Neuroscience

Domain Chair:

Prof. Trevor Smart

Domain Coordinator:

Dr Matt Wakelin

Communication and Events Officer:

Rachel Heatley

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Clinical Neuroscience

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Clinical neuroscience focuses on the fundamental mechanisms that underlie diseases and disorders of the brain and central nervous system. In addition, it seeks to develop new ways of diagnosing such disorders and ultimately on developing novel treatments.

At UCL, clinical neuroscience research spans the entire spectrum of neurological, ophthalmic and psychiatric disorders in both children and adults. Clinical neuroscience is an interdisciplinary theme and so at UCL clinical neuroscientists work in many locations, including the Institute of Child Health (with its partner hospital Great Ormond Street), the Institute of Ophthalmology (with its partner hospital Moorfields Eye Hospital) and the Institute of Neurology (with its partner hospital the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery). All of these institutions are the leading British academic research institutions in their respective fields and received the highest possible rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

A particular strength of clinical neuroscience at UCL is the close pairing of these research institutes with unique world-leading specialist hospitals. For example, the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery is the largest such specialist hospital in the UK. It sees over 54,000 patients annually with a wide range of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, stroke and head injuries.

Clinical neuroscience not only studies the fundamental mechanisms underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders, but seeks to translate such advances into new treatments. UCL is the only institution in the UK that has partnerships with three newly established national centres for translational research; the UCL/H Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and the Specialist Biomedical Research Centres at Great Ormond Street Hospital/ICH and Moorfields/IOO.