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UCL researchers honoured by The Royal Society

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Royal Society Prize Winners

The outstanding achievements of three UCL researchers have been recognised by The Royal Society, the UK’s national Academy of science, in this year’s Awards and Prizes announcement.

British Academy elects new Fellows

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Congratulations to the three members of the SLMS community recognised by the British Academy: (l-r) Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Nilli Lavie and Professor Robyn Carston

Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

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Levels of global biodiversity loss may negatively impact on ecosystem function and the sustainability of human societies, according to UCL-led research.

A federal origin of Stone Age farming

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The transition from hunter-gatherer to sedentary farming 10,000 years ago occurred in multiple neighbouring but genetically distinct populations according to research by an international team including UCL.

Q&A with Manuj Sharma - Review of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme

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With the Arena One: Teaching Associate Programme, you can join a cohort of postgraduate teachers to develop your teaching practice and work towards a nationally recognised teaching award; an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Manuj Sharma is a recent alumnus of the Arena One Teaching Associate programme, so we talked to him about what prompted him to take the course and his experiences of it. 

Professor Marcel Levi to join UCLH as Chief Executive

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Marcel Levi

UCLH has announced the appointment of Professor Marcel Levi as its new Chief Executive. He is due to take up the post on 3 January 2017, succeeding UCLH’s current Chief Executive, Sir Robert Naylor.

Our ancestors evolved faster after dinosaur extinction

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Our ancestors evolved three times faster in the 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs than in the previous 80 million years, according to UCL researchers.

SLMS Education Showcase

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The SLMS Education Showcase was organized by the SLMS Education Network and hosted by UCL School of Pharmacy on Friday June 17th. 

New appointees - NIHR Research Professorships 2016

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Of four prestigious NIHR research professorships in 2016, two have gone to UCL researchers who are also UCLH consultants; Professor Rachel Batterham (obesity) and Dr Alexander Leff (neurology).

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour opens

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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre was officially opened on 23 May by Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Kandel.

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

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A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Four SLMS researchers elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Four members of our community have been elected to the (clockwise from top left) Professor Arne Akbar, Professor Christopher Brewin, Professor Mark Emberton and Professor Mala Maini

Junk food causes similar high blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes

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A junk food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

Genes for nose shape found

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Genes that drive the shape of human noses have been identified by a UCL-led study.

The four genes mainly affect the width and ‘pointiness’ of noses which vary greatly between different populations. The new information adds to our understanding of how the human face evolved and may help contribute to forensic DNA technologies that build visual profiles based on an individual’s genetic makeup. 

SLMS researchers elected as Fellows of Royal Society

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Professors Maria Fitzgerald (Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, UCL Division of Biosciences) and Eleanor Maguire (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology) will become elected fellows of the Royal Society.

Brain caught ‘filing’ memories during rest

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Memories formed in one part of the brain are replayed and transferred to a different area of the brain during rest, according to a new UCL study in rats.

Biggest library of bat sounds compiled

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The biggest library of bat sounds has been compiled to identify bats from their calls in Mexico – a country which harbours many of the Earth's species and has one of the highest rates of extinction and habitat loss.

Fruit flies live longer on lithium

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Fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium, according to a UCL-led study.

UCL researchers take their research to parliament

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Thomas Rogers (UCL Security & Crime Science) has been awarded the Silver medal in engineering for his research poster presented at this year’s SET for Britain competition.

First gene for grey hair found

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The first gene identified for greying hair has been discovered by an international UCL-led study, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental.

Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice

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FKBP51 proteins (light blue) shown in mouse spinal cord tissue

A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council.

Rare bleeding disorder diagnosis improved with super-resolution microscopy

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Researchers from UCL, the National Physical Laboratory and the Royal Free Hospital have differentiated between patients with a rare bleeding disorder and healthy volunteers using super-resolution microscopy, providing an alternative method for accurately and cost-effectively diagnosing rare platelet diseases.

Estrogens alleviate hyperactivity in zebrafish with autism gene

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Research led by UCL, Yale and University of California, San Francisco has shown that the hormone estrogen alleviates the sleep disruption experienced by zebrafish genetically designed to help understand the biology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Bacterium’s coiled anchor causes urinary tract infections

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UCL and Birkbeck-led research reveals the flexible, coiled structure used by bacteria to anchor onto the lining of the urinary tract, which allows them to thrive and cause infections. Understanding this structure in atomic detail will help the development of new drugs to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), say the scientists behind the study.

UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2016

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Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

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