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We have a major commitment to research as well as to undergraduate and post graduate education. We are also committed to the provision of specialised clinical services in psychiatry and neurology as well as to training the psychiatrists and neurologists of the future.

Research Themes

  • Psychosis and Major Affective Disorders Our work aims to understand the genetic and environmental factors involved in the major psychotic and mood disorders (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression).
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Our aims are to understand some of the causes of different forms of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s diseases and multiple sclerosis.
  • Developmental Disorders (Child Psychiatry) The aims of the section are to conduct and promote high quality research and teaching in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry under the guidance of Prof Anita Thapar.
  • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Our work focuses on the analysis of large volumes of biological data to help understand the causes of mental-health related diseases.
  • National Centre for Mental Health NCMH is working to improve diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by mental health problems in the future.
  • Neuropsychiatric Imaging The neuropsychiatric imaging group investigates the effects of genes (and their interaction with the environment) on brain structure and function and on behaviour.
  • Animal and Cellular Models Our work aims to uncover the roles of specific genes in human behaviour and brain function.


  • July 2015
  • June 2015
    • Social Innovation Award 1st June 2015Researchers who helped change the lives of homeless young people in Wales have won the prestigious 'Social Innovation Award' at Cardiff University's Innovation and Impact Awards 2015, sponsored by leading law firm Geldards and IP Group

Collaboration & partnerships


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