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The Institute of Neurology

Institute of Neurology and National Hospital, Queen Square

Since it was founded in 1971, the Brain Research Trust has been supporting University College London’s Institute of Neurology (IoN), one of the world’s leading centres for neurological research.

The IoN, based in Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London, was established in 1950 and, in 1997, merged with University College London (UCL). Together with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), the IoN and Hospital constitute a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences.

The IoN performs exceptionally well in the government’s Research Assessment Exercise, which is carried out every four years. In the latest assessment from 2008, 70% of its research was deemed to be internationally competitive or world-leading. Three areas of research were highlighted as world-leading: cognitive neuroscience & human brain imaging, inherited diseases & molecular, cellular and genetic neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease.

UCL Neuroscience is also 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 Institute.

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