We are at the forefront of remarkable progress in understanding the human brain and the biology of neurodegenerative conditions. Through our pioneering research, we are leading the way in the search for effective treatments.
Our mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases
- a leading translational neuroscience centre in the world translating discovery into experimental studies in patients to deliver new diagnostics and new therapies;
- an excellent student destination for educational programmes embedded in translational neuroscience research;
- overcome fragmentation as a centre for connecting industry, commercial partners, academics and patients to accelerate translate research, internationally.
Our Institute in numbers
- Over 750 staff, including 130 principal investigators, and just under 300 honorary and visiting staff
- Over 250 PhD students and over 250 MSc/Diploma students
- 627 active research projects, totalling £304 million with an annual turnover of £85 million
The UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology was established in 1950 and merged with UCL in 1997.
Our unique academic health science partnerships provide us with access to a patient population of over six million, including the longest continually running major birth cohort study in the world. Our strong clinical partnership with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery gives us a privileged understanding of how to bring a truly patient-focused approach to research, innovation and education.
In 2018, UCL was chosen as the hub of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), the single biggest investment the UK has ever made in dementia thanks to £290 million from founding funders the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. The UK DRI research team are based within our Institute.
Our partnerships not only help us provide the best training environments for our students, they also support the development of new clinical studies and enable patients to participate in our research. We have active collaborative research programmes across UCL and externally, including:
- Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
- Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit
- Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
- Synaptopathies initiative
- UCL Institute of Prion Diseases
- National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH)
- UCLH Biomedical Research Centre
- Brain Research UK
- National Brain Appeal
- Epilepsy Society
- UCL Partners
- UCLP Centre for Neurorehabilitation
- UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences
- UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences
- UCL Neuroscience domain
- UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Advancement)
- Office of the NIHR National Director of Dementia Research