Department of Medicine

  • Division of Brain Sciences
Professor Paul Matthews

Professor Paul Matthews

- Head of Division

The mission of the Division of Brain Sciences is to develop and sustain a unique portfolio of translational research in neuroscience and mental health that is recognised internationally for scientific excellence, for leading innovation in patient care and for creating a dynamic environment for training the leaders of the next generation.

Within the last five years major investments have been made to expand and strengthen our neuroscience and mental health research. New academic staff have been recruited to create a new, stronger and realisable vision for neurosciences at Imperial College London. The creation of the Division of Brain Sciences has aligned expertise and facilities development to create a dynamic multi-disciplinary research environment  that can address national priorities for the life sciences and health.

We have three main research Themes supported by five Centres:

Affiliated research groups

Teaching and Postgraduate Research training

Brain Sciences leads teaching and research training programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and PhD level.  The PhD student community numbers approximately 80, equally balanced between clinical and non-clinical students.  Programmes for which the division is a lead contributor include the Wellcome Trust GSK Translational Medicine Training Fellowship Programme and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology for Life and Health.

For Master’s level students, the division offers an MRes in Experimental Neuroscience course that gives students the opportunity to undertake three substantial research projects within research groups across the division. At Undergraduate level the division leads on neuroscience and mental health teaching for MBBS and Biomedical Science students in the Faculty of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the UK.  Divisional academic staff teach over several major campuses in West London, affording close collaborative academic and clinical ties with the associated hospitals on these sites.

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