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Professor Geoff Raisman

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. More...

Published: Oct 21, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Mouse brain

Myelin vital for learning new practical skills

New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the brain's wiring and is a major constituent of ‘white matter’. It is produced by the brain and spinal cord into early adulthood as it is needed for many developmental processes, and although earlier studies of human white matter hinted at its involvement in skill learning, this is the first time it has been confirmed experimentally. More...

Published: Oct 17, 2014 9:10:16 AM

UCL-Zürich Collaboration

UCL Workshop with Neuroscience Center Zürich (ZNZ)

On 22-23 September 2014, the second joint workshop ZNZ/UCL Neuroscience took place in Zurich. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the progress made in various collaborative projects  set up last year and identify future avenues for further collaboration. More...

Published: Oct 8, 2014 3:30:59 PM

UCL Life Sciences

UCL gets £15M to train the next generation of bioscientists

Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, health and other frontier biosciences following a £15M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). More...

Published: Oct 3, 2014 9:37:25 AM

UCL Nervous System Tumour Research Workshop Brochure

Experts gather at UCL Nervous System Tumour Research Workshop

Earlier this month Professor Paolo Salomoni (Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit, UCL Cancer Institute) and Dr Darren Hargrave (GOSH) held a workshop funded by CRUK and the BRC Neuroscience Programme, which played host to some of the foremost experts on Nervous System Tumour Research from UCL/UCLH/NHNN, the Francis Crick Institute, GOSH, QMUL/BCI, ICR/Marsden and the University of Glasgow.
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Published: Sep 25, 2014 4:39:43 PM

Dr Selina Wray with some of her stem cells

Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

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

Published: Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Depression

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

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. More...

Published: Sep 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Dr Sian Henson pipettes samples

How to rejuvenate ageing immune cells

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

Published: Aug 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The brain of a fruit fly used to study neurodegenerative diseases

Toxic proteins implicated in frontotemporal dementia and motor neurone disease

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. More...

Published: Aug 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Toothpaste on toothbrush

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

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

Published: Aug 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Man on scales

Losing weight won’t make you happy

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

Published: Aug 7, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Ambulance

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

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

Published: Aug 6, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Double mutation linked to frontotemporal dementia

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. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 3:32:10 PM

happy kids

Equation to predict happiness

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. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 10:06:40 AM

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

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

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. More...

Published: Jul 31, 2014 5:30:00 PM