The Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology (INP) has an interactive network that comprises four centres of excellence: the Centre for Neuroscience (CN), the Centre for Stroke and Brain Imaging (CSBI), the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (CCNi), and the Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN). Via their interactions, centres of the INP aim to understand brain networks at multiple levels of function, from cells to cognition, using approaches ranging from molecular, cellular, systems and social level investigations, with a strong emphasis on imaging and computational analyses of each level.
A major driver of research has been the development of world-class imaging infrastructure and supporting high-performance computing facilities. This provides strong unifying technological and methodological links across the different Centres of the INP, including a state-of-the-art platform of cognitive imaging in humans, a high field small bore animal scanner, dedicated confocal and electron microscopy facilities, as well as cutting edge equipment to measure dynamic social signals.
Between 2008 and 2013 the INP obtained £19.8M in competitive funding. Large grants included an ESRC/MRC grant (£5M) structuring research in cSCAN, a translational Pfizer Grand Challenge Award (£1M) and a recent Wellcome Strategic Award (£5M) in the CN, two ERC Consolidator Grants (£1.2M, £1.4M) in the CCNi, an ERC Starting Grant (£1.2M) and an ERC Consolidator Grant (£1.4M) in cSCAN, and a Wellcome Principle Investigator Grant (£2M) in the CCNI.
- World-class research in areas ranging from face and voice neuro-cognition, dialogue and communication to cortical oscillations, neural coding, pain and cell signalling
- 700+ publications including in leading generic (Nature and Nature family: 10; PNAS: 19) and specialist (Curr Biol: 20; J Neurosci: 27) journals; 10,000+ citations
- Overall citation count from 4000/yr. in 2008 to 7000/yr. in 2011-12
- Increase in interdisciplinary research, e.g. Glasgow Psychosis Research Network, Pfizer Translational Grand Challenge award
- Development and application of innovative computational methods in cognitive neuroimaging and social signalling
- 50% increase in postgraduate student numbers since 2008
- Continuous upgrade of imaging equipment to maintain leading edge, e.g., Helium liquefier for MEG, coil upgrade on 7-T scanner, high-performance computing cluster
- Muckli L., De Martino, F., Vizioli L., Petro L.S., Smith, F.W., Ugurbil, K., Goebel, R. & Yacoub, E. (2015). Contextual feedback to superficial layers of V1. Current Biology , 25(20), 2690–2695. (doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.08.05)
- Jack, R. E., and Schyns, P. G. (2015) The human face as a dynamic tool for social communication. Current Biology, 25(14), R621-R634. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.05.052)
- Ghazanfar, A.A., Morrill, R.J., and Kayser, C. (2013) Monkeys are perceptually tuned to facial expressions that exhibit a theta-like speech rhythm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110 (5). pp. 1959-1963. ISSN 0027-8424 (doi:10.1073/pnas.1214956110)
- Todd, A.J. (2010) Neuronal circuitry for pain processing in the dorsal horn. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(12), 823-836. (doi:10.1038/nrn2947)
- Uhlhaas, P., and Singer, W.(2010) Abnormal neural oscillations and synchrony in schizophrenia. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11, 100-113. (doi:10.1038/nrn2774)
- Pickering, M.J., and Garrod, S. (2013) Forward models and their implications for production, comprehension, and dialogue. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(4), 377-392. (doi:10.1017/S0140525X12003238)