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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

Professor Geraint Rees

Professor Rees wins UCLU Student Choice Teaching Award

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. More...

Published: Jun 2, 2014 9:05:54 AM

Professor John O'Keefe

UCL professor wins Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

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. More...

Published: May 29, 2014 4:23:39 PM

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

New epilepsy treatment offers ‘on demand’ seizure suppression

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. More...

Published: May 27, 2014 5:28:21 PM