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Neuroscience and mental health

This domain spans the whole breadth of research in the neurosciences, psychology and psychiatry at the University.

From studying brain function at the molecular, cellular and systems level, through to applied clinical research, the domain supports and develops the very best research to gain a greater understanding of the nervous system in health and disease.

The domain will address fundamental questions in neuroscience and psychology, and improve the treatment, management and care of the large number of individuals with neurodevelopmental and neurological disease or mental illness.

These improvements will be achieved through close partnerships with the mental health domain of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and other organisations, including Clinical Neurosciences at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Ultimately the overall ambition of the domain is to make Manchester a leading centre of neuroscience and mental health research both nationally and internationally.

Within the domain the following areas of research strength have been identified:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Language, communication and hearing
  • Mental health
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neurooncology
  • Neurovascular and neuroinflammation
  • Systems and computational neuroscience
  • Vision

Additionally, the Faculty’s research on biological timing is also a key area of activity.