Our research

Basic Research
Clinical Research
Behavioural Research

Our research

Neuroscience research in Edinburgh takes place within a vibrant, integrated, and interdisciplinary research structure which facilitates interaction between researchers working at all levels of neuroscience from molecules through synapses and networks to cognition and behaviour. Our key research focuses are

How does the human brain develop and function across the lifespan?
How can it be protected and repaired?

Our research takes place within research centres which work closely together, with clinical work being integrated across all areas. Our core research themes are:

  • Degeneration: unravelling the mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative conditions such as motor neurone disease, stroke and the dementias.
  • Regeneration: understanding central nervous system and peripheral nervous system development, and the use of regenerative medicine (such as stem cells) for conditions like multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurones & Networks: unpicking the mechanisms underlying in basic neuronal signalling, neuroendocrine responses (e.g. stress and feeding behaviour), and developmental disorders (e.g. Autism, Fragile X syndrome, epilepsy).
  • Individual Differences in Cognition: understanding the factors influencing human behaviour and cognitive health.
  • Language, Memory & Perception: Exploring the mechanisms by which we perceive the world, develop language skills, and lay down memories.
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Disorders: understanding the causes and mechanisms of disorders such as schizophrenia, biopolar disorder and depression


For more information about Edinburgh Neuroscience research themes and research centres visit the main Edinburgh Neuroscience website.