellowship and a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. The certificate was presented on 18th September at the UCL Arena Awards celebration event by UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur.

UCL Arena is a continuing professional development scheme, accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which focuses on advancing research-based education for all students. It gives lecturers and teaching fellows the chance to gain both a UCL Arena Fellowship and the corresponding HEA Fellowship.

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Drs Ruddy (SMB) and Mambetisaeva (GEE) receive HEA/UCL Arena Certificates

Please join us in congratulating Drs Suzanne Ruddy (SMB) and Elvira Mambetisaeva (GEE) who have received their HEA/UCL Arena Certificates - Senior Fellowship and Fellowship accordingly.
UCL Arena is UCL's professional development pathway for teaching: a scheme of awards accredited by the Higher Education Academy giving teaching and support staff nationally recognised fellowships.

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Dr Kirsty Bannister receives the IBSA award 2017

Dr Kirsty Bannister lead a workshop on ‘Clinical and pre-clinical aspects of descending controls in pain’ in Copenhagen at the EFIC meeting 6-9 September 2017. Whilst there she received the IBSA award 2017 for her article 'An investigation into the inhibitory function of serotonin in diffuse noxious inhibitory controls in the neuropathic rat’, as an excellent original article in the areas of Pain Research/Medicine published in the European Journal of Pain in 2016.

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Dr Richard Pearson receives British Ecological Society award

We are pleased to announce Dr Richard Pearson (GEE/CBER) has been awarded British Ecological Society’s 2017 Marsh Award for Climate Change Research. The prize is awarded for an outstanding contribution to climate change research and is open to ecologists from anywhere in the world.

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NPP contribution to IBRO Neuroscience Course for postgraduate students

Professor Alasdair Gibb taught on the IBRO Neuroscience Course for postgraduate students in Jakarta.
This course from 12-20 July 2017 was taught by 6  international speakers to about 60 local Masters and PhD students and some senior medical students, as well as local faculty from Indonesian Universities. It included 35 lectures covering various topics in basic neuroscience, including structural, biophysical, biochemical, and pharmacological approaches. Each lecturer lead daily discussion on topics in the lectures and daily tutorials on how to prepare a 10 minute talk for international research conferences.

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Professor Mark Thomas receives Top Teacher Award 2016 – 17

We are delighted to announce Professor Mark Thomas has won a Top Teacher award for Year 2 (Genetics, Development & Cancer).
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.

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Fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry

A remarkably complete fossil skull discovered in Kenya reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like, according to a new study involving UCL research.
The find, announced today in Nature, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. It’s a significant discovery that will help researchers uncover whether the common ancestor of living apes and humans originated in Africa and what these early ancestors looked like.
The study involved a large international team including Professor Fred Spoor at UCL and was led by Professor Isaiah Nengo of the Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University and De Anza College, USA.

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Congratulations to this year's promotions and re-banded Professors for their huge contributions to the Department and UCL.

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Low iron levels may increase risk of heart disease

People with low iron levels may be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study involving UCL scientists.
Researchers analysing genetic data have uncovered a potential protective effect of iron in coronary artery disease, suggesting that having a higher iron status reduces a person’s risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) where clogged arteries reduce the amount of blood reaching the heart.
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The Life Sciences Faculty Medal 2016-17 goes to…

We are very pleased to announce Yu Xuan Tan, a 3rd year BSc in Neuroscience finalist, has won the Life Sciences Faculty Medal 2016-17. Please join us in congratulating Yu Xuan, who has been an extraordinary, fantastic student year after year, on his great accomplishment.
Life Sciences Faculty Medals are awarded to students who have taken the final examination for an undergraduate degree at UCL in the year for which the awards are made, and who are reported by the Faculty to be the most distinguished of such students.

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Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust.
The story is also featured on BBC News website and BBC Radio.

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UCL Grand Challenges grant success

Congratulations to Kimberley Whitehead, Research Associate in NPP, for her award of a £4000 UCL Grand Challenges grant. The grant is to pursue, in collaboration with Professor Matthew Beaumont, UCL Professor in English Literature and co-Director of UCL’s Urban Lab, the intersection between the neurobiology and sociology of sleep and sleeplessness.

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