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IoO study may improve glaucoma assessment and treatment

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Recently published UCL Institute of Ophthalmology research may change the way that healthcare professionals measure eye pressure and allow them to assess the risk of glaucoma with greater accuracy. Read: Health Canal

Of mice and medicine: In defence of animal experiments

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Professor David McAlpine and Dr Roland Schaette (UCL Ear Institute) explain why and how they use animals in their laboratory. Read: Independent

Unique British Sign Language resource becomes available to all online

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A unique collection of language recordings of British Sign Language - the language of the British Deaf community commonly known as BSL - is now available to all online.
The recordings, collected as part of the BSL Corpus Project, led by staff at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at UCL, will be of enormous benefit to students and teachers of BSL and to sign language interpreting across the country, leading to improved services for Deaf people that will better ensure their full participation in society.

Medicine 'thrown into crisis' by stem cell ruling

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Professor Pete Coffey (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) is among leading medical researchers who have condemned a European ban on the patenting of stem cell inventions derived from human embryos. Read: The Independent More: Daily Mail

Teens' IQ scores less stable than previously thought

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A UCL study suggests that IQ is not stable during teenage years, but shifts in line with changes in particular brain areas. Read: The Guardian More: Telegraph

Number of Facebook friends linked to size of brain regions, study suggests

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Facebook friends

Scientists have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions.

Epilepsy surgery shows promising results, says study

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A study by Professor John Duncan (UCL Institute of Neurology) finds that a third of people with epilepsy should be considered for surgery. Read: BBC News Online

Stem-Cell Clinical Trials Move Debate Beyond Labs

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Professor Pete Coffey (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), in collaboration with Pfizer, is awaiting regulatory permission to begin an embryonic stem cell trial to treat age-related macular degeneration. Read: Wall Street Journal

Professor Pete Coffey named recipient of inaugural NYSCF-Robertson Prize in Stem Cell Research

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The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) announced today that Professor Pete Coffey DPhil, Director of the London Project to Cure Blindness and Professor of Cellular Therapy and Visual Sciences at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, will be the first recipient of the New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Prize in Stem Cell Research, a $200,000 prize awarded annually for extraordinary achievement in translational stem cell research. Read: News-medical.net

Levodopa Does Not Accelerate Parkinson's Pathology

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Results of a new study provide no evidence that levodopa accelerates nerve cell death in the substantia nigra in patients with Parkinson's disease. Read: National Parkinson Foundation Forum

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