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Dr Alex Leff awarded NIHR research professorship

"I am delighted to announce that Alex Leff (Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, UCL Institute of Neurology) has been awarded
a prestigious NIHR Research Professorship".
Professor Michael Hanna, Director UCL Institute of Neurology

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Professor Alan Thompson elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Five researchers from across SLMS, including Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, have been recognised for their contribution to the advancement of medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professors Peter Brocklehurst, Frances Brodsky, Diana Kuh, Catherine Law and Alan Thompson joined the existing Fellows of the Academy to bring the total membership to 1134.

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Spinal surgery: OECs studies to start in 2015

Clinical studies are set to start next year at the UCL Institute of Neurology into the use of cells from the nose to repair damaged nerves in the spinal cord.

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Auto anomaly detection for brain imaging awarded £1m grant

Researchers at UCL have been awarded a grant of £1m by the Department of Health and Wellcome Trust under the Health Innovation Challenge Fund initiative to tackle an obstacle to the continued growth of brain imaging by applying computer algorithms to detect anomalies in brain scans.

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UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland.

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Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led by UCL funded by the Medical Research Council and Stroke Association.

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Professor Golay made a Fellow of the ISMRM

Professor Xavier Golay, Head of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation at UCL Institute of Neurology, has been made a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

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New Yale-UCL collaboration in brain aneurysm genetics

Intracranial aneurysms (swellings of blood vessels in the brain) are the leading cause of subarachnoid haemorrhage, a devastating stroke caused by bleeding around the brain, and a major cause of disability in younger stroke survivors.

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‘Risky’ stroke prevention procedure may be safe in some patients

A major study published in the latest issue of Lancet Neurology, led by researchers at UCL's Institute of Neurology and funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stroke Association, has found that stenting in the carotid artery is as safe as carotid artery surgery at reducing stroke risk in some patients.

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Institute Professor leads cross-disciplinary study on use of glucose in detecting cancer.

A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by UCL scientists. The study, led by Professor Xavier Golay, Chair of MR Neurophysics heralds a breakthrough which could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumours in greater detail.

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Irreversible tissue loss seen within 40 days of spinal cord injury

The rate and extent of damage to the spinal cord and brain following spinal cord injury have long been a mystery. Now, a joint research effort by UCL, the University of Zurich and University Hospital Balgrist has found evidence that patients already have irreversible tissue loss in the spinal cord within 40 days of injury.

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Clinical trials are vital tools in stroke research

Much of the dramatic change in the outlook for many stroke patients has come about as a result of carefully conducted clinical trials testing new treatments, says Martin Brown, Professor of Stroke Medicine at the UCL Institute of Neurology, in an article in the latest Raconteur report “Understanding Stroke”.

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Belgian Stroke Council Award to UCL student

Dr Andreas Charidimou, a PhD student at the UCL Institute of Neurology, has been awarded the 2012 Belgian Stroke Council Award, for his work "Spectrum of transient focal neurological episodes in cerebral amyloid angiopathy: multicentre MRI cohort study and meta-analysis", a collaborative study undertaken in the UK and Belgium.

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Results from stroke treatment study are in top 10 of Lancet’s most highly cited papers

A paper highlighting early results from the International Carotid Stenting Study (ICSS), a UCL-led multi-centre clinical trial which compared two treatments for carotid narrowing was recently listed in the Lancet as one of their ten most cited papers in 2010-2011. Narrowing of one of the carotid arteries in the neck (stenosis), which supply blood to the brain, is one of the major causes of stroke and is usually caused by deposits of fat in the wall of the artery, known as atherosclerosis.

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Official unveiling of Neuroimaging Centre

A new neuroimaging analysis centre which will radically improve the speed of radiological diagnosis of neurological disease and pioneer research has been officially opened.

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