Unit of Functional Neurosurgery
The Functional Neurosurgery Unit (FuN-Unit) is a multidisciplinary, clinical academic collaboration within the Department of Clinical & Motor Neurosciences at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN) and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. First established in October 2002, the Unit has grown in scope and activity and is recognised as an international centre of excellence in the field.
The Unit is dedicated to the multidisciplinary neurosurgical and neurological management of patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement and neuropsychiatric disorders. This highly specialised multi-disciplinary team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, speech and language therapists and specialist nurses, in collaboration with neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neuropsychiatry and neurogenetics experts.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and stereotactic ablation (SA) are commonly used surgical techniques to modulate abnormal function in brain circuits. The Unit’s mission is to provide and develop the best possible treatments, to provide comprehensive training & education in the field and to engage in extensive research aimed at understanding, improving and extending the use of DBS, SA and other neurosurgical techniques.