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Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

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Dr Selina Wray with some of her stem cells

An early-career researcher at UCL has just been awarded £900,000 for a stem cell study to develop new treatments for dementia.

40% of women with severe mental illness are victims of rape or attempted rape

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Depression

Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, reveals new research led by UCL and King’s College London funded by the Medical Research Council and the Big Lottery.

How to rejuvenate ageing immune cells

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Dr Sian Henson pipettes samples

Researchers from UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing.

Toxic proteins implicated in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease

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The brain of a fruit fly used to study neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists at UCL and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have discovered how a specific genetic mutation may damage nerve cells in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease.

What's the best way to brush teeth? Even dentists and dental associations don't agree

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Toothpaste on toothbrush

Advice on how we should brush our teeth from dental associations and toothpaste companies is ‘unacceptably inconsistent’, finds new UCL research.

Losing weight won’t make you happy

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Man on scales

Weight loss significantly improves physical health but effects on mental health are less straightforward, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.

London’s centralised stroke services save 96 extra lives per year

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Ambulance

Every year, London’s centralised stroke services save around 96 stroke patients who would have died under standard hospital treatment, finds UCL-led research.

Double mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia

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Double mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia

Researchers at UCL Institute of Neurology have found for the first time a double mutation in a family with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which may further our understanding of the underlying processes involved in these diseases.

Equation to predict happiness

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happy kids

The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by a mathematical equation developed by researchers at UCL, with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects not just how well things are going, but whether things are going better than expected.

Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

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French penalty against Uraguay in the 2013 U-20 World Cup final

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research.

The bit of your brain that signals how bad things could be

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The human habenula (in red, 3 mm diameter), in which activation tracked the degree to which electric shocks were anticipated

An evolutionarily ancient and tiny part of the brain tracks expectations about nasty events, finds new UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council.

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

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Depression

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research.

Immune system implicated in dementia development

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Frontotemporal Dementia map

The immune system and body’s response to damaged cells play a key role in the development of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), finds new UCL-led research.

New research explains how we use the GPS inside our brain to navigate

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Simulated Soho

The way we navigate from A to B is controlled by two brain regions which track the distance to our destination, according to new UCL research published in Current Biology, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

‘Map of pain’ reveals how our ability to identify the source of pain varies across the body

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Demonstration of spatial acuity test

“Where does it hurt?” is the first question asked to any person in pain.

A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called “spatial acuity”, varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips.

Professor Rees wins UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award

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Professor Geraint Rees

Professor Rees, Deputy Head of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL and Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, has been awarded the UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award for Outstanding Researcher Development.

UCL professor wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

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Professor John O'Keefe

The 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was today awarded to Professor John O’Keefe, Director of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL and affiliated faculty member in the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.

New epilepsy treatment offers ‘on demand’ seizure suppression

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The new technique could see people with epilepsy taking pills to control seizures

A new treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy with the potential to suppress seizures ‘on demand’ with a pill, similar to how you might take painkillers when you feel a headache coming on, has been developed by UCL researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Specialised nerve cells in auditory brainstem allow ‘cocktail party listening’

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Professor David McAlpine

Nerve cells in the auditory brainstem are specialised to be able to pick out sounds at different frequencies in an efficient manner reports a new study published in the journal PNAS Plus.

Watch out: children more prone to looking but not seeing

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London bus featuring 'T-side' advertisement

Children under 14 are more likely than adults to be ‘blinded’ to their surroundings when focusing on simple things, finds a new UCL study.

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

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Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

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

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Capillaries showing pericytes in purple

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

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300sq RAF Pilot Training in Cockpit of Nimrod Aircraft

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

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Active brain

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

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Beautiful formula

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.

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