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Nicholas Irving

We host world-leading programmes in basic, translational and clinical neuroscience research. Our integrated approach allows for the swift transfer of basic biomedical findings to the clinical setting. We deliver evidence-based therapies of high impact for the benefit of society and the economy.

In 2014 our Department was ranked first place in Unit of Assessment 4 (Clinical Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychiatry) of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework exercise. 95% of our submission was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, and we scored 100% for the quality of our research and training environment.


Our Head of Department is Professor Irene Tracey.

NDCN is made up of the following units:

Most staff are housed in the West Wing and FMRIB building at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The West Wing also includes the in- and outpatient facilities for the clinical departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroanaesthetics, Ophthalmology and ENT. This provides the perfect setting to share facilities, expertise and knowledge, as well as realise our translational goals.

Supporting our Research

We are grateful to all our many funders, from large research councils to small charities. Our Department is committed to research that improves understanding of the nervous system and is responsible for teaching clinical neurology and ophthalmology to medical students and trainees. If you would like to support our work financially please visit the University of Oxford's online giving page.