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Press releases: 2012

The Wellcome Trust welcomes Government plans to modernise copyright The Wellcome Trust welcomes today's statement from the UK Government that sets out its commitment to modernise copyright through the introduction of new copyright exceptions. 20 Dec 2012
Wellcome Trust announces 2011/12 annual results The Wellcome Trust today publishes its 'Annual Report and Financial Statements' for the year from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012. 19 Dec 2012
Website for new open-access journal, 'eLife', introduced today The website for the new open access journal 'eLife' launches today, revealing a fresh approach to presenting and using scientific content. 14 Dec 2012
School students to present findings from their scientific research Students from five secondary schools, who have been taking part in a unique initiative to carry out genuine academic research projects, will come together in a conference to present their work and share best practice. 12 Dec 2012
Brain study shows how people decide whether they have made the right choice Researchers supported by the Wellcome Trust have discovered how the brain assesses confidence in its decisions. The findings explain why some people have better insight into their choices than others. 10 Dec 2012
Learning to control brain activity improves visual sensitivity Training people to control their own brain activity can enhance their visual sensitivity, according to a new study. 05 Dec 2012
Genes link growth in the womb with adult metabolism and disease Researchers have identified four new genetic regions that influence birth weight, providing further evidence that genes as well as maternal nutrition are important for growth in the womb. 03 Dec 2012
First direct evidence links TB in cattle and local badger populations Transmission of tuberculosis between cattle and badgers has been tracked at a local scale for the first time, using a combination of bacterial whole-genome DNA sequencing and mathematical modelling. 30 Nov 2012
Science learning outside the classroom is undervalued, new report finds Museum visits, science festivals and theatre performances could all contribute to learning about science, but the UK science education community is failing to recognise their value, according to new research. 30 Nov 2012
Discovery of molecular pathway of Alzheimer's disease reveals new drug targets The discovery of the molecular pathway that drives the changes seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease is reported today, revealing new targets for drug discovery that could be exploited to combat the disease. 21 Nov 2012
Wonder: Barbican and Wellcome Trust collaborate on a season to light up the mind The Barbican and the Wellcome Trust today announce their collaboration on a season for spring 2013 that brings together the arts and neuroscience. 21 Nov 2012
Study reveals how the brain stores information about social rank Researchers have discovered that we use a different part of our brain to learn about social hierarchies than we do to learn ordinary information. The study provides clues about how this information is stored in memory. 09 Nov 2012
'Circulation' by Thomas Wright wins the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize Thomas Wright has been announced as the winner of the 25 000 Wellcome Trust Book Prize for 'Circulation', his biography of William Harvey. 08 Nov 2012
Wellcome Trust and MRC invest 13m to create a new national stem cell resource The Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council today announced a 12.75 million initiative to create a catalogue of high-quality adult stem cells, so-called 'induced pluripotent stem cells'. 06 Nov 2012
Wellcome Collection releases magical app for Londoners Wellcome Collection is offering Londoners the chance to experience an enchanted version of their city with the release of a new free iPhone app, Magic in Modern London. 05 Nov 2012
Stuttering test could be used to screen all schoolchildren A new model developed by Wellcome Trust researchers to predict the persistence of stuttering could be used to screen all children at school age, new research in the 'Journal of Fluency Disorders' suggests. 26 Oct 2012
Wellcome Collection unveils 17.5 million development plans Wellcome Collection today unveiled a major 17.5m development project, which will create new galleries and spaces to meet overwhelming demand. The venue welcomed its 2 millionth visitor this summer. 24 Oct 2012
Study reveals brain changes in teenage girls with severe antisocial behaviour Teenage girls with severe antisocial behaviour show abnormal changes in the structure of their brains, according to a study published today. The findings support previous studies in boys. 22 Oct 2012
Wellcome Trust signs Declaration of Openness on animal research The Wellcome Trust has joined leading charities, universities and pharmaceutical companies in signing a Declaration of Openness on animal research. 19 Oct 2012
The Royal Society and Wellcome Trust name first Sir Henry Dale Fellows The Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust today announce the inaugural recipients of a joint new fellowship scheme that aims to nurture future world leaders in the biomedical sciences. 18 Oct 2012
Wellcome Trust sponsors new award for Science Commentator of the Year Editorial Intelligence has announced that the Wellcome Trust is to sponsor a science category at the networking business's annual Comment Awards. The awards celebrate the finest UK commentators and their editors. 18 Oct 2012
New Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellows announced The Wellcome Trust today announces its two new Engagement Fellows - Professor Roger Kneebone from Imperial College London and Dr Erinma Ochu from the University of Manchester. 16 Oct 2012
Children with ADHD find medication frees them to choose between right and wrong Children with ADHD tend to feel they benefit from medication and do not think the medication turns them into 'robots', according to a report published today. 15 Oct 2012
New 2.5 million consortium to investigate link between Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome A new consortium is to examine the link between Alzheimer's disease and Down's syndrome in an attempt to better understand the degenerative disease and predict which individuals are most at risk. 15 Oct 2012
Winner of the first Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize announced Al Smith has won the first ever Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for 'Halflife', a coming-of-age love story centred on two brain-damaged teenagers on a road trip. 09 Oct 2012
First recipients of research grants to support genomic studies in Africa announced African scientists will conduct genomic research on kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, TB and African sleeping sickness through inaugural grants of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa Consortium. 08 Oct 2012
Sir John Gurdon, Wellcome Trust researcher and former governor, awarded Nobel Prize Professor Sir John Gurdon, after whom the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute at the University of Cambridge was named, has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, it was announced today. 08 Oct 2012
How memory load leaves us 'blind' to new visual information Trying to keep an image we've just seen in memory can leave us blind to things we are 'looking' at, according to the results of a new study supported by the Wellcome Trust. 01 Oct 2012
Study highlights the burden of epilepsy in low-income countries The burden of epilepsy in poorer parts of the world could be readily alleviated by reducing the preventable causes and improving access to treatment, according to a review article published today. 28 Sep 2012
Hearing brains are 'deaf' to the disappearance of sounds Our brains are better at hearing new and approaching sounds than detecting when a sound disappears, according to a study published today and part-funded by the Wellcome Trust. 28 Sep 2012
Shortlist announced for Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize Film ideas inspired by neuroscience, memory, technology, mental health and genetic engineering are among the contenders in the shortlist, announced today, for the inaugural Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize. 26 Sep 2012
First Pathfinder Awards announced tackling rare and orphan diseases The first two projects to be funded under the Wellcome Trust's new Pathfinder Awards are announced today, tackling rare and orphan diseases for which there are currently no or very limited treatment options. 18 Sep 2012
Public consultation launched on techniques to prevent transmission of mitochondrial diseases The HFEA has today launched a public consultation to gather people's views about the social and ethical impact of new techniques to prevent mitochondrial diseases being passed down the maternal line. 17 Sep 2012
Bacterial shoot 'em up wins out in Gamify Your PhD project After a two-day games hack in which scientists and games developers came together to create video games from doctoral research, 'Dysbiosis' has emerged as the winner of the Wellcome Trust's Gamify Your PhD project. 14 Sep 2012
Study reveals extent of type 2 diabetes problem in black and minority ethnic populations Half of all people of South Asian, African and African-Caribbean descent in the UK will develop diabetes by age 80, according to a new study. The study also provides some answers about the causes of the increased risk. 11 Sep 2012
2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize longlist announced The longlist for the 25 000 Wellcome Trust Book Prize was announced yesterday, bringing together a varied range of fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health, illness and medicine. 05 Sep 2012
Leading private equity chief joins Wellcome Trust Board of Governors Damon Buffini, one of the City's leading private equity fund managers, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, taking up his position at the beginning of September. 04 Sep 2012
Tuning the brain: how piano tuning may cause changes to brain structure Working as a piano tuner may lead to changes in the structure of the memory and navigation areas of the brain, suggests new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. 29 Aug 2012
30 million boost for biomedical engineering research The Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced the launch of a joint 30 million initiative to find biomedical engineering solutions to challenging healthcare problems. 29 Aug 2012
Study reveals human drive for fair play People will reject an offer of water, even when they are severely thirsty, if they think the offer is unfair, according to a new study funded by the Wellcome Trust. The findings have important implications for understanding how we make decisions that need to balance fairness and self-interest. 24 Aug 2012
