Professor Philip Winn

Research Professor

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Professor Phil Winn’s research interests are in brain–behaviour relationships. Careful examination of behaviour is important because many brain disorders are described in terms of altered behaviour. Changes in the quality of movement or changed patterns of action are often the first signs of brain dysfunction, whether in an obvious movement disorder like Parkinsonism or psychiatric states such as schizophrenia or depression. Phil’s particular focus has been on structures deep in brain, developing the general hypothesis that relatively high order cognitive processes are present much lower in the brain than generally supposed.

Phil is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and the Association for Psychological Science in the USA. He began his career at St Andrews, becoming Dean of Science and then a Vice Principal. He joined Strathclyde in January 2010 as a Deputy Principal with a brief to develop the University Strategic Plan, after which he served as Head of SIPBS, changing and developing its organization and strategy. He is currently Chair of Medical Research Scotland, and is a Board member of both the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland, where he also chairs the Research Evaluation Advisory Committee. At Strathclyde, he chairs the University Ethics Committee.


The cellular diversity of the pedunculopontine nucleus : relevance to behavior in health and aspects of Parkinson's disease
Pienaar Ilse S, Vernon Anthony, Winn Philip
Neuroscientist Vol 23, pp. 415-431 (2017)
The pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus - A functional hypothesis from the comparative literature
Gut Nadine K, Winn Philip
Movement Disorders Vol 31, pp. 615-624 (2016)
Qualitative evaluation of a practice-based experience pilot program for master of pharmacy students in Scotland
Hendry Gillian, Winn Philip, Wiggins Sally, Turner Christopher J
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Vol 80 (2016)
Description and evaluation of an MPharm practice-based experience pilot program
Winn Philip, Turner Christopher J
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Vol 80 (2016)
Selective lesions of the cholinergic neurons within the posterior pedunculopontine do not alter operant learning or nicotine sensitization
MacLaren Duncan A A, Wilson David I G, Winn Philip
Brain Structure and Function (2015)
Deep brain stimulation of different pedunculopontine targets in a novel rodent model of parkinsonism
Gut Nadine K, Winn Philip
Journal of Neuroscience Vol 35, pp. 4792-4803 (2015)

more publications


Chair and Research for Interprofessional learning in Medical and Pharmacy Education
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator)
17-Jan-2015 - 17-Jan-2015
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies
Connolly, Patricia (Principal Investigator) Black, Richard Anthony (Co-investigator) Conway, Bernard A (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Mathieson, Keith (Co-investigator) Ulijn, Rein (Co-investigator) Winn, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2022
Maximising Translational Durability II: Drug Discovery and In Vitro Diagnostics (Confidence in Concept 2013)
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2018
Maximising Translational Durability (MRC Confidence In Concept 2012)
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2013 - 05-Jan-2014
BB/J013854/1 BBSRC DPT Studentships (with Glasgow University) | Fullerton, Josephine Linda
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator) Pickard, Ben (Co-investigator) Fullerton, Josephine Linda (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2017
Establishing an in vivo rodent model to evaluate the behavioural effects of pedunculopontine stimulation in Parkinson's disease
Winn, Philip (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2010 - 30-Jan-2012

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Hamnett Wing

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