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Magnetic implants used to treat ‘dancing eyes’

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eye prosthesis

A research team has successfully used magnets implanted behind a person’s eyes to treat nystagmus, a condition characterised by involuntary eye movements.

Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow promotions announced for 2016 - 2017

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Huge congratulations to the 7 UCL Institute of Neurology staff who have received Senior Academic, Research and Teaching Fellow promotions for 2016 - 2017. 

Genetic modifier for Huntington’s disease progression identified

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A team led by UCL and Cardiff University researchers has developed a novel measure of disease progression for Huntington’s disease, which enabled them to identify a genetic modifier associated with how rapidly the disease progresses.

New Chief Operating Officer takes the helm at UK DRI

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Dr Ivinson

Bringing a wealth of experience and innovation in neurodegenerative diseases research, Dr Ivinson is currently Executive Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences, and of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, both at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Blood test can predict onset and track progression of Huntington’s disease

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The first blood test that can predict the onset and progression of Huntington’s disease has been identified by a UCL-led study.

Further evidence statins could help control multiple sclerosis

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A dose of the drug simvastatin results in cognitive improvement in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), according to research published in the Lancet Neurology. 

UCL celebrates impact of £20m award for experimental neurology centre

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wolfson celebration

The Wolfson Foundation awarded £20 million to UCL in 2011 to establish The Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, creating the UK's only clinical research facility dedicated to experimental medicine in neurodegeneration. The grant is the largest single award ever made by the Foundation and one of the largest UCL has ever received. 

Teaching Awards 2017

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The Education Unit would like to highlight the following teaching awards

Clinical Teaching Awards

Motor neuron disease discovery offers new insights into potential treatment targets

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motor neurons

Scientists at UCL Institute of Neurology have discovered how certain forms of motor neuron disease begin and progress at cellular and molecular levels, revealing potential new ways to slow down or even stop this process. The team are already working closely with pharmaceutical companies to use this knowledge to develop new treatments for motor neuron disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Announcing the UCL Institute of Prion Diseases

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The Faculty of Brain Sciences has announced the addition of a new Institute - the Institute of Prion Diseases, taking the number of research Institutes and Divisions in the Faculty up to seven.

As part of this move, the existing MRC Prion Unit at the UCL  Institute of Neurology will transfer as a University Unit into the Institute, becoming part of the Faculty of Brain Sciences and School of Life and Medical Sciences.

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