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Wellcome Trust Researchers elected as Royal Society Fellows Seven members of the Wellcome Trust community, including Director Jeremy Farrar, have today been elected Fellows of the Royal Society. 1 May 2015
'The Iceberg' by Marion Coutts wins the Wellcome Book Prize 2015 Marion Coutts has been awarded the Wellcome Book Prize 2015 for 'The Iceberg', her memoir on art, work, death and language, published by Atlantic Books. The announcement was made by acclaimed author and Chair of Judges, Bill Bryson, at a special ceremony held on Wednesday 29 April, in Wellcome Collection's new Reading Room. 30 April 2015
Babies feel pain 'like adults' A study using MRI to look inside babies’ brains has found they feel pain in the same way as adults. 21 April 2015
Sex in the Afternoon: Wellcome Collection announces sexology literature tour Four internationally renowned writers - including London’s first Young Poet Laureate, the current Forward Prize holder, and the former inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company - are taking part in a literature tour that will bring sexology-themed writing to venues across Britain. 13 April 2014
Ideas Lab: Wellcome Trust and EIFF launch partnership to inspire Scottish screenwriters The Wellcome Trust and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) are launching a new partnership alongside the Beltane Public Engagement Network to deliver an exciting initiative for established screenwriters. 09 April 2015
Consortium signs deal with Basilea to develop resistance-busting cancer drugs A group of academic organisations and funders has entered an agreement with biopharmaceutical company Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. to progress a new family of cancer drugs designed to block several key cancer-causing proteins at once. 1 April 2015
New Capital Award for the Museum of Science and Industry Ambitious plans for a major new gallery at the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, will now be realised thanks to a £1.8 million grant from the Wellcome Trust. 1 April 2015
Malaria article wins Access to Understanding prize An article about the changing risk of Malaria in Africa has won the Access to Understanding writing competition. 30 March 2015
Engagement is a more complicated but more constructive route to reducing carbon emissions Last week the Guardian newspaper launched a campaign urging the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to sell our investments in fossil fuel companies. Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar explains the Trust’s position in a comment piece first published by the Guardian. 26 March 2015
International prize for cardiac modelling research A new approach to computer modelling that has the potential to reduce the number of animals used in research, particularly in the safety assessment of new drugs, has won an international prize. 21 March 2015
Who do you think you really are? The first fine-scale genetic map of the British Isles 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. 19 March 2015
Shake-up of centuries-old system of credit in scholarly communication The Wellcome Trust has been working with technology company Digital Science to introduce a new way of classifying the roles of individuals in work leading to published academic research. 19 March 2015
Come Closer: Winner of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards An astonishing image of a pregnant pony's uterus has been selected as the overall winner of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards. 19 March 2015
Venki Ramakrishnan named as next President of Royal Society Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, a Wellcome Trust Investigator, has been announced as the next President of the Royal Society. The Nobel Prize-winning structural biologist will take up the position in December 2015 when the current President, Sir Paul Nurse, steps down.
19 March 2015
Fleming Fund launched to tackle global problem of drug-resistant infection The UK Government is working with the Wellcome Trust and other global organisations to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant infection with a new £195 million fund, announced in today’s Budget. 18 March 2015

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