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UCL Institute of Neurology Professor John Hardy is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

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Professor John Hardy and Breakthrough Prize

Professor John Hardy (Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology) was last night awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honours ‘transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life’. This is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a UK researcher, reflecting UCL’s world-leading position in dementia research.

Professor John Hardy and Breakthrough Prize

MRC Centre-BRC MRI Biomarker Collaboration in Lancet Neurology: Important implications for experimental trials in Neuromuscular Diseases

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A UCL Institute of Neurology study published in Lancet Neurology this week provides important prospective evidence that quantitative MRI can reliably and sensitively track disease progression in Neuromuscular Diseases. The research shows that the MRI biomarkers developed by the MRC Centre team have real potential to become the widely adopted surrogate endpoint in neuromuscular trials.

Movement Making and Action Potential:  collaborations raising awareness of Motor Neuron Disease

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MND awareness event

Two Motor Neuron Disease (MND) awareness events, co-organised by Dr Rickie Patani, UCL Institute of Neurology, Dr Emma Hodson-Tole, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), and Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) were showcased during the recent Manchester Science Festival. Both activities were developed to try and translate to a wide audience the cycle scientific investigation goes through, raising awareness of MND, the MND Association and the research supported by the charity, as well as inspiring the next generation of scientists.

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