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UCL Partners and Yale unite to improve global health

8 October 2009

UCL, UCL Partners, Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital have formed an alliance to improve global health through scientific research, clinical and educational collaboration. The agreement is based on the organisations’ shared aims to advance biomedical research and treatment of disease for people around the world.


Professor John Deanfield (UCL/UCL Institute of Child Health) is a key leader in the proposed cardiac research collaboration.

UCL Partners is the strategic research partnership between UCL, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UCH, Royal Free and Moorfields Hospitals.

Alongside their partner hospitals, both UCL and Yale University are centres of biomedical research and rank in the top echelon of educational institutions in the world. They hold fourth and third place respectively in the Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings 2009, published today.

The new collaboration will immediately create new joint clinical programmes to treat cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, sudden cardiac death and chronic total occlusion of the coronary arteries. In addition to exchanging expert physicians to treat individual cases at each site, the members of the collaboration will make use of telemedicine technology to share clinical information and expertise among themselves, and eventually with other institutions around the world.

UCL fourth in world

We were pleased to see that UCL has moved ahead of Oxford, according to the widely read TES rankings.

Now in their 6th edition, the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings received a record level of responses from both the academic community and employers in 2009.

US and UK institutions still dominate the top 10:

  • Harvard retains top spot.
  • Cambridge moves in to 2nd place, ahead of Yale.
  • The rise of University College London to 4th place ahead of Oxford (5th equal with Imperial College) will be one of the major talking points this year. UCL outperformed its 800 year old peer, in terms of citations per faculty.
  • Princeton returns to the top 10.

Ben Sowter, Head of the QS Intelligence Unit, responsible for the compilation of the Rankings, says: "The rise of University College London and Imperial College in recent years shows that concerted research efforts can result in improved performance in the increasingly competitive field of global higher education."

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Notes to editors

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust is the country’s leading centre for treating sick children, with the widest range of specialists under one roof.

With the UCL Institute of Child Health, we are the largest centre for paediatric research outside the US and play a key role in training children’s health specialists for the future.

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