World-leading research into the fundamental science of the brain and nervous system lies at the heart of the Neuroscience research theme at Bristol. This is embodied by Bristol Neuroscience (BN), which represents a large, diverse neuroscience community with an excellent international reputation.
BN was launched in 2003 and pioneered thematic-based research at Bristol. It is now regarded as the exemplar ‘city neuroscience’ scheme; sister organisations have since developed at Cambridge, UCL and other UK universities.
Expertise within BN ranges from molecular and cellular neuroscience to clinical, patient-based research, with areas of interest including human cognition, synaptic plasticity, stress and dementia. BN is increasingly combining these strengths to undertake cross-disciplinary research that will have the greatest impact on scientific and clinical questions.
Expertise within Bristol Neuroscience ranges from molecular and cellular neuroscience to clinical, patient-based research, with areas of interest including human cognition, synaptic plasticity, stress and dementia.
Bristol is also the regional referral centre for clinical neurosciences. This represents tremendous resources in terms of clinical expertise, as well as access to a wide-ranging clinical population and one the largest brain banks in Europe, the South West Dementia Brain Bank (SWDBB).
This wide range of research interests and clinical expertise means that Bristol is well placed to achieve major breakthroughs in the coming years. BN enables theme members to work effectively together across disciplines, University departments and geographical sites. Chief among these are:
The impact of neuroscience at Bristol is apparent in numerous areas: