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Scanning electromicrograph of an HIV-infected H9 T cell

Human immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting ‘kick and kill’ cure is possible

The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, finds new research led by UCL, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More...

Published: Apr 13, 2015 11:15:06 AM

Professor Sibylle Mittnacht interviewed by Clare Hastings at The Institute of Cancer Research, London

New role uncovered for ‘oldest’ tumour suppressor gene

Scientists have revealed a brand new function for one of the first cancer genes ever discovered – the retinoblastoma gene – in a finding that could open up exciting new approaches to treatment. More...

Published: Mar 27, 2015 12:25:07 PM

Man on scales

Weight discrimination has major impact on quality of life

Weight discrimination is linked to significantly lower quality of life, and accounts for approximately 40% of the negative psychological effects associated with obesity, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK. More...

Published: Mar 24, 2015 10:37:30 AM

The regions of ancient British, Irish and Saxon control in the 7th Century

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

Many people in the UK feel a strong sense of regional identity, and it now appears that there may be a scientific basis to this feeling, according to a landmark new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles. More...

Published: Mar 19, 2015 11:14:17 AM

Colorectal cancer tumour

Cancer fear can impact screening uptake

People who worry about cancer are more likely to want to get screened for colon cancer, but feeling uncomfortable at the thought of cancer makes them less likely to actually go for the test, finds new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Jan 29, 2015 10:49:05 AM

Clinic

£14M to develop HIV self-testing in southern Africa

A partnership involving UCL has been awarded £14M to accelerate access to simple self-tests in African countries. Self-testing for HIV using rapid diagnostic kits is becoming increasingly widely used, allowing high-risk people to test their own HIV status in private. More...

Published: Dec 4, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Eve Appeal

Family history screening misses people at high risk of cancer

UCL research into the BRCA gene mutation in the Jewish population show that only assessing family history misses half of the people with the mutation. More...

Published: Dec 1, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Image showing how tetanus neurotoxin (red) binds to areas rich in nidogen-2 (green)

Secret of tetanus toxicity offers new way to treat motor neuron disease

The way that tetanus neurotoxin enters nerve cells has been discovered by UCL scientists, who showed that this process can be blocked, offering a potential therapeutic intervention for tetanus. This newly-discovered pathway could be exploited to deliver therapies to the nervous system, opening up a whole new way to treat neurological disorders such as motor neuron disease and peripheral neuropathies. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2014 9:10:00 AM

Blood for transplant

UCL awarded £4.2 million for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy

UCL has been awarded £4.2 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a Blood and Transplant Research Unit for stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy, due to launch in October 2015. More...

Published: Nov 4, 2014 3:56:00 PM

UCL Quad

UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities

As part of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 2:50:00 PM

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Simplifying TB treatments to improve patients’ lives

Ways to simplify treatments for tuberculosis (TB) to reduce drug resistance and make it easier for patients to complete their course of treatment have been trialled by two international groups involving UCL scientists. More...

Published: Oct 23, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Stress

People with diabetes are less able to regulate the body’s responses to stress

People with type 2 diabetes are physically less able to recover from stress, finds a study by scientists at UCL and the University of Zurich, funded by the British Heart Foundation.
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Published: Oct 22, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Professor Geoff Raisman

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. More...

Published: Oct 21, 2014 10:50:00 AM

DNA helix

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.
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Published: Sep 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Depression

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. More...

Published: Jul 22, 2014 10:11:00 AM

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