UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences

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Latest Brain Sciences News

Group of teenagers

Teenagers shape each other’s views on how risky a situation is

Published: Mar 27, 2015 11:34:26 AM

Cold stimulus on the crossed middle finger

Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain

Published: Mar 26, 2015 5:24:06 PM

Illustration of how many connections form across mRNA molecules, where colour indicates the length of each connection

Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases

Published: Mar 19, 2015 11:06:38 AM

European Central Bank governing council meeting

Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions

Published: Mar 10, 2015 4:54:34 PM


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The Faculty of Brain Sciences has a vision to solve the greatest health and wellbeing problems in the brain sciences, in order to transform society and reduce the global burden of disease. 

Our strategy actively encourages inter-disciplinarity, innovative cross-Faculty working and the development of key strategic partnerships external to UCL.  

UCL’s highly collaborative and creative environment is underpinned by specialist teams who support investigators to translate their emerging research into therapies, techniques, interventions and medical produces to improve health and well-being. 

Several case studies help to highlight the impact of our research. 

In the field of neuroscience UCL is ranked second in the world, with clear ambition to be first. In the UK’s latest research assessment UCL was the top-rated university in Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience.

Amongst other world class areas of research, are our four cross-cutting research themes:

Sensory Systems and Therapies

We bring together expertise in audition, vision, and cognition to transform understanding of the mechanisms underlying function and dysfunction in sensory systems. Enterprise initiatives develop and validate new therapeutic approaches in areas ranging from stem cells to neuroprosthetics.

Neurodegeneration and Neuroprotection

Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection are a strategic priority for UCL and the Faculty, building on our world-leading expertise in this area, and reflecting the increasing national and international focus on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

We apply integrative molecular, cellular, neuroimaging, epidemiological and cognitive approaches to neurodegenerative disorders affecting the brain, auditory and visual systems in order to define disease, illuminate mechanisms of pathogenesis, and guide the design of therapeutic interventions for disorders of the nervous system.

In addition to a significant number of researchers working in this area from across the Faculty's departments, there are three large research centres supported by our external partners which focus on some of the major neurodegenerative diseases:

See also the UCL Neuroscience Domain: Neurodegeneration 

Mental Health

Mental health disorders are a huge and increasing problem in the UK and globally, creating a major burden on societies and economies.

For the first time, key UCL departments focusing on mental health have come together to be part of a single Faculty creating the critical mass necessary to make UCL a world leading centre for mental health research and education. The potential for combined initiatives between basic neuroscience, clinical and epidemiological psychiatry and clinical psychology, supported by strong external collaborations and partnerships, puts UCL in a unique position to address the global challenges of mental health disorders.

Lifelong Cognition and Behaviour Change

We exploit our expertise in behavioural and cognitive sciences, neurology and neuroscience to improve understanding of the basic neural and cognitive processes underlying human wellbeing from infant development to ageing, and to inform strategies for behavioural change interventions.

 Research publications
Dementia Neuroscience

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