About us

Hadyn Ellis Building

The Research Institute's vision is to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence in the field of neuroscience as applied to mental health.

Its mission is to drive the development of new research areas aimed at translating the fundamental discoveries made by Cardiff neuroscientists and geneticists in the major psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders into a greater understanding of disease mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Our work spans the lifespan from childhood to old age and includes neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, the major adult psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.

An important component of our mission is to train the next generation of clinical and non-clinical scientists to continue this vital research into the future. Our interdisciplinary work actively exposes basic researchers to the key challenges of translational research and clinical researchers to the potential of advances in basic neurosciences.

We are based in purpose-built research laboratories in the Hadyn Ellis Building, part of the University's Maindy Road campus.

This £30m pound investment houses neuroscientists from the Research Institute, the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and the National Centre for Mental Health bringing genetics, neuroscience and clinical research together on a single site.

In total, the Research Institute comprises over 100 neuroscientists and researchers from other disciplines who are actively engaged in neuroscience research. Delivering our vision involves not only the work in this core facility, but also active collaboration with researchers across Cardiff University, especially within the Schools of Medicine, Biosciences, Psychology and Optometry.