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Preparing for the future

Thu, 05 Jul 2012

Imperial and industry discuss research breakthroughs and how they may change the world of 2032- News

Developing world has less than 5% chance of meeting UN child hunger target, study estimates

Thu, 05 Jul 2012

Most developing countries likely to fall short of aim to halve child hunger by 2015 - News release

Polio vaccination programmes not reaching enough children in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Wed, 04 Jul 2012

New, more effective vaccines are struggling to have an impact in the drive to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan because not enough children are being vaccinated - News release

Failing metal hip implants could be releasing toxic nanoparticles

Tue, 03 Jul 2012

Scientists discover that corroding nano-particles from failing hip implants release Cobalt ions into surrounding tissue, which are the cause of inflammation and may also be genotoxic - News

Amniotic fluid yields alternatives to embryonic stem cells

Tue, 03 Jul 2012

Stem cells found in amniotic fluid can be transformed into a more versatile state similar to embryonic stem cells, according to a study published in the journal Molecular Therapy - News release

Tablet computers powered by their casings

Mon, 02 Jul 2012

An Imperial engineer showcases durable material that also stores and discharges energy – News/Video

New Pro Rector (Education) appointed at Imperial College London

Mon, 02 Jul 2012

Professor Debra Humphris, a leading innovator in higher education and healthcare, is announced as the new Pro Rector (Education) at Imperial College London - News release

World's first centre to focus on bacteria that cause diseases

Mon, 02 Jul 2012

A new centre based at Imperial and funded by the (MRC) and Imperial, will provide a "centre of excellence" in the fight against bacterial infections

New target for prostate cancer therapy

Mon, 02 Jul 2012

Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered a molecule that plays an important role in driving prostate cancer growth, and could be a target for new therapies - News

Artificial membranes to mimic the complex functions of cells

Fri, 29 Jun 2012

Imperial professor leads a UK collaboration to design more complex membranes

King Arthur, the plastic skeleton, cycling to a town near you

Fri, 29 Jun 2012

One student and his skeleton are heading on a tandem trek to support student scholarships at Imperial - News

'Broken heart syndrome' protects the heart from adrenaline overload

Wed, 27 Jun 2012

A condition that temporarily causes heart failure in people who experience severe stress might actually protect the heart from very high levels of adrenaline - News release

Dodgems, dancing and Dynamite – students’ highlights from the 2012 Summer Ball

Mon, 25 Jun 2012

1500 guests attended this year's Summer Ball at Imperial - News

Royal honours for Imperial staff

Fri, 22 Jun 2012

Five members of Imperial staff have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Occupational risk factors linked to over 8,000 cancer deaths a year

Wed, 20 Jun 2012

Work-related cancer deaths account for 5% of total, new research shows - News

Imperial College Health Partners launched to bring innovations in healthcare to North West London

Tue, 19 Jun 2012

Imperial College Health Partners aims to improve the health and care of the population of 1.9 million people living in North West London - News release

On the origin of music by means of natural selection

Tue, 19 Jun 2012

(or the preservation of favoured ditties in the struggle for life) - Imperial scientists may be on the way to creating the perfect pop tune, thanks to a computer program powered by Darwinian natural selection - News

Twitter Director talks business, brevity and Bieber at Imperial

Mon, 18 Jun 2012

Bruce Daisley speaks as part of the Business School's Distinguished Guest Lecture series

Donation brings metabolic profiling to Africa to fight liver disease

Wed, 06 Jun 2012

Imperial researchers will use a mass spectrometer donated by Waters Corporation to improve liver cancer diagnosis - News

Mens et manus: Leading figure from Citi discusses being open in ‘mind and hand’ in business

Wed, 06 Jun 2012

Naveed Sultan speaks at Imperial College Business School

“Biological” industrial revolution gets a kick-start in the UK, thanks to £5 million project

Thu, 31 May 2012

EPSRC funds new 5-year project to develop tools for mass producing biological devices - News

Scientists harvest information about the tomato genome

Thu, 31 May 2012

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tomato - News

Martian science gets a boost thanks to funds from UK Space Agency

Thu, 31 May 2012

Professors Sanjeev Gupta and Mark Sephton receive funding for red planet research – News

Imperial opens second diabetes centre in United Arab Emirates

Tue, 29 May 2012

Imperial College London Diabetes Centre has opened a state-of-the-art facility that will provide world-class standards of care to patients in the United Arab Emirates city of Al Ain and its surrounding region - News

