Who we are

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We are a Communicating Collaborative Community


Edinburgh Neuroscience is a vibrant, interdisciplinary, cross-College community at the University of Edinburgh whose ethos is collaborative and collegiate cooperation across all research areas. With over 500 fundamental and clinical researchers, based in 185 laboratories, our work spans the life course from prenatal to old age and attempts to answer the fundamental questions

  • how does the brain develop and function across the lifespan
  • how can it be protected and repaired?

Our research takes place within a range of centres that work closely together, with clinical work being integrated across all areas. Edinburgh Neuroscience is widely recognised for its extensive integration of outstanding clinical, biomedical, informatics and psychology research. 


In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Edinburgh Neuroscience was rated rated 3rd in the UK for Overall Research Power (THE, Dec15) which takes into account the breadth and quality of our research, it's societal impact and the quality of our research environment.  We work hard to provide a dynamic, supportive and creative environment for our researchers and this is reflected in a maximum 100% 4* (world-leading) score for our research environment.

Edinburgh Neuroscience Board

We are suported by the members of the Edinburgh Neuroscience Board:

  • Siddharthan Chandran (Director), MacDonald Professor of Neurology, Director, Centre for Cinical Brain Sciences; Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh
  • Cathy Abbott, Professor of Mammalian Molecular Genetics, Institute for Genetics & Molecular Medicine
  • Catherina Becker, Professor of Neural Development and Regeneration, Deputy Co-Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
  • Peter Kind, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, Director, Patrick Wild Centre; Director, Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain
  • Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Andrew McIntosh, Professor of Biological Psychiatry, Head Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Robert McIntosh, Professor of Experimental Neuropsychology, Psychology (temporary replacement for Professor Sharon Abraham, Psychology)
  • Matthias Schwannauer, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Head of School of Health and Social Sciences; Clinical Psychology
  • Martin Pickering, Professor of the Psychology of Language and Communication, Director of Research, PPLS; Psychology
  • Aziz Sheik, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development, Director, Usher Institute
  • Tara Spires-Jones, Professor of Neurodegeneration, Deputy Co-Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences; Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh
  • Joanna Wardlaw, Professor of Applied Neuroimaging, Director, Edinburgh Imaging; Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences; Dementia Research Institute at Edinburgh
  • David Wyllie Professor of Ion Channel Physiology & Pharmacology, Director, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences