Institute of Neuroscience

Developmental, Behavioural & Comparative

Developmental, Behavioural & Comparative Neuroscience

Developmental, Behavioural and Comparative Neuroscience is a broad theme bringing together a number of different research groups.

As well as basic cognitive science, it encompasses research strengths in paediatric neurology and neuroscience, focusing in particular on neural plasticity and recovery from injury, as well as in autism and developmental disorders. 

There is also a large group of researchers taking comparative and evolutionary approaches to cognition and behaviour, many of whom are also members of the cross-cutting university research centre the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. This group works with diverse systems including insects, birds, ungulates and great apes as well as humans.

Newcastle is also a centre of excellence for research in animal welfare, which is the focus for the Pain and Animal Welfare Science group.

To illustrate the research being undertaken in this theme below are a selection of current projects:

Staff List

Dr Caroline Allen
Research Associate

Dr Clare Andrews
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +441912223466

Dr Lucy Asher
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7540

Dr Anna Basu
NIHR Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1375

Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056

Carla Black
Research Assistant

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Samuel Brice
Clinical Research Associate

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Professor Vicki Bruce
Professor of Psychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6579

Dr Thomas Carle
Marie Slowdowska-Curie IF Fellow

Dr Gavin Clowry
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5981

Dr Jonathon Dunn
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 07730015855

Professor Janet Eyre
Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1386

Dr Rob Forsyth
Consultant/Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5742

Dr Christina Halpin
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6914

Dr Katherine Herborn
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6250

Dr Gabriele Jordan
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5624

Dr Yuki Kikuchi
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44-191-208-3275

Dr Jill Cadwgan
Associate Clinical Researcher

Dr John Lazarus
Associate Researcher

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Bethany Little
Research Assistant

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Dr Morag Maskey
Research Associate

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Dr Ashwin Miriyala
Research Associate

Dr Sinead Mullally
Lecturer in Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3869

Jennifer Nacef
Lab Technician / Research Assistant

Professor Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8993

Dr Jeremy Parr
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5966

Gillian Pepper
Research Associate

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Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3467

Dr Alexandra Petrou
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 282 5965

Coline Poirier
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8642

Dr Bess Price
Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6253

Professor Jenny Read
Professor of Vision Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7559

Dr Claire Rind
Reader in Invertebrate Neurobiology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6681

Dr Gilbert Roberts
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 88704

Dr Jacqueline Rodgers
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 0676

Dr Johnny Roughan
Staff Scientist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3612

Professor Candy Rowe
Prof of Animal Behaviour & Cognition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8671

Dr Nicola Simcock
Research Associate

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Dr John Skelhorn
Lecturer in Animal Cognition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5142

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790

Daniel Stabler
RSE/BBSRC Enterprise Fellow

Dr Helen Taylor
Clinical Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2821379

Dr Kathleen Vancleef
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6246

Dr Ben Wilson
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 6948

Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant

Email:
Telephone: 0191-282-1392

Professor Geraldine Wright
Professor of Insect Neuroethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6667