The Neuroscience group focuses on understanding fundamental neurobiological mechanisms in health and disease and the identification of new treatments. Emphasis is placed upon schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, cognitive and hearing disorders. Research activities span multiple levels – from genetics, molecules, cells, circuits and neural systems through to pharmacology, behaviour and cognition and incorporate a wide array of techniques from genomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics to brain imaging, biophotonics, electrophysiology, stem cell manipulation, behaviour, and the development of a range of in vivo models including transgenic mice. Several projects are integrated with human research in terms of drug discovery, diagnostics and genetic vulnerability.
A cross-faculty Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Strathclyde (CeNsUS) has been recently formed and is an umbrella organisation that provides a coherent framework to enable cross-disciplinary engagement and to facilitate excellence in Neuroscience research and knowledge exchange.
The Group has a number of active research grants from the Wellcome Trust, MRC and Translational Medicine Research Instititute and hosts a number of funded postgraduate research students through the Doctoral Training Centre in Medical Devices, SULSA and the EPSRC.
The group is actively involved in the Centre of Excellence in Integrative Mammalian Biology which is a partnership between biomedical scientists at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, funded by the BBSRC, BPS, HEFCE, KTN, MRC and SFC. As part of this collaboration a Neuroscience Summer School was held in September 2012 and provided advanced training for postgraduate scientists. Please visit the website for further information. http://www.imb-glasgow.org/
Professor Judith Pratt