Brain Sciences


Specialist facilities and services

The Faculty of Brain Sciences has world-class laboratory equipment and facilities, along with leading-edge expertise in using those facilities to generate and interpret data.

Through UCL Consultants, we can provide access to these resources to companies of all sizes.  We have a broad range of equipment, facilities, and services available, including but not limited to:

  • Microscopy (light, confocal, and two-photon)
  • Brain imaging (fMRI and MRI, EEG, MEG) and stimulation
  • GMP-licensed manufacturing for advanced therapies
  • Behavioural and perceptual testing of patients and subjects
  • Histology and pathology
  • Tissue banks
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cell culture and tissue preparation

We also have a large number of bespoke facilities and experience and capacity in designing custom equipment. 

Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WHCN)
Wellcome Trust Neuroimaging Centre - EEG

The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (incorporating the Leopold Muller Functional Imaging Laboratory and the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience) is an interdisciplinary centre for neuroimaging excellence.  As well as conducting leading scientific research into higher cognitive function and clinical applications of neuroimaging for neurological and psychiatric disorders, WHCN offers three types of brain imaging equipment: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magneto-encephalography (MEG) and optically pumped magnetometers (OPM). 

The facilities are available for internationally leading research projects that aim to develop clinical applications of neuroimaging.

Consultancy services are available for the design, acquisition and analysis of human neuroimaging experiments.

An example of immunohistochemisty

IQPath is a state of the art facility which is able to carry out histological and immunohistochemical techniques on research and diagnostic specimens as well as offering the full pathway of digital pathology from scanning to image analysis and data mining. Specialising in central nervous specimens, the facility offers a full range of services to researchers and corporate clients needing state of the art pathology services. In addition to its histological and pathology services, IQPath provides consultancy services, so that our experts can assist you with your histological experimental design and analysis, as well as image analysis of pathology data.

Cells for Sight Stem Cell Therapy Research Unit 
Cells for Sight Stem Cell Therapy Research Unit

The Cells for Sight (CFS) Transplantation and Research Programme was established in 2002, between the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, with the aim of researching, developing and delivering safe and effective therapies for the prevention and treatment of blinding eye diseases.  The trailblazing CFS cell manufacturing facility was the first of its kind in the UK to attain MHRA accreditation in 2004. CFS has significant experience of both the ‘Specials’ and clinical trial routes to patients and, works with academic, clinical and industry partners to design and deliver manufacturing processes for cell therapy in-man trials.