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UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

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Professor Raisman

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.

Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

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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.

UCL and Chiesi Group announce partnership to develop a novel therapeutic for birth asphyxia

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The Chiesi Group and UCL (University College London) are collaborating to test a novel melatonin formulation as a brain protective medicine for babies who suffer birth asphyxia.

Professor Golay made a Fellow of the ISMRM

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Professor Golay

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.

Professor Alan Thompson discusses Atlas of MS on Lancet News

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The MS International Federation have pulled together the largest and most up-to-date interactive collection of MS data worldwide into the Atlas of MS.

Centralising acute stroke services has saved more than 400 lives since 2010

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New research from UCLPartners, including researchers from the Institute of Neurology, has shown that centralising acute stroke services in particular London hospitals has led to significant reductions in both mortality and costs.

New Yale-UCL collaboration in brain aneurysm genetics

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Irreversible tissue loss seen within 40 days of spinal cord injury

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Professor Alan Thompson

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.

Clinical trials are vital tools in stroke research

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Professor Martin Brown

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”.

Belgian Stroke Council Award to UCL student

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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.

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

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Xray picture after injection of dye into the carotid artery showing severe carotid artery narrowing in the left hand figure (arrow). The right hand figure shows the appearances after the insertion of a metallic stent across the narrowing

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.

Skin patch improves attention span in stroke patients

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Professor Masud Husain

Researchers in the Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation have found that giving the drug rotigotine as a skin patch can improve inattention in some stroke patients.

Awards and congratulations

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Professor Cathy Price

Extracts from the Provost's newsletter.

"Warmest congratulations this week to:

Prestigious Junior Investigator Award for stroke research

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Dr Charidimou

Congratulations to Dr Andreas Charidimou who has been awarded a prestigious Junior Investigator Award for outstanding research in stroke by a young investigator at the  XXI European Stroke Conference 2012.

Official unveiling of Neuroimaging Centre

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Professor Tarek Yousry and Theresa Dauncey, chief executive of The National Brain Appeal with Mr Giles Du Boulay

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

Prestigious European Science Foundation networking grant awarded to Institute of Neurology professor

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Congratulations to Professor Xavier Golay (Department of Brain Repair & Rehabilitation), who has been awarded a networking grant from the European Science Foundation COST office, the first grant of this kind awarded to UCL. The prestigious award will be used to support the Arterial Spin Labelling (ASL) Initiative in Dementia (AID) Action network, which aims to coordinate research in this area and optimise the use of facilities already existing in Europe. The network, which runs for four years, held its first networking event with the official Kick-Off Meeting in Brussels in December 2011.

Read more>> European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (see page 30) and COST website

Detecting stroke

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Listen to Dr David Werring from UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery’s Stroke Research Group, as he discusses the importance of recognising cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a neurological condition that doctors believe increases the risk of haemorrhagic stroke and dementia.

New Years Honours

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Professor Clare Fowler

We are delighted to announce that Professor Clare Fowler, UCL Professor of Uro-Neurology at the Institute and Honorary Consultant Uro-Neurologist at the NHNN, UCLH Trust, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List "for services to Uro-Neurology".

Professor Brown gives Annual Stroke Association Royal Lecture

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Professor Martin Brown

Professor Martin M Brown (IoN Department Brain Repair and Rehabilitation)  gave the 6th annual Stroke Association Royal Lecture in the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent at Spencer House on 15th November 2011.

New hope for cluster headache sufferers

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Patients who suffer from severe cluster headaches are being offered new hope thanks to a revolutionary treatment at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN).

Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive

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Cognitive tests and MRI scans have shown significant differences in the brains of fighter pilots when compared to a control group, according to a new study led by scientists from the Institute.

Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70

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Research led by Professor Martin Brown (Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation) and published in the Lancet finds that stroke patients over 70 who get stents to keep their arteries open, may double their risk of having another stroke or dying, compared to patients who get surgery (carotid endarterectomy).

Wellcome Success

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We are delighted to congratulate two researchers based at Queen Square, Dr Paul Bays (IoN Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation) and Dr Fiona McNab (Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience), on being awarded Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowships.

The Wellcome Career Development Fellowship scheme provides an opportunity for postdoctoral scientists from across the remits of the Wellcome Trust's funding streams to become independent research scientists and undertake high-quality research.

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