Deep brain stimulation for Tourette syndrome

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In the largest trial ever performed, and recruiting the most severely affected patients with Tourette syndrome, researchers led by Dr Tom Foltynie, UCL Institute of Neurology, have shown that Deep Brain stimulation of an area of the brain called the globus pallidus (GPi) can lead to significant reduction in tic severity when stimulation is switched ON compared with when switched OFF.

UCL awarded £10m to develop new dementia treatments

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Alzheimer’s Research UK today announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

BRC awards £700,000 to neuroscience projects

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The BRC have awarded over £700,000 to three exciting clinical research projects in neuroscience.

The awards were confirmed last month for the following innovative projects:

Secret of tetanus toxicity offers new way to treat motor neuron disease

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Tetanus neurotoxin binds to areas rich in nidogen-2

The way that tetanus neurotoxin enters nerve cells has been discovered by UCL scientists, who showed that this process can be blocked, offering a potential therapeutic intervention for tetanus.

Light-activated neurons from stem cells restore function to paralysed muscles

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Diagram showing how the system works

A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London, co-led by Professor Linda Greensmith of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL’s Institute of Neurology.

Diabetes drug could help treat Parkinson's Disease

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A drug used to treat patients with diabetes could benefit people with Parkinson’s Disease, according to research led by UCL Institute of Neurology.

Third International Workshop on Functional Neurosurgery: Movement Disorders, Pain, Psychiatric Illness, Ethics

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Thursday 11th October and Friday 12th October 2012 ( two days)

Approved by 12 CPD credits by Royal College of Physicians of London

Workshop organised by Professor Marwan Hariz, Unit of Functional Neurosurgery


To view the final programme (pdf) please click here

Brain Implant Cures Woman's Tourette's Tics

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A patient who is part of the first first UK trial to evaluate the impact of 'deep brain stimulation' on Tourette's - a collaboration between the UCL Institute of Neurology (Unit of Functional Neurosurgery) and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery - has experienced a dramatic recovery.

Award for Professor Roger Lemon

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Professor Roger Lemon

The Institute is delighted to congratulate Professor Roger Lemon on his being honoured by the Betty and David Koetser Foundation for Brain Research.

Successes of Deep Brain Stimulation for patients with Parkinson's disease

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Unit of Functional Neurosurgery team

13 April 2011

A team, led by Dr Tom Foltynie, from UCL Institute of Neurology’s Unit of Functional Neurosurgery recently published a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, highlighting the positive results of Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation (STN DBS) surgery on patients with Parkinson’s disease. Specifically the study looked at the outcome of 79 consecutive patients who underwent the surgery at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, showing that the surgery was both safe and beneficial to Parkinson’s patients.

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).

Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients

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The saliva of a venomous lizard native to southwestern America and Mexico could provide a cure for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium

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Dr Damon Hoad, from the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, took the top honour with his poster on 'Shaping the brain – Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to study and modulate neuroplasticity'. in a poster presentation competition at the Shape of Science Symposium in Manchester.

Magnets stop the nightmare of tinnitus, researchers say.

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Research carried out by Professor John Rothwell, in the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders and reported in the Daily Mail reveals the benefits of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in easing the symptoms of tinnitus.

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