Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training

Supporting your career in research

Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Neural pathways in the brainDirector:

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.
MRI scan
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.
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