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Health - Life Sciences - 16.09.2020
Parkinson’s disease research at UCL gets 19m boost
Parkinson's disease researchers at UCL are launching three new studies to understand causes and progression of the disease, with the aim of finding new approaches to treatment.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.09.2020
Earliest steps in the development of an immune response
Immunity requires the close cooperation between different types of white blood cells, particularly those called T cells and B cells, which adapt to respond differently to each new infection. The process of white blood cells responding to infections begins earlier than previously thought, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Birmingham.

Environment - Life Sciences - 09.09.2020
Living Planet Report reveals 68% decline in global wildlife populations since 1970
Living Planet Report reveals 68% decline in global wildlife populations since 1970
Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have declined by over two-thirds in less than half a century, due in large part to the same environmental destruction that is contributing to the emergence of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released today.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.09.2020
Research to unravel blackleg and nematode interactions in potato crops
Scientists from across the University of Glasgow and partner organisations are working to understand the interactions between pathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum and an array of soil-microbe-crop int

Life Sciences - Health - 04.09.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 31.08.2020
Scientists aim to unravel immune system’s response to COVID-19
Researchers at UCL will play a leading role in the new UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC), which aims to better understand the immune response to COVID-19. UK-CIC has received 6.5m funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and brings together leading immunologists from 17 UK research institutions including UCL.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.08.2020
Prevention of heart disease can start before birth
Prevention of heart disease can start before birth
Mitochondrial therapy in complicated pregnancies lowers the chance of cardiovascular problems in the offspring. It completely changes our way of thinking about heart disease Dino Giussani Babies that experience low oxygen levels in the womb due to pregnancy complications often go on to develop heart disease in adulthood.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 12.08.2020
Ancient North American reptiles lived on an island archipelago in South Wales
Ancient North American reptiles lived on an island archipelago in South Wales
A recent study, led by the University of Bristol has uncovered fossils of dwarf reptiles that lived in South Wales 205 million years ago and were closely related to North American animals that lived 15 million years earlier.

Environment - Life Sciences - 11.08.2020
How fish stocks will change in warming seas
The Celtic Sea, English Channel and southern North Sea have experienced significant warming over the past 40 years and further increases in sea temperatures are expected over the coming decades. Projecting future changes can help prepare the fishing industry and management systems for resulting ecological, social and economic effects.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.08.2020
Suggests embryos could be susceptible to coronavirus as early as second week of pregnancy
Suggests embryos could be susceptible to coronavirus as early as second week of pregnancy
Genes that are thought to play a role in how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells have been found to be active in embryos as early as during the second week of pregnancy, say scientists at the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Event - Life Sciences - 04.08.2020

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.07.2020
One quarter of native mammals now at risk of extinction in Britain
One quarter of native mammals now at risk of extinction in Britain
The first official Red List for British Mammals, led by a University of Sussex Professor shows that 11 of the 47 mammals native to Britain are classified as being at imminent risk of extinction.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.07.2020
New pinprick blood test for Covid-19
A convenient, low-cost blood test for Covid-19 has been developed by scientists in Wales. Dried blood spot (DBS) samples have been used since the 1960s to test newborn babies for inherited disorders.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.07.2020

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.07.2020

Life Sciences - Health - 13.07.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 10.07.2020
Seven Questions with... Lia Bote
This week we meet first year Biological Sciences student Lia Bote, who is founder of London COVID-19 Care Central, a student-led initiative publishing updates on the pandemic for students.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.07.2020

