UCL in the media
The giant sarsen stones that form the primary architecture of Stonehenge originate from West Woods on the edge of Wiltshire’s Marlborough Downs, according to new research co-authored by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology).
Dr Kathryn Allan (UCL English Language & Literature) adds to a piece exploring metaphors in human language, explaining that they are used in political speeches “purposefully and really consciously to try to make people perceive a situation in a certain kind of way”.
A team led by Dr Rob Aldridge (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) has been awarded £1.4m to encourage 12,000 people from BAME backgrounds to sign up to the Virus Watch study, which looks at the factors leading to increased cases of Covid-19 in BAME groups.
Cannabidiol (CBD) could be a safe and effective treatment for problematic cannabis use, according to new findings from a benchmark clinical trial involving Professor Valerie Curran and Honorary Researcher Dr Tom Freeman (both UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).
A new trial offering digital support to help people reduce their alcohol consumption has been launched by Dr Claire Garnett and Dr Melissa Oldham (both UCL Behavioural Science & Health), who say the iDEAS study is timely with the rise in drinking during the UK lockdown.
With obesity seen as a risk factor for Covid-19, Dr Sophie Park (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) explains the UCL Medical School’s new culinary medicine module, which teaches young medics the importance of diet in managing health conditions and improving wellbeing.
Professor Geoff Mulgan (UCL STEaPP) answers questions about homelessness and rough sleeping, and references how the lessons of the UK Government’s policies in the 1990s which cut the numbers of rough sleepers dramatically, were seemingly forgotten by the early 2000s.
Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) speaks with Bloomberg TV about whether antibodies in vaccines will help patients infected with Covid-19, the ‘overreaction’ of people’s bodies to the coronavirus, and the social distancing measure applied by schools to protect students.
Health visitors are concerned that the needs of children, especially those at risk of domestic abuse, have been missed due to an increase in their workloads as staff were moved to support the Covid-19 workforce, finds a UCL survey led by Dr Gabriella Conti (UCL Economics).