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Posted in Awards & Appointments on 7th Feb 2016

Martin Turner receives Graham Bull Prize
award martin turnerProfessor Martin Turner has received the prestigious Graham Bull Prize for Clinical Science from the Royal College of Physicians. Professor Turner will deliver the prize’s associated Goulstonian Lecture to the Royal College on 9 February 2016. His work focuses on identifying markers of disease activity across the different types of motor neuron disease. In particular, he heads up the Oxford Study for Biomarkers in MND (BioMOx). He is also a Consultant Neurologist.

Angela Vincent receives British Neuroscience Association Award
award angela vincentThe British Neuroscience Association (BNA) has awarded Angela Vincent, FRS the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to British Neuroscience Award. The award recognises one individual each year who has made a significant impact in their field of work in neuroscience, neurology or mental health research; and who, in addition to international calibre research, has also influenced the advancement of neuroscience by participation on high-level committees and work groups in the UK and beyond.
Angela Vincent has created a step change in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disorders, including myasthenia gravis and encephalitis. She is recognised as one of the pioneers in this area of neuroscience and her active translational research has led to the discovery of new brain and neuromuscular diseases. Her work has paved the way for new and improved therapy in some cases, where none was previously available.

Fondazione Gino Galletti Neuroscience Prize 2015
Dr Rita Guerreiro, an Alzheimer’s Society Senior Research Fellow who works at the Department of Molecular Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology, London, has been awarded the prestigious Fondazione Gino Galletti Neuroscience Prize 2015. Her innovative work has led to the identification of a new genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, the first discovery of such a gene for the condition in 15 years. Dr Guerreiro won the prize, which is given to an early-career researcher working in Europe in the field of ‘Neurodegenerative pathologies’ in recognition of her discovery of the association of the gene TREM2 with the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

UCL launches free online dementia course
UCL Institute of Neurology has announced a free four-week online course “The Many Faces of Dementia” aiming to provide valuable insights into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. The interactive MOOC (massive open online course) features interviews with world-leading experts, people with dementia and their families as well as articles and discussion. It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about dementia and may be of particular interest to those who interact with people living with dementia regularly such as family members, carers and health professionals. It will begin on 14 March 2016 and run for four weeks, with two to three hours of online learning each week.