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From our Head of Department

Irene TraceyWelcome to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN), one of the leading and largest clinical neuroscience departments in Europe.

We have a multidisciplinary workforce of close to 500 people, most of whom are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Scientists and health professionals work together to take what we learn in the laboratory and apply it in the clinical setting. Many of our staff also share their expertise through teaching, and we have a strong commitment to engaging the public by inspiring and consulting them about our work.

Professor Irene Tracey

structure and impact

We have five divisions, some of which have a long history spanning 75 years. All have made important discoveries about how the brain works and developed treatments that directly benefit patients.

Major breakthroughs include the discovery of a type of cell in the eye which helps regulate our body clock, new techniques to image the human brain, devices to make anaesthesia safer, how to treat and prevent major stroke, novel treatments for chronic neurological conditions and eye disorders, and using our improved understanding of how people experience acute and chronic pain to identify new ways of managing it.

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.