UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences
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The Faculty of Brain Sciences has a vision to solve the greatest health and wellbeing problems in the brain sciences, in order to transform society and reduce the global burden of disease.
Our strategy actively encourages interdisciplinarity, innovative cross-Faculty working across UCL and the development of key strategic partnerships external to UCL. In the field of neuroscience UCL is ranked second in the world, with clear ambition to be first.
Amongst other world class areas of research, are our four cross-cutting research themes:
We bring together expertise in audition, vision, and cognition to transform understanding of the mechanisms underlying function and dysfunction in sensory systems. Enterprise initiatives develop and validate new therapeutic approaches in areas ranging from stem cells to neuroprosthetics.
Neurodegeneration and neuroprotection are a strategic priority for UCL and the Faculty, building on our world-leading expertise in this area, and reflecting the increasing national and international focus on dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
We apply integrative molecular, cellular, neuroimaging, epidemiological and cognitive approaches to neurodegenerative disorders affecting the brain, auditory and visual systems in order to define disease, illuminate mechanisms of pathogenesis, and guide the design of therapeutic interventions for disorders of the nervous system.
In addition to a significant number of researchers working in this area from across the Faculty's departments, there are three large research centres supported by our external partners which focus on some of the major neurodegenerative diseases:
See also the UCL Neuroscience Domain: Neurodegeneration
Mental health disorders are a huge and increasing problem in the UK and globally, creating a major burden on societies and economies.
For the first time, key UCL departments focusing on mental health have come together to be part of a single Faculty creating the critical mass necessary to make UCL a world leading centre for mental health research and education. The potential for combined initiatives between basic neuroscience, clinical and epidemiological psychiatry and clinical psychology, supported by strong external collaborations and partnerships, puts UCL in a unique position to address the global challenges of mental health disorders.
We exploit our expertise in behavioural and cognitive sciences, neurology and neuroscience to improve understanding of the basic neural and cognitive processes underlying human wellbeing from infant development to ageing, and to inform strategies for behavioural change interventions.
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