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Top Wellcome researchers awarded Academy Fellowships Eighteen researchers we’re supporting, and a number in the wider Wellcome community, have today been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
28 April 2016
Mike Turner appointed Acting Director of Science Mike Turner, currently Head of Infection and Immunobiology at the Wellcome Trust, has been appointed Acting Director of Science until a permanent appointment is made. 26 April 2016
Wellcome appoints new Head of Public Engagement Imran Khan has been appointed Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, where he will play a key role in shaping and growing public engagement with science in the UK and globally.
25 April 2016
Research boost creates more opportunities for African scientists African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. 20 April 2016
THIS IS A VOICE The voice is shapeless and immaterial, and yet fills up an entire gallery in Wellcome Collection’s major spring exhibition. ‘This is a Voice’ looks inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices to capture the elusive nature of the human voice, from its origins within the body, to the sounds ringing in our heads. Celebrating the aural and the oral, ‘This is a Voice’ features daily ‘voicings’, live performances and demonstrations, creating an acoustic journey of sound and film by contemporary artists and composers, punctuated by paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects. 14 April 2016
UK Biobank launches world's biggest body scanning project The world’s largest health imaging study, funded by the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, and the British Heart Foundation is launched today. It will create the biggest collection of scans of internal organs, and transform the way scientists study a wide range of diseases, including dementia, arthritis, cancer, heart attacks and strokes. 14 April 2016
Pharma industry leader Bill Burns joins Wellcome Trust Board of Governors Pharmaceutical industry expert William (Bill) Burns this week joins the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust. 6 April 2016
Kevin Moses, Director of Science, to leave the Wellcome Trust Kevin Moses, Director of Science, will be leaving the Wellcome Trust in August later this year. He is returning to the United States to become a partner of The Column Group, a venture capital firm building on novel scientific ideas from the academic sector and early stage companies. His new role will take him closer to family based in the US. 6 April 2016
Urgent action still needed in Ebola vaccine development A panel of international experts today called for urgent steps to be taken to complete the development of safe, effective vaccines for Ebola, and ensure the world is prepared for future outbreaks. 31 March 2016
Immunotherapy for diabetes being trialled in London A new treatment for Type 1 diabetes is being evaluated in a phase I clinical trial at Guy’s Hospital in London. Developed with Wellcome Trust Innovations funding, the new therapy, called MultiPepT1De, targets the autoimmune attack that leads to the development of the condition. 24 March 2016
Exploration of dementia announced as second project of The Hub at Wellcome Collection A group exploring dementia and the arts have been invited to take up the 2016-2018 residency in The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a flagship space and resource for interdisciplinary projects exploring health and wellbeing. Bringing together a rich network including scientists, artists, clinicians, public health experts and broadcasters, the group will examine and challenge perceptions of dementia through scientific and creative experimentation. They have been awarded £1 million to develop the project over two years.
24 March 2016
26 Zika projects receive 3.2m funding boost Research into the link between Zika virus infection and neurological disease, an online data-sharing platform for images of newborn heads and improved diagnostic tests are among 26 new projects to receive funding through the Zika Rapid Response initiative. 21 March 2016
New EAT Foundation launching today will change the way we feed the world A new foundation launches today with the ambition to reform the global food system, enabling us to feed a growing global population with healthy food from a healthy planet. 17 March 2016
Winner of the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards announced The Ebola virus, captured in watercolour and ink, has been selected as the overall winner for the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards.
16 March 2016
Wellcome Trust launches The Crunch to get the nation chewing over the connections between food, health and the planet The Crunch, a new Wellcome Trust initiative to get the nation talking about our food, our health and our planet, launched last night.
15 March 2016

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