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Wellcome Trust Capital Award to support Scottish Centre for Scientific Engagement The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce significant funding towards the creation of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016. A Capital Award grant of £1.3 million will help create a Scottish centre for scientific engagement, inspiring visitors through Scotland’s world-class collections of science and technology and making the Museum a major hub for science communication in the UK and beyond. 31 October 2014
Largest ever dataset on individual deaths in Africa and SE Asia reveals changing health An unprecedented insight into the changing health of people across Africa and Asia - including the fluctuating burdens of HIV, malaria and childhood mortality - is revealed today by the publication of the largest ever dataset of individual deaths recorded on the ground. 29 October 2014
Wellcome Trust appoints Simon Chaplin as new Director of Culture & Society The Wellcome Trust is today pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Simon Chaplin as Director of Culture & Society. Dr Chaplin, who was previously Head of the Wellcome Library, succeeds Clare Matterson, who took on the new role of Director of Strategy earlier this month. 29 October 2014
Multiple trials of VSV Ebola vaccine accelerated by international collaborative Trials of one of the most promising candidate Ebola vaccines are to begin swiftly in healthy volunteers in Europe, Gabon and Kenya, as funds from the Wellcome Trust enable an international consortium to accelerate development of the VSV Ebola vaccine, rVSV-EBOV. This is the latest of several international commitments to fast-track early tests of candidate Ebola vaccines so they could be available for trial in West Africa by the end of the year, and if successful deployed more widely in 2015. 29 October 2014
Twenty-five university recipients of Institutional Strategic Support Fund awards announced Twenty-five universities across the UK have received grants from the Wellcome Trust, through the £38 million Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), to support biomedical research and related activities over the next two years. 28 October 2014
Winners announced for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize The winners of the annual Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer', were announced at an awards ceremony at the Wellcome Trust yesterday evening. 23 October 2014
Wellcome Library funds a new partnership to digitise 800,000 pages of mental health archives Over 800,000 pages of archival material from psychiatric hospitals in the UK from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitised and made freely available online as part of the Wellcome Library’s ambitious digitisation programme. 17 October 2014
New research to investigate if neuroscience can improve teaching and learning in schools Can physical fitness improve academic achievement? Would teenagers do better in their exams if they could sleep in and start school later? These questions will be part of a multi-million-pound research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to investigate a variety of ways neuroscience might improve teaching and learning in the UK. 9 October 2014
Wellcome Trust to collaborate with Merck Serono and the Institute of Cancer Research to co-develop anti-cancer drugs Merck Serono (the biopharmaceutical division of Merck), the Institute of Cancer Research and the Wellcome Trust have announced a co-development and license agreement building on two independent research programs at both the ICR and Merck Serono to identify inhibitors of tankyrase, an enzyme of the poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase family. 8 October 2014
Rising star of art world to create stunning public sculpture for the Francis Crick Institute Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, has announced that the London artist Conrad Shawcross has been commissioned to create a stunning piece of public art for the Crick. 7 October 2014
Hubbub in modern life explored as new 1m Wellcome Collection residency begins The urge to be busy defines modern life. Rest can seem hard to find, whether in relation to an exhausted body, a racing mind or a hectic city. Should we slow down, or should we embrace intense activity? What effects do each of these states have on the health of our bodies and minds? A new research group called Hubbub have taken residence at Wellcome Collection and are bringing together scientists, humanists, artists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals to breathe new life into the questions we ask about rest and busyness. 7 October 2014
Professor John O'Keefe wins Nobel Prize Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL (University College London), has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shares with Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. The Wellcome Trust has supported John’s work for more than ten years. 6 October 2014
Val McDermid uncovers secrets of forensic medicine in new book Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine in a new book, ‘Forensics: The anatomy of crime’, published today by Profile Books and Wellcome Collection. 2 October 2014
Wellcome Trust announces 2014 Engagement Fellows The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce three new Engagement Fellows for 2014. Alex Julyan, Brian Lobel and Dan Bird will be taking up their Fellowships in September, with plans to work on projects on healthcare environments, patient experience and informal science learning. 1 October 2014
Bill Bryson to chair panel of judges for 2015 Wellcome Book Prize Acclaimed writer Bill Bryson will chair an eminent panel of judges, the Wellcome Book Prize has announced today. 30 September 2014

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