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UCL News review 2011

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UCL quad

The past year at UCL has seen a landmark larynx transplant, a lecture from Noam Chomsky, simulated missions to Mars and a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, among many other groundbreaking developments. UCL Communications has created the digital review of the year below: click on the images to discover more.

Wolfson Foundation awards £20million to UCL for experimental neurology centre

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National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

A new centre dedicated to the understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases will be established at UCL following the award of a £20million grant from the Wolfson Foundation, it was announced today.

UCL Research Strategy published

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The 2011 UCL Research Strategy calls for a transformation of the understanding of the role of our comprehensive research-intensive university in the 21st century.

Brain changes seen in cabbies who take 'The Knowledge'

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Professor Eleanor Maguire (UCL Imaging Neuroscience) comments on how taxi drivers’ brains rewire while learning their way around London. Read: BBC News More: Nature Telegraph Times (£) Daily Mail Mirror

The Life Scientific

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Professor Uta Frith (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) talks about her pioneering work on autism and dyslexia. Listen: BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific

Denied to thousands: the dementia lifeline that gave me my mother back

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A detailed look at the availability of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), a course of activity sessions for dementia sufferers developed by Dr Aimee Spector (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology). Read: Daily Mail

Maltreated children show same pattern of brain activity as combat soldiers

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Brain Scan

Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, new research has shown.

Researchers move closer to finding successful drugs to treat Huntington’s disease

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Source: The Lancet/The Lancet Neurology Press Release

TRACK-HD investigators, including UCL Institute of Neurology researchers have identified a set of objective, validated measures that can be used to assess new treatments for Huntington’s disease (HD). The study, published last week in The Lancet Neurology, should increase the likelihood of success of future trials of new drugs to delay the onset and reduce the severity of HD.

Professor Blakemore tackles the teenage brain at the BBC Free Thinking Festival

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UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience's Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore gave a talk on the teenage brain at the BBC Free Thinking Festival, broadcast on Radio 3 on 23 November 2011. Listen here

Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging researcher scoop Lloyd’s 2011 Science of Risk Prizes

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Klaus Wunderlich

Congratulations to UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging Research Fellow, Klaus Wunderlich, who has won the Lloyd’s “Science of Risk” Prize in the category of Behavioural Risk. His paper was also voted “Best Overall Paper”. 

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