Clinical and applied neuroscience

Who is involved in clinical and applied neuroscience?

For a list of all researchers involved in this area, go to the People tab on the left hand navigation bar and choose Clinical and Applied under 'Key areas'.

What is clinical and applied neuroscience?

Medicine, robotics, neuroethics, education, sport, animal welfare - neuroscience is around us in numerous different ways.  Studying brain science in context can then, in turn, inform fundamental research.

Clinical applications have the greatest impact on people lives.  Molecular to epidemiological studies all contribute to clinical neuroscience and immense progress has been made in treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as epilepsy and depression.  But clinical needs, with an aging population and global travel, grow greater each day. 

Visual perception in art, computing, artificial intelligence, learning in the classroom, legislation, and farming are just some of the other areas which benefit from applied neuroscience research.

By continuing to translate findings between theory and practice we will gain further benefits and deeper understanding of the brain.


Where in BN is it carried out?


How? Methods and techniques

Case studies, drug trials, epidemiology, Radomised Controlled Trials (RCTs), genetics, pharmacodynamics, plus the numerous pharmacological methods associated with drug development.

Institute for Clinical Neurosciences

The Institute of Clinical Neurosciences (ICN) is a confederation of basic scientists and clinicians based in research groups, labs and hospitals dedicated to translational neuroscience. Our projects and programmes turn laboratory-based experiments in cellular and molecular biology into new treatments for patients and have built us a world wide reputation for outstanding research especially in the fields of dementia, neonatal neurology, and multiple sclerosis and stem cells.

ICN research groups include:

  • Dementia Research Group
  • Functional Neurosurgery Research Group
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Stem Cell Group
  • Bristol Neonatal Neurology Group
  • Brain Tumour Research Centre
  • Bristol Neuromuscular Research Group
  • ReMemBr Group
  • Stroke Research Group
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