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News: 2010

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UK primary school children publish in peer-reviewed journal A group of UK primary school children have achieved a world first by having their school science project published in an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal. The paper, which reports novel findings in how bumblebees perceive colour, appears today in 'Biology Letters'. 22 Dec 2010
Fighter pilots' brains are more sensitive The brains of fighter pilots are wired differently to the brains of the rest of us, according to a new study led by scientists at UCL and part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. 16 Dec 2010
Lay counsellors may help tackle depression in resource-poor settings Trained lay counsellors can be effective at helping treat people who have depression and anxiety in public primary care facilities, according to a study published today in the 'Lancet'. 14 Dec 2010
Genetic variants linked to increased risk of common gynaecological disease Research identifies two genetic variants that increase the risk of developing endometriosis, a common gynaecological disease. The study provides clues to the origin of this often very painful condition, which has a significant impact on the quality of life of sufferers. 13 Dec 2010
Cells measure brightness to see the light A type of light-sensitive cell in the eye that helps the brain to measure brightness is described this week in a study part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. 08 Dec 2010
Online database reveals life of poisoning and poverty for Victorian children Thousands of records telling the stories of child patients in Glasgow during Victorian times have gone online for the first time as the result of a seven-year project part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. 07 Dec 2010
Seeing the world differently: how the brain's architecture makes our view of the world unique Wellcome Trust scientists have shown for the first time that exactly how we see our environment depends on the size of the visual part of our brain. 06 Dec 2010
Wellcome Trust supports clinical trial of four-in-one polypill to fight cardiovascular diseases Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited has received an award from the new R&D for Affordable Healthcare in India initiative to support a phase III clinical trial of Polycap (TM), a combination pill to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 02 Dec 2010
BAFTA win for history of smallpox school resource Timelines.tv picked up the BAFTA for Secondary Learning at the BAFTA Children's Awards earlier this week for its Wellcome Trust-funded video resource 'Smallpox Through Time'. 02 Dec 2010
HIV clinical trial looks at potential benefits of treating recently infected people Clinical trial is examining whether it is possible to limit damage to the immune system by treating people soon after they are infected with HIV with a short course of antiretroviral drugs. 01 Dec 2010
Wellcome Trust award could bring sight for sore eyes A collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, could bring hope to millions of people worldwide who are blinded as a result of corneal damage. 30 Nov 2010
Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst appoints Martino Picardo as CEO Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst (SBC) has appointed Dr Martino Picardo as its first Chief Executive Officer. Dr Picardo joins from the University of Manchester Incubator Company (UMIC) and will take up his new post in February 2011. 29 Nov 2010
Erectile dysfunction may indicate an increased risk of heart disease A study published today suggests that older men affected by erectile dysfunction may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. 23 Nov 2010
Origin of cells associated with nerve repair discovered Scientists have discovered the origin of a unique type of cell that can help the central nervous system regenerate. This may allow more of these cells to be produced and used to repair spinal cord injuries. 22 Nov 2010
Interim Director of the Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre appointed Professor John O'Keefe has been appointed as Interim Director of the Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre at UCL. 19 Nov 2010
Dartford marks Wellcome connection The town of Dartford's connections with Sir Henry Wellcome began in 1890, when he moved his pharmaceutical business?s production base to a site there. 18 Nov 2010
Sir Mark makes no. 2 in science 'Power 100' Congratulations to the Trust-associated scientists named in the inaugural Times Eureka ?Power 100? list of the most influential people in British science, published in October. 16 Nov 2010
Study confirms gene link to obesity A new study has provided the first direct evidence that over-activity of a gene called FTO leads to over-eating and obesity in mice. The findings suggest that the gene could be a promising target for developing anti-obesity drugs that decrease the gene's activity. 16 Nov 2010
Rare genetic disorder highlights importance of selenium A rare genetic disorder has highlighted the importance to human health of selenium, a little known trace element. The discovery, reported today in the 'Journal of Clinical Investigation', may also shed light on the role of free radicals - highly reactive molecules which can cause cellular damage - in the body. 16 Nov 2010
Rapid, low-cost test for multi-drug resistant TB gains WHO endorsement A rapid, low-cost test for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - including multi-drug resistance - has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use in resource-poor settings. 15 Nov 2010
Team finds mutation involved in macular degeneration Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research in Manchester have revealed more about how a particular genetic change significantly raises the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. 14 Nov 2010
Linking lipids to coronary artery disease Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have shed further light on why lipids (fats) and the body's lipid transporters are important indicators for coronary artery disease. 13 Nov 2010
Wellcome Trust researchers receive Prince Mahidol Award Two of the Wellcome Trust's leading global health researchers have been presented with this year's Prince Mahidol Award in the field of medicine. 12 Nov 2010
Mosquito trial to cut dengue infection gets go-ahead in Malaysia The Malay government has granted approval to release genetically modified sterile mosquitoes into the wild in an open field trial. Oxford based biotechnology company Oxitec are hoping that their method of controlling the mosquito population will cut the spread of dengue infection. 12 Nov 2010
