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UCL launches free online dementia course

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. More...

Published: Jan 20, 2016 12:13:05 PM

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New trait explains why some people are more easily distracted than others

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. More...

Published: Dec 15, 2015 3:21:50 PM

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Why focusing on a visual task will make us deaf to our surroundings

Concentrating attention on a visual task can render you momentarily ‘deaf’ to sounds at normal levels, reports a new UCL study funded by the Wellcome Trust. More...

Published: Dec 9, 2015 3:50:00 PM

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GM mice reveal the secret to a painless life

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. More...

Published: Dec 4, 2015 10:01:41 AM

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Research reveals how specific diet works to help epilepsy

Researchers have found out how a specific diet works to help treat patients with uncontrolled epilepsy. More...

Published: Nov 27, 2015 4:19:00 PM

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New target for macular degeneration gets funding for clinical trials

The Medical Research Council is to fund researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital to conduct clinical trials into the use of a humanised monoclonal antibody to treat patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More...

Published: Nov 20, 2015 5:11:00 PM

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Poorer dementia patients in England less likely to be prescribed drugs

Dementia patients from more affluent areas in England are 27% more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than patients from poorer areas, finds a new UCL study of 77,045 dementia patients across the UK. This inequality was not seen in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales. More...

Published: Nov 19, 2015 10:33:00 AM

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Changes in humour an early sign of dementia

Researchers at UCL have revealed that a change in sense of humour could be an early sign of dementia. The findings could help improve dementia diagnosis, by highlighting changes not commonly thought to be linked to the condition. More...

Published: Nov 10, 2015 10:21:00 AM

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UCL professor is first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) was last night awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. More...

Published: Nov 9, 2015 9:09:06 AM

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Being moody may help us adapt to change

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. More...

Published: Nov 4, 2015 9:31:13 AM

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Withdrawing dementia drug doubles risk of nursing home placement

Withdrawing a commonly-prescribed Alzheimer’s disease drug from people in the advanced stages of the disease doubles their risk of being placed in a nursing home within a year, according to UCL research published today in The Lancet Neurology. More...

Published: Oct 27, 2015 12:26:50 PM

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Images of pleasure and winning have unique distracting power

Images related to pleasure or winning attract attention from demanding tasks, while equally intense but negative images and those associated with losing can be fully ignored, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Oct 21, 2015 11:31:48 AM

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Our brain’s response to others' good news depends on empathy

The way our brain responds to others’ good fortune is linked to how empathetic people report themselves to be, according to new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Oct 8, 2015 11:52:00 AM

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UCL and UK supermarkets unite to beat dementia with carrier bag funds

UK supermarkets Iceland, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have today pledged funds from the new levy on single-use carrier bags to support the construction of a new world class dementia research centre at UCL. More...

Published: Oct 5, 2015 1:21:01 PM

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UCL professor wins Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 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. More...

Published: Oct 1, 2015 12:48:28 PM