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As Oxford signs up to a national Concordat on openness in animal research, a new £5m programme of studies of primates is launched. The Wellcome Trust-funded programme will help us better understand human brain processes and how they are impaired in disease.

A new research programme investigating how the brain supports complex mental processes and informing our understanding of the mind in health and disease is to receive £4.95m from the Wellcome Trust over five years.

The studies in primates will look at how networks of millions of neurons in the brain give rise to key functions like attention, social interaction, decision-making and organisational skills – functions often impaired in mental health conditions, in dementia and normal ageing, and after head trauma or a stroke.

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