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CBER's Tim Newbold awarded prestigious Royal society University Research Fellowship to study how habitat loss and climate change together impact the structure and diversity of ecological communities

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.

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EMBO Young Investigator Christophe Dessimoz

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.

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Leverhulme funds to study Phylogenetics of Invasion

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. 

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Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi awarded a Merit Abstract Award

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.

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Dr. Andrew MacAskill awarded the Wellcome-Beit Prize

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.

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Professor Thomas receives 2015-16 Top Teacher award

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.

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Nick Lane Awarded Faraday Medal

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.

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A federal origin of Stone Age farming

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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Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

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.

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Professor Steve Hunt delivers prestigious Pat Wall Lecture

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.

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PhD success for James Howie

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.

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GEE PIs awarded “Sea and Currents” funds for international initiatives

The successful applications were chosen according to how well they fit the criteria: potential for the future, fit with the Global Engagement strategic plan, benefit to UCL and the Faculty and making a difference in some significant way to research, education or other aspects of life. Of the 7 successful applicants from across the Faculty two are in GEE.  

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Georgina Mace has been awarded the 2016 Heineken Prize for Environmental Science

Georgina Mace will receive the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for developing scientific criteria for the world’s most comprehensive list of threatened species and for establishing priorities for nature conservation. She made a major contribution to the notion that healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are natural capital that render important services to humans, which is now a central concept in the nature management debate.

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Congratulations to Prof Maria Fitzgerald

Our warmest congratulations to Prof Maria Fitzgerald for her recent election as a Fellow of the Royal Society.  Maria joins our NPP FRSs who are:
Professors Ashmore, Attwell, Brown, Colquhoun, Cull-Candy, Dolphin and NPP affiliates Hausser and Wood. Visit Professor Fitzgerald's lab page.

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