Life Sciences - 08.07.2020
New report calls for ambitious pesticide reduction target
A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts and authored by a University of Sussex Professor sets out examples of how we can halt insect decline, while asking people, in every part of society, to become 'insect champions'. Reversing the decline of insects cites examples of farmers, communities, councils and charities that are boosting insect populations - and proving that it can be done.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.07.2020
Opinion: How coronavirus affects the brain
Honorary Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Zandi (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) describes the four main effects Covid-19 has on the brain, and considers parallels to the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.07.2020
Eight Cambridge researchers elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation
Eight Cambridge researchers - six from the University of Cambridge and two from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - are among the 63 scientists from around the world elected this year as Members and Associate Members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Life Sciences - Environment - 06.07.2020
Why it's no last orders for the Tequila bat: DNA helps conservation of elusive bat
Why it’s no last orders for the Tequila bat: DNA helps conservation of elusive bat
Scientists studying the -near threatened- tequila bat, best known for its vital role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analysed its DNA to help inform conservationists on managing their populations.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.07.2020
Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies
Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies
Premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage treated with a 'brain washing' technique pioneered by Bristol researchers have shown in a 10-year follow-up study, were twice as likely to survive without severe learning disability when compared with infants given standard treatment. The findings are published today [5 July] in the journal Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.06.2020
Novel pathology could improve diagnosis and treatment of Huntington's and other diseases
Novel pathology could improve diagnosis and treatment of Huntington’s and other diseases
SAFB1 is an important protein controlling gene regulation in the brain and is similar in structure to other proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases of age. The team, from the University of Bristol's Translational Health Sciences , wanted to find out if this protein might be associated with certain neurodegenerative conditions.

Astronomy / Space Science - Life Sciences - 26.06.2020

Life Sciences - 26.06.2020
Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat
Bizarre saber-tooth predator from South America was no saber-tooth cat
A new study led by researchers from the University of Bristol has shown that not all saber-tooths were fearsome predators. Saber-tooth cats, such as the North American species Smilodon fatalis , are among the most iconic fossil animals with a reputation for being fierce predators. However, saber-tooths came in all shapes and sizes and nearly a hundred different saber-tooths are known to science so far.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.06.2020
Human interactions with wild and farmed animals must change dramatically to reduce risk of another deadly pandemic
Compiled by a team of international wildlife and veterinary experts, a new study has identified seven routes by which pandemics could occur and 161 options for reducing the risk.

Health - Life Sciences - 17.06.2020
What archaeological records can tell us about historic epidemics
Infectious diseases have been with us since our beginnings as a species. Professor Charlotte Roberts explains what the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history - and the human response to them. The previous pandemics to which people often compare COVID-19 - the influenza pandemic of 1918 , the Black Death bubonic plague (1342-1353), the Justinian plague (541-542) - don't seem that long ago to archaeologists.

Life Sciences - Environment - 05.06.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 04.06.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 29.05.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 29.05.2020
Quantum technology offers improved planning for epilepsy surgery
A new project to harness quantum technology to enable better planning for patients undergoing epilepsy surgery has been funded by the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing.

Health - Life Sciences - 28.05.2020
Lab-free COVID-19 test trialled in London hospitals
Lab-free COVID-19 test trialled in London hospitals
DnaNudge's MHRA-approved rapid COVID-19 test is now rolling out in urgent patient care across London hospitals. DnaNudge 's rapid, lab-free COVID-19 test, developed by Imperial College London's Regius Professor of Engineering Chris Toumazou , offers gold-standard accuracy and sample-to-result in around an hour.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.05.2020
Opinion: Coronavirus may be increasing risk of stroke
Across the world doctors are reporting COVID-19 patients developing dangerous blood clots. Here Professor David Werring and Associate Professor Arvind Chandratheva (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) describe similar findings in those patients who went on to have a stroke.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.05.2020
Nine UCL academics elected to Academy Medical Sciences
The fifty newly elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) includes nine academics from UCL, in recognition of the incredible contributions they have made to medical science.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.05.2020

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.05.2020
Life Sciences undergraduates track bird song and coral reef diversity from home
Life Sciences undergraduates track bird song and coral reef diversity from home
As part of the College's move to remote learning, 143 first-year students are taking a series of virtual field courses to investigate biodiversity.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.05.2020
To examine how sleep during lockdown affects older people with or without dementia
The questionnaire-led study, called SleepQuest, aims to understand sleep quality, mental health and circadian rhythms in older people. Up to 5,000 participants will be recruited through Join Dementia Research , social media and older people's networks. The researchers believe that the current COVID-19 crisis has led to a large number of people experiencing disrupted sleep and circadian rhythms and that a proportion of these people will go on to develop chronic sleep problems.

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.05.2020
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