Sleep apnoea linked to changes in brain structure Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when someone stops breathing while sleeping, because their airway at the back of the throat becomes blocked. This can lead to excessive sleepiness, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, and cognitive impairment. 12 Nov 2010
Awards recognise outstanding photography Our congratulations to Wellcome Library photographers Dave Sayer and Ben Gilbert, who have scooped prizes at the Institute of Medical Illustrators annual awards. 11 Nov 2010
Tetris flashback reduction effect not common to all games The computer game Tetris may have the ability to reduce flashbacks people have after viewing traumatic images. 11 Nov 2010
'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' wins the Wellcome Trust Book Prize Ten years in the making, 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' - a beautiful but harrowing work of non-fiction by Rebecca Skloot - has won the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize. 10 Nov 2010
Leading public health expert appointed to Wellcome Trust Board of Governors The Wellcome Trust today announces the appointment of Professor Anne Johnson to its Board of Governors. 10 Nov 2010
Study shows great genetic variation in pancreatic cancer A new study published recently in 'Nature' reveals in detail the complexity of genetic variation found in pancreatic cancer cells. The ability to identify and understand the early mutations involved with the disease may lead to the discovery of new drug targets. 09 Nov 2010
Major clinical trial prompts call for change to treatment guidelines for severe malaria The largest ever clinical trial in patients hospitalised with severe malaria has concluded that the drug artesunate should now be the preferred treatment for the disease in both children and adults worldwide. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is published online in the journal 'Lancet'. 08 Nov 2010
Gene discovery supports link between handedness and language-related disorders Scientists have identified a genetic variant which influences whether a person with dyslexia is more skilled with either the left or right hand. 05 Nov 2010
Electric brain stimulation improves maths performance Applying electrical stimulation to the brain can enhance a person's mathematical abilities for up to six months, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out by neuroscientists at Oxford University. 05 Nov 2010
New grants to research history of antipsychiatry movement Until the 1960s, psychiatric patients were stigmatised as 'ill' and asylums were little more than prisons. A group of psychiatrists revolted, advocating more humane treatment. 04 Nov 2010
Global map of the sickle cell gene confirms the 'malaria hypothesis' At a global scale, the sickle-cell gene is most commonly found in areas with historically high levels of malaria, adding to the hypothesis that the gene avoids disappearing through natural selection by providing protection against malaria. 03 Nov 2010
Awards to support genetics innovations Back in July 2009, we opened the Health Innovation Challenge Fund to stimulate the development of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions. 01 Nov 2010
'Bullet' structure reveals how the immune system keeps rogue cells in check A study published in 'Nature' today has revealed how a protein called perforin - the 'bullet' of the immune system - kills rogue cells in our body. It is hoped that the findings could reveal useful information to develop more effective treatments for cancer and viral diseases. 01 Nov 2010
Support renewed for Kenya Programme Our Major Overseas Programme in Kenya continues to make important contributions to tropical medicine and has been awarded £32.5 million to support its activities for the next five years. 01 Nov 2010
Bees capable of solving complex mathematical problem Bumblebees often have to forage for food in patches of flowers several kilometres apart. In calculating the best route, bees are able to rapidly solve a complex mathematical problem. 29 Oct 2010
Y Touring theatre group celebrates 21 years Y Touring, the award-winning touring theatre company of Central YMCA, is celebrating 21 years of creating powerful, provocative theatre that highlights important and difficult current issues of the day. 28 Oct 2010
Could scorpion toxin improve the outcome of heart bypass surgery? New research has described a potential new treatment to reduce heart bypass failure. A toxin in the venom of a certain type of scorpion could hold the key, according to new research. 27 Oct 2010
Study on effects of anti-obesity drug paves way for more effective treatments Scientists have found that an anti-obesity drug changes the way the brain responds to appetising, high-calorie foods in obese individuals. This insight may aid the development of new anti-obesity drugs. 27 Oct 2010
Swine flu variant linked to fatal cases may have disabled the clearing mechanism of lungs A variant of last year's pandemic influenza linked to fatal cases carried a mutation that enabled it to infect a different subset of cells lining the airway, according to new research. 25 Oct 2010
Scientists assess new vaccines to improve health of African children Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health, will investigate the effectiveness of new vaccines developed to protect children from pneumonia and diarrhoea. 21 Oct 2010
Psoriasis study uncovers first interaction between genetic variants seen in humans Genetic variants associated with increased susceptibility to psoriasis, a chronic and recurrent skin disease, are reported in five papers published online in 'Nature Genetics' this week. 20 Oct 2010
Risk of heart attack and stroke following dental treatment outweighed by long-term benefits Research suggests that invasive dental treatment carries a small but statistically significant increase in the risk of stroke and heart attack over the short term. However, the authors of the study stress that any increase in risk is likely to be outweighed by the long-term benefits of such treatment. 19 Oct 2010
Scientists identify four genetic variants linked to risk of early menopause Research out today suggests that four common genetic variants may have a significant impact on the odds of having early menopause. The researchers say the findings are the first steps towards developing a genetic test to predict a woman's reproductive lifespan. 18 Oct 2010
Translation Award supports new technology to accelerate genome studies The Wellcome Trust has awarded £0.8 million to Population Genetics Technologies Ltd to conduct a large-scale, two-year study of genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's disease in collaboration with Cardiff University. 14 Oct 2010
