Our research

The Bristol Neuroscience Research Network integrates work across the spectrum of neuroscience, mapping mechanisms of brain development and function and identifying new therapeutic targets for neurological and psychiatric disorders. We quantify the dynamics of complex molecular assemblies, signalling processes, neural networks and functions of the nervous system. The Network supports strategic planning and networking across the University of Bristol and the two NHS TRusts through funding bids, events (from smaller workshops of 15 attendees to larger cross-Faculty symposia of over 150 delegates), and recruitment of both staff and students.

The Network supports the wider community through four interdisciplinary Research Hubs:

Each Hub has a lead who, with the help of a small team, will identify research strengths in their respective areas and bring together expertise from across Faculties to address pressing societal needs. ‌


Posted 17 August 2020

Dr. D.J. Stewart (BA Philosophy and Psychology, 1954) has made an extremely generous donation to Bristol Neuroscience (BN), enabling funding of a BN 4-year PhD studentship in Alzheimer’s Disease research. The studentship is also supported by the Faculty of Life Sciences. 

This is an open call, inviting potential supervisors from across all Schools and Faculties to submit project proposals for review by the BN hub leads (Matt Jones, Jack Mellor, Jeremy Burn, Conor Houghton), Marcus Munafò (representing Mental Health), Jacqui Oakley (RED) and an external expert (John Isaac, J&J Innovation).  The project must relate directly to mechanisms and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.  The panel will prioritise the following aspects: 

  • Interdisciplinary research aligned with one or more of BN’s Memory, Movement, Mental Health, Sleep & Neural Computation hubs
  • Projects bridging clinical and discovery science
  • Supervisory roles for less well-established PIs
  • Collaborative links with GW4 and/or industrial partners 

Applications must be submitted on the form below to catherine.brown@bristol.ac.uk by Wednesday, 2 September 2020. 

Following review, we will work with project supervisors and the Bristol Doctoral College to advertise the studentship, ensuring that prospective students from all backgrounds and communities are afforded equal opportunities. 

DJ_Stewart_Studentship_project-application-form (Office document, 53kB)


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