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No Hib booster needed by vaccinated infants in Kenya Children living in Kenya are well protected from life-threatening infections – such as meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia - caused by the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), by the existing three-dose vaccine regime. 5 Feburary 2016
States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness opens at Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection opens the second part of a year-long exploration into human consciousness on 4 February 2016. ‘States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness’ examines the universal, yet mysterious, topic of conscious experience. This major exhibition brings together artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to investigate the terrain between consciousness and unconsciousness and will feature historical material, objects, artworks and an evolving programme of contemporary art installations. 04 February 2016
30m fund to bring new life to science centres The Wellcome Trust and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have partnered to deliver a £30 million fund to breathe new life into science centres across the UK.

States of Mind: A collection of literature, science, philosophy and art To accompany a major exhibition opening in February 2016, Wellcome Collection will publish 'States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness'. The book is a collection of literature, science and art delving into the mysteries of human consciousness and featuring a new introduction by Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 27 January 2016
Ebola legacy lab will improve Sierra Leone's resilience to future epidemics Samples from the recently confirmed case of Ebola in Sierra Leone have been analysed at a new infectious diseases laboratory in the country, set up in the wake of the epidemic. The research, carried out by two local scientists recently trained in next-generation genome sequencing techniques, will provide vital information about the virus that will help international scientists to identify the potential source of the infection. 22 January 2016
Global business should contribute towards cost of preparing for pandemics Global business should play a critical role in making the world more resilient against disease outbreaks, contributing to the investment needed to strengthen health systems, respond to epidemics and develop new vaccines and drugs, the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos heard today.
21 January 2016
New independent review panel for clinical data sharing website appointed In its role as secretariat for clinicalstudydatarequest.com, the Wellcome Trust has appointed a new independent review panel to evaluate requests from researchers who want to access data from industry-sponsored clinical trials.
19 January 2016
Goldman Sachs, Wellcome Trust and Greystar launch new student housing company Goldman Sachs, Wellcome Trust and Greystar have formed a joint venture to launch a new student housing company, Vero Group, it was announced today.
Tribute to award-winning scientist Professor Glyn Humphreys The news of the sudden death yesterday of Professor Glyn Humphreys, Watts Chair of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, has saddened many friends and colleagues at the Wellcome Trust. 15 January 2016
Alternatives to antibiotics not a short-term solution to drug-resistant infections A handful of alternatives to antibiotics – such as treatments and preventative measures based on live microorganisms or ‘probiotics’ – have the potential to combat bacterial infections in the next decade, but they are unlikely to replace traditional antibiotics. 13 January 2016
3bn a year needed to prepare the world for future pandemics An investment of less than 50p per year for every person on the planet (£3bn/$4.5bn total) would make the world significantly more resilient to the threat of infectious disease, according to a group of international experts convened in the wake of the Ebola crisis. 13 January 2016
New laptop program can identify drug resistance from bacterial genomes Scientists have developed an easy-to-use computer program that can quickly analyse bacterial DNA from a patient’s infection and predict which antibiotics will work, and which will fail due to drug resistance. The software is currently being trialled in three UK hospitals to see whether it could help speed up diagnosis of drug-resistant infections and enable doctors to better target the prescription of antibiotics. 21 December 2015
Vote by European Parliament on data protection welcomed by research community The research community has welcomed a vote on the new European Data Protection Regulation, which includes proportionate safeguards on how personal data is used in health research. 18 December 2015
Wellcome Trust announces 2014/15 annual results Wellcome Trust and Wellcome Trust Finance plc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellcome Trust) announce that they have each published their Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year to 30 September 2015 today. 15 December 2015
Wellcome Trust reaction to the Paris Agreement on climate change Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar has issued the following statement in reaction to the international agreement on climate change reached at COP21. 14 December 2015

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