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Regional brain shrinkage in MS predicts disability

A UCL-led research team has identified the pattern of brain tissue loss in multiple sclerosis, enabling improved prediction of disability progression.

Amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

Amyloid beta pathology – protein deposits in the brain – might have been transmitted by contaminated neurosurgical instruments, suggests a new UCL-led study.

Professor Frederik Barkhof awarded 2018 John Dystel Prize

Congratulations to Professor Frederik Barkhof, who has been awarded the 2018 John Dystel Prize.

‘Off the shelf’ living artificial tissues could repair severe nerve injuries

Severe nerve damage has been successfully repaired in the laboratory using a new living artificial nerve tissue developed by UCL, ReNeuron and Sartorius Stedim Biotech.

North-south divide revealed as prescription of opioid drugs rise

The prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they can cause complications and adverse effects and have not been proven to work for chronic pain, finds a new study led by UCL and UCLH.

Visual cues amplify sound

Looking at someone's lips is good for listening in noisy environments because it helps our brains amplify the sounds we’re hearing in time with what we're seeing, finds a new UCL-led study.

Study investigates new intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors for people with severe mental illnesses

A study led by Professor David Osborn in the UCL Division of Psychiatry (DoP) has been published in the Lancet Psychiatry this month (February 2018). The study developed a new intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors for people with severe mental illnesses (SMI) and tested this new intervention against routine GP Practice care.

Web-based decision aid may assist young people to make help-seeking choices for mental health issues

A new paper proposes that a web-based decision aid may support young people to make help-seeking choices for mental health issues.

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital appoint joint Education Lead

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH) have appointed Professor Nora Ann Colton as their first joint education lead.

Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear

A UCL-led team has developed a cognitive test to detect subtle memory deficits years before Alzheimer's disease symptoms develop, set out in a new paper published in The Lancet Neurology.

Dean's List of top performing students for 2016/17 is announced

Every year the Dean recognises the top 5% of students, in terms of academic performance, from across the Faculty. This year, those top 5% managed to achieve a final average of 76% or more as well as performing well in their research project / dissertation.

Epilepsy linked to brain volume and thickness differences

Epilepsy is associated with thickness and volume differences in the grey matter of several brain regions, according to new research led by UCL and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Intensive behaviour therapy no better than conventional support

Research led by UCL has found that intensive and costly multisystemic therapy is no better than conventional therapy in treating teenagers with moderate to severe antisocial behaviour.

Women in Vision UK launches to unite women in vision and eye research

Despite attacks on all sides from dysfunctional trains to various flu and cold bugs, 70 women made it to the 15th December inaugural meeting in London. The meeting was a great success, with a broad range of talks from women at different stage of their careers and showcasing different aspects of working in the field of vision and eye research.

Colour and Emotion exhibition explores colour as a visual language

A new interdisciplinary art exhibition has launched at University College Hospital (UCH) that explores the potential for colour as a visual language used to express emotion and features contributions from people with aphasia.

Girls twice as likely to experience emotional problems as boys, reveals UCL study

Girls are more than twice as likely to experience emotional difficulties as boys, while boys are significantly more likely to experience behavioural problems, UCL research has revealed.

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence

The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature.

Girls’ toys versus boys’ toys: meta-analysis suggests that a child’s toy preference is a product of both nature and nurture

A meta-analysis study, of multiple observational studies of children in free play, supports the theory that the majority of children prefer to play with toys typical to their gender rather than with those typical of the opposite gender.

Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

People with Down Syndrome develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease 20-30 years before others

A new multi-centre study, led by researchers from King’s College London and UCL, has found that people with Down Syndrome (DS) develop earlier onset of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), with an average age of diagnosis between 55 and 56. This is 20 to 30 years earlier than other individuals who are at risk of being diagnosed with AD. It also suggested that individuals with DS may decline faster than other individuals with AD once they are diagnosed.

Professor Eleanor Maguire elected Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Congratulations to Professor Eleanor Maguire, who has been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

Children and chimpanzees pay to punish antisocial behaviour

Six-year-old children and chimpanzees derive pleasure from watching others being punished for antisocial behaviour and are prepared to pay to see it, according to new UCL research.

UCL receives over £1m for research on link between the brain and behaviour

UCL has been awarded £1,050,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to fund a Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) for 15 researchers to explore and understand the link between the brain and behaviour.

Dementia with Lewy bodies: unique genetic profile identified

Dementia with Lewy bodies has a unique genetic profile, distinct from those of Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, according to the first large-scale genetic study of this common type of dementia which was led by UCL.

UK DRI awards Faculty researchers £1.5M to study the DNA damage in Huntington's

The UK Dementia Research Institute have announced a £1.5 million award to fund research into Huntington’s disease which will be led by Faculty of Brain Sciences researchers Professors Gillian Bates and Sarah Tabrizi. The programme will look to better understand the DNA damage that occurs as this neurodegenerative disease unfolds as well as the potential for better targets for treatment.