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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Publication date: 11 July 2017
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.
Publication date: 30 June 2017
We are very pleased to announce Maria Fitzgerald has been awarded a Career Achievement Award from the International Association for Study of Pain (Pain in Children). She will receive the award and give a lecture at the ISPP meeting Kuala Lumpur, July 2017.
Publication date: 30 June 2017
Full shortlist details can be found on the Royal Society for Public Health website.
Publication date: 30 June 2017
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.
Publication date: 29 June 2017
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.
Publication date: 28 June 2017
We are very pleased to announce Drs Hansen’s and Lowe’s research work has been recognised and rewarded in the recent round of Academic promotions.
Publication date: 23 June 2017
Please join us in congratulating Dr Nick Lane who has been promoted to a Professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry in the latest round of Senior Academic promotions effective from 1st October 2017.
Publication date: 23 June 2017
Please join us in congratulating Max Reuter (GEE) as well as his co-PIs Jürg Bähler (GEE), Doug Speed (UGI) and Dan Jeffares (York) who have been awarded a 3-year BBSRC Responsive Mode award. The project will use yeast to look at the interaction between the genetics underlying environmental responses and the capacity to adapt to abrupt changes in growth conditions (‘evolutionary rescue’). The findings will help us to better understand the capacity of populations to deal with climate change, but also serve as a model to design optimal treatment strategies for antibiotics or pesticides.
Publication date: 19 June 2017
Please join us in congratulating Professor Claudio Stern who has been awarded the 2017 Ross Harrison Prize. The prize is awarded once every four
years at the ISDB Congress in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contributions to developmental biology.
Publication date: 8 June 2017
We are pleased to announce Professor Maria Fitzgerald‘s lecture ‘A sense of pain in early life’ at the UCL SenSyT (Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies) Symposium 2017, 4pm 26th June 2017 at the Institute of Ophthalmology, London.
Publication date: 31 May 2017
'Selection for Mitochondrial Quality Drives Evolution of the Germline' in top 50 most downloaded PLOS Biology articles in 2016
Last year PLOS articles received nearly 30 million downloads. Out of all 2016 PLOS Biology articles, 'Selection for Mitochondrial Quality Drives Evolution of the Germline' was in the top 50 most downloaded.
Publication date: 26 May 2017
Two new papers led by Yasuyuki Fujita (formerly at the LMCB) and co-authored by Michael Duchen and Masa Tada of CDB provide mechanistic insight into apical extrusion of normal and transformed epithelial cells.
Publication date: 12 May 2017
Scientists are closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (‘loci’) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease, according to a UCL-led study in collaboration with Imperial College London.
Publication date: 5 May 2017
Welcome to Paride Antinucci joining Dr Isaac Bianco’s lab as a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow.
Publication date: 1 May 2017
UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing director Professor Dame Linda Partridge was recently invited to appear on the BBC4 programme ’The Big Think – How to Live Longer’.
Publication date: 28 April 2017
With great sadness, we announce the death of our esteemed colleague Professor Mitch Glickstein, on March 14th 2017
Professor Glickstein was born in Roxbury, south of Boston, in 1931. He attended different schools in the Boston area and showed the same indifference to nearly all of them, but managed to enter Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and, subsequently, transfer to the University of Chicago. He loved living in Chicago and studying in that great institution known for its academic rigour, diverse student body and lively political culture at a time when McCarthyism was in full swing. Following graduation in 1951, he set off on a great adventure around the world, using commercial ships at sea and various forms of transport on land, to visit England, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, Ceylon, Singapore, Korea and Japan for various lengths of time, before returning to the United States. He returned to the University of Chicago a few years later to begin his postgraduate studies in psychology.