Wellcome Trust Head of Education comments on GCSE results Students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland today received the results of their GCSE examinations. Overall, the results are very encouraging, with the number of students taking triple sciences continuing to rise. 23 Aug 2012
Wellcome Trust Head of Education comments on A-level results Students in England, Northern Ireland and Wales today receive the results of their A-level examinations, and the number of students taking A-level sciences and mathematics has risen again this year. 16 Aug 2012
Wellcome Trust and MRC invest in world-class Stem Cell Institute Two of the UK's largest funders of medical research are to invest 8 million in a new world-leading centre for stem cell biology and medicine, the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. 09 Aug 2012
Poor mental health linked to reduced life expectancy People with mental health problems have a lower life expectancy, according to a study published today. The findings may prompt further research into how doctors treat patients with psychological problems. 01 Aug 2012
Frequent antenatal screening dramatically reduces maternal mortality on Thai-Myanmar border Frequent antenatal screening has allowed doctors to detect and treat malaria in its early stages on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, dramatically reducing the number of deaths among pregnant women. 19 Jul 2012
Child's behaviour linked to father-infant interactions Children whose fathers are more positively engaged with them at the age of three months have fewer behavioural problems at the age of twelve months, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. 19 Jul 2012
Early career scientists given support to pursue research in best international labs Twelve newly qualified researchers have been awarded Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowships, which provide 250 000 over four years so researchers can pursue important biomedical research questions. 13 Jul 2012
European Research Council renews its commitment to open access by joining Europe PubMed Central The European Research Council announced today that it will participate in the UK PubMed Central open access repository service, joining 18 existing UK and European funders. 13 Jul 2012
Concordat aims to strengthen UK research integrity The Wellcome Trust has signed an agreement to promote the highest standards in research, which launches today at Universities UK. 11 Jul 2012
Wellcome Trust to provide financial support for science journalism students The Wellcome Trust is to offer financial support for two students per year for three years to undertake a postgraduate qualification in science journalism at City University London. 06 Jul 2012
2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize judging panel announced The judging panel for the fourth Wellcome Trust Book Prize is announced today. Chairing the panel of judges this year is journalist, broadcaster and author Mark Lawson. 29 Jun 2012
Wellcome Trust strengthens its open access policy The Wellcome Trust today announces that it will be strengthening the manner in which it enforces its open access policy with immediate effect. Failure to comply could result in final grant payments being withheld. 28 Jun 2012
Sir Mark Walport, director of Wellcome Trust, appointed to succeed as UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport, who has been director of the Wellcome Trust since 2003, has been appointed to succeed Sir John Beddington as the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser. He will take up his new post in April 2013. 28 Jun 2012
Wellcome Trust response to the BIS Committee's Review of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property The Wellcome Trust is pleased that the BIS Committee recognises the potential benefits of content mining but is concerned that the report focuses exclusively on a publisher-licensing model as the only viable solution. 27 Jun 2012
Get closer to science with Wellcome Image Awards 2012 A vibrant false-coloured magnification of a caffeine crystal, a hypnotising image of dividing cancer cells and a hair-raising close-up of a hopping fly are just some of the winners in the Wellcome Image Awards 2012. 20 Jun 2012
'Memory Trace' at the Wellcome Trust London landmarks take a cerebral twist in Gayle Chong Kwan's 'Memory Trace', a newly commissioned photographic work displayed in the windows of the Wellcome Trust headquarters. 20 Jun 2012
Wellcome Trust responds to Finch Report on open access The Wellcome Trust today responds to 'Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to expand access to research publications', the report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings. 19 Jun 2012
Patterns of brain activity in response of emotional faces may help diagnose bipolar disorder Software programmed to recognise patterns of activity in the brain could help doctors diagnose mental illnesses more accurately in the future, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. 19 Jun 2012
Wellcome Trust and BFI launch screenwriting prize to inspire science in films The Wellcome Trust today launches a major new annual screenwriting prize, in association with the BFI Film Fund. The Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize aims to encourage high-quality films inspired by biology and medicine. 18 Jun 2012
