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Professor Eleanor Maguire elected as Fellow of Royal Society

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Professor Eleanor Maguire

We are delighted to announce that Professor Eleanor Maguire has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Maguire is Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology, and is an honorary neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Suzanne O'Sullivan wins Wellcome Book Prize

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Suzanne O'Sullivan

Congratulations to Suzanne O'Sullivan, consultant neurologist, UCLH and the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, who has won the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 for her book about psychosomatic illness. Dr O'Sullivan's debut book, It's All in Your Head, explores a range of debilitating illnesses that are medically unexplained.

Parkinson's chromosome deletion linked to other genetic disorders

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Genomic location of the 22q11.2 deletions

Researchers, led by BRC-supported Professor Nicholas Wood, UCL Institute of Neurology, have made a breakthrough in their understanding of Parkinson’s disease after they discovered a chromosome deletion linked to Parkinson’s disease and other genetic disorders.This study analysed multiple datasets, including significant contribution from UKPD study and the IPDGC consortium, both had received funding from The Wellcome Trust/MRC. This study found people with Parkinson’s disease had a piece of DNA missing from chromosome 22q. This particular ‘chromosome deletion’ has up until now normally been associated with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic disorder usually noticeable at birth that can cause heart defects, problems with the mouth, feeding and hearing, and multiple other diseases.

Study shows abnormal protein aggregation causes inherited neuropathy: potential new target for therapy

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axonal degneration

A collaboration between the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL Institute of Neurology, the Medical University Vienna and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genetics, University of Miami has identified abnormal protein aggregation secondary to mutations in the Neurofilament heavy chain as a cause of autosomal Dominant Charcot Marie Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2).

Researchers discover gene mutation that causes chorea in childhood

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MRI scans

Mutations in a gene that helps brain cells communicate with one another can cause chorea in childhood, according to research led by UCL Institute of Neurology, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

Karl Friston wins The Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award for Unparalleled Breakthroughs in Brain Research

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Professor Karl Friston

We are delighted to announce that Professor Karl Friston (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology) has won this prestigious award. The award was created in 2010 to honour Dr. Branch for his lifetime achievement as a distinguished neurosurgeon, prolific scholar, and generous humanitarian.

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