Rapid Response Innovation Award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation

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BioFocus, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Neurology, has received a Rapid Response Innovation Award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Psychogenic diseases linked to abnormal brain activity

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Individuals with psychogenic disease (i.e. physical illness stemming from emotional or mental stresses) have brains that function differently to people with organic diseases, according to new research from UCL Institute of Neurology and the University of Cambridge.

Professor Nicholas Wood appointed as neuroscience programme director for UCLH NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

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Professor Wood holds the Galton Chair in Genetics at UCL and has been a Professor at the Institute of Neurology since 2001. His group have made major contributions to our understanding of the genetic basis of neurological disease.
Professor Wood is very excited at the prospect of helping the NIHR BRC deliver its ambitious programme of experimental Medicine and in particular the opportunities it presents to the Institute of Neurology. 
"It seems important to me that in translating medical discoveries that we address fundamental issues based on the biology of neurological disease, and use the human disease as the model system to be studied" said Professor wood.

Lifetime achievement award for Professor Thompson’s MS work

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Professor Alan Thompson

Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, has been awarded a lifetime Honorary Membership from the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) at its 28th Congress on 13 October 2012 in Lyon, France. This is the first time this award has been given in the 28 year history of the largest international multiple sclerosis (MS) organisation and reflects Professor Thompson’s outstanding international reputation within the field of MS research and his extraordinary contributions to ECTRIMS, an organization which brings together European researchers in MS and connects MS researchers worldwide.

New biography of Gowers released

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New Gowers’ biography released

A new book chronicling the life of distinguished clinical neurologist, William Richard Gowers, was launched yesterday at Queen Square at the Third International Workshop on Functional Neurosurgery. William Richard Gowers (1845-1915): Exploring the Victorian Brain is co-authored by UCL Institute of Neurology’s Professor Andrew Lees, Ann Scott, Gowers great granddaughter, and Mervyn Eadie, a neurologist from Brisbane.

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