UCL Institute of Neurology
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Research at the Institute of Neurology focuses on basic and clinical research related to neurological disorders research. The mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases. Interactions within the UCL Research, the UCL Neuroscience and National Hospital are extensive and fruitful.

Please also see research profiles at the Institute and our Research Groups and Themes for further information on specific areas of research. The Faculty of Brain Sciences website also has videos of some of our researchers talking about their research.

RAND report shows that UCL has the highest share of highly cited publications in Neurology in England

An independent report by RAND (2015) which examined highly-cited research, i.e. research publications falling into the top 20% for citations in their year and field, showed that UCL has the highest share of Highly Cited Publications (HCPs) in Neuroimaging (21.1%), Neurosciences (18.1%) and Clinical neurology (15.6%) and in the Dementias Highlight Area (15.5%) – in all cases significantly more than the nearest competitor.

Neuroimaging is one of only two subject areas covered in the analysis where one HEI has over 20% of all HCPs

Research excellence
Continuing the record of exceptional achievement in previous Research Assessments (RAE), the Institute performed very strongly in REF2014 within Unit of Assessment (UoA) 4, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. UCL came top overall in both the standard power measure and combined 4* and 3* work in this UoA.

Overall, 83 per cent of the submission was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (4*/3*), with 74% of research outputs given these ratings. The research environment was given a 100% world-leading rating and the impact was judged to be over 97% world leading or internationally excellent. The Institute submitted 163 staff , of whom 17 were early career researchers.   Over 92% of eligible staff were submitted to this UoA.

Please see our REF2014 news item for further details.

This continues our record of exceptional achievement in previous Research Assessment Exercises.

Impact case studies (from the UCL Impact website)

UCL Neuroscience is currently rated second in the world by ISI Essential Science Indicators, and several of the most highly cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour are based at the IoN.  

UCL Institute of Neurology authors are also prominent in a recent collection of classic articles in Brain

See also our Publications page. 

Funding and support
The Institute receives over £40m per annum in grants for research from the principal medical charities concerned with neurological diseases, and from government agencies such as the Medical Research Council.  Approximately 15% of the Institute's funding is obtained from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which has awarded high ratings for the Institute in each of the national Research Assessment Exercises since 1986. 

The Institute currently holds over 300 active grants, supporting research into the causes and treatment of a wide range of neurological diseases, including movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain cancer, stroke and brain injury, muscle and nerve disorders, cognitive dysfunction and dementia, and the work of the Institute's clinical academic staff is closely integrated with the Hospital's care of patients, enabling the translation of scientific advances into patient benefit. 

Generous support for research is provided through grant awards from the medical research charities:  in particular, the Brain Research Trust. Please see the Brain Research Trust's website for information into the research they fund.

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