Duke of York opens new clinical research laboratories in Hanoi His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG opened new Clinical and Research Laboratories at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases (NHTD), Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday. 13 Oct 2010
Drug candidate reverses age-related memory loss in mice Researchers at the University of Edinburgh today report a new experimental compound that can improve memory and cognitive function in ageing mice. The compound is being investigated with a view to developing a drug that could slow the natural decline in memory associated with ageing. 13 Oct 2010
New antibiotic for hospital superbug shows promise A new class of antibiotic specifically designed to target the hospital superbug Clostridium difficile has proved to be more effective than current treatments in preclinical studies. 12 Oct 2010
New insights into the genetics of body shape Whether you're apple- or pear-shaped is partly down to your genes, according to new research published today. 11 Oct 2010
Patients' views on electronic patient records The digitisation of patient records needs much wider consultation if the NHS is to retain public confidence in patient confidentiality, says a new survey published today by the New Economics Foundation and the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. 11 Oct 2010
What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Colourful tales of scurvy, drunkenness, ship wrecks and murder in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries have been opened to the public as part of an extensive cataloguing project funded by the Wellcome Trust. 06 Oct 2010
Wellcome Trust invites brightest minds to apply for Investigator Awards Applications open today for the brightest minds in biomedical research to apply for Wellcome Trust New Investigator Awards and Senior Investigator Awards. 01 Oct 2010
New funding partnership announced for biomedical researchers in Ireland The Wellcome Trust, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB) have today announced the SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Partnership to jointly fund biomedical researchers in Ireland. 29 Sep 2010
Is explaining variation in height a tall order? Hundreds of common genetic variants across the human genome influence adult height, according to a study of over 180 000 individuals published today in the journal 'Nature'. The study itself identifies over a hundred new variants and shows that they are not randomly-distributed, but are clustered around genes which have been previously linked to growth. 29 Sep 2010
Study finds first direct evidence that ADHD is a genetic disorder Research published today provides the first direct evidence that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a genetic condition. Scientists at Cardiff University found that children with ADHD were more likely to have small segments of their DNA duplicated or missing than other children. 29 Sep 2010
Structural Genomics Consortium releases 1000th protein structure The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) announced today the release into the public domain of its 1 000th high resolution protein structure. 27 Sep 2010
Largest genetic study of asthma points towards better treatments A large international study has identified several genetic variants that increase susceptibility to asthma in the population. 27 Sep 2010
Disgusting experiment answers century-old philosophical question Is your stomach churning because you feel disgusted, or is your sense of disgust caused by your stomach churning? 24 Sep 2010
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon receives first Royal College of Surgeons-Wellcome Trust joint fellowship Mr Andrew Schache has been awarded the first joint training research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Wellcome Trust to further his research into the role of the human papillomavirus. 24 Sep 2010
Human malaria 'came from gorillas' Researchers have shown that the most common form of human malaria originated from infected gorillas. 23 Sep 2010
Alzheimer's to cost the world economy £388 billion Alzheimer's disease and other dementias cost the world economy one per cent of global GDP (£388 billion) in 2010, according to a new report. 21 Sep 2010
What do children really think about SATs? A survey of children in England and Wales and their parents reveals overwhelming support for science assessment in primary school, but a strong preference for non-SATs testing. 21 Sep 2010
Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure Our ability to reflect on our own thoughts, emotions and behaviour is one of the key aspects of consciousness and what makes us human, but the biological basis of this process - known as introspection - has, until now, been unknown. 17 Sep 2010
School students win once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galįpagos Islands The winners of our Survival Rivals competition to send a group of UK students to the Galįpagos Islands are announced at the British Science Festival in Birmingham. 15 Sep 2010
Wellcome Library material displayed at Tate Britain exhibition Works from the Wellcome Library are included in a newly opened exhibition at Tate Britain on the life and career of the groundbreaking photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904). 14 Sep 2010
Study provides recommended techniques for handling lab mice to reduce anxiety Improving handling techniques for laboratory mice helps reduce stress and anxiety, according to a study published in 'Nature Methods'. 13 Sep 2010
Study highlights most effective malaria drug regimens for first-line treatment Research identifies the most effective drug combinations recommended for use as first-line treatments for malaria. The study also suggests that augmenting the treatments with a single dose of the drug primaquine could have a major effect on malaria transmission from treated patients. 09 Sep 2010
UKCMRI submits plans for world-leading medical research institute The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) has applied to Camden Council for permission to build a world-leading medical research institute at St Pancras and Somers Town in London. 07 Sep 2010
Children with sickle cell suffer more severe malaria The sickle cell trait is known for its protective effect against developing malaria. But new research warns that children with sickle cell anaemia are more likely to die from severe malaria. 06 Sep 2010
