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Oxford Neurosciences has been successful in gaining two important Wellcome Trust Strategic Awards in the latest round of funding, with a combined value of over £6m. This round had attracted the most applications the Wellcome Trust had ever received, making the success of the applications that much more outstanding.

Integrated Multimodal Brain Imaging for Neuroscience Research and Clinical Practice

This project, led by Professor Stephen Smith, head of the Analysis Group in FMRIB, aims to integrate modelling and analysis in structural MRI, diffusion MRI, fMRI and MEG with the goal of bringing these structural and functional methods together in an integrated methodology and software toolkit. This will create powerful new tools in imaging, allowing an understanding of how structures and functions interact and in particular will be invaluable in future clinical research in many areas of clinical neuroscience.

The applicants on the award are Stephen Smith, Christian Beckmann, Tim Behrens, Mark Jenkinson and Mark Woolrich, with Oxford grant collaborators: Natalie Voets, Chris Butler, Karla Miller, Peter Jezzard, Irene Tracey, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Kia Nobre, Klaus Ebmeier, Clare Mackay and Michael Chappell.


The University of Oxford Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi)

Many mental illnesses are commonly associated with highly disturbed sleep, but the importance of this disruption is frequently overlooked. Led by Professor Russell Foster, the award builds upon new data suggesting that parallel brain pathways are affected in mental illness and sleep disturbance. The application brings together neuroscientists, psychiatrists and bioengineers to understand these common connections and is an excellent example of the great opportunities for Oxford Neuroscience.The planned research integrates molecular and systems neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and bioengineers to conduct basic cellular and genetic research through to behavioral studies in animal models, moving to translation in patient cohorts.

The principal applicants on the award are Russell Foster, David Bannerman, Gari Clifford, Kay Davies, Daniel Freeman, Guy Goodwin, Paul Harrison, Emily Holmes, Stuart Peirson, and Katharina Wulff.

For information on Wellcome Trust Awards please visit their website.