£73m powerhouse of biomedical research opens at Imperial College London

Mon, 28 May 2012

Major new research facility opened by George Osborne MP - News release

Super-sensitive tests could detect diseases earlier

Mon, 28 May 2012

Scientists create a new biosensor test to detect molecules that indicate the presence of disease - News Release

Intel invests in UK institute to create Global Centre for Research in Sustainable Connected Cities

Thu, 24 May 2012

New Intel Labs Europe UK network to coordinate nine R&D locations across the UK - Joint News Release

Minister launches public-private imaging centre

Tue, 15 May 2012

Research facility co-owned by Imperial is formally launched by David Willetts MP - News

Rio Tinto signs education partnership with Imperial College London

Tue, 15 May 2012

New package of scholarships and support for Imperial's engineering students - News

Medical researchers honoured with prestigious Fellowship

Thu, 10 May 2012

Imperial celebrates four new Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences – News

MBA alumnus shares his ‘Abundance’ of entrepreneurial experience at the Imperial Festival

Thu, 10 May 2012

Karl Harder shares his experience of launching Abundance - a company which enables individuals to invest directly in renewable energy projects

Global gathering for Imperial College London's Postgraduate Graduation

Wed, 09 May 2012

Postgraduate students and guests from over 65 countries will be taking part in Imperial's 2012 Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies at the Royal Albert Hall - News release

Europe approves billion euro mission to explore icy worlds of Jupiter

Wed, 02 May 2012

The European Space Agency has approved a new mission to explore Jupiter and its icy moons and investigate the habitability of these ‘waterworlds’ orbiting the giant planet - News

A taste of Japan in Universities Week

Tue, 01 May 2012

Imperial hosts its third Sanka Day for local school pupils - News

Breast cancer risk can be seen years before it develops

Tue, 01 May 2012

New study identifies epigenetic changes associated with breast cancer risk - News

Imperial prepares for its first public festival

Mon, 30 Apr 2012

The Imperial Festival will take place on 11 and 12 May - New release

Imperial College London announces plans for new leadership

Mon, 30 Apr 2012

New leadership arrangements announced, with Rector becoming President & Rector and search for first Provost launched - News release

Imperial scientists talk about the fight against malaria on World Malaria Day

Wed, 25 Apr 2012

The Imperial College Podcast caught up with two of Imperial's leading mosquito experts to discuss the fight against malaria

The science of surgery goes hands-on

Mon, 23 Apr 2012

A taste of what's to come at the Imperial Festival as Professor Roger Kneebone and colleagues programme an evening at the Science Museum - News

Six Imperial scientists join Fellowship of Royal Society

Fri, 20 Apr 2012

An evolutionary biologist, a pharmacologist and four physicists from Imperial College London have joined the Fellowship of the Royal Society this week as part of the 2012 election of 44 new fellows - News

Physicist behind the 'invisibility cloak' gains entry to exclusive society

Wed, 18 Apr 2012

Professor Sir John Pendry has been welcomed into the ranks of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences - News

Students take control of four storey carbon capture pilot plant in the heart of a university campus

Wed, 18 Apr 2012

The Department of Chemical Engineering unveils new facilty for Imperial undergraduates, industry and summer school students - News Release

Specialists must work together to prevent leg amputations, urge experts

Mon, 16 Apr 2012

Researchers stress importance of early referral and interdisciplinary management of foot ulcers - News

Chinese State Councillor visits Imperial

Mon, 16 Apr 2012

Chinese State Councillor Madame Liu Yandong visited Imperial on 15 April - News story

Tackle fungal forces to save crops, forests and endangered animals, say scientists

Thu, 12 Apr 2012

Research suggests that more than 600 million people could be fed each year by halting the spread of fungal diseases in the most important crops - News release

Care for premature babies has improved in England

Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Study finds that neonatal services have improved since the introduction of clinical networks - News

Heart failure’s effects in cells can be reversed with a rest

Mon, 02 Apr 2012

Structural changes in heart muscle cells after heart failure can be reversed by allowing the heart to rest, according to a new study - News release

Honeycombs of magnets could lead to new type of computer processing

Fri, 30 Mar 2012

Imperial scientists take an important step in developing a material using nano-sized magnets that could lead to new electronic devices - News

Conservation Prof shares thoughts on priorities for a planet under pressure

Thu, 29 Mar 2012

Georgina Mace FRS is amongst those taking part in a major event in central London this week looking at global sustainability. Simon Levey interviewed her ahead of the conference - News

Space race school pupils head to NASA

Wed, 28 Mar 2012

Imperial hosts the UK finals of the Space Settlement Design Competition - News

Gene can turn flu into a killer

Mon, 26 Mar 2012

A genetic finding could help explain why influenza becomes a life-threatening disease in some people while it has only mild effects in others - News

