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Applications for Bogue Fellowships are now open!

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Applications for Bogue fellowships are open. This is a great opportunity for PhD students and post docs to travel to North America and carry out research projects in labs, or to attend laboratory based workshops or training courses.

Deadline: applications must be received by April 10th 2015

For details and application forms, see:

Informal inquiries to Michael Duchen ( or to Jane Inge (

Recipients of Bogue Fellowships Announced

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November 2014:   Recipients of Bogue Research Fellowships

The Bogue Research Fellowship Committee, Life Sciences Faculty, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Bogue Fellowship (October 2014 application round).   

Professor Dame Linda Partridge to take part in the Nobel Week Dialogue

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Nobel Week Dialogue poster

Professor Dame Linda Partridge will be joining Nobel Laureates for the Nobel Week Dialogue on Tuesday 9th December, and you too can join the digital discussion on ageing.

Research exchange meeting with the School of Pharmacy

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The UCL School of Pharmacy and the Division of Biosciences will hold the first research exchange meeting between the two institutes.

Professor Dame Linda Partridge recognised by BBSRC Anniversary Awards

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Congratulations to Professor Dame Linda Partridge, GEE, who has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to biosciences. 

Divisional Research Lectures 2014/15

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Gustave Tuck LT photo credit UCL

Updated Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Division will host five general lectures this academic year to highlight research in each of our Research Departments and promote interaction within the Division of Biosciences.

Division of Biosciences PhD Symposium, Wednesday 5 November

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A reminder that there is a Division of Biosciences PhD Symposium on Wednesday the 5th of November.

BBSRC DTP success!

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The BBSRC DTP for the London consortium has been renewed and the number of studentships increased beyond what was requested.

Professor John O'Keefe wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

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Prof John O'Keefe

A very large and warm congratulations to Professor John O'Keefe, who has been awarded one half of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine!

UCL Infection, Immunology and Inflammation Symposium 2014

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III Annual Symposium

Date of event: Monday 24 November 2014

Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health (UCL ICH)

PHOTO:Synthesis photography exhibition awards

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Silent Dawn by Mina Arsanious

The launch of the PHOTO:Synthesis photography exhibition was held in the Wilkinson North Cloisters on Tuesday 15 July.

Obituary: Professor Barbara Banks

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Professor Barbara Banks (24th February 1934 to 10 June 2014) was a staff member in the UCL Chemistry and Physiology Departments until 1999 when she retired as Emeritus Professor of Physiological Chemistry. 

Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow Promotions 2013-14

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Congratulations to the Biosciences staff who have been successful with academic and research promotions for 2013/14.  The promotions are effective 1st October 2014. 

Dr Emmanuel Boucrot awarded a prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize

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Emmanuel Boucrot

Dr Emmanuel Boucrot, BBSRC David Phillips Fellow from SMB, has been awarded a prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize.

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.

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