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Neuroscience, Neurodisability and Neurological Disorders

Neuroscience, Neurodisability and Neurological Disorders

We aim to:

  • understand principles of information processing in the brain
  • understand how genes, the environment, diseases, and accidents impact on the nervous system
  • develop tools for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of nervous system disorders
  • address important clinical and societal needs in relation to neuroscience

Research areas

Our fundamental research probes the nervous system. It covers the single cell, circuits and whole brain networks and behaviour. We focus on:

  • sensory systems: vision, hearing, touch
  • motor systems: from motor cortex to muscles
  • cognitive and affective systems: attention, mood, decision-making, language and memory

We aim to make a difference to patients over their lifespan. Our translational and clinical research applies fundamental research to understand, diagnose and treat:

  • neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism
  • neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic nervous system injury
  • movement disorders such as stroke and cerebral palsy
  • sensory disorders such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and visual deficiencies
  • neurological disorders such as epilepsy

Public engagement

We communicate our research to a variety of audiences, and often take part in Brain Awareness Week.

We also helped the International Centre for Life create the ‘Brain Zone’ exhibit, and the Newcastle Beautiful Mind events in the Pint of Science festival.