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Wellcome Trust investment in Ebola research tops 10 million The Wellcome Trust has now committed more than £10 million as part of an emergency package of research funding to tackle the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The news comes as researchers in Oxford report successful trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine, which is well-tolerated and generates an immune response in healthy volunteers[1]. 28 January 2015
'Mad Cow Disease' explored in an exhibition by artist Roger Hiorns at the Hayward Gallery In the first ever exhibition in an art gallery to investigate bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its impact, Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns curates a section of ‘History Is Now: 7 artists take on Britain’ at the Hayward Gallery (10 Feb-26 April 2015). 23 January 2015
Wellcome Trust comments on shipment of first doses of GSK/NIH Ebola vaccine to Liberia Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding a trial of this vaccine in the UK and Mali as well as parallel studies of other vaccines in Geneva, Gabon, Kenya and Guinea, said: 23 January 2015
Wellcome Trust offers chance to feature in 'Criminel', a noir detective game The Wellcome Trust is offering members of the public the opportunity to have their face featured in ‘Criminel’, a noir detective mystery game due for release via the App Store in February 2015. 14 January 2015
Wellcome Trust prices 400 million euro bond The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charitable foundation and one of the world’s largest funders of medical research, today announces that it has priced 400 million euros of Bonds due 2027 (the “Bonds”). Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley acted as joint lead managers of the issue. 14 January 2015
Wellcome Trust renews Biomedical Research Partnership in Ireland Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Wellcome Trust have announced the renewal of the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership. 13 January 2015
Draft road map for Ebola vaccine development A draft road map for the expedited development, testing, manufacture, delivery and financing of Ebola vaccines has today been published by a global group of experts supported by the Wellcome Trust. 12 January 2015
'Big Picture: Immune System' out now The latest instalment of 'Big Picture', the Wellcome Trust’s free educational magazine for students aged 16+ and their teachers, is out now. 8 January 2015
NGA and Wellcome Trust launch Framework for Governance The National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the Wellcome Trust have today launched the jointly developed Framework for Governance, an essential document for all governing boards to help them effectively carry out their vital role. It is a flexible guide that can be used by any school regardless of phase, type or governance structure. 08 January 2015
'Brainstorm': exploring the teenage brain in theatre 'Brainstorm' is a provocative new play from Islington Community Theatre that explores the workings of the teenage brain. It will be performed at Park Theatre from 8 to 11 January 2015. 7 January 2015
Wellcome Trust appoints new head of Neuroscience and Mental Health We are pleased to announce that John Isaac has been appointed the new Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust. 23 December 2014
Link between immune system and brain disorders focus of new project A group of UK scientists are teaming up with researchers from two pharmaceutical companies to investigate whether mood disorders, such as depression, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, could be treated by targeting the immune system. Monday 22 December 2014
Wellcome Trust announces 2013/14 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 2014 today. 17 December 2014
Wellcome Trust announces new Executive Board appointments The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce the appointments to its Executive Board of Tim Livett as Chief Financial Officer and Ted Smith as Director of People and Development. 15 December 2014
First co-production feature film from the Wellcome Trust: 'Electricity' 'Electricity', the Wellcome Trust’s first co-production feature film, is released in select cinemas nationally from 12 December, by Soda Pictures. Starring Agyness Deyn as a young woman with temporal lobe epilepsy, the film takes the viewer on a hallucinatory journey as she searches for her lost brother. 10 December 2014

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