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Published: 2018-02-20T01:55:49Z

 



Amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

2018-02-15T12:13:28Z

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


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Visual cues amplify sound

2018-02-12T12:44:28Z

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.


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Memory loss identified years before Alzheimer's symptoms appear

2018-02-05T10:07:55Z

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.


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Epilepsy linked to brain volume and thickness differences

2018-01-22T09:49:42Z

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.


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Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni

2018-01-02T12:46:14Z

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


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Prejudice about regional accents is still prevalent in Britain

2017-12-15T15:58:45Z

Prejudice about regional accents is still prevalent in Britain, and can lead to discrimination, according to leading UCL neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott.


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Dementia with Lewy bodies: unique genetic profile identified

2017-12-15T14:50:13Z

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.


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Drug lowers deadly Huntington’s disease protein

2017-12-11T10:48:27Z

The first drug targeting the cause of Huntington’s disease was safe and well-tolerated in its first human trial led by UCL scientists. It successfully lowered the level of the harmful huntingtin protein in the nervous system.


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Higher education linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in gene study

2017-12-07T07:36:01Z

Higher educational attainment is associated with a “significantly lower” chance of people suffering Alzheimer’s, according to the biggest genetic study into the potential causes of the disease reported today in the BMJ.


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UCL revamps wellbeing service to support students with mental ill health

2017-12-06T11:21:03Z

An out of hours, 365-day a year telephone counselling service is being offered to UCL students at home or abroad as part of a strategy to support students experiencing mental ill health.


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Children with mental health problems more likely to be out of work by 55

2017-12-05T08:38:40Z

Physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on people’s prospects of being in employment in later life, according to two reports from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the renEWL research team based at UCL.


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Marriage may help stave off dementia

2017-11-28T16:58:43Z

Marriage may lower the risk of developing dementia, concludes a UCL-led synthesis of the available evidence published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.


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Improving clinical trials with machine learning

2017-11-14T15:13:12Z

Machine learning could improve our ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, potentially enabling researchers to detect drug effects that would be missed entirely by conventional statistical tests, finds a new UCL study published today in Brain.


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UCL stages first overseas graduation for Chinese students

2017-11-13T10:29:21Z

More than 200 Chinese students graduated from UCL in Beijing at the weekend in the university’s first graduation ceremonies held in China.


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UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges

2017-11-09T10:09:23Z

UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world’s most common birth defects.


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Tiny silicon probes provide high definition recording of brain activity

2017-11-08T15:43:40Z

A team involving UCL scientists has developed a new device that could revolutionise our understanding of the brain by allowing researchers to map the activity of complex neural networks that control behaviour and decision making, in a way never before possible. The Neuropixels probes are described in a paper published today in Nature.


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Self-esteem mapped in the human brain

2017-10-23T12:29:17Z

A team of UCL researchers has devised a mathematical equation that can explain how our self-esteem is shaped by what other people think of us, in a new study published in the scientific journal eLife.


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Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks

2017-10-18T15:44:13Z

The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats.


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Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection

2017-10-17T16:19:52Z

The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research.


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Hearing loss & dementia research benefits from funding boost

2017-09-20T16:39:25Z

Alzheimer’s Research UK will invest over £2 million in four innovative new projects exploring ways to reduce the risk of dementia, one of which is led by UCL researchers.


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Virtual brain lab brings together world-leading neuroscientists

2017-09-18T16:04:53Z

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from UCL, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. 


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Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

2017-09-11T09:34:43Z

Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.


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11 minutes of mindfulness training helps drinkers cut back

2017-08-22T17:03:16Z

Brief training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, finds a new UCL study.


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Diabetes drug shows potential as disease-modifying therapy for Parkinson’s disease

2017-08-01T15:46:57Z

A drug commonly used to treat diabetes may have disease-modifying potential to treat Parkinson’s disease, a new UCL-led study suggests, paving the way for further research to define its efficacy and safety.


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People with autism are less surprised by the unexpected

2017-07-31T09:22:43Z

Adults with autism may overestimate the volatility of the world around them, finds a new UCL study published in Nature Neuroscience.


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