2012 IoN News Archive
- Hereditary Whispering Dystonia gene identified
- Belgian Stroke Council Award to UCL student
- Professor Nicholas Wood appointed as neuroscience programme director for UCLH NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
- UCL neuroscientists awarded highly competitive ERC Advanced Grants
- Drugs could provide new treatment for epilepsy
- Breakthrough in the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy
- UCL Institute of Neurology enters gene-editing research collaboration with Horizon Discovery
- Lifetime achievement award for Professor Thompson’s MS work
- New biography of Gowers released
- Repurposed cardiac sodium channel blocker brings significant benefit for patients with a rare neuromuscular disease
- Toxic protein build-up in blood shines light on fatal brain disease
- Professor Lees receives prestigious German Society of Neurology award
- Cause of Alternating Hemiplegia identified
- Dr John Morgan-Hughes
- Results from stroke treatment study are in top 10 of Lancet’s most highly cited papers
- Skin patch improves attention span in stroke patients
- Genetic study identifies treatable pathway in childhood motor neuron disease
- Awards and congratulations
- Medical Photographer Wins Wellcome Image Awards
- Prestigious Junior Investigator Award for stroke research
- Unlocking the mysteries of the mind
- Official unveiling of Neuroimaging Centre
- Professor Simon Shorvon appointed Harveian librarian at the Royal College of Physicians
- Parliamentary Group Visit the Institute
- Cultural Consultation Service website launches
- Clinical Teaching Awards 2011/12
- Prestigious European Science Foundation networking grant awarded to Institute of Neurology professor
- International project to determine vascular contribution to neurodegeneration begins
- Prime Minister visits UCL Institute of Neurology
- Professor Ray Dolan gives the prestigious Alan Turing Lecture
- The Performing Brain – A moving story? Friday 16th March
- Are we hard wired to be rebellious?
- Detecting stroke
- Queen Square Clinical Trial Centre launched
- New funding to preserve unique archives
- Major new funding for research into epilepsy is announced
- Professor Ray Dolan elected Fellow of the APS
- New Years Honours
- Brain Implant Cures Woman's Tourette's Tics
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Parliamentary Group Visit the Institute
25 May 2012
Members of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s disease visited the UCL Institute of Neurology today to see at first hand the research being done at UCL to understand the causes of Parkinson’s and to develop novel treatments for the disease.
Research into Parkinson’s disease at the Institute spans fundamental research into the genetic origins of the disease, cellular studies of neuronal death and clinical interventions aiming to improve the life of people with Parkinson’s. The visit, co-organised with the charity Parkinson’s UK, brought together parliamentarians, patients and researchers.
Baroness Gale, chair of the group, said:
“this was a fascinating opportunity for members of the Parliamentary Group to see some of the research that's being done into the causes and treatments for Parkinson's. This gave me an insight into how much progress has been made, but also what still needs to be discovered”.
Professor John Hardy, Head of the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology and a leading researcher into the genetics of Parkinson’s, welcomed the visit:
“Parkinson’s disease affects 127,000 people in the UK directly as well, of course, as affecting their families and friends. It was gratifying to have the all party group come to the Institute and to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the young researchers and clinicians we have working on the disease. It is also very good for us as researchers to meet and talk to people personally affected by the disease”.
Professor Nick Wood, Galton Chair of Genetics and Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, said:
“Parkinsons is a common neurodegenerative disease and there is a pressing need for research to understand the causes and develop therapies. It is therefore vital that policy makers have insights into the progress being made and the potential for therapeutic intervention to help modify and ultimately cure this devastating disease.”
The UCL Institute of Neurology is the lead partner of the UK Parkinson’s disease consortium, funded by a £5.9 million award from the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council as part of their neurodegenerative diseases initiative.
UCL is Europe’s research powerhouse in neuroscience – ranked second in the world, and first in Europe, in neuroscience and behaviour by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators, and with more than twice as many publications and citations as any other European institution.
Neuroscience is a strategic priority for UCL, spearheaded by the new Faculty of Brain Sciences. UCL recently received a £20million grant from the Wolfson Foundation to establish The Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre at Queen Square, which will be dedicated to the understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. This is the largest single award ever made by the Foundation and one of the largest philanthropic donations in UCL’s history. The Centre will accelerate the development of treatments and identify future therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases, with the aim of earlier intervention for patients.
Baroness Gale, chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson's, talks to Dr Claudia Manzoni, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience
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