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Professor Mary Reilly is elected to be the first female President of the Association of British Neurologists in 83 years

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Professor Mary Reilly has been elected ABN President from 2017-2019 and is President elect from 2015-2017.

Professor Reilly has been a consultant Neurologist at Queen Square since 1998 and was promoted to Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL in 2010. She is head of the Division of Clinical Neurology and Co-Director of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in the Department of Molecular Neurosciences at UCL Institute of Neurology. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in research and clinical practice related to peripheral nerve diseases.

Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases

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Illustration of connections across mRNA molecules, where colour indicates length

Messenger RNAs (mRNA) are linear molecules that contain instructions for producing the proteins that keep living cells functioning. A new study by UCL researchers has shown how the three-dimensional structures of mRNAs determine their stability and efficiency inside cells. This new knowledge could help to explain how seemingly minor mutations that alter mRNA structure might cause things to go wrong in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Professor Nick Fox speaks about trial in early onset familial Alzheimer's disease at UCL

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Early onset Alzheimer's occurs in people under 65 and represents fewer than 5% of people with the condition. In a few hundred families worldwide scientists have pinpointed a few rare gene mutations which trigger the disease across many generations.

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