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UCL’s teaching successes highlighted in study of national rankings

UCL has been singled out for key features of its teaching including its focus on student employability, curriculum innovations and humility in an analysis of the recent nationwide assessment of universities’ teaching quality.

First randomised control trial at NHNN to test effectiveness of robot guiding electrode placement during neurosurgery

A randomised clinical trial for EpiNav™ has begun at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery and Neurology (NHNN).The trial will test the effectiveness of a robot micro-guided system which is used to help guide intracranial electrode placement during diagnostic brain surgery for epilepsy patients.The EpiNav™ project is an interactive neuro-navigation system to assist in planning and guiding surgical interventions for patients with epilepsy. It is a collaborative effort between researchers from the Institute of Healthcare Engineering (led by WEISS), the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the NHNN. The work is led by principal investigators Prof John Duncan and Prof Sebastien Ourselin, engineering lead Rachel Sparks, the neurosurgical consultants Mr Andrew McEvoy and Ms Anna Miserocchi, and senior clinical researcher Vejay Vakharia.

Dr Daniel C. Richardson explores everyday psychology in new book

Where do our thoughts live? Do we see the same colours as everyone else? Why do people commit violence?

Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection

The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research.

'Cats-and-Dogs' test to predict dementia among Parkinson’s patients

UCL researchers have developed a quick and simple test to predict which people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease are likely to develop dementia.

Professors Chris and Uta Frith to give historic Discourse at Royal Institution

Professors Chris and Uta Frith will make history in October as they team up to deliver a two-person Discourse for the Royal Institution (Ri).

Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast ‘Tomorrow’s World’

Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) is co-presenting the BBC’s new ‘Tomorrow’s World’ podcast.

Professor Ted Garway-Heath elected as European Glaucoma Society President

Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath, International Glaucoma Association Professor for Glaucoma and Allied Studies at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital has been appointed president of the European Glaucoma Society (EGS).

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Anxiety and depression caused by childhood bullying decline over time

A new UCL-led study has provided the strongest evidence to date that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later.

Professor Bart De Strooper wins 2017 European Grand Prize for Research

Congratulations to Professor Bart De Strooper, who has won the 2017 European Grand Prize for Research from the Alzheimer Research Foundation.

Word interpretation can be influenced by speaker's accent

New research from UCL has found that when British people hear a word with two meanings spoken in an American accent, they’re more likely to interpret the word by its American meaning than if the speaker’s accent sounds British.

Going to the theatre can have the same impact on your heart as 30 mins of cardio exercise

Watching a live theatre performance can stimulate your cardiovascular system to the same extent as doing 28 minutes of healthy cardio exercise, a new study has found.

In people with OCD, actions are at odds with beliefs

UCL researchers have devised a mathematical model to understand what causes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a set of repeated behaviours deriving from an underlying brain dysfunction that is not yet well understood.

For boys at risk of psychopathy, laughter isn’t so contagious

For boys at risk of developing psychopathy when they become adults, laughter isn’t as contagious as it is for most other people, according to a new Current Biology study by UCL researchers.

Professor Tom Foltynie wins inaugural Tom Isaacs award

Congratulations to announce Professor Tom Foltynie, Consultant Neurologist and Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology, who is the inaugural winner of The Tom Isaacs Award. The Award was presented on 27th September at the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s conference and Rallying to the Challenge meeting held at VARI, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

New licensing agreement for UCL technology to combat antimicrobial resistance

The alarming rise and spread of antimicrobial resistance is an increasing global challenge and there is considerable interest and an acknowledged benefit in the targeted delivery of antimicrobial agents.

UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.

Japan’s PM reaffirms close ties with UCL in meeting with Provost

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has thanked UCL for its role in helping to educate students from his country dating back 150 years to the Choshu Five in the 19th century.

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?