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Intensive behaviour therapy no better than conventional support

Research led by UCL has found that intensive and costly multisystemic therapy is no better than conventional therapy in treating teenagers with moderate to severe antisocial behaviour.

Women in Vision UK launches to unite women in vision and eye research

Despite attacks on all sides from dysfunctional trains to various flu and cold bugs, 70 women made it to the 15th December inaugural meeting in London. The meeting was a great success, with a broad range of talks from women at different stage of their careers and showcasing different aspects of working in the field of vision and eye research.

Colour and Emotion exhibition explores colour as a visual language

A new interdisciplinary art exhibition has launched at University College Hospital (UCH) that explores the potential for colour as a visual language used to express emotion and features contributions from people with aphasia.

Girls twice as likely to experience emotional problems as boys, reveals UCL study

Girls are more than twice as likely to experience emotional difficulties as boys, while boys are significantly more likely to experience behavioural problems, UCL research has revealed.

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence

The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature.

Girls’ toys versus boys’ toys: meta-analysis suggests that a child’s toy preference is a product of both nature and nurture

A meta-analysis study, of multiple observational studies of children in free play, supports the theory that the majority of children prefer to play with toys typical to their gender rather than with those typical of the opposite gender.

Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

People with Down Syndrome develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease 20-30 years before others

A new multi-centre study, led by researchers from King’s College London and UCL, has found that people with Down Syndrome (DS) develop earlier onset of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), with an average age of diagnosis between 55 and 56. This is 20 to 30 years earlier than other individuals who are at risk of being diagnosed with AD. It also suggested that individuals with DS may decline faster than other individuals with AD once they are diagnosed.

Professor Eleanor Maguire elected Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Maguire, who has been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

Children and chimpanzees pay to punish antisocial behaviour

Six-year-old children and chimpanzees derive pleasure from watching others being punished for antisocial behaviour and are prepared to pay to see it, according to new UCL research.

UCL receives over £1m for research on link between the brain and behaviour

UCL has been awarded £1,050,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to fund a Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for 15 researchers to explore and understand the link between the brain and behaviour.

Dementia with Lewy bodies: unique genetic profile identified

Dementia with Lewy bodies has a unique genetic profile, distinct from those of Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, according to the first large-scale genetic study of this common type of dementia which was led by UCL.

UK DRI awards Faculty researchers £1.5M to study the DNA damage in Huntington's

The UK Dementia Research Institute have announced a £1.5 million award to fund research into Huntington’s disease which will be led by Faculty of Brain Sciences researchers Professors Gillian Bates and Sarah Tabrizi. The programme will look to better understand the DNA damage that occurs as this neurodegenerative disease unfolds as well as the potential for better targets for treatment.

Drug lowers deadly Huntington’s disease protein

The first drug targeting the cause of Huntington’s disease was safe and well-tolerated in its first human trial led by UCL scientists. It successfully lowered the level of the harmful huntingtin protein in the nervous system.

Higher education linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in gene study

Higher educational attainment is associated with a “significantly lower” chance of people suffering Alzheimer’s, according to the biggest genetic study into the potential causes of the disease reported today in the BMJ.

Psychosis incidence highly variable internationally

Rates of psychosis can be close to eight times higher in some regions compared to others, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.

UCL revamps wellbeing service to support students with mental ill health

An out of hours, 365-day a year telephone counselling service is being offered to UCL students at home or abroad as part of a strategy to support students experiencing mental ill health.

Women in Vision UK breaking barriers in their field

A team of scientists and clinicians from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have joined forces with professionals in vision and eye health to host the first ever Women in Vision UK  meeting on 15th December 2017 in London.

Marriage may help stave off dementia

Marriage may lower the risk of developing dementia, concludes a UCL-led synthesis of the available evidence published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry .

Avatar therapy to reduce auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia

An experimental therapy which involves a face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar representing their auditory hallucination may help reduce symptoms, when provided alongside usual treatment, according to a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

Mental health difficulties and academic performance during middle childhood and early adolescence interrelate over time

New research led by the Evidence Based Practice Unit, a partnership between UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, has investigated the link between mental health difficulties and academic performance during middle childhood and early adolescence.

Audience members’ hearts beat together at the theatre

New research led by the UCL Division of Psychological and Language Sciences (PaLS) has found that watching a live theatre performance can synchronize your heartbeat with other people in audience, regardless of if you know them or not.

Teenage depression linked to father’s depression

Adolescents whose fathers have depressive symptoms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression themselves, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

Improving clinical trials with machine learning

Machine learning could improve our ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, potentially enabling researchers to detect drug effects that would be missed entirely by conventional statistical tests, finds a new UCL study published today in Brain .

UCL stages first overseas graduation for Chinese students

More than 200 Chinese students graduated from UCL in Beijing at the weekend in the university’s first graduation ceremonies held in China.