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Cardiff/Bristol Neuroscience Research Collaboration

Our collaboration with the University of Bristol began in April 2006 as an initiative to enable greater knowledge sharing and partnership between our neuroscience communities.

Current collaborations

In the last few years, we’ve undertaken several new joint projects, including:

Background

Our collaboration initially focused on establishing specialised focus groups in various areas of neuroscience, including psychiatry, neuroimaging, schizophrenia, systems neuroscience, and the biological basis of mental health disorders. These groups were formed through joint meetings, laboratory exchange visits, tours of our Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and Experimental MRI Centre (EMRIC), as well as training days and other collaborative activities. These focus groups resulted in several joint projects, grant applications, PhD studentships, training days, workshops, and an international three-day showcase which welcomed over 150 delegates.

Another notable development is the GW4 Early Career Neuroscientist's Day, which has taken place in Bristol (2007, 2010, 2015), Cardiff (2008, 2012, 2017), and Exeter (2019). Organised by a committee comprising young neuroscientists from both universities, this event fostered a productive working relationship and ongoing collaboration, as well as attracting considerable attention from hundreds of young neuroscientists from across the UK.

To encourage further collaboration between our universities, a travel prize scheme was introduced, with grants worth up to £500 on offer. These grants enabled early career researchers to attend international conferences – widening their worldview and allowing them to build valuable networking opportunities.

The future

As we step into a new phase of neuroscientific breakthroughs, maintaining and expanding our relationship with the University of Bristol becomes ever more vital. By combining the brilliant academic and clinical minds of our institutions we aim to make the South Wales/West of England region the gold standard for neuroscience and mental health research in the UK.