UCL Institute of Neurology


UCL Institute of Neurology

Research and teaching excellence

The Institute of Neurology has a world class reputation for neuroscience. The mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases.  A number of important research centres are based at the Institute, including the MRC Prion Unit, MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Professor Michael Hanna is the Director of the Institute, which is a specialist postgraduate institute of University College London, the top-ranked university in the UK for research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. 

The Institute is closely associated in its work with the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. In combination they form a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences.

What We Do

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Discovery research

The overarching research mission of the Institute is to undertake world class discovery neuroscience and translate it into improved diagnostics and treatments for patients.

Translational science

The Institute aims to be the translational experimental medicine hub of UCL Neuroscience, translating pre-clinical science into experimental medicine research


Queen Square is an international leader in the provision of research-led education in clinical neuroscience and has a leadership role in clinical training nationally.

IoN News

Professor Gill Bates appointed new Vice Dean (Research)

Professor Gill Bates (UCL Institute of Neurology) has been appointed as the new Vice Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Brain Sciences, as of 1st October 2016, and we warmly welcome her to the Faculty senior leadership team.

Professor Bates joined UCL in May 2016 as Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Huntington's Disease Centre in the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience (UCL Institute of Neurology). The research of the Bates lab is focussed on understanding the molecular basis of Huntington’s disease and developing therapeutic interventions.

Professor Bates will play a key role in shaping the Faculty’s research strategy and will work with Faculty leadership and the Office of the Vice Provost (Research) to ensure that Faculty and UCL objectives are aligned.  Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a genuine collegiate spirit and she is an inspiring role model to junior researchers. On her appointment, she said: “I am very excited to have been given this opportunity to play an active role in contributing to the Faculty and wider UCL research community.”

Professor Bates takes over this role from Professor Nick Wood, and will continue to build on the superb work that he has done over the past five years. Prof Wood skilfully aligned the Faculty research strategy with the UCLH/UCL BRC neurosciences themes, and contributed enormously to the successful renewal of the BRC funding. He has been a key member of the School Research Board, involved in the triage, peer review and mock interviews for large grant proposals, improving our success rate as a School, of these major grant applications. We are very grateful for all he has achieved.

Published: Oct 11, 2016 11:16:05 AM

UCL’s innovative retail coalition celebrates first anniversary

UCL is today marking one year since the launch of the innovative retail coalition inspired by Malcolm Walker of Iceland Foods to address the dementia challenge. Since the coalition was created nine UK retailers have committed to support UCL in its fight against dementia, initially pledging in the region of £20 million. In the first year alone, the partnership has already raised around £10 million – equivalent to the sale of around 200 million carrier bags.

Published: Oct 5, 2016 12:55:17 PM

Dr Stephen Fleming wins the Wiley Prize in Psychology

The British Academy has announced the 2016 winners of its prizes and medals, and we are delighted that Dr Stephen Fleming (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology) has won the Wiley Prize for Psychology, for his contribution to the study of the neuropsychology of human metacognition.

Published: Sep 27, 2016 9:55:50 AM