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Help survey wasps over the bank holiday weekend

Wasps might not be the nation’s favourite insects but are some of the most important so UCL and University of Gloucestershire scientists are again asking for the public’s help to find out more about these misunderstood creatures.

Published: Aug 14, 2018 12:03:34 PM

Artificial intelligence equal to experts in detecting eye diseases

An artificial intelligence (AI) system, which can recommend the correct referral decision for more than 50 eye diseases, as accurately as experts has been developed by UCL, DeepMind Health and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Published: Aug 13, 2018 5:52:23 PM

Rotavirus vaccine cuts Malawi's infant mortality

Rotavirus vaccination reduced infant diarrhoea deaths by 34% in rural Malawi, a region with high levels of child deaths, according to a major new study led by UCL, the University of Liverpool, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and partners in Malawi.

Published: Aug 13, 2018 10:40:30 AM

Genes drive ageing, making normal processes damaging

Ageing in worms mainly results from the direct action of genes and not from random wear and tear or loss of function, and the same is likely to be true in humans, according to research by UCL, Lancaster University and Queen Mary University of London scientists.

Published: Aug 9, 2018 4:45:01 PM

First language study using new wearable brain scanner

Researchers at UCL and the University of Nottingham have mapped the brain’s language area in the first study of human cognition using a new generation of brain scanner that can be worn like a helmet.

Published: Aug 8, 2018 4:55:23 PM

4 in 5 adolescent girls have a mental health disorder following sexual assault

80% of young women were found to have a mental health disorder and 55% had two or more mental health disorders four to five months after sexual assault, according to a study led by UCL and The Havens, London’s specialist sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) hosted by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Published: Jul 23, 2018 11:38:57 AM

Heritable genome editing could become “morally permissible”

An independent inquiry led by Nuffield Council on Bioethics, involving UCL, has concluded that editing the DNA of a human embryo, sperm, or egg to influence the characteristics of a future person (‘heritable genome editing’) could be “morally permissible”.

Published: Jul 23, 2018 10:38:26 AM

Deep groundwater in coastal deltas resilient to contamination

Groundwater pumped from the depths of the coastal Bengal Basin supporting more than 80 million people is largely secure from contamination, according to new research by UCL and the British Geological Survey.

Published: Jul 19, 2018 4:11:29 PM

Novel botulinum compound relieves chronic pain

A modified form of botulinum toxin gives long-lasting pain relief in mice without adverse effects and, in time, could replace opioid drugs as a safe and effective way of treating chronic pain, according to research by UCL, the University of Sheffield and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Published: Jul 18, 2018 7:07:33 PM

Fetal gene therapy prevents fatal neurodegenerative disease

A fatal neurodegenerative condition known as Gaucher disease can be prevented in mice following fetal gene therapy, finds a new study led by UCL, the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and National University Health System in Singapore.

Published: Jul 17, 2018 11:09:20 AM

Our fractured African roots

Our African ancestors were diverse in form and culture, and scattered across the entire continent, finds a team led by UCL, the University of Oxford and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Published: Jul 11, 2018 5:42:31 PM

Three UCL academics recognised with prestigious physics prizes

Professor Jennifer Thomas, Dr Helen Czerski and Professor Hiranya Peiris have been awarded medals and prizes by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for their outstanding, sustained and distinguished contributions to physics.

Published: Jul 11, 2018 9:51:59 AM

UCL celebrates 70 years of working with the NHS

To celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service, researchers and clinicians from across UCL have spoken about what the NHS means to them and how their work impacts the nation’s health.    

Published: Jul 5, 2018 1:17:30 PM

£265 million investment in UCL spin-outs which could transform patient outcomes

Three UCL spin-out companies focused on delivering advanced therapeutics to treat a range of diseases received a substantial amount of investment following two initial public offerings worth £177 million ($235 million) combined and one Series B funding round of £88 million in June.

Published: Jul 5, 2018 9:58:19 AM

UCL computer vision spin-out acquired by Niantic Inc.

UCL spin-out Matrix Mill Ltd, a company specialising in applying artificial intelligence and machine vision research to solve industry problems, has been acquired by Niantic Labs Inc., an augmented reality (AR) technology company famous for the mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go.

Published: Jun 29, 2018 4:48:40 PM