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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
Wellcome Trust comment on Guardian fossil fuels campaign Today The Guardian announced a petition urging the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels. Below follows a statement from the Wellcome Trust:
16 March 2015
Come and be dazzled by Wellcome Collection's spring weekend 'On Light' Wellcome Collection and UCL will host a dazzling extended weekend of free events and activity this May to mark the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. 'On Light' (1-4 May 2015) will illuminate our human relationship with light with four days of performance, discussion, activity and art. 13 March 2015
The Wellcome Book Prize reveals 2015 shortlist The shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2015 has been announced by acclaimed author and chair of judges, Bill Bryson. Joined by Ken Arnold, Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection, Bryson revealed the six shortlisted titles at a breakfast event held in Wellcome Collection’s new Reading Room. 11 March 2015
Wellcome Trust encourages urgent review of medical innovation in the NHS The Wellcome Trust is working with the Government Office of Life Sciences to take forward a review that aims to help new medicines and technologies be more quickly and efficiently adopted by the NHS to benefit patients. 11 March 2015
New trial of TKM-Ebola treatment to start in Sierra Leone A clinical trial of a potential Ebola therapy called TKM-Ebola-Guinea will start today in Sierra Leone. 11 March 2015
Eliza Manningham-Buller to be next Chair of the Wellcome Trust The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce the appointment today of Eliza Manningham-Buller as the Trust’s Chair-elect. 10 March 2015
African leaders and global funders endorse new science funding platform for Africa The Wellcome Trust is pleased to support the African Union’s recent call to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), to be led by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). 9 March 2015
Ebola vaccine trial to begin in Guinea Clinical trials of a promising candidate Ebola vaccine will begin in Guinea this weekend, supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust. 5 March 2015

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