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Diseases of the central nervous system include many of the most disabling conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, motor neuron disease (MND), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. These disorders have great cost to patients, their family and carers, and to society as a whole.

Our aim is to maximise the prospect of using a real understanding of underlying disease mechanisms to produce effective treatments for a range of these neurological conditions. To achieve this goal our clinicians are highly integrated with our basic scientists and we collaborate with the other units across Oxford.

We also work closely with the NHS through initiatives such as the two neuroscience themes of the NIHR-funded University of Oxford/Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust Biomedical Research Centre and the Thames Valley DeNDRoN. This provides the infrastructure for improving the translation of basic scientific developments into clinical practice. Based in the West Wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital we are adjacent to all the relevant clinical services, providing the perfect setting to share facilities, expertise and knowledge.