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Low iron levels may increase risk of heart disease

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People with low iron levels may be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study involving UCL scientists.

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life

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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.

Sex differences important for medical research

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The sex of animals frequently has an effect in biomedical research and therefore should be considered in scientific studies, according to UCL scientists.

Pharmacy centre launched

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A new partnership between UCL and UCLH could transform patient care around the world by making medicines safer and easier to take.

Four UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Four UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science.

Three UCL SLMS researchers named as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Three UCL SLMS researchers have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

Type 2 diabetes genetic mapping identifies new ‘loci’

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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.

How gut bacteria change cancer drug activity

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The activity of cancer drugs changes depending on the types of microbes living in the gut, according to a UCL-led study into how nematode worms and their microbes process drugs and nutrients.

Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries

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A cure for pancreatic cancer, virtual reality rehabilitation, data-driven robotic surgery, and futuristic wound-healing technology are just four of the 16 projects selected for MedCity’s ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ programme.

UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017

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Images by UCL researchers are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.

Survival of bumblebee families improved by flowers

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Flower-rich habitats are key to enhancing the survival of bumblebee families, according to new research involving UCL scientists.

Genome-based diets improve growth, fertility and lifespan

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In flies and mice, diets based on an organism’s genome enhance growth and fertility with no costs to lifespan, according to a team of researchers from UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne.

UCL professors win The Brain Prize for 2017

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The Brain Prize for 2017, worth €1m, has been awarded to Professor Peter Dayan (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit), Professor Ray Dolan (UCL Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research) and Professor Wolfram Schultz (University of Cambridge) for their analysis of how the brain recognises and processes reward. The capacity to link reward to events and actions is the foundation of human and animal survival, and problems with processing rewards can lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute

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UCL is involved in the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) – a major new £100 million investment by the government into the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary science and technology research centre.

Alien species on the rise globally

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The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers.

PhD student to focus on how hospital electronic prescribing can improve quality and safety

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New research is focusing on how hospital electronic prescribing can be used to improve safety and quality of medication use, as a part of the UCL Institute of Digital Health (UCL IDH) and Cerner UK collaborative partnership.

Immune system defence force captured in action

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How the natural defence force within our immune system attacks and destroys harmful invaders such as virus-infected and cancerous cells has been visualised in microscopic detail by scientists from UCL, Birkbeck, University of London, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash University, Australia.

Mapping movements of alien bird species

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The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

High-sugar diet programmes a short lifespan in flies

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Flies with a history of eating a high sugar diet live shorter lives, even after their diet improves. This is because the unhealthy diet drives long-term reprogramming of gene expression, according to a UCL-led team of researchers.

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2017

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Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

Sex cells evolved to pass on quality mitochondria

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Mammals immortalise their genes through eggs and sperm to ensure future generations inherit good quality mitochondria to power the body’s cells, according to new UCL research.

Glaucoma drug may have potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease

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A drug which is used to treat the common eye disease glaucoma may have potential as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at UCL.

Worrying denial of invasive species threat

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A new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world’s rarest species and most unique ecosystems, say a team involving UCL scientists.

UCL Lancet Lecture launches global initiative linking climate change to health

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UCL researchers are leading an initiative with The Lancet to address the global health implications of climate change, launching this week in conjunction with today’s 2016 UCL Lancet Lecture.

Conservation lessons from Pokémon GO

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The popular smartphone game, Pokémon GO, sets a benchmark for new conservation-focused augmented reality games and could be adapted to benefit environmental conservation, according to new research involving UCL scientists.

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