Ewch i’r prif gynnwys

Current projects

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Learn more about our current research projects from across our research themes and with our collaborators around the world.


Professor Emiliangelo Ratti, head of Neuroscience Therapeutic Area for the Takeda Corporation worldwide.

Cardiff University has formed a partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) for a drug discovery collaboration to identify new approaches for treating schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

The collaboration will combine the University's large scale genomic data and world-class expertise in psychiatric genetics, genomics, clinical and basic neuroscience with Takeda’s extensive drug discovery and clinical development capabilities.

The collaboration will allow Takeda access to world-leading biological psychiatry research and the related infrastructure across the University, including the


For more information regarding the Takeda partnership, please contact:

Yr Athro Lawrence Wilkinson

Yr Athro Lawrence Wilkinson

Scientific Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

+44(0) 29 2068 8461
Photograph of a research assistant guiding three children on how to provide a saliva sample

Lles Meddyliol mewn Llencyndod: Genynnau a’r Amgylchedd (MAGES)

Nod yr Astudiaeth Lles Meddyliol mewn Llencyndod: Genynnau a’r Amgylchedd (MAGES) yw gwella dealltwriaeth o sut y gall genynnau a’r amgylchedd effeithio ar les meddyliol pobl ifanc.

Photograph of two boys writing in school

The Cardiff University Mood and Wellbeing Study

Shelf-Life asks if the uniquely controlled procurement of over 2600 public buildings across Britain and America around 100 years ago by the Carnegie Library Programme could benefit from some systematic thinking for their re-vitalisation at a time of crisis.

Neurodevelopmental disorders: what happens when children grow up and why?

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affect at least 1 in 10 children.

They are thought to begin in early life and, until recently, most children were thought to grow out of their problems. However, we now know that adults are also affected but not much is known about what these problems look like in adults. To start, we need to know what is “normal” or typical.

Research approach

For the first time, neurodevelopmental problems will be assessed in a group of around 8,000 adults (26 year olds) who have taken part in repeated assessments since they were in the womb. We will also assess anxiety, depression and irritability using the same measures that were used in childhood and adolescence.

We will describe neurodevelopmental problems at age 26, as well as patterns of comorbidity with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. We will find out how neurodevelopmental problems are linked to child/adolescent neurodevelopmental profiles and work with population cohorts in other countries to ensure our findings are robust.

We will also test the extent to which early life experiences (in the womb and the early years) make a difference to life-long (at least up to age 26) neurodevelopmental health using a variety of methods to test causal inference, including Mendelian Randomization.

We will also examine the contribution of genes. Working across different populations will internationally strengthen this type of research. This work has been funded as a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award.

Proposed outcome

First, we will characterise the natural history of neurodevelopmental disorders from childhood to adult life (aged 4 to 26 years) in a UK population cohort where people have been assessed multiple times at different ages.

We will then investigate the longer-term impacts of early life exposures and risks including links with depression.

Finally, we will apply novel epidemiological methods to infer which early life exposures have causal impacts.

Research team

Dr Lucy Riglin

Dr Lucy Riglin

Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

+44 (0)29 2068 8419
Yr Athro Anita Thapar

Yr Athro Anita Thapar

Clinical Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

+44 (0)29 2068 8478

We are collaborating on this project with researchers at University of Bristol, including:


  • Professor George Davey Smith
  • Dr Evie Stergiakouli
  • Professor Kate Tilling

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Dr Beate Leppert
Data event

All Wales Neurodevelopmental Disorder e-cohort

We are using patient data from routinely collected health records to identify predictors of poor outcomes.

ADHD animation

Animating ADHD

We are working together with local ADHD parent support groups to develop an animation video for children aged 7-11 years about what it means to have ADHD.