Student solution to global health challenge claims grand prize in new competition.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012

The Institute of Global Health Innovation announces the winner of its first Student Challenge - News

Plants may absorb more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Thu, 22 Mar 2012

The capacity of terrestrial ecosystems to absorb carbon dioxide emissions from human activity may be greater than previously thought, according to a new study - News

Scientists develop tools to make more complex biological machines from yeast

Tue, 20 Mar 2012

Re-wiring the DNA in yeast could open the door to a whole new range of microscopic devices to improve our lives - News Release

Gene clue to how virus causes cancer

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

Researchers have identified mutations in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that increase the capacity of the virus to cause cancer - News

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy programme gets green light with public funding

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

A groundbreaking gene therapy trial for cystic fibrosis (CF) will begin in March, thanks to a new grant from a government funding body - News release

A task of Olympic proportions: An insight into how London is getting ready for the summer

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority Sir John Armitt speaks at Imperial College Business School

Device for harvesting energy and water from human waste gets green light

Wed, 14 Mar 2012

Imperial and partners begin developing prototype device, following funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – News

Irrational avoidance of the unpleasant: Global environment foundation head shares his thoughts on American investors

Tue, 13 Mar 2012

Simon Levey interviews Jeremy Grantham, the successful investment management strategist who is a major supporter if Imperial's climate change institute - News

Admissions requirements for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore, announced

Tue, 13 Mar 2012

Singapore’s newest medical school to enrol its first students in 2013 - News release

Major EU project will investigate genes that influence bacterial infections in children

Fri, 09 Mar 2012

Researchers will study the genetic factors that influence children’s susceptibility to bacterial infections in a 12 million euro research collaboration - News

Scientists save energy by lubricating wood

Thu, 08 Mar 2012

A little bit of lubrication could make a big energy saving when manufacturing sustainable biofuels and bio-chemicals from timber - News

Imperial celebrates more than 30 years of the Innovation Design Engineering course

Mon, 05 Mar 2012

Past and present students showcase their technologies at an exhibition in the College’s Main Entrance- News

Study challenges guidelines on art therapy for people with schizophrenia

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Study finds that referring people with schizophrenia to group art therapy does not improve their mental health or social functioning - News

"Popeye" proteins help the heart adapt to stress

Thu, 23 Feb 2012

A family of proteins named after Popeye play an essential role in allowing the heart to respond to stress, a finding that could help Imperial scientists develop new treatments for abnormal heart rhythms - News release

Faulty fat sensor implicated in obesity and liver disease

Mon, 20 Feb 2012

Study finds defects in a protein that functions as a dietary fat sensor may be a cause of obesity and liver disease - News release

Old antibiotic could be a new weapon to fight TB

Fri, 17 Feb 2012

A cheap and safe antibiotic that is widely available in the developing world might have a new use as a tuberculosis (TB) treatment - News release

£9.3 million project to improve oil refining in Russia gets the green light

Wed, 15 Feb 2012

The Skolkovo Foundation in Russia gives the go ahead for establishing a Center involving Imperial - News and News Release

Patients’ online hospital reviews reflect data on hospital outcomes

Tue, 14 Feb 2012

Patients’ ratings of hospitals tally with objective measures of the hospital’s performance - News release

Imperial signs up to strategic partnership with BBSRC

Fri, 10 Feb 2012

Imperial has joined bioscience funding agency Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in a new high-level research agreement - News

New MSc course focuses on developing strategic thinkers who can apply economic know-how to business

Mon, 06 Feb 2012

New MSc in Economics and Strategy for Business launched at Imperial College Business School

Surface of Mars an unlikely place for life after 600 million year drought

Fri, 03 Feb 2012

New study suggests super-drought made it too hostile for any life survive on the Mars' surface - News Release

Black holes: Giving life as well as dealing death

Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Astrophysicists have identified a black hole that appears to be helping new stars to form amongst its encircling gas clouds - News

Children test the air for pollutants in Brighton science project

Wed, 01 Feb 2012

Imperial scientists gather air pollution data with the help of Brighton school children - News

New College Secretary and Registrar appointed at Imperial College London

Mon, 30 Jan 2012

Mr John Neilson's appointment follows the retirement of Dr Rodney Eastwood.

Body clock receptor linked to diabetes in new genetic study

Mon, 30 Jan 2012

People who carry rare genetic mutations in the receptor for melatonin have a much higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according a study published in Nature Genetics - News release

Research into acute asthma attacks boosted with £4m award

Fri, 27 Jan 2012

New grant from the Medical Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline will enable researchers to investigate mechanisms of potentially life-threatening asthma attacks.

