International recognition for clinical neuroscience at Bristol is grounded on the major role Bristol has played in the history of specialist care for brain disorders. More recently, the excellence of Neurosurgery at Frenchay Hospital has gained worldwide attention, alongside outstanding research in areas such as multiple sclerosis and dementia.
In late 1999, the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences was established as a recognised University Institute to bring together the different clinical neuroscience groups and further consolidate Bristol's strong reputation. This groundbreaking development represents joint investment by the University of Bristol, the (then) Frenchay NHS Trust, and the Burden Neurological Institute.
In addition, reflecting the serious commitment on the part of all three organisations to clinical neurosciences in North Bristol, a further four major projects came to fruition:
The establishment of ICN has offered great opportunities for both clinical neurosciences and advances in fundamental neuroscience research.
Partnership with BN enables regular interaction between hospital-based and lab-based research. Members of ICN are actively involved in BN initiatives, with both basic scientists and clinicians attending BN events, exchanging ideas, and forming the collaborations that are key to translational research.
BN and ICN look forward to a future that is set to see even more growth and interaction between clinical and basic neuroscience.