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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 The National Centre’s work will improve life for patients through research and sharing knowledge and best practice.
  • 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.


  • October 2014
  • August 2014
    • Flagship centre secures funding renewal Cardiff University14th August 2014Funding renewal for Wales’s leading research centre examining the genetics of mental illness will help ‘nurture the next generation of world-leading scientists’, according to Cardiff University’s Professor Sir Michael Owen.

Collaboration & partnerships


  • CAQR 4th November, 10.00‑11.00 A support and development group for researchers interested in using more critical approaches to qualitative research at the Heath Campus (all welcome)Venue: UHW Main Building
  • Powys (North) RDCS Helpdesk 5th November, 10.00‑14.00 Research Helpdesk for NHS professionals

See also