The core mission of the Institute of Neuroscience is to undertake the highest quality research in neuroscience that translates into patient benefit, real world application and commercial opportunity. The Institute was founded in 2004 by Professor Colin Ingram (1960-2013) and Professor Anya Hurlbert. Professor David Burn took over as Director of the Institute in August 2014.
We aim to development vibrant and productive interactions between researchers within our Institute, with other Faculty of Medical Sciences research institutes and with external groups, aligning with the University’s core mission of ‘Excellence with a Purpose’. Our research strategy also addresses the Societal Challenge of the needs and opportunities relating to healthy and unhealthy ageing via the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.
Our research is grouped into four broad research themes:
1. Neural Systems and Applied Neurophysiology
3. Developmental, Behavioural and Comparative Neuroscience
4. Neurodegenerative, Cerebrovascular & Psychiatric Disorders
The organisation of our Institute around core topics, rather than traditional disciplines, drives integrative and novel collaborations between clinicians and basic scientists, and allows us to adopt a truly translational approach “from neuron to bedside”.
There are currently 75 academic staff members in the Institute of Neuroscience, making it one of the largest groupings of neuroscientists in the UK.
Our translational capability is underpinned by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Translational Systems Neuroscience, the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Ageing and Chronic Disease, the Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) in Lewy Body Dementia, the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution (CBE) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research.
The impacts of our research are diverse, with our main focus on health and welfare, for both humans and animals; public policy and practice, especially on developing guidelines for diagnosis and treatment; commerce and the economy, via income generation through spin-out companies and improved cost-effectiveness of clinical treatments; and society and culture, where we aim to educate, engage, and inform debate, including on the ethics of animal research and the de-marginalization of mental illness.
The Institute is actively involved in initiatives to increase the public understanding of neuroscience and public and patient engagement in research, as well as to promote interaction between science and the arts and humanities.
The Institute of Neuroscience offers unparalleled research training opportunities at both postgraduate and postdoctoral levels and prides itself on providing a stimulating and varied learning and teaching environment. The latter includes a regular seminar programme series, in addition to other more specialist journal clubs and discussion forums, which cover all aspects of our work.
Professor David Burn,
Director of the Institute of Neuroscience