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FLS Excellence in Teaching Awards 2014

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Congratulations to the following Biosciences staff for being awarded one of the Faculty of Life Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award:

FLS Research Day - 17 September 2014

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Registration is now open for this year's Faculty of Life Sciences Research Day, which take place on 17 September 2014 at the UCL Institute of Child Health:

2014 Green Impact Award for Darwin Building

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Michael Arthur and Elizabeth Sutton-Klein

Congratulations Darwin Green Team on receipt of a Platinum Award presented by the UCL President & Provost Michael Arthur at the Green Impact Awards Ceremony held at the Grant Museum on the evening of Wednesday 11 June.

Judith Mank receives the ZSL Scientific Medal 2013

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Judith Mank medal

On 17 June, Prof Judith Mank, GEE Professor of Evolutionary and Comparative Biology, was presented with the ZSL Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society London at their annual awards ceremony.

Volunteering opportunities with UCL Advances

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UCL Advances has a fun and engaging volunteering opportunity for you!

Capillary pericytes regulate blood flow in the brain

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Pericytes in the retina

NPP scientists have discovered a new mechanism controlling blood flow in the brain.

Whereas it was previously thought that the brain's blood flow, and hence its energy supply, were controlled exclusively by smooth muscle around arterioles going into the brain, new research has shown that pericytes - contractile cells on pericytes (shown red in the picture below) - are in fact the main controllers of brain blood flow.

A gene mutation for excessive alcohol drinking found

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Beer glass by Tim Dobson

A new gene mutation found for alcoholism has been discovered by UCL scientists (NPP).

We have discovered a potential cause for excessive alcohol drinking. In the brain there are neurotransmitter receptors that coordinate the activity of neurons. GABA receptors form a major class that is responsible for inhibiting neuronal activity. We found that single point mutations in one subunit of the GABA receptor (beta 1 subunit) in the nucleus accumbens, an area associated with substance abuse and reward, can cause excessive alcohol intake and an increased desire to consume more alcohol. The mutations increased the spontaneous activation of these GABA receptors in the absence of GABA and could form one explanation (of many) for alcohol abuse in humans.

Prof John O'Keefe wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

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Prof John O'Keefe

On 29 May, the 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was awarded to Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL and affiliated faculty member in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

In2scienceUK wins UCL Social Enterprise Project of the Year 2014

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in2science video

Congratulations to in2scienceUK for winning the UCL Social Enterprise Project for the Year 2014.

UCL Research IT services Annual Forum on Tuesday 17 June

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Research IT Services

Hear talks explaining how Research IT Services can facilitate your research. View demonstrations of Research IT services including research computing, research software development and research data, IT for the School of Life and Medical Sciences, research publishing and the research equipment catalogue.

Dr Garrett Hellenthal awarded BBSRC New Investigator Award

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Garrett Hellenthal

The aim of the BBSRC New Investigator Award is to assist newly employed university lecturers, and researchers at BBSRC-sponsored, and certain other research institutes in their first open-ended appointments to obtain their first research grant.

Dr Helen Chatterjee awarded AHRC Grant

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Helen Chatterjee

Dr Helen Chatterjee (GEE) has been awarded a £550,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the value of museum encounters in social prescribing.  Social prescribing links patients in primary care with local sources of support within the community which can improve their health and wellbeing.

Prof Steve Jones awarded the Stephen Jay Gould Prize

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Prof Steve Jones from GEE has been awarded the 2014 Stephen Jay Gould Prize in recognition of his efforts in advancing public understanding of evolutionary science.

ISMB Symposium - 17 & 18 June, 2014

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The ISMB Symposium is announcing the 6th edition of its prestigious symposium.  It will take place on 17 &18 June 2014, at Birkbeck.

2014 UCL Neuroscience Symposium - Thursday 19 June, 2014

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The 2014 UCL Neuroscience Symposium, hosted by the UCL Neuroscience Domain, will take place at the Institute of Education on Thursday 19 June, 2014.

Biosciences staff win UCL Provost's Teaching Award 2014

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A warm congratulations to some of our Biosciences staff for winning one of the elite UCL Provost’s Teaching Awards for 2014.

Staff elected as EMBO members

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Two of the staff from the Division of Biosciences have been newly elected as EMBO members.

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Prof Claudio Stern elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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Claudio Stern

The Division would like to congratulate Professor Claudio Stern from CDB, who has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (USA) (AAAS).  He is one of 16 Foreign Honorary Members, from a total of 204 newly elected candidates for 2014.

Winners of the Biosciences Research Poster Competition

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Victoria, Kaila and Rebecca

On Tuesday 4 March, the Division of Biosciences ran a Research Poster Competition which offered graduate students a chance to meet, advertise and discuss the innovative research they are undertaking, thereby providing them with an opportunity to raise the profile of their research.

Entries were displayed in the North Cloisters, and the exhibition attracted interest among academics and other graduate students. The standard of the posters was excellent and we would like to congratulate all those who presented and gave a three-minute talk to the judges about their posters.

The winners of the Biosciences Research Poster Competition were:

Dr Nick Lane wins 2015 Biochemical Society Award

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Nick Lane

Dr Nick Lane, from the Genetics, Evolution & Environment Department, has been awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Award.  This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the molecular life sciences, with a special emphasis on education and/or the public understanding of science.

SLMS Photography Competition: Photosynthesis

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The School of Life and Medical Sciences is running a competition for high calibre, creative and relevant photographs of Research, Professional and Teaching activity within its community.

UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014

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UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014 flyer

Come along to the UCL Biosciences Module Fair 2014 on Monday 10 March, 4.00-6.30pm.  Here is your chance to speak to the scientists and to get some career advice.

Weekly Neighbourhood meetings for Anatomy and MedSci & LMCB Building refurbishments

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On Tuesday 25 February, Parsons Brinckerhoff and UCL Estates presented the second of weekly Neighbourhood Meetings for the Anatomy refurbishments (ground and first floor).  The slides and Logan contact details presented at this meeting are available below:

Obituary: Prof Bastien Gomperts

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Bastien Gomperts

Professor Bastien Gomperts (1936-2013), who died on the13th October after a short period of ill health, spent almost his entire career at UCL. Starting with a BSc in Chemistry in 1960 he went on to obtain his PhD at UCH Medical School. Following a brief visit to the US in 1968-69 he joined the Department of Experimental Pathology, which later merged with the Physiology Department where he remained until retirement. In the course of his research, he made major contributions to the understanding of cell signalling mechanisms, in particular in the regulation of exocytotic secretion in cells of the immune system, with particular emphasis on mast cells, where he demonstrated roles for calcium and GTP-binding proteins. He achieved wide recognition for this work which has led to many further studies. He was also a memorable teacher and the author of two textbooks. In person, he had an active family life and wide-ranging interests in music, photography and the visual arts. After his retirement he took up cabinet-making, creating elegant furniture and beautiful boxes. He is survived by his wife, Zerin, daughters Natasha and Miranda, and five grandchildren.

New Director of Division appointed

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Frances Brodsky

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Frances Brodsky as our new Divisional Director, succeeding Professor John Carroll and interim/Acting Director, Professor Neil Millar.

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