UCL in the media
Professor Laurence Lovat (UCL Surgery & Interventional Sciences) says more research is needed on an ear bud which aims to reduce indigestion by nerve stimulation, for if the wrong nerve area was affected, “you could see unintended effects such as altered bowel habits."
Professor Andrew Hayward (UCL Epidemiology & Health) explains how UK Government ministers ignored Sage experts’ advice to implement shorter lockdowns weeks ago, which would have reduced the need for much more intensive and longer term lockdowns in the future.
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Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains that Sage experts advised the UK Government on what Covid-19 restrictions would work to lower virus transmission rates, but that as this advice was ignored, an improved test, trace and isolate system is needed.
Professor Kristin Bakke (UCL Political Science) reports her research with people in the area of Nagorno-Karabakh about what they want for their future, adding “people want peace, but years of unresolved conflict have done little to foster attitudes of compromise on either side."
PhD researcher Eleri Pritchard (UCL Geography) explains the problems with the invading species signal crayfish, the issues trapping poses to other native species, and why eating the crayfish isn’t a solution.
Professor Meg Russell (UCL Constitution Unit) explains that ministers can’t make policy without consulting with parliament, saying “It’s consultation and negotiation behind the scenes… that gives them the power to be able to make decisions with the backing of parliament.”
Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) praises New Zealand’s approach to Covid-19 and says more intellectual humility would benefit world leaders, adding “if you are totally focused on the numbers, you can lose sight of what’s best for people.”
Professor Uta Schönberg and PhD candidate Barbara Boelmann (both UCL Economics) discuss how cultural differences between east and west Germany still exist, which can be seen in working mothers’ behaviours after unification.
In a letter to the Guardian, Professor Nigel Harvey (UCL Brain Sciences) says the World Health Organisation’s references to ‘pandemic fatigue’ are misleading, adding, “Pandemic fatigue is no more a real phenomenon now than behavioural fatigue was in March.”
About 24,000 more people died in Lombardy than expected between January and April, and only 14,000 of these deaths were confirmed as being related to Covid-19, according to a new study led by Professor Gianluca Baio (UCL Statistical Science) and his colleagues.