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UCL celebrates impact of £20m award for experimental neurology centre

6 June 2017

UCL recently celebrated the far-reaching impact of a £20 million grant to support dementia research with a visit by staff and trustees of the Wolfson Foundation to the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre.

Professor Alan Thompson and Professor Nick Fox with Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation with the bust of Lord Wolfson in Queen Square.

The award made in December 2011 is the largest the Wolfson Foundation has ever made and one of the largest UCL has ever received. It has created the UK’s only clinical research facility dedicated to experimental medicine in neurodegeneration, bringing together basic research, clinical research, and doctoral training focused on understanding and disrupting diseases including dementia, motor neurone disease and Huntington’s disease.

It is based at the heart of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, reflecting UCL’s focus on bringing together clinical and scientific excellence to accelerate the pace at which research is translated into effective treatments. 

In December 2016, UCL’s excellence in neuroscience research was recognised when it was announced that UCL will be the research hub and operational headquarters of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute. Speaking at the event, Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences, thanked the Wolfson Foundation for their generous investment that advanced UCL’s world-leading neuroscience research. He said:

“When I was first appointed Dean in 2011, I said that I hoped we would see a substantial rise in profile and productivity in neuroscience in the coming years. Helping to establish the remarkable Leonard Wolfson Centre and now the hub of the UK DRI goes beyond what I imagined we could have achieved in the space of six years. I am incredibly proud to lead a centre that bears the name of Leonard Wolfson and our team is constantly inspired by the confidence entrusted in us by the Wolfson Foundation to make lives better.”

The Centre is named after Leonard Wolfson who created the Wolfson Foundation with his parents, and the tour included a viewing of the bust commemorating him in Queen Square.   

You can read more about the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre on the Centre's website and more about the Wolfson Foundation on their website, and more about the UCL Institute of Neurology here.