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  1. Brain cholesterol associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

    The results represent another step towards a possible treatment for Alzheimer's disease Researchers have shown how cholesterol - a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases - may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. In…

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  2. Master of St John’s elected as member of prestigious American Philosophical Society

    Membership of the prestigious society include illustrious names such as Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur and Margaret Mead The oldest learned society in the United States has named Professor Chris Dobson as one of its new members. The American Philosophical Society was founded in…

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  3. International conference at St John’s to examine how social inequalities make people ill

    The day-long conference will feature talks and discussions with speakers from the UK, Europe and the US Health lessons humans can learn from other social mammals will be the focus of a free conference at St John’s next month. The St John’s College Reading Group on Inequalities in…

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  4. St John’s College appoints Helen Murley as Domestic Bursar

    Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she spent five years as the Global HR Director A new Domestic Bursar has joined St John’s to lead the internal administration of the College. Helen Murley has come to St John’s from The British Council where she…

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  5. St John’s Research Fellow wins Raymond Andrew Prize

    “I am thrilled to win this award, as it recognises the enormous progress that we have made as a team" Former PhD candidate and newly-elected Fellow Dr Giuliana Fusco has been awarded the Raymond Andrew Prize 2018 for her outstanding PhD thesis. The Raymond Andrew Prize is…

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  6. The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley appointed as Dean of Chapel at St John’s

    "I greatly look forward to making friendships and working partnerships.” The Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has been named as the new Dean of Chapel at St John’s College. The Chapel of St John’s is one of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge and is home to a lively…

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  7. New research shows prehistoric hunter-gatherers were the first people to ride horses and explores its impact on migration and languages

    The domestication of the horse was one of the most important milestones in human history. A new study has discovered that horses were first domesticated by hunter-gatherer descendants in Kazakhstan who left no direct modern trace. The domestication of the horse was one of the most…

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  8. Oldest genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500 year-old skeletons

    The research has been described as ‘truly remarkable’ and compared to the discovery of the first fossils. An extinct strain of the human Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been discovered in Bronze Age human skeletons found in burial sites across Europe and Asia. A pioneering study has…

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  9. St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College

    St John’s victorious in Cuppers final against Queens’ College St John’s College enjoyed a 35-13 victory against Queens’ College in the Cambridge University Rugby Football Union Cuppers final at Grange Road on Saturday. This was their fourth win in five years. Queens’ College…

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  10. St John’s College win University Challenge for the first time

    It is the first time since the show aired in 1962 that St John’s has won the televised quiz show For the first time ever, St John’s College Cambridge have won University Challenge after defeating Merton College Oxford 145-100. It was a tight, tense final, with Merton College…

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  11. Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles

    Memorial Service for Dr Jim Charles, 1926 – 2017 A Memorial Service for Dr James (Jim) Charles, BSc. Eng., MA, ScD, FREng, Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and Emeritus University Reader in Process Metallurgy, who died on 13 November 2017, aged 91, will be held in St John’s…

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  12. Genetic adaptations to diving discovered in humans for the first time

    The relationship between spleen size and dive capacity has never before been examined in humans at the genetic level. Evidence that humans can genetically adapt to diving has been identified for the first time in a new study. The evidence suggests that the Bajau, a people group…

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  13. Philanthropy Matters: How will philanthropy impact the University’s future?

    The campaign for the University and Colleges has passed the £1bn mark. So why does philanthropy matter to Cambridge? Bursaries and Studentships make a real difference to the lives of many students at St John's. In this article from CAM magazine some of these students share why…

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  14. St John’s College through to University Challenge final for the first time

    The current University Challenge team made history last night with a decisive semi-final victory For the very first time since University Challenge began in 1962, St John’s College will have a team in the final. The current University Challenge team made history last night with a…

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  15. Royal College of Physicians elects St John’s Alumnus as new President

    "I am humbled that the fellows of the RCP have elected me and I will do my best to live up to their expectations." Last week the Royal College of Physicians elected Dr Andrew Goddard as their new president. Dr Andrew Goddard, a graduate of St John’s College, will take…

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  16. Game of Dragons Maths Challenge at St John’s

    Game of Dragons Maths Challenge at St John’s The third Game of Dragons Outdoor Maths Challenge took place at St John’s on 17 March, an event which aims to promote mathematics and a healthy lifestyle. Sixty students from 20 different schools across Cambridgeshire and London took…

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  17. The Enemy Within: A new documentary

    The film tells the remarkable and moving story of Justin Yerbury and his quest to understand the nature of Motor Neurone Disease A new documentary made for Australian television explores the life of Dr Justin Yerbury and his fight against Motor Neurone Disease, both in his research…

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  18. Newell Classical Event 2018 to be held at St John’s

    The Newell Classical Event 2018 will be held on 3 May Published: 3/04/2018 The Newell Classical Event 2018, celebrating the classical world, is to take place at St John’s College on 3 May. This year, the event will focus on the world première of Emily Wilson’s dramatisation of…

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  19. Alumnus of St John's College, Dr Andrew Chamblin, honoured with Oxford concert

    Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert 2018 Published: 29/03/18 The twelfth annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will be given by Laurence Cummings FRCO at 8 pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on Thursday 7 June. Mr Cummings will play an hour-long programme of organ and…

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  20. St John’s College Choir to embark on Far East tour

    The Choir will be performing at the Hong Kong City Concert Hall and the Singapore Esplanade Published: 23/03/2018 The St John’s College Choir is in the Far East to perform concerts in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Choir will be performing at the Hong Kong City Concert Hall on 27…

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  21. St John's students row for Cambridge

    "There will be a strong showing from LMBC on the banks of the Thames on Saturday cheering him on.” Published: 23/03/18 St John’s student and Lady Margaret rower, Charlie Fisher, will be representing Cambridge this weekend in the 2018 Boat Race against Oxford. St John’s…

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  22. Douglas Adams: Life in the Universe

    Douglas Adams: Life in the Universe A radio script for an episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, notes for an episode of Doctor Who, and a letter from Graham Chapman: a new exhibition at St John’s College showcases over seventy of Douglas Adams’s personal items. The…

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  23. The hidden women of St John’s: College exhibition celebrates female staff

    Published: 20/03/18 The forgotten historical lives of women in the workplace are now the centre of attention in an exhibition inspired by Women’s History Month at St John’s. A new exhibition focusing on the female staff of St John’s reveals the hidden working lives of the women who were part of College life centuries…

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  24. Inaugural performances from female a cappella group and College jazz band taking place at St John’s

    Inaugural performances from female a cappella group Aquila and College Jazz Band to take place at St John’s Published: 2/03/2018 The inaugural performances from two newly formed College groups will take place in the Old Divinity School, St John’s College, on Tuesday 6 March: Aquila…

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  25. College Community members speak out about mental health on University Mental Health Day

    College Community members speak out about mental health on University Mental Health Day Published: 1/03/2018 One in four people experience a mental health condition at some point in their life, but despite how widespread these issues are, it can still be hard to reach out for help…

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