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 Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging

The hub of the research activities and operational headquarters of the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) are also at UCL, embedded within the Institute.

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

Please see our Infographic highlighting key data on the Institute.

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

Regional brain shrinkage in MS predicts disability

A research team led by UCL Institute of Neurology has identified the pattern of brain tissue loss in multiple sclerosis, enabling improved prediction of disability progression.

The study, published in Annals of Neurology, was one of the largest brain imaging studies ever conducted investigating multiple sclerosis (MS).

Published: Feb 23, 2018 9:30:53 AM

Amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

Amyloid beta pathology – protein deposits in the brain – might have been transmitted by contaminated neurosurgical instruments, suggests a new study led by UCL Institute of Neurology.

Published: Feb 15, 2018 5:25:44 PM

Professor Barkhof awarded 2018 John Dystel Prize

We are delighted to announce that Professor Frederik Barkhof, Professor of Neuroradiology at the UCL Institute of Neurology, has been awarded the 2018 John Dystel Prize for his outstanding contribution to multiple sclerosis research in the understanding, treatment and prevention of multiple sclerosis.

Published: Feb 13, 2018 4:29:29 PM