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Applications invited for new Wellcome Trust-NIH PhD Studentships The latest round of the Wellcome Trust and National Institutes of Health Four-year PhD Studentships scheme is now open for applications. 24 July 2014
Discovering data - new models proposed for effective data sharing in epidemiology The challenge of making datasets ‘discoverable’ is one of the most fundamental barriers to effective data sharing. New research published today examines how research funders could make it easier for researchers to identify, access and use public health and epidemiological data to accelerate improvements in public health. 23 July 2014
SAMBA II offers on-the-spot HIV testing to millions in Africa A new transformative point-of-care diagnostic which gives rapid results for the detection of HIV genetic material is being rolled out across Africa. 22 July 2014
'The Institute of Sexology' to be first exhibition at expanded Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection will explore the most publicly discussed of private acts with ‘The Institute of Sexology’ (20 November 2014 to 20 September 2015), the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex. From Alfred Kinsey’s complex coded questionnaires to Samoan jewellery to sex machines, the show investigates how the diverse research, methods and collections of sexologists have shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. 18 July 2014
Wellcome Trust comment on the MH17 air crash and the loss to the global health community The reports that members of the global health community, including leading HIV scientist Joep Lange, have died in the crash of flight MH17 yesterday has shocked and saddened the staff at the Wellcome Trust, many of whom have close links to researchers in this field. The Trust offers its deepest condolences to all of those affected by this tragedy. 18 July 2014
Mobile games can be reliable tools for conducting psychology experiments, UK researchers find Initial findings from one of the largest cognitive science experiments ever conducted have shown that mobile games can be used to reliably address psychology questions, paving the way to a better understanding of how cognitive function differs across populations. 16 July 2014
All eyes on Euston Road for the Wellcome Trust's new windows commission Passers-by looking in the windows of the Wellcome Trust’s central London headquarters this summer may be surprised to find two giant pairs of eyes staring back at them. ‘Eye Contact’, a video installation created by artist Peter Hudson, will occupy the windows of the Gibbs Building on Euston Road for the next year. 16 July 2014
Professor Bryan Grenfell and Professor Tobias Bonhoeffer join the Wellcome Trust Board of Governors Two world-leading scientists - Professor Bryan Grenfell, a population biologist, and Professor Tobias Bonhoeffer, a neuroscientist - have joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust. They will take up their positions in September. 7 July 2014
New global projects seed research into future of human health Five new research projects have been funded by the Wellcome Trust, each aiming to answer different questions about how our planet can sustain the healthy lives of our growing population, estimated to reach nine billion people by 2050. 4 July 2014
Internationally focused commission on antimicrobial resistance announced by PM A new review to address the growing global problem of drug-resistant infections, hosted and funded by the Wellcome Trust, has been commissioned by the Prime Minister. 2 July 2014
MPs support a healthy future for UK medical research On 16 June, MPs and peers from across Parliament met with biomedical scientists to hear about how their groundbreaking research is helping to tackle conditions such as cancer, dementia, eye disease, Parkinson's, and brain injury in newborn babies. 27 June 2014
Three exceptional teachers receive ENTHUSE Celebration Awards for their contribution to science education The winners of the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2014 were announced yesterday in a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. The Awards, now in their second year, celebrate exceptional education professionals who have made a significant impact on science teaching in their schools. 27 June 2014
'Big Picture: Populations' - available now The 20th edition of ‘Big Picture’, the free educational magazine from the Wellcome Trust for students aged 16+ and their teachers, looks at populations. 16 June 2014
Investing in cancer research boosts economy as well as health Each pound invested in cancer research generates a continuous stream of benefits equal to earning 40 pence a year thereafter, according to a report published today in BMC Medicine. 16 June 2014
New research explains how we use the GPS inside our brain to navigate The way we navigate from A to B is controlled by two brain regions which track the distance to our destination, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust and published in Current Biology. 6 June 2014

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