Bristol-Cardiff Neuroscience Collaboration
The Bristol Cardiff Neuroscience Collaboration was launched in April 2006 as an initiative to enable greater contact and cross talk between Cardiff and Bristol neuroscience communities.
In many areas of neuroscience there are complementarities in approach at Bristol and Cardiff such that collaboration is very profitable in furthering research. To promote and formalise this working relationship, BCNC runs an ongoing program of projects and activities. The scheme has high level support of Vice Chancellors at both Universities.
BCNC Focus Groups
The main initial thrust of the BCNC has been the formation of focus groups in specific areas of neuroscience. These have been developed through holding joint meetings, running lab exchange visits, organising tours of Cardiff’s neuroimaging centres CUBRIC and EMRIC, arranging training days and much more.
Current and planned focus areas include: 1) Psychiatry; 2) Neurimaging; 3) Schizophrenia and the Biological Basis of Psychosis; 4) Systems Neuroscience; 5) Dementia; 6) Glutamate receptors; 7) Addiction; 8) Vision.
The BCNC Systems Neuroscience focus group hosted a 'Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience Themed Meeting' from 14th-16th December 2009, at Cardiff University, sponsored by The Physiological Society.
Please look out for notices of forthcoming BCNC developments and if you are interested in setting up a new focus group within the BCNC initiative, please get in touch.
In summary, BCNC enables brain science to be enhanced and advanced through capitalising on the combined resources of talent and expertise present at Bristol and Cardiff.