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Dr D. Flemming Hansen wins Marlow Award

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Congratulations to Dr D. Flemming Hansen on being awarded the 2015 Marlow Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Marlow Award is in recognition of the most meritorious contributions to physical chemistry or chemical physics. Dr Hansen received the award for the development and application of NMR spectroscopy in understanding motions in biological molecules at atomic resolution. 

SLMS Education Domain announces the winners of the first SLMS Education Awards

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We are proud to announce the winners of the first SLMS Education Awards to reward those dedicated to improving the quality of education for SLMS students and to spotlight and support excellence and innovation in the delivery of education.

Academy of Medical Sciences Fellows 2015

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Five researchers from across UCL SLMS have been recognised for their contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professors Peter Brocklehurst, Frances Brodsky, Diana Kuh, Catherine Law and Alan Thompson joined the existing Fellows of the Academy to bring the total membership to 1134.

Connecting places causes mental maps to merge

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Realising how places connect geographically causes local maps in the brain to join, forming one big map which helps with planning future journeys, finds a new UCL study.

Men donate competitively on women’s fundraising webpages

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Men give more money through fundraising websites after seeing that other men have donated large amounts and when the fundraiser is an attractive woman, according to new UCL and University of Bristol research.

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered

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By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, a new study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.

‘Most attractive’ male birds don’t have the best genes

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‘Attractive’ male birds that mate with many females aren’t passing on the best genes to their offspring, according to new UCL research which found promiscuity in male birds leads to small, genetic faults in the species’ genome. Although minor, these genetic flaws may limit how well future generations can adapt to changing environments. 

The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles

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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.

Three of world’s premier pharmacy schools form landmark alliance

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UCL, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Monash University are joining forces to advance and transform research, education and practice in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.

Computer reconstruction of human fossil sheds light on our origins

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The fossil of Homo habilis, or ‘handy man’, has undergone state-of-the-art computer reconstruction, revealing new information about its jaw shape which indicates the species has older evolutionary roots than previously thought and shows that three different Homo species existed between 2.1 and 1.6 million years ago, according to UCL researchers who led the study.

Brain’s GPS system influenced by shape of environment

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Patterns created by the brain’s grid cells, which are believed to guide navigation, are modified by the shape of the environment, according to UCL researchers. This means grid patterns aren’t a universal metric for the brain’s GPS system to measure distance, as previously thought.

UCL and QMUL agree to establish a new institute to tackle cardiovascular disease

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UCL and Queen Mary University of London have agreed to establish a joint  Cardiovascular Institute to rise to the global challenge of cardiovascular disease.

Human activity puts Earth’s systems at risk

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Four of the nine systems that regulate the interaction between land, ocean, atmosphere, ice-sheets and life on Earth are at risk from destabilisation due to human activity, according to an international team including UCL scientists.

Bloomsbury Research Institute awarded £7.5 million

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UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have been awarded a grant of £7.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to develop the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.

REF2014: UCL strength in biomedicine reflected in largest share of 4* research

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UCL has achieved the greatest amount of 4* (world leading) research in Panel A, covering medicine and biological sciences, much of which is conducted in collaboration with our partner hospitals.

UCL rated top UK university by research strength in the REF2014

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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted. 

UCL launches dedicated animal research information website

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UCL has today launched a new public information website on animal research, describing how and why animals are used across the university.

UCL professors use probabilities to persuade doubters skeleton is King Richard III

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Two UCL professors led a key part of the new analysis of ‘Skeleton 1’; which was discovered in a Leicester car park in 2012 on the site of the Grey Friars friary, the last known resting place of King Richard III. They used probability calculations to combine several different lines of evidence, producing an overall weight-of-evidence for the skeleton being that of King Richard III. Their work forms part of a research study led by Dr Turi King at the University of Leicester and published in Nature Communications.

Wellcome Trust unveils new funding framework

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The Wellcome Trust are making several changes to the schemes they offer, including a new funding mechanism for collaborative research by teams, and the introduction of seed grants to support researchers who want to develop original and innovative ideas.

Gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future

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Gas could play an important role as a ‘bridging fuel’ to a low-carbon economy but it won’t be long before gas becomes part of the problem rather than the solution, finds a study involving UCL scientists.

Cause of organ damage after heart attack and stroke found

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Succinate, a molecule made when the body breaks down sugars and fats, can cause long-term damage to organs following a heart attack, stroke or transplant according to new research involving UCL scientists. The team behind the study hopes that new therapies will be developed to protect organs from damage following the discovery.

SLMS Education Awards 2014/2015

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SLMS Education Awards 2014/2015

The SLMS Education Domain wish to recognise and reward those dedicated to improving the quality of education for SLMS students. We are proud to announce the SLMS Education Awards which aim to spotlight and support excellence and innovation in the delivery of education.

Publishers address concerns on ‘total cost of ownership’ of e-resources

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UCL welcomes the news that two major academic publishers are tackling the issue of subscription costs and the level of article-processing charges (APCs).

How glands expand to fight off disease

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The same specialised immune cells that patrol the body looking for signs of infection also trigger the expansion of glands called lymph nodes, which are the control centres of our immune system, according to new research from UCL and Cancer Research UK.

Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

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Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.

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