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Saracens players wear patches in games and training

Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby

A team of UCL researchers have joined the ongoing Saracens study for the 2015/16 season, which combines impact sensors with blood samples to determine the effects of concussion on rugby players. More...

Published: May 21, 2015 12:09:04 PM

Hormones that trigger puberty in the mouse brain

Missing molecule prevents puberty

A molecule important in blood vessel formation and brain wiring is also essential for the onset of puberty, finds new research led by UCL and the University of Milan. More...

Published: May 19, 2015 10:12:34 AM

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Connecting places causes mental maps to merge

Realising how places connect geographically causes local maps in the brain to join, forming one big map which helps with planning future journeys, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Apr 23, 2015 5:02:10 PM

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Teenagers shape each other’s views on how risky a situation is

Young adolescents’ judgements on how risky a situation might be are most influenced by what other teenagers think, while most other age groups are more influenced by adults’ views, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Mar 27, 2015 11:34:26 AM

Cold stimulus on the crossed middle finger

Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain

How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Mar 26, 2015 5:24:06 PM

Illustration of how many connections form across mRNA molecules, where colour indicates the length of each connection

Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases

Messenger RNAs (mRNA) are linear molecules that contain instructions for producing the proteins that keep living cells functioning. A new study by UCL researchers has shown how the three-dimensional structures of mRNAs determine their stability and efficiency inside cells. This new knowledge could help to explain how seemingly minor mutations that alter mRNA structure might cause things to go wrong in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. More...

Published: Mar 19, 2015 11:06:38 AM

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Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions

People of differing competence tend to give each other’s views equal weight, preventing them from making the best group decisions, finds new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Mar 10, 2015 4:54:34 PM

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Drugs Live results: how different types of cannabis affect the brain

New UCL-led research reveals the positive and negative effects of different types of cannabis on the human brain, in a trial broadcast on Channel 4: Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial. More...

Published: Mar 4, 2015 3:31:12 PM

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Diabetes and depression predict dementia risk in people with slowing minds

People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, finds a new review led by UCL researchers. More...

Published: Feb 20, 2015 4:47:05 PM

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UCL awarded £10m to develop new dementia treatments

Alzheimer’s Research UK today announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. More...

Published: Feb 16, 2015 10:36:42 AM

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Having a romantic partner present can make pain feel worse

The support of a romantic partner is often advised for painful medical procedures, but new research from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire finds that this can actually make the pain feel worse. More...

Published: Jan 21, 2015 12:13:01 PM

Thousands of hydroxyapatite spheres (magenta), each just a few microns across, are found in large drusen deposits within the eye

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research. More...

Published: Jan 20, 2015 10:51:30 AM

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Tooth loss linked to slowing mind and body

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Published: Dec 19, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Homing signal in the brain

Scientists locate ‘homing signal’ in the brain, explaining why some people are better navigators

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Published: Dec 18, 2014 5:40:00 PM

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Family history screening misses people at high risk of cancer

UCL research into the BRCA gene mutation in the Jewish population show that only assessing family history misses half of the people with the mutation. More...

Published: Dec 1, 2014 12:46:00 PM