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First volunteer receives new Ebola vaccine in UK trial The first healthy UK volunteer received a candidate Ebola vaccine in Oxford today in a safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford. 18 September 2014
Charity alliance launches fund to make charitably funded research open access An alliance of leading UK medical research charities is today launching a new fund to help make charitably funded research freely available as soon as it is published. 3 September 2014
Unprecedented international consortium assembled to accelerate collaborative multi-site trials of candidate Ebola vaccine A candidate Ebola vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK, the Gambia and Mali as early as September, as part of a series of safety trials of potential vaccines aimed at preventing the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in the current outbreak in West Africa. 28 August 2014
Emergency research call launched to help combat Ebola outbreak A rapid-response call for research to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is being launched today, Wellcome Trust Director Dr Jeremy Farrar and UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening have announced. 21 August 2014
Wellcome Trust sets out long-term vision for research excellence in sub-Saharan Africa A new long-term vision to develop the next generation of African health researchers has been announced today with an initial £40 million five-year commitment from the Wellcome Trust. 21 August 2014
Wellcome Trust comment on the 2014 GCSE results On the release of the 2014 GCSE examination results, the Wellcome Trust congratulates all students receiving science and maths GCSEs - and the teachers who have inspired them. 21 August 2014
Wellcome Trust announces multi-million-pound initiative for emergency Ebola research and 40m investment in African research A multi-million-pound emergency funding package for research that could help to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and future outbreaks of infectious disease has been announced today by the Wellcome Trust, alongside a £40 million long-term investment in African science. 21 August 2014
Call for contributions: Wellcome Image Awards 2015 Wellcome Images is now accepting submissions for next year’s Wellcome Image Awards. Any images submitted between now and 30 September will be considered for the Awards, which will be held in March 2015. 08 August 2014
KEMRI Wellcome scientist wins Royal Society Pfizer Prize A Kenyan scientist working at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Dr Faith Osier, has been awarded the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for African science. 5 August 2014
Wellcome Trust acquires the Co-operative Group's farms business for 249 million The Wellcome Trust announces today that it has acquired the Co-operative Group's farms business for a purchase price of £249 million. The business, which will now trade as Farmcare Trading Ltd, has been bought as a going concern, with just under 250 Farmcare employees transferring with immediate effect. 4 August 2014
Wellcome Trust invests 27m in world-class sequencing facility for Genomics England and Sanger Institute The Wellcome Trust is investing £27 million in a state-of-the-art genome-sequencing hub for Genomics England, the government’s project to decipher 100,000 complete genetic codes, and the world-leading science of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. 1 August 2014
Drug-resistant malaria has spread to critical border regions of South-east Asia Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to critical border regions of South-east Asia, seriously threatening global malaria control and elimination programmes, according to a study published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine'. 31 July 2014
Award-winning Shuffle Festival launches science programme with support from the Wellcome Trust Shuffle Festival returns to London's East End to present five days of arts and science events, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The festival will transform the landmark Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park from 30 July to 3 August with an innovative programme centred around the city, nature, death, love and survival.
30 July 2014
Wellcome Library and Jisc announce partners in 19th-century medical books digitisation project The Wellcome Library and Jisc today announce nine partner institutions whose 19th-century book collections will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK MHL), an online resource for the study of the history of medicine and related sciences. 29 July 2014
The Wellcome Trust pays tribute to Peter Williams, its first Director The Wellcome Trust is greatly saddened by the death of Peter Williams, its Director from 1965 to 1991 and a formidable communicator and champion of biomedical research. 29 July 2014

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