The University of Oxford has a long and illustrious history of neuroscience research dating back to the 17th Century. Today, Oxford is particularly strong in basic neuroscience, linking the function of genes and cells to systems and behavior. Clinical research focuses on experimental medicine, imaging and functional neuroscience in the areas of ophthalmology, mental health, neuropsychology and neurology.
There is high degree of collaboration between basic and clinical scientists and a strong emphasis on translational research. Translational research spans the whole arena of neuroscience and includes the use of genetics, stem cells, drug discovery, biomarkers, gene therapy, brain stimulation and visual prostheses. The University is particularly strong in the use of multimodal imaging, coupled with molecular and psychological profiling, to develop biomarkers of disease/treatment efficacy for pain, psychiatry and neurodegenerative disease.
Neuroscience research is performed in a number of departments and multidisciplinary centres/units across four University of Oxford campuses, which include the John Radcliffe and Warneford Hospitals. Further details can be found on a dedicated Oxford Neuroscience website.