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UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

Apr 02, 2014 11:31AM

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years.


Cell-saving drugs could reduce brain damage after stroke

Mar 27, 2014 10:22AM

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new UCL-led study.


Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see

Mar 17, 2014 09:27AM

Too much visual information causes a phenomenon known as ‘load induced blindness’, with an effect akin to dimming the lights, reports a new UCL study.


Human brains ‘hard-wired’ to link what we see with what we do

Mar 14, 2014 11:50AM

Your brain’s ability to instantly link what you see with what you do is down to a dedicated information ‘highway’, suggests new UCL-led research.


Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music

Feb 13, 2014 14:33PM

People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.


€3.5m to improve diagnosis of balance disorders

Feb 12, 2014 11:21AM

GPs and other doctors will be equipped with a new, online information system to help diagnose and treat a range of balance disorders, thanks to €3.5m European Union funding for EMBalance. This three-year project will be coordinated by UCL and involve researchers from ten different partners, spread across seven European countries.


Vibrations influence the circadian clock of a fruit fly

Jan 31, 2014 12:26PM

The internal circadian clock of a Drosophila (fruit fly) can be synchronised using vibrations, according to research published today in the journal Science. The study suggests that an animal’s own movements can influence its clock.


UCL PhD student rewarded for interactive science talks

Jan 24, 2014 14:53PM

PhD student Isabel Christie (UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging) has received an award for her interactive talk, Becoming a Neuroscientist.


Leading the world on dementia

Dec 11, 2013 13:57PM

The Prime Minister today called for a global effort to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time: dementia. UCL scientists, working with clinicians at the university's partner hospitals, are at the heart of the battle to treat the condition.


UCL takes the lead with £8.5m funding for dementia research

Dec 11, 2013 12:11PM

UCL has been awarded more than £8.5 million by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to help tackle the challenges associated with dementia.


Highly commended UCL Open Access Guide now available

Dec 10, 2013 14:21PM

UCL’s new Open Access (OA) Guide is now available on the UCL Library Services website.


Different gene expression in male and female brains helps explain differences in brain disorders

Nov 22, 2013 11:15AM

UCL scientists have shown that there are widespread differences in how genes, the basic building blocks of the human body, are expressed in men and women’s brains.


UCL top in research council income

Nov 18, 2013 08:11AM

UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).


New £20m centre pioneers first-in-human trials for neurodegenerative diseases

Nov 14, 2013 18:05PM

A specialist £20 million research centre, funded by the Wolfson Foundation and dedicated to carrying out first-in-human studies, opens in London today. Researchers at the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) will investigate exciting new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.


Tribute to Professor Hugh Gurling

Nov 08, 2013 10:22AM

Professor Hugh Gurling, who was Professor of Psychiatric Genetics in the Mental Health Sciences Unit at UCL, died suddenly on 2 November 2013. Here, Professor Michael King and Dr Andy McQuillin pay tribute on behalf of UCL Mental Health Sciences.


A slow, loving, 'affective' touch may be key to a healthy sense of self

Nov 05, 2013 17:45PM

A loving touch, characterised by a slow caress or stroke - often an instinctive gesture from a mother to a child or between partners in romantic relationships – may increase the brain's ability to construct a sense of body ownership and, in turn, play a part in creating and sustaining a healthy sense of self.


RNA build-up linked to dementia and motor neuron disease

Nov 05, 2013 17:34PM

A new toxic entity associated with genetically inherited forms of dementia and motor neuron disease has been identified by scientists at the UCL Institute of Neurology.


Smart neurons: single dendrites can perform computations

Oct 25, 2013 15:50PM

When you look at the hands of a clock or the streets on a map, your brain is effortlessly performing computations that tell you about the orientation of these objects. New research by UCL scientists has shown that these computations can be carried out by the microscopic branches of neurons known as dendrites, which are the receiving elements of neurons.


One in 2,000 of UK population carries variant CJD proteins

Oct 16, 2013 10:01AM

One in 2,000 people in the UK are estimated to be carrying variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) proteins, according to a study led by Professor Sebastian Brandner (UCL Institute of Neurology).


Why blame feels so hard to take

Oct 04, 2013 16:55PM

When something we do produces a positive result, we actually perceive it differently than we would if that same action yielded a negative result. In particular, people feel a greater connection between voluntary actions and their outcomes if those outcomes are good than if they are bad. The discovery, reported in the journal Current Biology, yields important insight into notions about personal responsibility.


Tingling sensation caused by Asian spice could help patients with chronic pain

Sep 10, 2013 10:11AM

The science behind the tingling sensation caused by eating a popular Asian spice has been explained by researchers at UCL.


Genetic mutations linked to Parkinson's disease

Aug 12, 2013 14:51PM

Researchers have discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments.


'Risky' stroke prevention procedure may be safe in some patients

Jul 18, 2013 16:22PM

A major study published today in the Lancet Neurology, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Stroke Association, found that stenting in the carotid artery (in the neck) is as safe as carotid artery surgery at reducing stroke risk in some patients.


Irreversible tissue loss seen within 40 days of spinal cord injury

Jul 01, 2013 16:41PM

The rate and extent of damage to the spinal cord and brain following spinal cord injury have long been a mystery. Now, a joint research effort by UCL, the University of Zurich and University Hospital Balgrist has found evidence that patients already have irreversible tissue loss in the spinal cord within 40 days of injury.


Director appointed to Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Jun 26, 2013 09:40AM

UCL is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor John O'Keefe as Inaugural Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.