Drug candidate shows promise as treatment for drug-resistant malaria An international collaboration of researchers describe a potent new drug candidate that can clear malaria infection in mice with a single oral dose. 03 Sep 2010
Protecting the lungs against 'collateral damage' from the immune system A study published in 'Science' shows how our bodies try to minimise potential 'collateral damage' caused by our immune system when fighting infection. The research may also provide new clues to why cigarette smoke is a significant risk factor for developing diseases of the lung. 03 Sep 2010
First genetic link to common migraine identified Researchers have identified a genetic risk factor associated with common types of migraine. They looked at the genetic data of more than 50 000 people, have produced new insights into migraine triggers and hope their research will lead to new treatment to prevent migraine attacks. 31 Aug 2010
Trust renews support for centres Our Strategic Award Committee recently renewed funding for a number of our best-known Centres. 30 Aug 2010
Trust hails first Senior Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine Professor Hector H Garcia from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru has become the first ever Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (for researchers from low- and middle-income countries). 29 Aug 2010
Recent biomedical science awards Among the new awards made through our Neuroscience and Mental Health funding stream is one to Professor Phil Maguire, a psychiatrist at King?s College London. 29 Aug 2010
Vegetable fibres could help in fight against Crohn's disease Fibres found in vegetables such as broccoli and plantain can prevent bacteria from penetrating cells of the gut, considered to be a key stage in the onset of Crohn's disease, according to a study part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. 27 Aug 2010
Researchers probe lizard malaria parasites Trust-funded researchers in Brazil have published the first description of the malaria species Plasmodium carmelinoi, which infects the Ameiva ameiva lizards common in South and Central America. 27 Aug 2010
Pacific health summit held in the UK June the Pacific Health Summit, the world?s most prestigious health policy summit, came to London for the first time. 27 Aug 2010
Two heads are better than one - with the right partner In the new age of coalition governments, the question of whether two heads are better than one is more relevant than ever. A study published in the journal 'Science' shows that two heads can be better than one - but only if you have the right partner. 27 Aug 2010
Copy number variation found to cause rare kidney disease A rare form of kidney disease linked to a genetic mutation in the innate immune system has been identified by researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. 26 Aug 2010
Liver cells created from patients' skin cells Scientists have created diseased liver cells from a small sample of human skin, showing for the first time that stem cells can be used to model a diverse range of inherited disorders. 26 Aug 2010
Vitamin D found to influence over 200 genes, highlighting links to disease The extent to which vitamin D deficiency may increase susceptibility to a wide range of diseases is dramatically highlighted in research published today. 24 Aug 2010
Trust embarks on new education strategy We have recently completed our new education strategy, which was agreed at the Wellcome Trust Governors meeting in June. 23 Aug 2010
Wellcome Library launches major digitisation project The Wellcome Library today announces the launch of an ambitious digitisation project, providing free, online access to its collections. 23 Aug 2010
Trust supports development of drugs to treat spinal cord injury The Wellcome Trust has awarded a second Seeding Drug Discovery Award to develop new drugs that can be taken orally to treat spinal cord injury. 23 Aug 2010
More openness could boost blood banking, The act of giving blood is associated with notions of community and contributing to the greater good. But blood services today are an increasingly complex business clouded by issues such as the use of blood for research as well as the clinic, distribution and contamination. 21 Aug 2010
Researchers find new role for matrix molecule in memory Once regarded as an inert scaffold or 'glue' the extracellular matrix - the molecules that surround and support animal cells - has been shown to have crucial roles in the function of organisms. 20 Aug 2010
UK universities receive millions in capital funding Over £30 million is being invested in large-scale university infrastructure projects courtesy of the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards initiative. 20 Aug 2010
Blood, Guts, Brains and Babies iPhone app Wellcome Collection and City Stories Walks bring you their first interactive, multimedia walking tour straight to your iPhone or iPod Touch. 19 Aug 2010
Robots provide insight into human perception Research using a robot designed to express human emotions has revealed unexpected insights into how our perception is affected by anthropomorphism. 18 Aug 2010
Mapping the world of worm infections A series of maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections across Africa launches today, part of the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections. 17 Aug 2010
Single neurons are capable of powerful computation Single neurons in the brain are able to distinguish between different sequences of incoming information, according to new research. 13 Aug 2010
Brain scan could aid diagnosis in adults with autism New research shows that a quick brain scan taking just 15 minutes could help identify adults with autism, with over 90 per cent accuracy. 11 Aug 2010
Lupus gene 'protects against malaria' Research has shown that the autoimmune disease lupus has one unexpected benefit: increased protection against malaria. 11 Aug 2010
Protein shape change ensures pick-up in right places Research has shown the complex molecular rearrangement that ensures a key cell membrane transport machine binds only to cargo proteins when in the correct environment. 10 Aug 2010
Gene variants for meningitis susceptibility discovered Research has revealed genetic variants that make some people susceptible to meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia, while others remain naturally immune. 10 Aug 2010
Genetic variant linked to tuberculosis susceptibility A genome-wide association study has identified a genetic variant that increases susceptibility to tuberculosis in African populations. 09 Aug 2010
Image of antibiotic in action opens opportunities to combat resistance Detailed pictures published today reveal how a new type of experimental antibiotic can kill bacteria that are already resistant to existing treatments. 05 Aug 2010
