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UCL launches free online dementia course
Publication date: 20 January 2016
UCL has today announced a free four-week online course “The Many Faces of Dementia” aiming to provide valuable insights into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. The interactive MOOC (massive open online course) features interviews with world-leading experts, people with dementia and their families as well as articles and discussion.
New trait explains why some people are more easily distracted than others
Publication date: 15 December 2015
People vary according to different personality traits, such as extraversion or conscientiousness, and new UCL research suggests that they also vary according to a particular cognitive trait: distractibility. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Why focusing on a visual task will make us deaf to our surroundings
Publication date: 9 December 2015
GM mice reveal the secret to a painless life
Publication date: 4 December 2015
People born with a rare genetic mutation are unable to feel pain, but previous attempts to recreate this effect with drugs have had surprisingly little success. Using mice modified to carry the same mutation, UCL researchers funded by the MRC and Wellcome Trust have now discovered the recipe for painlessness.
Research reveals how specific diet works to help epilepsy
Publication date: 27 November 2015
Researchers have found out how a specific diet works to help treat patients with uncontrolled epilepsy.
A team from UCL and Royal Holloway University of London revealed in preliminary tests how decanoic acid, a fatty acid found in foods assigned to ketogenic diets, acts to block seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.
New target for macular degeneration gets funding for clinical trials
Publication date: 20 November 2015
Poorer dementia patients in England less likely to be prescribed drugs
Publication date: 19 November 2015
Changes in humour an early sign of dementia
Publication date: 10 November 2015
UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
Publication date: 9 November 2015
Being moody may help us adapt to change
Publication date: 4 November 2015
It’s long been known that mood biases our judgments and perceptions, but this effect has usually been regarded as irrational or disadvantageous. A new theory published by UCL scientists in Trends in Cognitive Sciences argues that mood draws on experiences and can, in fact, help us quickly adapt to changes in our environment.
Withdrawing dementia drug doubles risk of nursing home placement
Publication date: 27 October 2015
Images of pleasure and winning have unique distracting power
Publication date: 21 October 2015
Our brain’s response to others' good news depends on empathy
Publication date: 8 October 2015
UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds
Publication date: 5 October 2015
UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015
Publication date: 1 October 2015
Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has today been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for her research on understanding emotional and social brain development during adolescence. The award will be presented on 4 December 2015, at an award ceremony at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Why other people's skin always feels softer
Publication date: 11 September 2015
Possible evidence for human transmission of Alzheimer’s pathology
Publication date: 10 September 2015
Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is observed in the brains of deceased patients who acquired Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) following treatment with prion-contaminated human growth hormone.
Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities
Publication date: 2 September 2015
Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools
Publication date: 16 July 2015
Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others
Publication date: 3 July 2015
Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events
Publication date: 2 July 2015
Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future
Publication date: 26 June 2015
Natural genetic variation gives complete resistance in prion diseases
Publication date: 11 June 2015
Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit at UCL have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings, published in Nature, could give important insight into other human brain diseases that lead to dementia.
Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby
Publication date: 21 May 2015
Missing molecule prevents puberty
Publication date: 19 May 2015