Neuroscience at King's College London is thriving
King's has one of the largest groups of basic and clinical scientists studying brain development, disease and repair of any university in the world. The Institute of Psychiatry is the most successful research institution of its kind in Europe and we are proud to have three out of five of the MRC’s Neuroscience centres.
Three major Foundation NHS Trusts are linked to King's College (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s and South London and Maudsley). Collectively they coordinate the specialist care for approximately 5m people with psychiatric and neurological disorders and provide excellent opportunities for clinically oriented research.
In 2006 Neuroscientists at King’s College included 105 Principal Investigators, 420 Post-doctoral Scientists, 130 PhD Students with an active grant income of £96m.
Major research groups with overlapping interests include the:
Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences – who are applying cutting-edge MRI scanning techniques to study the natural history of psychiatric and neurological disorders and identify biomarkers.
Clinical Neuroscience Institute – whose research focus is patient based and aim to develop new tools to diagnose and treat neurological disorders such as stroke, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. A new building is planned to house this group on the Denmark Hill campus.
The Department of Neuroscience at the IoP – who seek to understand the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegeneration. The department is host to the MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research and the Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behaviour
Neuroscientists working on Huntington’s disease and muscular dystrophy are based in the Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.
Others studying the cause and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, schizophrenia and depression are members of the Psychosis, Emotional Disorders and Addictions Interdisciplinary Research Group.
Thus King's College London offers neuroscientists an exciting environment to train and work in exceptionally diverse fields, from the structure of a single molecule to the complex events that occur during human brain development and disease.