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Launch of Cardiff Neurosciences Centre

26 Ionawr 2008

Professors John Aggleton, Kevin Fox and Mike Owen

The Cardiff Neurosciences Centre (CNC), a new virtual centre combining expertise from a range of disciplines, launched today with a series of presentations on different aspects of neuroscience research.

Centre director Professor Mike Owen, of the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine welcomed guests to the day-long event and explained that the new Centre had been set up to provide a more strategic and integrated approach to neuroscience.

Professor Owen said the Centre’s mission was to consolidate Cardiff’s position as a centre of excellence in the brain sciences. He then outlined its aims, which include:

  • to conduct internationally distinguished research
  • to promote inter-school collaboration, involving researchers and clinicians
  • to establish Cardiff as a leading centre for postgraduate research in the UK
  • to assist on large multi-disciplinary funding bids
  • to raise national and international awareness of Cardiff’s prominence in the neurosciences

The Centre has already more than one hundred senior researchers working in many aspects of clinical and non-clinical neuroscience research. It has established a Wellcome Trust PhD programme, commencing this October, and set up workshops on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, on Huntington’s Disease and on imaging. Areas of interest to Centre researchers include: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Neuronal Development, Neurophysiology, Synaptic Plasticity and Learning and Memory, Neurodegeneration, Neuroimaging, Psychiatric Genetics, Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience and Perception.

Today’s launch event, entitled New Opportunities for Neuroscience at Cardiff saw presentations on topics including memory, genetics and behaviour, brain imaging and the neuroscientists of the future. It concluded with a discussion on future directions for the Centre.

Yr Athro Mike Owen

Professor Owen said: "This is an exciting time for Neuroscience research at Cardiff, and we are grateful for the support from the Vice-Chancellor in establishing this initiative. There are tremendous strengths in Neuroscience in Cardiff, but we are convinced we can do even better if we develop more cross-school and interdisciplinary links. A major goal of our centre will be to encourage the translation of basic research into improved physical and mental health, and we are well placed to do this following the merger of Cardiff University and UWCM."

Cardiff Neurosciences Centre is run by a steering group consisting of Professor Owen, Professor John Aggleton of the School of Psychology, Professor Kevin Fox of the School of Biosciences and a representative to be appointed from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. The directorship will be on a rotational basis.

For further information e-mail the Centre Manager Dr Vanessa Davies at cnc@cardiff.ac.uk or see the website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cnc/index.html .