Poverty linked to mental health disorders, review finds A systematic review has strengthened evidence that common mental disorders are linked to poverty in low- and middle-income countries. 03 Aug 2010
Nurturing tomorrow's research leaders What makes us behave unselfishly? Could neuroscience hold the answers? Molly Crockett, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient, believes so. 29 Jul 2010
£45 million for development of affordable healthcare products A £45 million partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Indian government will support development of innovative and affordable healthcare products. 29 Jul 2010
Translation Award to combat counterfeit drugs The Wellcome Trust has awarded £473 000 to a team of international researchers to create a system that can identify counterfeit and substandard drugs. 27 Jul 2010
Professor Peter Rigby to become Wellcome Trust Deputy Chairman Professor Peter Rigby, Chief Executive of the Institute of Cancer Research, is becoming Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust's Board of Governors. 23 Jul 2010
Antibiotics offer 'vaccine-like' immunity to malaria Antibiotics could offer an alternative way to generate 'vaccine-like' immunity against malaria different to immunisation using weakened pathogens. 23 Jul 2010
Wellcome Collection reaches 1 million visitor milestone On 20 July 2007 Wellcome Collection opened to the public. Just three years later, one million people have passed through its doors. 22 Jul 2010
Largest study of genomes and cancer treatments releases first results The largest study to correlate genetics with response to cancer drugs has released its first results. The UK-US collaboration's work is a step towards more personalised cancer treatment. 19 Jul 2010
Support for development of new painkiller for chronic pain The Wellcome Trust has awarded £3.8 million to a team of researchers to develop a new painkiller for the severe chronic pain associated with diabetes. 19 Jul 2010
Scientists find brain's 'star cells' help regulate breathing Astrocytes - previously thought to act only as the 'glue' between neurons - have a central role in the regulation of breathing, according to new research. 16 Jul 2010
Sir Paul Nurse to head UKCMRI Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse is to become the first Director and Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI). 15 Jul 2010
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute launches spin-out company The Wellcome Trust today announces investment in Kymab, a company focused on novel monoclonal antibody medicines from discovery to commercialisation. 12 Jul 2010
Maternal diet and genes interact to affect heart development A pregnant mother's diet may interact with the genes her unborn child inherits and influence the type or severity of birth defect according to research. 07 Jul 2010
Brain biology linked to severe teenage antisocial behaviour A new study reveals that young adults with conduct disorder display an abnormal pattern of brain activity compared with their peers without the disorder. 06 Jul 2010
Wellcome-Wolfson partnership invests in UK science infrastructure Over £30 million is being invested into large-scale university infrastructure projects courtesy of the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards initiative. 02 Jul 2010
Muscular problems in children with neonatal diabetes are neurological Research finds muscle weakness and coordination problems in infants with neonatal diabetes are caused by problems in the brain, not the muscles. 02 Jul 2010
Impulsive, weak-willed, or just too much dopamine? Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL shed light on the brain processes that affect our will power and make us act impulsively. 30 Jun 2010
Science Museum asks 'Who am I?' The Science Museum in London has opened its refurbished 'Who am I?' gallery to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the first draft of the human genome. 28 Jun 2010
Researchers identify 12 new genes linked to diabetes An international consortium of scientists has identified 12 new genes associated with type 2 diabetes, in the largest ever genetic study of the condition. 28 Jun 2010
Vitamins do not reduce pre-eclampsia risk in women with diabetes Taking vitamins C and E does not lower the risk of pre-eclampsia in women with type 1 diabetes, a study finds, but may help in women low in antioxidants. 28 Jun 2010
Wellcome Trust launches study of 10 000 human genomes in UK The Wellcome Trust has launched a project to decode the genomes of 10 000 people over three years - one of the largest genome sequencing programmes ever. 25 Jun 2010
Celebrating a 'decade of discovery' since the Human Genome Project Leading scientists who helped map the human genome celebrate a decade of discovery since the first draft with the launch of the UK 10 000 Genomes Project. 25 Jun 2010
Project targets Africa for insights into genes, environment and health An $38 million partnership will study thousands of people in Africa to discover how genes and the environment interact in the development of diseases. 23 Jun 2010
Nine projects funded in £10 million Insect Pollinators Initiative The Insect Pollinators Initiative has announced £10 million of funding for nine projects investigating the decline of honeybees and pollinating insects. 22 Jun 2010
Brain study shows that the opinions of others matter Simon Cowell may seem to relish arguing with fellow judges, but new research suggests that, at a neuronal level, he would find agreement more satisfying. 18 Jun 2010
Battle of the bugs leaves humans as collateral damage Scientists have shown how a battle for survival at a microscopic level could leave humans as the unlikely victims. 18 Jun 2010
Three new genetic variants that increase testicular cancer risk A study has identified three new genetic risk factors for testicular cancer, making a total of six of genomic regions associated with risk of the disease. 15 Jun 2010
Largest genetic study of autism reveals new insights An international team of researchers has completed the genetic analysis of the largest study of families with autism spectrum disorders. 11 Jun 2010
Giant parasite alert in Glasgow's West End! Visitors to Glasgow's West End should take extra care this weekend: a giant purple monster is expected to be working its way through the crowds. 11 Jun 2010
BRAF mutation confirmed as a strong target for cancer drugs Research has added to the evidence that a genetic mutation found in over 60 per cent of malignant melanomas is an important target for drugs. 10 Jun 2010
Engineering the future of medicine The Wellcome Trust-EPSRC Medical Engineering Initiative is celebrating its first year, which brought groundbreaking medical technologies closer to reality. 09 Jun 2010
