Research

Research at the Institute of Neurology focuses on basic and clinical research related to neurological disorders research. 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 Related Organisations page.

Funding and support
The Institute receives over £33m 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 18% 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.  Please see our Research Groups and Themes for further information on specific areas of research.

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.

Research excellence
Continuing the record of exceptional achievement in previous Research Assessments (RAE), the Institute performed very strongly in the 2008 RAE. Almost 100 FTE staff were submitted for evaluation, including a number of outstanding early career researchers.  Overall 70% of our research was deemed to be internationally competitive or world leading, and submitted papers were very highly cited, with an average citation rate over the assessment period of 40 times per paper.    Three areas of research in particular were identified as world-leading: Cognitive neuroscience & human brain imaging, Inherited diseases & molecular, cellular and genetic neuroscience, and Neurodegenerative disease. 

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

See also our Publications page.

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