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VIDEO: Doctoral students investigate anxiety in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

This video was shown at the recent Grand Challenges Showcase event - it sets out what Rachel Trimmer (UCL Psychology and Language Sciences) and Kate Maresh (UCL Molecular Neuroscience) are doing. They have begun conducting research into anxiety in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, thanks to a small grant from the UCL Grand Challenges.

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Grand Challenges Showcase 2018

To celebrate the work of the Grand Challenges, we would like to invite you to our Showcase event at UCL in April.

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Adolescent Lives funding announced

Following the restructuring and expansion of UCL’s Grand Challenges programme, relaunched in 2016, a number of ‘mega-themes’ – stretching across all six Grand Challenges – were identified. Societies Response to Ageing and Adolescent Lives were the first pan-Grand Challenges mega-themes to progress to the stage of special calls, in the current academic year, for cross-disciplinary activity proposals from the UCL research community. Further mega-theme calls will follow in due course, addressing Migration & Displacement, Transformative Cities and Access & Participation.

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Society's Response to Ageing awards: paving the way to major UCL - Japan conference

Until late 2015 ‘Ageing’ was mainly a UK-focused priority theme in UCL’s Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing. Then, in December of that year, Kyoto University’s hosting of a Grand Challenges Symposium on Demographic Change & Longevity provided a significant stimulus for UCL and Japanese universities to come together in their shared strong determination to address the great existential challenge of the ageing society. Japan’s experience as the world’s most long-lived society, and its great need for solutions, exemplifies the urgency of the problem, not least in regard to Dementia care. Following the UCL Provost’s visit to Osaka, Kyoto, Tohoku and Tokyo universities in the autumn of 2017, UCL agreed to organise a follow-up conference in London. Through Grand Challenges in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, early in 2019, UCL will host a major UCL-Japan conference on ‘The Super-Ageing Society’ jointly with Kyoto University and other Japanese universities. 

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French Embassy Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops funding available

The 6th Call for proposals for French Embassy-funded Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops is now open. UCL-based senior researchers (i.e. those with their own research groups) are invited to bid for funds to organise collaborative workshops involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.

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Small Grants awarded to UCL academics to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges

The UCL Grand Challenges have awarded over £60,000 in funding to 15 cross-disciplinary projects, bringing academics, post-doctoral researchers and staff of Professional Services departments from across the University together to tackle some of the major problems affecting the world. Pairs of researchers from different Faculties, or from a Faculty and Professional Services, applied for Small Grant funding for activities relating to the Grand Challenges’ Priority Themes, including Brexit, Adolescent Wellbeing, Access & Participation and Food. Successful applicants have been awarded up to £5000 to complete projects in the coming academic year, 2017-18.

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UCL Grand Challenges link with Hong Kong University - new funding available

UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) established a new partnership during academic year 2016-17 encouraging joint research relating to the UCL Grand Challenges. The new scheme specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Following the scheme’s first call for proposal, for joint activities in 2016-17, the second call, for activities in 2017-18 will close at 23.59 BST on Saturday 30th September 2017.

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Link with Hong Kong will benefit the UCL Grand Challenges

A new link between UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) is set to benefit the innovative Grand Challenges programme. The new partnership between HKU and UCL specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. There are two deadlines for joint proposals: one on the 31 January 2017; the other in seven months – 31 August 2017.

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