UCLan Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour

Brain and behaviour

The UCLan Centre for Brain and Behaviour is a cross-disciplinary centre where biomedical scientists, psychologists, clinicians and chemists work together on understanding how the brain works and in understanding disorders of the brain and developing novel treatments for Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders.

We work with local charities and colleagues within the UK and internationally on 4 main strands:

Strand 1

Dementia and Neurodegeneration
(e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, neuro-oncology, Motor Neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, pain, concussion)

Strand 2

Psychiatric illnesses
(e.g. depression, anxiety, drug abuse, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

Strand 3

Cognitive neuroscience
(e.g. attention, distraction, memory, reasoning, judgment, decision making, problem solving, intelligence, creativity, vision, language, reading, concussion)

Strand 4


Neuroscience drug design
(e.g. computational modelling, in silico studies, medicinal chemistry)

Our aim is to promote inter- and cross-disciplinary research into the brain and behaviour within UCLan and to foster links with similar researchers within the UK and internationally. We will mentor women and early career researchers and engage with local charities and the community. Ultimately we hope to produce impactful research through a knowledge transfer agenda.

Research within the Centre is referenced in a guest blog on the Northern Health Science Alliance website about Alzheimer’s disease, entitled ‘Alzheimer's and the AI Grand Challenge’.

To find out more please contact the Centre Director, Professor Colin Davidson or the Centre Deputy Director, Professor Linden Ball.

Binding of two ketamine-like legal highs at the dopamine transporter (B) diphenidine and (C) methoxphenidine. From Brain Sci. 2018 Apr; 8(4): 63. Published online 2018 Apr 7. doi: 10.3390/brainsci8040063