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AJ Clarke in BPS Hall of Fame

AJ Clarke was one of 5 eminent Pharmacologists newly inducted into the British Pharmacological Society's Hall of Fame on 19 Nov 2015. The Wellcome Department of Pharmacology was established in 1905 and was the first such Department in England. Since its inception it has been renowned for its discoveries of drug action on tissues, cells and single proteins, and for the quantification of drug action, such as the Schild Plot. In 1923 A.J Clark produced a seminal textbook entitled ‘Applied Pharmacology’ linking Pharmacology and Therapeutics. This book has been updated by members of the Department over the years and in its present form - now called Pharmacology - remains a leading text in the field.

Published: Nov 26, 2015 1:33:19 PM

Prof A V Hill's Blue Plaque was unveiled...

Prof AV Hill’s Blue Plaque was unveiled 9 Sept 2015 at his former home, 16 Bishopswood Road, Highgate, where he had lived from 1923-1967.

Published: Oct 20, 2015 3:15:27 PM

Prof David Attwell won the Fondation Ipsen Prize for Neuroenergetics

Prof David Attwell won the Fondation Ipsen Prize for Neuroenergetics (60,000 euros, jointly with Pierre Magistretti and Marcus Raichle), to be awarded at FENS next year.

Published: Oct 20, 2015 3:14:13 PM

Prof Stuart Cull-Candy elected an Honorary Fellow...

Prof Stuart Cull-Candy elected an Honorary Fellow of the Physiological Society (2015) for seminal contributions to Neuroscience.

Published: Oct 20, 2015 3:12:49 PM

Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

The Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP) brings together the majority of UCL’s basic neuroscience community, with shared interests in the function of the nervous system.

In recognition of our high international research standards, our core research activities have attracted the highest research ranking of 5A* from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) at all of the research selectivity exercises held to date (2013).


The Division of Biosciences offers a range of degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At undergraduate level you can choose to come into one of our broad entry programmes such as Biological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences, which allow you to study a variety of courses with the possibility of specialising in year 2. Or, you may wish to specialise immediately in, for example Molecular Biosciences, Genetics, Neuroscience or Pharmacology. All students have the opportunity to study in a research-led environment and the Masters programmes we offer are directly based on our research.


The Department is broadly organised into two major research groups, these include: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Systems Neuroscience and Behaviour.

To explore the exciting work being undertaken in our Department, please visit the Research and Training links section of this site, which includes our Wellcome Trust 4 year Neuroscience PhD and our 4 yr MRC Life and Biomedical Sciences PhD.