New award to combat drug-resistant cancers The Wellcome Trust has awarded £3.7 million to support the development of drugs that combat the problem of drug-resistant cancers. 07 Jun 2010
New scheme to fund global health trials open The Trust with other UK funders offer support for late-stage trials of health interventions designed to improve health in low- and middle-income countries. 04 Jun 2010
Link identified between lower IQ scores and attempted suicide in men Low IQ scores in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk of attempted suicide in men, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. 04 Jun 2010
New antibiotic proves safe and well tolerated A new antibiotic to combat drug-resistant bacteria has proved safe and well tolerated in a phase I clinical trial with plans for a phase II trial underway. 03 Jun 2010
Study explains why healthy individuals don't get tremors Nerve signals in the spinal cord work to counteract signals from the brain which would otherwise lead to tremors in our movement, according to new research. 01 Jun 2010
Grants to pick apart proteins Two grants awarded to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh through our Molecules, Genes and Cells funding stream. 28 May 2010
Bumblebee defence is more than meets the eye The distinctive black and yellow colours of the bumblebee are not the only warning signs displayed to predators, researchers have found. 26 May 2010
Study reveals genetic link to infectious disease susceptibility Researchers have identified new genetic variants that increase susceptibility to several infectious diseases including tuberculosis and malaria. 20 May 2010
Disease control, not climate change, key to future of malaria A study published today casts doubt on the notion that warming global temperatures will lead to intensification of malaria and its widening reach. 20 May 2010
Pandemic flu containment bought valuable time, Vietnam study suggests Measures introduced in Vietnam to prevent the spread of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza may have bought health services and researchers valuable time. 19 May 2010
EU gives green light for while-you-wait Hepatitis B test An inexpensive new while-you-wait test for the detection of Hepatitis B virus has been given regulatory approval for use in the European Union. 19 May 2010
Mike Stratton named new Sanger Director Professor Mike Stratton is the new Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Deputy Director since 2007, he heads the Cancer Genome Project. 18 May 2010
New Director of Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute announced The Wellcome Trust announces the appointment of Professor Mike Stratton as the new Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 17 May 2010
A natural defence mechanism against heart disease A natural defence mechanism against heart disease could be switched on by a certain type of steroid, supporting investigations into their therapeutic use. 14 May 2010
The new Florence Nightingale Museum The Florence Nightingale Museum re-opens this week following a £1.4 million redevelopment. 13 May 2010
Girls 'protected' from showing antisocial behaviour until teens Girls may be protected from displaying antisocial behaviour until their teens, indicating that brains of people with conduct disorder operate differently. 12 May 2010
Scientists discover five new genome regions that increase breast cancer risk Scientists have found five new regions of the genome that increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer by between 6 and 16 per cent, according to a study published in the journal 'Nature Genetics'. 11 May 2010
Genetic clues to basis of ALS Two studies have revealed genetic clues to the basis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease that affects physicist Stephen Hawking. 11 May 2010
Human sleeping sickness parasite sequenced Researchers have unveiled a high quality draft genome sequence for the parasite strain responsible for almost all reported cases of sleeping sickness. 10 May 2010
Dengue virus recruits human antibodies to help it infect cells The virus that causes dengue fever could be using the body's immune response to help it infect more cells, according to new research published today. 07 May 2010
Wellcome Trust researchers elected Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences The Academy of Medical Sciences this week announced its newly elected Fellows, including over a dozen researchers currently funded by the Wellcome Trust. 07 May 2010
Recognising excellence in primary school science Following successes in regional pilot schemes, the Primary Science Quality Mark has received further funding to roll out the project on a national basis. 06 May 2010
Details of new Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards announced Wellcome Trust announces further details of its Investigator Awards, a major scheme to help world-class researchers tackle ambitious research questions. 05 May 2010
Genetics archives go digital The Modern Genetics and its Foundations project, which began in January, will digitise up to half a million images from the Wellcome Library's archives. 05 May 2010
Open (text)book on medicine Through the HINARI Programme, workers and health researchers in low and middle-income countries will have access to one of the foremost medical textbooks. 04 May 2010
Biomarkers discovery offers hope of new osteoarthritis test Researchers have discovered new ways of measuring biological markers in the blood which could be used to diagnose osteoarthritis earlier. 27 Apr 2010
And the award goes to...Hilleman Laboratories The MSD-Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories have been awarded 'Best Vaccine Partnership' at the Vaccine Industry Excellence Awards. 26 Apr 2010
Control, not elimination, key to Africa malaria battle, argue experts Global efforts focusing on eliminating malaria are counterproductive to the fight against the disease in Africa, experts have warned. 26 Apr 2010
People with HIV hold clues to Salmonella vaccine development A study published today offers a long-awaited explanation for the link between HIV infection and susceptibility to life-threatening strains of Salmonella. 23 Apr 2010
Ethnic differences in type 2 diabetes signs apparent from an early age Signs of type 2 diabetes are already present in UK children of South Asian and African-Caribbean origin at age ten, according to new research. 21 Apr 2010
Study reveals a genetic signature of autoimmune disease Research has identified a cellular genetic signature that predicts prognosis in two different autoimmune diseases. The findings could help guide therapy. 20 Apr 2010
