UCL in the media
Professor Anthony David (UCL Psychiatry) discusses how music can help scientists connect to patients on a different level during treatment and refers to Beethoven’s mental health in a conversation on neuropsychology.
Professor Andrew Pontzen (UCL Physics & Astronomy) adds to a theoretical debate on gravitational waves and whether their detection supports the idea of the existence of the universe before the Big Bang.
An interactive 3D map of London that grades the energy efficiency of more than 3.5 million properties has been built by a team including Professor Philip Steadman and Professor Paul Ruyssevelt (UCL Energy Institute) for the Greater London Authority to help tackle fuel poverty.
In a debate on noisy offices, experts mention a study from Stacey Dobbs, Professor Adrian Furnham and Alastair McClelland (all UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) which found that while most participants studied better in silence, extroverts were less distracted by music.
Dr Michael Zandi (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) explains the findings of a study on the effects of Covid-19 on the human brain, adding that patients can be affected in different ways with some suffering from neurological effects of the coronavirus and others not.
Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments how even with the right technology, the tests must work properly to avoid false positive or negative results, the laboratories need to have capacity to run the tests, and “people have got to want to comply."
Despite the easing of lockdown measures, 28% of adults have reported that their lives are currently ‘completely different’ or have ‘lots of differences’ compared to prior to Covid-19, finds Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Epidemiology & Health Care) as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.
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PhD researcher Pablo Izquierdo (UCL Biosciences) and his colleagues discuss Spain’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and urge for stronger collaboration between public and private research, as well as more government support for scientific research.
Dr Amitava Banerjee (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) praises the new risk calculator which could help clinicians determine how much risk patients infected with Covid-19 face of dying from the coronavirus and adds “it’s useful to have this built into our approach.”
A new study led by Professor Mika Kivimaki (UCL Epidemiology & Health) surveyed over 131,000 people about their drink consumption and found that “those who drink to the point of passing out are at increased risk of dementia even if their average consumption is moderate.”