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Wellcome Trust partners with other European foundations to fund research The Wellcome Trust has entered into a partnership with the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany and the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond in Sweden to support the Europe and Global Challenges funding initiative. 26 November 2014
'The Institute of Sexology' opens its doors at Wellcome Collection Wellcome Collection is exploring the most publicly discussed of private acts with ‘The Institute of Sexology’, 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. 20 November 2014
Wellcome Trust unveils new funding framework We today announce an evolution of the Wellcome Trust funding framework that will enhance our ability to support excellent research, both in the UK and worldwide. 18 November 2014
New research funding to strengthen Ebola response A portable device that can test bodily fluids for Ebola and anthropological training for health workers to help them work more effectively with local communities are among the five research programmes that the UK government and the Wellcome Trust are funding to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 17 November 2014
Dame Kay Davies wins WISE Lifetime Achievement Award The Wellcome Trust is delighted to congratulate Dame Kay Davies, Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy, University of Oxford and Deputy Chair of the Trust, on being awarded the 2014 WISE Lifetime Achievement Award. 14 November 2014
Wellcome Trust launches nationwide Sexology Songwriting project Young people from around the UK have begun work on a Sexology Songwriting project that will see them exploring the study of sex through music and lyrics. 14 November 2014
Forensics: The anatomy of crime Following a £17.5 million development, Wellcome Collection will open a major exhibition in February 2015 exploring the history, science and art of forensic medicine. 'Forensics: The anatomy of crime’ travels from crime scenes to courtrooms, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. It looks at the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes, and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection. 5 November 2014
Wellcome Trust Capital Award to support Scottish Centre for Scientific Engagement The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce significant funding towards the creation of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016. A Capital Award grant of £1.3 million will help create a Scottish centre for scientific engagement, inspiring visitors through Scotland’s world-class collections of science and technology and making the Museum a major hub for science communication in the UK and beyond. 31 October 2014
Largest ever dataset on individual deaths in Africa and SE Asia reveals changing health An unprecedented insight into the changing health of people across Africa and Asia - including the fluctuating burdens of HIV, malaria and childhood mortality - is revealed today by the publication of the largest ever dataset of individual deaths recorded on the ground. 29 October 2014
Wellcome Trust appoints Simon Chaplin as new Director of Culture & Society The Wellcome Trust is today pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Simon Chaplin as Director of Culture & Society. Dr Chaplin, who was previously Head of the Wellcome Library, succeeds Clare Matterson, who took on the new role of Director of Strategy earlier this month. 29 October 2014
Multiple trials of VSV Ebola vaccine accelerated by international collaborative Trials of one of the most promising candidate Ebola vaccines are to begin swiftly in healthy volunteers in Europe, Gabon and Kenya, as funds from the Wellcome Trust enable an international consortium to accelerate development of the VSV Ebola vaccine, rVSV-EBOV. This is the latest of several international commitments to fast-track early tests of candidate Ebola vaccines so they could be available for trial in West Africa by the end of the year, and if successful deployed more widely in 2015. 29 October 2014
Twenty-five university recipients of Institutional Strategic Support Fund awards announced Twenty-five universities across the UK have received grants from the Wellcome Trust, through the £38 million Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), to support biomedical research and related activities over the next two years. 28 October 2014
Winners announced for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize The winners of the annual Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer', were announced at an awards ceremony at the Wellcome Trust yesterday evening. 23 October 2014
Wellcome Library funds a new partnership to digitise 800,000 pages of mental health archives Over 800,000 pages of archival material from psychiatric hospitals in the UK from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be digitised and made freely available online as part of the Wellcome Library’s ambitious digitisation programme. 17 October 2014
New research to investigate if neuroscience can improve teaching and learning in schools Can physical fitness improve academic achievement? Would teenagers do better in their exams if they could sleep in and start school later? These questions will be part of a multi-million-pound research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to investigate a variety of ways neuroscience might improve teaching and learning in the UK. 9 October 2014

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