The Organisation

UCL has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world.

Based on a research strategy that is oriented around a series of ambitious “Grand Challenges”, UCL nurtures thriving and engaged communities of world-leading academics across the entire research and innovation spectrum, from arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences and healthcare.

UCL is consistently placed in the global top 20 across a wide range of university rankings (currently 4th in the QS World University Rankings with a score of 98.9). Furthermore, the Thomson Scientific Citation Index shows that UCL is the 2nd most highly cited European university and 14th in the world. 

UCL’s total competitively awarded research income annually stands at an impressive € 530 million, and has recently invested more than € 310 million into state-of-the-art infrastructure to facilitate cutting-edge research across a broad range of disciplines.

Complementing its leading research and innovation portfolio, UCL is also internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for science communication. This has been recognized through UCL’s selection as one of six national Beacons for Public Engagement in the UK, funded by the UK government to deliver a step change in science outreach and impact activities.

The Team

The Institute of Neurology (ION) is a specialist postgraduate institute of UCL. It is closely associated in its work with the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals' NHS Foundation Trust, and in combination they form a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences.

The Institute of Neurology is a key component of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL, and has eight academic Departments. These encompass clinical and basic research within each theme: Brain Repair and Rehabilitation (Professor Xavier Golay); Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy (Professor Matthew Walker), Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free campus, (Professor Tony Schapira), Imaging Neuroscience (Professor Ray Dolan);  Molecular Neuroscience (Professor John Hardy), which includes the Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies (Professor Tom Warner); Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders (Professor Linda Greensmith); Neurodegenerative Disease (Professor John Collinge); Neuroinflammation(Professor Ken Smith).      

In parallel, there are currently six Divisions representing professional affiliations: Clinical Neurology; Neurosurgery; Neurophysiology; Neuropathology; Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology; and Neuroradiology and Neurophysics. The Institute employs some 600 staff, occupies some 12,000 sq m of laboratory, lecture room and office space, and has a current annual turnover of £60m.

The Institute receives over £36m per annum in grants for research from the principal medical charities concerned with neurological diseases, and from government agencies such as the Medical Research Council. Approximately 15% of the Institute's funding is obtained from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which has awarded high ratings for the Institute in each of the national Research Assessment Exercises since 1986.   The most recent research exercise assessment: REF2014 showed that the IoN, as part of the FBS, is the first rated UK institution for neuroscience research output.    The Institute currently holds over 375 active grants, supporting research into the causes and treatment of a wide range of neurological diseases, including movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain cancer, stroke and brain injury, muscle and nerve disorders, cognitive dysfunction and dementia, and the work of the Institute's clinical academic staff is closely integrated with the Hospital's care of patients.    Generous support for research is provided through grant awards from the medical research charities:  in particular, the Brain Research Trust 

Continuing the record of exceptional achievement in previous research assessments, the Institute performed very strongly in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with the Unit of Assessment encompassing Neuroscience at UCL coming top overall in research power rankings.  For more information, see the Institute's website.

UCL Neuroscience is currently rated second in the world by ISI Essential Science Indicators, and four of the top twelve most highly cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour are based at the IoN. In the calendar year 2013, Institute staff published 1440 papers, 25 book chapters and 2 books (data from UCL Discovery), 48 papers were published in the top 50 of all scientific journals (ranked by Thomson impact factors), including Science, Nature, Lancet, Cell and New England Journal of Medicine. There are seven Fellows of the Royal Society at Queen Square.

Contact Us

Matthew Walker
Professor of Neurology
UCL Institute of Neurology Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG
Tel: +44 (0)20 34484194
Email: m.walker@ucl.ac.uk
Elodie Chabrol
Email: e.chabrol-pipard@ucl.ac.uk


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