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Why do we love bees but hate wasps?

New study by the Sumner lab reveals that wasps are universally disliked by the public and this is most likely due to a low-level interest in nature and a lack of knowledge about the benefits wasps bring to our planet’s health and function.

Published: Sep 19, 2018 3:23:58 PM

The Duchen lab round-up of recent successes

Congratulations to Professor Michael Duchen and his team of researchers for a recent award from the Michael J Fox Foundation. The award of $249,000 over 2 years will support a project which will look into the roles of mitochondrial autophagy in models of Parkinson's Disease.
In addition, the lab has recently been awarded £197,050 by the capital equipment fund to buy new equipment for the Laboratory for Mitochondrial and Metabolic Research. Funds will be used to purchase a 96 well Seahorse respirometry system, a Clariostar fluorescence/luminescence/absorbance plate reader and the CubiAn metabolic analyser. Once these are installed they will be accessible and managed as a core facility. The Laboratory for Mitochondrial and Metabolic Research is a facility supporting the UCL Consortium for Mitochondrial Research.

Published: Sep 17, 2018 4:32:30 PM

CDB’s Caswell Barry awarded over £1.5M Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Caswell Barry for his successful application for a Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. The award will be used to support an exciting new project entitled “‘Non-local computations in hippocampal circuits: neural mechanisms” which will aim to study neural mechanisms that underpin memory consolidation and spatial planning.

Published: Sep 14, 2018 12:07:15 PM

New paper by the Gems lab throws new light on senescence causes

The study, published in Current Biology and funded by Wellcome, shows that normal biological processes which are useful early on in life, continue to ‘run-on’ pointlessly in later life causing age-related diseases.

Published: Aug 10, 2018 10:35:10 AM

Professor Bernard Ginsborg Obituary

With great sadness we announce that Professor Bernard Ginsborg passed away recently aged 93. He is very well known in the fields of Pharmacology and Physiology and was associated with UCL from the 1950s.
He was born in London and trained as a physicist, before taking a second degree from 1952 in Physiology (UCL) on AV Hill's recommendation.
With Paul Fatt at UCL he discovered voltage-gated calcium currents which led to a long-standing research interest in synaptic neurotransmission and secretion. He moved to Edinburgh via the NIMR in 1958 and became Head of the Department of Pharmacology in 1980, retiring in 1985.
Bernard was a member of the Physiological Society from 1957, and British Pharmacological Society from 1968 supporting both Societies for many years as well as being an outstanding Editor of The Journal of Physiology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1971. He was Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at The University of Edinburgh.

Published: Aug 3, 2018 3:54:27 PM