£110 million secures investment in Seeding Drug Discovery The Wellcome Trust today announces an injection of £110 million to extend its Seeding Drug Discovery initiative for a further five years. 19 Apr 2010
Switch that enables Salmonella to sabotage host cells Researchers have identified a 'switch' that enables Salmonella to sabotage host cells. The finding could lead to new drugs to combat bacterial infections. 16 Apr 2010
ICGC to sequence 25 000 cancer genomes The International Cancer Genome Consortium is to decode the genomes from 25 000 cancer samples and create a resource of freely available data. 15 Apr 2010
Genetic material successfully transferred between two fertilised eggs Scientists have developed a technique which successfully transfers DNA betweenhuman eggs. This could prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases. 14 Apr 2010
Gene provides a link between lower birth weight and type 2 diabetes New research uncovers two genetic regions that influence birth weight. One of the regions is also associated with type 2 diabetes, which helps to explain why small babies have higher rates of diabetes in later life. 07 Apr 2010
Trust researchers honoured in Gairdner Awards Professors Nick White and Peter Ratcliffe have been honoured in the 2010 Canada Gairdner Awards, Canada's only international science prizes. 07 Apr 2010
Vaccine to stop pig parasite could reduce human disease A vaccine trialled in Africa has stopped the spread of a tapeworm in pigs. It could also indirectly reduce incidence of a neurological disease in humans. 06 Apr 2010
Wellcome Trust awards £1.3m for new foot and mouth vaccines The Wellcome Trust has awarded £1.3 million to an international group of research institutions and industry to improve vaccines for foot and mouth disease. 06 Apr 2010
Common copy number variations may not contribute to common disease A study of genetics of common diseases finds that common copy number variations - duplicated or missing chunks of DNA - are unlikely to play a major role. 01 Apr 2010
Behavioural incentives mimic medication's effects on brain in ADHD Medication and behavioural interventions help children with ADHD maintain attention and self-control by normalising activity in the same brain systems. 01 Apr 2010
Synchrotron support secured We have announced, in partnerhip with the UK government, further funding to support Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron science facility. 31 Mar 2010
Diamond synchrotron secures funding for next phase Further funding from the government and the Wellcome Trust will support development for Diamond Light Source, the national synchrotron science facility. 30 Mar 2010
Teens 'programmed' to take risks Risk-taking behaviour is at its peak during adolescence, according to a study. 26 Mar 2010
Prime Minister announces £250 million commitment to world-leading UK research institute Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces that the Government will commit £250 million to the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), the planned state-of-the-art biomedical research institute in central London. 25 Mar 2010
UK student teams receive support for synthetic biology competition The Wellcome Trust announces the recipients of its inaugural stipends supporting UK entries in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. 25 Mar 2010
Sex on the brain: 'Doublesex' gene key to determining fruit fly gender According to research, male and female brains may be far more different then previously thought, at least in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. 22 Mar 2010
Traces of the past: Computer algorithm able to 'read' memories Computer programs have been able to predict which of three short films a person is thinking about, just by looking at their brain activity. 12 Mar 2010
Science inspires the next generation A Wellcome Trust public survey reveals public support for research. 12 Mar 2010
No link between chronic fatigue and virus Research has found no evidence of a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a recently discovered virus. 11 Mar 2010
Study fails to find link between chronic fatigue syndrome and virus A study published in the journal 'Retrovirology' has failed to find evidence of a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a recently discovered virus. 10 Mar 2010
Women's support groups improve neonatal survival rates A study shows that women's community groups have had a dramatic effect on reducing neonatal mortality rates in some of the poorest areas of India. 08 Mar 2010
Genetic variant offers protection against TB and leprosy A study has identified a new genetic variant which affects susceptibility to diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy. 05 Mar 2010
Why our peripheral vision may not be as random as we think Researchers show that the 'crowding' effect to peripheral vision, believed to make us worse at recognizing things, may not be as random as first thought. 05 Mar 2010
Pneumococcal vaccine offers protection to HIV-infected African adults A clinical trial of a vaccine against a major cause of pneumonia and meningitis shows that it can prevent re-infection in HIV-infected adults in Africa. 04 Mar 2010
Study finds delay in referrals for older women with ovarian cancer A study of electronic patient records suggests that older women with suspected ovarian cancer may be referred for investigation later than younger women. 03 Mar 2010
Nano-imaging technique gives clues to failing hearts A new imaging technique gives researchers a detailed glimpse at how heart failure affects individual heart muscle cells and could help design better drugs. 02 Mar 2010
New and renewed Senior Fellows News about Wellcome Trust Senior Fellows researching mast cell signalling, genetics, stem cell research and parasitology. 01 Mar 2010
European research funders support UK open access repository Four European research funders have today agreed that outputs from their funding should be made freely available through UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). 01 Mar 2010
Red Queen drives evolution What drives evolution? Is it steered by changes in the physical environment or is it the interactions that occur between species that are responsible? 25 Feb 2010
Why good news is not bad news Does being given a 'clean bill of health' actually encourage unhealthy behaviour in some people? For diabetes screening, this appears not to be the case. 24 Feb 2010
New head of Wellcome Library appointed A new Head of the Wellcome Library has been appointed. Dr Simon Chaplin started his new position at the beginning of February. 23 Feb 2010
