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Research highlights 2013-14

Birkbeck's research excellence in science has been recognised in the recent REF2014 results. These selected news stories highlight some of the key research achievements across our three departments in the past academic year.

Biological Sciences

New study into cell replication: Dr Carolyn Moores receives research grant worth £350,000 [November 2013]

Birkbeck laboratory receives funding for new state-of-the-art equipment [December 2013]

Spread of antibiotic resistance understood by unravelling bacterial secretion system [March 2014]

Major research project may lead to better drugs to treat chronic pain [March 2014]


Earth and Planetary Sciences

Professor Gerald Roberts co-authors new paper explaining what influences earthquake recurrence [November 2013]

Professor Ian Crawford appointed to European Space Agency's advisory committee on Human Spaceflight [January 2014]

Professor Andy Carter's paper reveals history of South Georgia microcontinent [February 2014]

Dr Karen Hudson-Edwards and Dr Patricia Acero awarded NERC grant for research into mine waste [February 2014]

New paper calls for human lunar exploration [August 2014]

Flying fish fertilise forest from Africa to Amazon [September 2014]


Psychological Sciences

The social brain is observed in newborn babies for the first time [October 2013]

Psychologist wins €1.5m European research grant to study body image
[October 2013]

Birkbeck psychologist wins prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize [October 2013]

Newborn babies have built-in body awareness [November 2013]

£3.7m Wohl Wolfson Toddlerlab to advance leading autism research [January 2014]

Major new research into early detection of autism and ADHD [January 2014]

New play to give psychologists insights into children's responses to violence [February 2014]

New paper reveals multiple factors behind neurodevelopmental disorders [March 2014]

Researchers perform first brain-imaging studies in African infants [April 2014]

Visual babytalk helps infants make sense of television [May 2014]

Mobile phone use and cognitive development during adolescence (SCAMP project) [May 2014]

Why studying babies could help us to understand Alzheimer's among the elderly [July 2014]

Researcher heads to Hollywood to talk about the science of the cinema [July 2014]