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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.


  • January 2015
    • Common ground discovered in mental illness Cardiff University21st January 2015New research has found that common psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression share genetic risk factors related to immune function and DNA regulation.
  • December 2014
    • Cardiff in top five for research excellence Cardiff University18th December 2014The quality and impact of Cardiff’s research has led to a meteoric rise in league tables, pushing it into the UK’s top 5 universities.

Collaboration & partnerships


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