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Published: 2017-12-12T13:16:00Z

 



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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One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onwards

2017-07-19T16:42:54Z

One in three cases of dementia could potentially be prevented if brain health is improved throughout life by targeting nine risk factors, including continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life.


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Neuroscience research at UCL bolstered by £29m HEFCE grant

2017-07-10T11:11:31Z

A team led by Professor Michael Hanna, Director of the UCL Institute of Neurology, has won a £28,850,000 infrastructure award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support the improvement of UCL’s research facilities, which will enable UCL to deliver on its aim to create the world’s leading translational neuroscience environment.


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Gaze direction affects sensitivity to sounds

2017-07-05T09:04:58Z

Listening to something while looking in a different direction can slow down reaction times while the brain works harder to suppress distractions, finds a new UCL study.


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Magnetic implants used to treat ‘dancing eyes’

2017-06-26T11:06:05Z

A research team has successfully used magnets implanted behind a person’s eyes to treat nystagmus, a condition characterised by involuntary eye movements.


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Genetic modifier for Huntington’s disease progression identified

2017-06-19T17:21:28Z

A team led by UCL and Cardiff University researchers has developed a novel measure of disease progression for Huntington’s disease, which enabled them to identify a genetic modifier associated with how rapidly the disease progresses.


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Egocentric hearing: Study clarifies how we can tell where a sound is coming from

2017-06-15T10:07:17Z

A new UCL and University of Nottingham study has found that most neurons in the brain’s auditory cortex detect where a sound is coming from relative to the head, but some are tuned to a sound source’s actual position in the world.


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Blood test can predict onset and track progression of Huntington’s disease

2017-06-07T16:50:55Z

The first blood test that can predict the onset and progression of Huntington’s disease has been identified by a UCL-led study.


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Further evidence statins could help control multiple sclerosis

2017-06-07T09:26:16Z

A dose of the drug simvastatin results in cognitive improvement in people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS), according to UCL research published in the Lancet Neurology.


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