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Prepare to conduct flu trials in hospitals now, urge experts When the next influenza pandemic hits our shores, UK hospitals must be prepared to conduct trials into the effectiveness of available antiviral drugs, according to the conclusions of a leading panel ofexperts. 8 October 2015
Wellcome Trust reaction to Nobel Prize for Chemistry Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar and Deputy Chair Professor Dame Kay Davies comment on the news that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Tomas Lindahl from the Francis Crick Institute. 7 October 2015
James Peto appointed Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection James Peto has been appointed Head of Public Programmes at Wellcome Collection.  Peto has been at the museum since it opened in 2007, co-curating, amongst others, its first temporary exhibition, The Heart and, as Chief Curator, managing a team that has delivered critically acclaimed and increasingly popular shows exploring the connections between life, art and medicine. 05 October 2015
Wellcome Trust reaction to Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar has issued the below statement in reaction today's announcement that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases. 5 October 2015
Wellcome Book Prize 2016 announces new judges Acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster, Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE, will chair an eminent panel of judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016, featuring leading figures from across the worlds of literature, academia, science and the media. 02 October 2015
Genes that protect African children from developing malaria identified Variations in DNA at a specific location (or ‘locus’) on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child’s chance of developing the life-threatening disease, have been identified in the largest genetic association study of malaria to date. 1 October 2015
Eliza Manningham-Buller starts as Chair of the Wellcome Trust The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce that Eliza Manningham-Buller starts today as the Trust’s new Chair. 1 October 2015
NCT archive preserved by the Wellcome Library documents 60 years of maternity care and childbirth The archive of NCT (National Childbirth Trust) documenting 60 years of the organisation's history, has been catalogued by the Wellcome Library and is available to access for research from today. 28 September 2015
Wellcome Trust announces three Engagement Fellows for 2015 Three new Engagement Fellows will be taking up Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships in September 2015. Bella Starling, Delia Muir and Steve Cross have been awarded the-two year Fellowships, with plans to work on projects that will take the field of public engagement in new and exciting directions. 17 September 2015
Health of the population and planet receives a 75 million boost The Wellcome Trust announces Our Planet, Our Health: a new initiative to investigate the connections between environment and health. 15 September 2015
Leading African scientists to drive continent's research agenda Seven leading African researchers are the recipients of major funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID) to establish cutting-edge research and training programmes across the continent. 10 September 2015
African leaders, international partners launch new initiatives to spur scientific research in Africa African and international partners have launched the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), a new initiative that aims to help drive Africa’s research agenda across the continent. 10 September 2015
Government urged to protect UK science budget Almost 200 organisations from across the life sciences, including the Wellcome Trust, have called on the UK Government to protect the science budget in its forthcoming Spending Review. 8 September 2015
BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection present all-night world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter's "8 hour lullaby" BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce a world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter's ground-breaking and experimental new composition SLEEP, to be performed live from Wellcome Collection into the early hours of the morning as part of the 'Why Music?' weekend. 4 September 2015
Human genome-editing research should proceed, say leading UK science bodies A group of leading UK research organisations has today issued an initial joint statement in support of the continued use of CRISPR-Cas9 and other genome-editing techniques in preclinical research. This includes the use of the technology for research purposes in human reproductive cells and early embryos, where this is fully justified, scientifically and ethically, and within the confines of the law. 2 September 2015

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