Our vision

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute brings together world-class leaders in neuroscience, mental health and psychology research from Cardiff University and beyond to further the understanding and treatment of major psychiatric and neurological disorders, which represent some of the greatest challenges to society. The Institute membership is drawn broadly from the Schools of Medicine, Biosciences, Psychology and Optometry. 

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.

The Institute is based in purpose built research laboratories in the Hadyn Ellis Building, co-localised with the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and the National Centre for Mental Health. Delivering our mission involves however not only the work in this core facility, but also active collaboration with researchers across Cardiff University, especially within the Schools of Psychology, Medicine, Biosciences and Optometry.