This was a crucial period in his life when he decided that he did not want to be a clinical psychologist, but began to show a keen interest in the study of the brain. Undoubtedly, he was influenced by many of his already renown teachers and associates such as Austin Riesen, Roger Sperry, Ronnie Myers and Garth Thomas amongst others. He followed Roger Sperry to Cal Tech as a Research Fellow upon receiving his PhD in 1958. He found Cal Tech a lively place and Sperry’s lab a fertile ground for neuroscience. It was full of excellent people doing brilliant science either on nerve regeneration or on the function of the corpus callosum; the latter of which became the focus of Mitch’s work during his 2-year stay in the lab. He subsequently moved to Stanford to work with Karl Pribram in 1960-1961.
Publication date: 7 April 2017
It is sad to report that Conrad King who was a Senior Lecturer in Zoology in the Department of Biology died in his sleep (23rd March), in Venice where he was living with his partner Wendy Rees. Conrad had an extremely wide circle of friends & colleagues in UCL and in the international scientific community. Anyone wishing to share their memories, please contact Hugh White (email@example.com).
Publication date: 31 March 2017
Anna successfully defended her thesis entitled 'Towards a gene regulatory network for the regeneration of the adult skeleton in the brittle star Amphiura filiformis’ Many congratulations Dr Czarkwiani!
Publication date: 28 March 2017
Bumblebees are among the most popular and widely recognised insect pollinators. Remarkably, we lack an understanding of some of the basic and fundamental aspects of bumblebee ecology and so our ability to manage the landscape to help reverse declines in the populations is limited.
A team led by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, working with researchers from the University of East Anglia, ZSL (Zoological Society of London), University of Bristol and the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL, combined genetic analyses with land scape ecology and modelling to to reveal some of the previously hidden details of the ecology and genetic structure of queen and worker bumblebees, and their relationships with habitat variables, such as the availability of flowers. The genetics component of the work was led by Dr Seirian Sumner, in CBER, GEE.
By creating statistical models of the probability of year-on-year survival they demonstrated that survival of a bumblebee lineage from one year to the next was significantly related to the coverage of both spring and summer flower resources in the surroundings of the colony. These findings, published in Nature, suggest that agricultural landscapes must provide year-round resources if they are to be truly beneficial for their resident bumblebee populations.
These findings are applicable to anyone wishing to manage farmland, or indeed their own back gardens, in a bumblebee-friendly way. In particular, they offer effective management advice for conservation and show that conservation interventions that increase floral resources at a landscape scale and throughout the season have positive effects on wild pollinators in agricultural landscapes.
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Publication date: 27 March 2017
UCL celebrates its funding success during the ERC's 10th Anniversary Week and highlights several years of ULC achievements in attracting ERC funding including a case study of Professor Judith Mank, ERC recipient of both an ERC Starting grant and an ERC Consolidator grant. See UCL News for full story.
Publication date: 17 March 2017
BBSRC grant success for Ziheng Yang's group to study Phylogeographic inference using genomic sequence data under the multispecies coalescent model
Ziheng has been awarded a three-year BBSRC grant (£399K) to work on "Phylogeographic inference using genomic sequence data under the multispecies coalescent model". Dr Xiyun Jiao is hired as a postdoc on the grant. Xiyun finished a PhD in statistics from Imperial, working on smart MCMC algorithms. She will be joining Ziheng's group on 1 May 2017.
Also Dr Tomas Flouri will be joining Ziheng's group on the same day as a postdoc on another BBSRC grant. Tomas has a PhD in theoretical computer science, and has been working on RAxML and PLL (phylogenetic likelihood library) in Professor Alexis Stamatakis's group.
Publication date: 9 March 2017
We are pleased to announce 6 NPP labs are hosting visiting MSc or Erasmus students from Chile (2), France, Germany and Italy (2).
Publication date: 1 March 2017
The Bähler, Balloux, and Dessimoz labs have published a paper identifying structural variants in fission yeast and describing their effects on multiple quantitative traits—including winemaking, gene expression and intrinsic reproductive isolation.
Read the paper in Nature Communications and the story behind the paper in the Dessimoz Lab Blog post:
Publication date: 17 February 2017