Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
Professor Siddharthan Chandran, PhD MRCP, MacDonald Professor of Neurology
Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU
Main area of research:
An explicit aim of the Centre is to discover and deliver novel therapies for brain disorders. The Centre seeks to achieve its mission by providing; internationally recognised research programmes; first class training opportunities; a seamless career structure for tomorrow’s clinician-scientists; support for communications and networking; high quality facilities for clinical and imaging research; and a raised profile for the research of its members and associated members.
A key philosophy of the centre is that top class research must be underpinned by excellent and linked clinical services.
Our major research strengths include:
- Imaging; The SFC Brain Imaging Research Centre leads a Scotland wide brain imaging research network (SINAPSE) which has attracted seven imaging chairs to Scotland, and is involved in several UK and international initiatives
- Clinical trials and research design: population disease surveillance, disease registers, population surveys, observational cohort studies, case-control studies, randomised trials, systematic reviews (of both human and animal studies), and evaluation of diagnostic test accuracy
- Neuropsychiatric Genetics; through partnership with the Institute of Genetics and molecular Medicine
- Prion diseases
- Regenerative neurology; bench to bedside research focused on multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease
- Neuropathology; High quality brain banking targeting a range of well characterised disease cohorts.