UCL Institute of Neurology



Suzanne O'Sullivan wins Wellcome Book Prize

Congratulations to Suzanne O'Sullivan, consultant neurologist, UCLH and the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, who has won the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 for her book about psychosomatic illness. Dr O'Sullivan's debut book, It's All in Your Head, explores a range of debilitating illnesses that are medically unexplained.

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Parkinson's chromosome deletion linked to other genetic disorders

Researchers, led by BRC-supported Professor Nicholas Wood, UCL Institute of Neurology, have made a breakthrough in their understanding of Parkinson’s disease after they discovered a chromosome deletion linked to Parkinson’s disease and other genetic disorders.This study analysed multiple datasets, including significant contribution from UKPD study and the IPDGC consortium, both had received funding from The Wellcome Trust/MRC. This study found people with Parkinson’s disease had a piece of DNA missing from chromosome 22q. This particular ‘chromosome deletion’ has up until now normally been associated with DiGeorge syndrome, a genetic disorder usually noticeable at birth that can cause heart defects, problems with the mouth, feeding and hearing, and multiple other diseases.

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