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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

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

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

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

Published: Jul 29, 2014 12:28:00 PM

Depression

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

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

Published: Jul 22, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Frontotemporal Dementia map

Immune system implicated in dementia development

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. More...

Published: Jun 16, 2014 10:17:28 AM

Simulated Soho

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

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. More...

Published: Jun 9, 2014 2:10:17 PM

Demonstration of spatial acuity test

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

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

Published: Jun 6, 2014 11:44:29 AM