New method makes vaccines stable at tropical temperatures A simple and cheap way of making vaccines stable at tropical temperatures has the potential to revolutionise vaccination efforts in low-income countries. 18 Feb 2010
Understanding the causes and triggers of bipolar disorder Volunteers are invited to join Stephen Fry and Kerry Katona in helping to understand how genetic and environmental factors contribute to bipolar disorder. 17 Feb 2010
One mutation per 15 cigarettes: genome maps reveal how cancer develops Research led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has revealed for the first time almost all of the mutations in the genomes of two cancers: a malignant melanoma and a lung cancer. 15 Feb 2010
Mutant gene could be sight for sore eyes The discovery of a mutant gene linked to a type of inherited blindness could save some patients' sight by enabling doctors to catch the disorder early. 12 Feb 2010
Staying cool when the heat rises A review published today by Wellcome Trust-funded researchers aims to clear up confusion about how best to cope with extreme hot weather. 12 Feb 2010
The Wellcome Trust celebrates a year of remarkable achievement From large-scale genetics, to innovative drug development and live-televised surgery, it's been a year of tremendous achievement for the Wellcome Trust. 11 Feb 2010
IQ 'among the strongest predictors of cardiovascular disease' IQ ranks among the strongest predictors of cardiovascular disease, second only to cigarette smoking, according to a study. 10 Feb 2010
Patients 'unafraid' to gamble show role of amygdala in decision-making Two patients with rare lesions to the brain have provided direct of evidence of how we make decisions - and why we dislike the thought of losing money. 09 Feb 2010
First gene variant linked to ageing identified A study suggests that that some people may be genetically programmed to age at a faster rate, or may age faster depending on environmental factors. 08 Feb 2010
New mental health website aims to dispel myths of psychosis A new evidence-based website launches today to help relatives and friends of people with psychosis navigate through the myths and misinformation. 08 Feb 2010
New trials for sterile mosquitoes to fight disease A Wellcome Trust Translation Award will help trial a pioneering approach to combat mosquito-borne diseases using genetically sterilised insects. 08 Feb 2010
New odour-'reading' device sniffs out superbug Testing has begun on a device that can sniff out the presence of Clostridium difficile disease by smell, thanks to an award from the Wellcome Trust. 05 Feb 2010
Trust award backs new anti-HIV microbicide trial £2.5 million is awarded to the Mintaka Foundation for Medical Research in Geneva to bring a low-cost anti-HIV microbicide to clinical trials. 05 Feb 2010
The quick and the dead: movement is swiftest in response to events Laboratory 'gunfights' to show that we move faster when we react to something in our environment than we do when we initiate the action ourselves. 03 Feb 2010
Bias towards negativity predicts vulnerability to stress People who naturally notice negative information over positive information are more susceptible to stress, research has revealed. 02 Feb 2010
Babies' brains tuned to sharing attention with others Children as young as five months old will follow the gaze of an adult towards an object and engage in joint attention, according to research. 27 Jan 2010
Two-pronged immune response offers hope for effective Salmonella vaccine Research from Malawi, Birmingham and Liverpool has renewed hope that an effective vaccine could be developed against nontyphoidal strains of Salmonella. 26 Jan 2010
How laughter unites the world Here's a piece of research that might leave you tickled: laughter is a universal language, according to new research. 26 Jan 2010
New 'zoom' tool tracks MRSA evolution and transmission Researchers have developed a new precise tool that can track the transmission of MRSA, the drug-resistant superbug, from person to person in hospitals. 22 Jan 2010
Viruses 'can spread faster than previously thought' New research has indicated that some viruses could spread faster than previously thought. The discovery could provide new targets for antiviral drugs. 22 Jan 2010
Farmers sow their seed from east to west Most men in Europe descend from the first farmers who migrated from the Near East 10 000 years ago, according to a new Wellcome Trust-funded study. 21 Jan 2010
Higher opioid dose linked to overdose risk in chronic pain patients A study finds the risk of overdose in US patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain is strongly associated with the dose that they have been prescribed. 20 Jan 2010
Eye test 'could aid Alzheimer's detection' A simple and inexpensive eye test could help detect and diagnose major neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's earlier than is currently possible. 20 Jan 2010
Researchers uncover novel genetic markers for diabetes-related traits New genetic clues to the development of type 2 diabetes will aid studies to understand the biology of disease and the search for treatments. 18 Jan 2010
Open access drug discovery database launches ChEMBLdb, an online database of information on drugs and drug-like small molecules and their targets, launches today with over half a million compounds. 18 Jan 2010
Profits from conference centre to go back to the Wellcome Trust The Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London has announced that it will gift aid profits in the region of £750 000 back to the Wellcome Trust. 14 Jan 2010
UKPMC improves access to free online life sciences resource UK PubMed Central will help researchers exploit over 1.7 million biomedical research articles and access over 19 million other life science research papers. 13 Jan 2010
Keeping track of your career In 2009, we launched a longitudinal survey to track the careers of Trust-supported award holders. The survey will run annually, helping us to gain a better understanding of award holders' career choices. 12 Jan 2010
Heart rhythm gene revealed in new research New research has revealed a gene which regulates the rhythm of the heart. The study could ultimately help design more targeted drugs for heart problems. 11 Jan 2010
Genomic research reveals new mutations in kidney cancer Scientists have identified new mutations behind the most common type of kidney cancer. This could ultimately help in diagnosis and treatment. 07 Jan 2010
Research shapes policy for dengue and malaria Research funded by the Wellcome Trust has helped shaped international and national health policy for malaria and dengue fever. 06 Jan 2010
The sickle frequency map Global map of the sickle cell gene confirms the Malaria Hypothesis
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