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UCL graduates are among highest paid in Sunday Times university guide

UCL has again made the top ten in the latest rankings of UK universities by The Times and The Sunday Times which also includes new figures showing that UCL’s graduates are among the highest paid six months after leaving.

Hearing loss & dementia research benefits from funding boost

Alzheimer’s Research UK will invest over £2 million in four innovative new projects exploring ways to reduce the risk of dementia, one of which is led by UCL researchers.

Karl Friston named as one of 22 researchers predicted to win a Nobel Prize

Clarivate Analytics uses citations to forecast Nobel Prize winners by identifying extreme impact in research. Each year they mine millions of citations in the Web of Science to identify top-tier researchers in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry – fields recognised by the Nobel Prizes in science.

Virtual brain lab brings together world-leading neuroscientists

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making.

People with dementia fail to get specialist care despite huge needs

People suffering in the late stages of dementia receive most of their healthcare from GPs or emergency services rather than from specialist health care professionals, despite them having complex needs, researchers at UCL have found.

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Dr Lee de-Wit asks ‘What’s your bias?’ in new book

Why can you fall out with family members over political beliefs? Why do we vote the way we do? Why are some political topics so emotive and divisive?

Explaining bursts of activity in brains of preterm babies

The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team led by researchers at UCL and King’s College London.

UCL HD Centre wins two prestigious ‘Insight of the Year’ awards

Huge congratulations to the Huntington Disease Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, which has won two ‘Insight of the Year’ awards from the Huntington Study Group.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

UCL academics presenting at British Science Festival

A number of UCL academics will be delivering presentations at the British Science Festival taking place in Brighton this week.

Professor Sophie Scott to present the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

Professor Sophie Scott, Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, will explore the unstoppable urge to communicate, perform live demonstrations, and challenge her audience to communicate without words in the 2017 Royal Institution CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

11 minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back

Brief training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, finds a new UCL study.

Year 12 students enjoy an “amazing experience” at PaLS Summer School

The Psychology and Language Sciences 2017 Summer School has been hailed an “amazing” and “insightful, fun and enjoyable experience” by its students.

People who hear voices can detect hidden speech

People who hear voices that other people can’t hear may use unusual skills when their brains process new sounds, according to new research led by UCL and Durham University.

UCL Brain Sciences researchers are the first to carry out brain imaging of focal cortical epileptic seizures in the awake brain

A team of researchers, led by Professors Dimitri Kullmann (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Matteo Carandini (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), has developed a method of imaging brain activity to discover how it spreads during a focal cortical epileptic seizure. They were also able to then relate their propagation to cortical connectivity.

Diabetes drug shows potential as disease-modifying therapy for Parkinson’s disease

A drug commonly used to treat diabetes may have disease-modifying potential to treat Parkinson’s disease, a new UCL-led study suggests, paving the way for further research to define its efficacy and safety.

UCL boosts recognition of and access to sign language

UCL, the only UK university with a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) requirement for all UK undergraduates, has set a precedent by recognising British Sign Language (BSL) as a ‘foreign’ language option – a move it hopes will increase awareness of and access to BSL.

Clinicians’ intuitions about when terminally ill patients will die are often inaccurate

A simple method, routinely used by clinicians to help identify patients who may be approaching their last year of life, is frequently inaccurate, according to a new study led by UCL researchers and funded by Marie Curie.

£840K of private investments for Gold Standard Phantoms

Gold Standard Phantoms have secured a total of £840K from private investors which will enable them to bring their first product to market in the fourth quarter of this year.

People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience .

UCL academics elected to British Academy

Four members of the UCL community have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.

First UK trial seeks to reduce challenging behaviour in pre-schoolers with learning disabilities

Disability charity Contact a Family and UCL are launching a national clinical trial – the first of its kind in the UK – that aims to reduce behaviour that challenges in very young children with learning disabilities.

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

One in three cases of dementia could potentially be prevented if brain health is improved throughout life by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life.

Hearing a sound can alter perception of finger size

Hearing an ascending sound while pulling their own finger can make a person think their finger is longer than it is, finds a new study led by UCL and the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London.