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About the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences

The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) is one of Europe’s largest research groups and one of the few teams in the world bringing together leading experts in brain development and pro and antisocial behaviours.  We believe it is essential to investigate the determinants of normal development in order to understand abnormal behaviour (or illness).

World-leading Experts

FANS academics play a critical role connecting expertise in basic animal models through to the latest neuroimaging technique, with epidemiology and the social sciences. We are world leaders in infant brain imaging, and in relating differences in brain structure and function to social and cognitive development. We also study the genetics, epidemiology, psychopathology, neurobiology and psychopharmacology of autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD across the lifespan; conduct disorder and callous unemotional behaviour in children; and offending and antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.

National & International Partnerships

We have extensive collaborative links with centres nationally and internationally, including large EU funded training networks linking the IOPPN to China, the USA, and the Netherlands. Our work is supported by large scale grants from leading agencies including the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, National Institute of Health Research, National Institutes of Health (USA), The Sackler Foundation, and the European Union. We currently hold around £45 million in research funding, and continually publish in the world’s best neuroscience, psychology and psychiatric journals.

Translational Research

By fostering collaboration between academics, researchers and clinicians, we rapidly translate cutting-edge research into clinical practice, improving patient outcomes, training and clinical practice to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. As part of the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group (CAG), we provide high quality forensic and neurodevelopmental services through the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) – provider of the widest range of mental health services in the UK. 

Academic Excellence

Our one year full time or two year part time MSc courses teach you everything you need to know and understand, whether enhancing your clinical practice, building a foundation for your DClinPsy application or providing a gateway for you onto our PhD programme. Highly rated in postgraduate teaching and research assessments, our education programmes reflect the integration of our research programme with our clinical services, presenting our students with a unique learning environment along with opportunites to become the next generation of world-leading translational researchers. 




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