European Parliament urged to continue funding research using embryonic stem cells A coalition of leading funders of biomedical research and patients groups has today issued a joint statement calling on the European Parliament to continue funding research using embryonic stem cells. 15 Jun 2012
Nature or nurture? It may depend on where you live The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture - our genetic make-up or our environment - may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the MRC and the Wellcome Trust. 12 Jun 2012
A postcoital switch: mapping the changing behaviours in the female fruit fly's mind Researchers have used dramatic changes in the behaviour of the female fruit fly after sex to help map gender differences in neural circuits. 01 Jun 2012
Variations of a single gene can lead to too much or too little growth A gene previously linked to too much growth in patients has now also been linked to growth restriction. Different forms of the gene can lead to very different conditions, according to research published today. 28 May 2012
UK funding bodies urge universities to improve the design and reporting of animal research The heads of the three main funding bodies for bioscience research in the UK have written an open letter urging universities and research institutes to ensure they observe guidelines to improve reporting of animal research. 22 May 2012
Archives from the pioneers of modern genetics to be brought together for the first time The Wellcome Library is to bring the papers of the pioneers of modern genetics together in one place for the first time as part of a ground-breaking digitisation project, 'Modern Genetics and its Foundations'. 17 May 2012
NHS set to benefit from UK-led technologies Video games, pioneering gene therapies and new medical devices are set to transform treatments on the NHS, with support from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund from the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust. 17 May 2012
Virtual reality allows researchers to measure brain activity at unprecedented resolution Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to measure brain activity during behaviour in large populations of nerve cells at the resolution of individual cells. 10 May 2012
Why women wiggling in high heels could help improve prosthetic limbs and robots People walking normally, women tottering in high heels and ostriches strutting all exert the same forces on the ground despite their very differently shaped feet, according to research. 09 May 2012
Delirium mouse model helps researchers understand the condition's causes A new mouse model of delirium developed by Wellcome Trust researchers has provided an important insight into the mechanisms underlying the condition, bringing together two theories on its causes. 02 May 2012
Leading investments industry figure joins Wellcome Trust Board of Governors Alan Brown, a leading figure in the investments community, is to join the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, it is announced today. He will take up his position on 1 May. 27 Apr 2012
Study reveals how ancient viruses became genomic 'superspreaders' Scientists have uncovered clues as to how our genomes became riddled with viruses. The study, supported by the Wellcome Trust, reveals important information about the so-called 'dark matter' of our genome. 24 Apr 2012
Standard & Poor's reaffirms Wellcome Trust's AAA credit rating The Wellcome Trust announced today that its AAA (stable) credit rating has been reaffirmed by Standard & Poor's. The Trust continues to be rated Aaa (stable) by Moody's Investors Service (Moody's). 20 Apr 2012
Emergence of artemisinin resistance on Thai-Myanmar border raises spectre of untreatable malaria Evidence that the most deadly species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is becoming resistant to the frontline treatment for malaria on the border of Thailand and Myanmar is reported in the 'Lancet' today. 05 Apr 2012
Genome study confirms immune system link to disfiguring leg swelling Genetic variants in a region of the genome linked to our immune response have been linked to an increased risk of podoconiosis, a disfiguring leg swelling caused by an abnormal reaction to minerals found in soil. 29 Mar 2012
The impossible staircase in our heads: how we visualise the world around us Our interpretation of the world around us may have more in common with the impossible staircase illusion than it does the real world, according to research published today in the open access journal 'PLoS ONE'. 23 Mar 2012
People with autism have a greater ability to process information People with autism have a greater than normal capacity for processing information and are better able to detect information defined as 'critical', according to a study published today. 22 Mar 2012
Wellcome Trust to launch 200 million investment business for healthcare and life sciences The Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust has approved the creation of a new business that will invest in emerging businesses and technologies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. 20 Mar 2012
Scientists map hotspots for genetic exchange in chimpanzees Scientists at the University of Oxford and the University of Chicago have constructed the first genetic map in chimpanzees of recombination - the exchange of genetic material within a chromosome that makes us all unique. 16 Mar 2012
