UCL in the media
Professor Helen Bedford (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) argues that, rather than making vaccinations compulsory, the government should invest in making vaccination as accessible as possible, allowing mobile clinics to go to children’s centres and supermarkets.
Signs that a patient is responding well to cancer treatment can be found by analysing T cells in the immune system, and these cells could potentially be adapted to treat cancer more effectively, explains Professor Benny Chain (UCL Infection & Immunity).
Commenting on the transportation of £39 million worth of trees from Ghana to France, Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Energy Institute) explains that emissions from the shipping voyage would be about the same as from the truck journeys at either end.
Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) says that anxiety over money problems is widespread among middle classes as well as the lowest-paid, exacerbated by credit cards and online shopping, which make it easier for people to spend more than they can afford.
The contraceptive pill is more open to user error than longer-lasting alternatives such as progesterone injections, the copper coil or the contraceptive implant, explains Emeritus Professor John Guillebaud (UCL Maternal & Fetal Medicine).
The 2025 target for net zero emissions put forward by Extinction Rebellion is not feasible and the UK’s current target of reaching the same goal by 2050 is the most ambitious of all G20 countries, explains Professor Neil Strachan (UCL Energy Institute).
Photogrammetry, the process of simultaneously capturing visual and spatial information, is currently a growth industry due to the low cost and increasing availability of camera equipment, explains Dr Jan Boehm (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering).
The biggest UK trial for secondary progressive MS, conducted by Professor Jeremy Chataway (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology), is looking at whether simvastatin, a drug used to treat high cholesterol, can slow or stop the progression of MS.