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Improving clinical trials with machine learning

Machine learning could improve our ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, potentially enabling researchers to detect drug effects that would be missed entirely by conventional statistical tests, finds a new UCL study published today in Brain.

Published: Nov 15, 2017 10:15:08 AM

UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges

UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world’s most common birth defects.

Published: Nov 9, 2017 10:33:23 AM

Tiny silicon probes provide high definition recording of brain activity

A team involving UCL scientists has developed a new device that could revolutionise our understanding of the brain by allowing researchers to map the activity of complex neural networks that control behaviour and decision making, in a way never before possible. The Neuropixels probes are described in a paper published today in Nature.

Published: Nov 8, 2017 6:17:49 PM

Self-esteem mapped in the human brain

A team of UCL researchers has devised a mathematical equation that can explain how our self-esteem is shaped by what other people think of us, in a new study published in the scientific journal eLife.

Published: Oct 24, 2017 10:01:19 AM

Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks

The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats.

Published: Oct 19, 2017 5:02:38 PM

Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection

The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research.

Published: Oct 18, 2017 10:01:05 AM

Explaining bursts of activity in brains of preterm babies

The source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity seen in the brains of preterm babies, which are vital for healthy development, has been identified by a team led by researchers at UCL and King’s College London.

Published: Sep 12, 2017 12:27:41 PM