London 2012-inspired science experience debuts at Big Bang Fair in Birmingham Young people from around the UK will get a hands-on insight into how their bodies work during exercise, movement and rest when the Wellcome Trust's In the Zone initiative arrives at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham next week. 14 Mar 2012
Nearby chimpanzee populations show much greater genetic diversity than distant human populations Chimpanzee populations living in close proximity are substantially more different genetically than humans living on different continents, according to a study published today in 'PLoS Genetics'. 02 Mar 2012
Clean delivery kits linked to substantial reduction in neonatal deaths in South Asia Providing clean delivery kits and improving birthing practices could halve the number of neonatal deaths following home births in South Asia, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. 29 Feb 2012
'Wave' by Sigune Hamann Visitors and passers-by will find themselves greeted by unknown figures waving to them at Wellcome Collection this March as a new art installation takes over the building's foyer and windows. 28 Feb 2012
Art and health in the slums: exploring the health concerns of Mumbai's poorest communities Dharavi, one of the most disadvantaged areas of Mumbai, India, is to be home to an ambitious art exhibition - involving residents, artists and health professionals - expressing the health concerns of its residents. 24 Feb 2012
Outstanding scholars receive inaugural Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities The Wellcome Trust today announces the first recipients of its Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities, awarded to world-class asking the most important questions at the interface of science, medicine and the humanities. 23 Feb 2012
Scientists identify link between size of brain region and conformity Every generation has its James Dean: the rebel who refuses to follow their peers. Now, a new study has found a link between the amount of grey matter in one brain region and an individual's likelihood of conforming. 21 Feb 2012
Computer programs may be able to identify individuals most at risk of anxiety and mood disorders Computer programs can be taught to differentiate between the brain scans of healthy adolescents and those most at risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression. 16 Feb 2012
Ultrasound study provides first direct evidence of effect of malaria on fetal growth A study of almost 3800 pregnancies has provided the most accurate and direct evidence to date that malaria infection reduces early fetal growth. The research highlights the importance of preventing malaria in pregnancy. 10 Feb 2012
Wellcome Trust "creates science legacy" from London 2012 From today, pupils at every school and college across the UK will get the opportunity to learn how their bodies work during exercise, movement and rest with free experiment kits from the Wellcome Trust's In the Zone initiative. 09 Feb 2012
Testosterone makes us less cooperative and more egocentric Testosterone makes us overvalue our own opinions at the expense of cooperation, recent research has found. The findings may have implications for how group decisions are affected by dominant individuals. 01 Feb 2012
Genetics study reveals how bacteria behind serious childhood diseases evolve to evade vaccines Genetics has provided surprising insights into why vaccines used to combat serious childhood infections can eventually fail. The study has implications for how future vaccines can be made more effective. 30 Jan 2012
New malaria maps to guide battle against the disease A new suite of malaria maps has revealed the current global pattern of the disease in unprecedented detail, allowing researchers to see how malaria has changed over several years. 24 Jan 2012
Ways to prevent mitochondrial diseases to be assessed in new 5.8 million Wellcome Trust centre Research that could pave the way for IVF treatment to prevent mitochondrial diseases will take place at the new Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University thanks to a 5.8m funding boost. 19 Jan 2012
Counterfeit and substandard antimalaria drugs threaten crisis in Africa Hopes of controlling malaria in Africa could be dashed by the emergence of poor-quality and fraudulent antimalarial medicines, warn experts. Unless urgent action is taken, millions of lives could be put at risk. 16 Jan 2012
Scientists find link between gene and sensitivity to emotional environment Researchers at the University of Essex have shown that a genetic variant could make some people more sensitive to their emotional environment - and more susceptible to anxiety disorders - than others. 13 Jan 2012
Spasticity gene finding provides clues to causes of nerve cell degeneration The discovery of a gene that causes a form of hereditary spastic paraplegia may provide an important insight into what causes axons, the stems of our nerve cells, to degenerate in conditions such as multiple sclerosis. 10 Jan 2012
New guide to boost science media relations in African institutions A new guide for media relations practitioners working in African institutions aims to encourage better practice and to help the media officers position African research in the global arena. 09 Jan 2012
Wellcome Trust initiative links science to the Olympic and Paralympic Games for everyone in 2012 As the world focuses on the feats of human performance that will take place in London next summer, the Wellcome Trust is leading an initiative to engage the public with the science of how their own body works. 06 Jan 2012
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