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Researchers identify genetic links between epilepsy and sudden death

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Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding premature death in people with epilepsy.

A group of researchers, led by those from UCL Institute of Neurology and Epilepsy Society, have discovered that an individual’s genetic make-up may contribute to the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Landmark 69-year study to provide window into dementia

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Professor Nick Fox and Dr Jonathan Schott

A landmark study that has been following a group of people since their birth in the same week in March 1946 is now turning its focus to the risk factors and early signs of dementia.

Study of brain changes 20 years before hereditary dementia symptoms start

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Researchers at UCL Institute of Neurology have been awarded a major grant to look at what happens in the brain of people who carry an abnormal gene linked to frontotemporal dementia (FTD) up to 20 years before symptoms start.

Dopamine drugs affect risk taking behaviour and happiness

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Researchers based at the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology, have conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled study into the effects of dopamine drugs, the results of which are published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

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Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology. 

Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events

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Hippocampus activity, circled in red, seen when forming event memories

When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New research at UCL Institute of Neurology and UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust, has now revealed how this might happen in the brain.

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