Making a ‘contract’ with society: GlaxoSmithKline’s research and development head discusses the company’s ethos

Wed, 25 Jan 2012

Dr Moncef Slaoui asks whether patients or shareholders should come first in a distinguished guest lecture

Business master classes offered to undergraduates

Wed, 25 Jan 2012

Registration open for new series covering current business issues and practices

Imperial and partners receive £4.5million from the BBSRC to equip the life scientists of the future

Tue, 24 Jan 2012

Funding announced to support Doctoral Training Partnership - News

UK government backs Imperial researchers in drive to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Mon, 23 Jan 2012

Renewed support from the British government will enable research groups based at Imperial to distribute an additional 100 million treatments for schistosomiasis in Africa.

T-rays technology could help develop Star Trek-style hand-held medical scanners

Fri, 20 Jan 2012

Scientists have developed a new way to create Terahertz waves (T-rays) that may one day lead to biomedical detective devices similar to the 'tricorder' scanner used in Star Trek - News release

Intel, Imperial College London and University College London to jumpstart British investment in sustainable cities technologies and services

Thu, 19 Jan 2012

Partners plan to create institute that will focus on sustainability in cities - News Release

Essay competition challenges students to start scribbling about science

Thu, 19 Jan 2012

This year's Science Challege is launched by the Royal College of Science Union - News

Reprogrammed oestrogen binding linked to more aggressive breast cancer

Wed, 11 Jan 2012

Receptors for the female sex hormone oestrogen attach to a different part of the DNA in breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, according to a study published in Nature.

Knighthoods and a CBE for Imperial researchers in 2012 Honours

Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Recognition for Professors Sir Stephen Bloom, Sir Simon Donaldson and David Phillips - News

Professor Dermot Kelleher named as Principal of the Faculty of Medicine

Fri, 06 Jan 2012

One of Ireland's foremost medical leaders joins the College

Scientists reassess weight loss surgery for type 2 diabetes

Wed, 04 Jan 2012

Weight loss surgery is not a cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can improve blood sugar control, according to a new study at Imperial.

Go to work on a Christmas card: UK's wrapping paper and festive cards could provide energy to send a bus to the moon more than 20 times

Fri, 23 Dec 2011

Imperial researchers say biofuel from festive waste paper like wrapping paper and Christmas cards could power a bus to the moon 20 times - News release

Seven Imperial researchers receive prestigious Fellowships

Wed, 21 Dec 2011

Imperial academics receive Fellowships totalling more than £6 million to help them forge ahead with their research – News

Low iron levels in blood give clue to blood clot risk

Thu, 15 Dec 2011

People with low levels of iron in the blood have a higher risk of dangerous blood clots, according to research published in the journal Thorax today.

Hunt for Higgs boson closes in at LHC

Wed, 14 Dec 2011

Listen to interviews with two Imperial physicists about the new results announced from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week - News

New student challenge aims to improve sporting chances for people with disabilities

Thu, 08 Dec 2011

Rio Tinto supports student learning initiative at Imperial in lead up to the London 2012 Paralympic Games– News

Improved technology may obviate need for drug when assessing patients for a coronary stent

Thu, 08 Dec 2011

A new method for measuring narrowing in the arteries of the heart may allow patients to be assessed for a stent without having to take a drug with unpleasant side effects - News release

Research centre to combat devastating effects of roadside bombs

Wed, 07 Dec 2011

New £8m Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London - News Release

Imperial initiative rated as one of the top two charities for impact

Mon, 05 Dec 2011

The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative has been rated as one of the top two charities for achieving impact with donations by nonprofit organisation GiveWell.

Study of wolves will help scientists predict climate effects on endangered animals

Fri, 02 Dec 2011

Imperial study on wolves in Yellowstone National Park could help scientists predict climate effects on endangered animals - News release

Industry leaders and academics debate how to reduce the UK's carbon output

Fri, 25 Nov 2011

How can businesses help the environment by cutting carbon output, and continue to thrive? Academics and industry leaders discussed this with the Energy and Climate Change minister at an Imperial conference - News

Biomass could provide a fifth of global energy without damaging food production

Fri, 25 Nov 2011

Energy generated from plant biomass could deliver up to one fifth of global demand without causing a decline in food production, according to a new report - News

Plans for partnership in North West London aim to bring innovations to healthcare

Fri, 25 Nov 2011

North West London healthcare providers and Imperial College London explore potential for new Academic Health Science Partnership - News release