University of Cambridge Neuroscience

University of Cambridge Neuroscience

Cambridge has a long and proud tradition of transforming the way we think about the world. Its strength lies in its ability to bring together the best minds from every field of knowledge and help them work together in the service of society.

Cambridge Neuroscience is critical in bringing together the wide range of disciplines that we need to understand the brain. As an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, it links principal investigators from over 60 different departments and institutes across the University. Connecting biologists with computer scientists, psychiatrists, social scientists, epidemiologists and neurologists has led to life-changing discoveries. Cambridge Neuroscience is a vibrant, active and highly collaborative research community.

It is this approach that holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the brain and the mind. That is why I am so proud of Cambridge Neuroscience, its history of transformative research, its track record of breakthrough discoveries, and its ability to break down barriers between science and business. I look forward to a future of even more brilliant research and discovery.

A short history

It has been 115 years since the nerve cell was clearly recognized as the structural and functional unit of the nervous system; only 115 years of the modern era, yet the achievements over that time have been staggering. During those years anatomists, physiologists, zoologists and many others, all of whom now go by the name of ‘neuroscientists’, sought to understand some of the most fundamental properties of the nervous system. Until the latter part of the 19th and the early years of the 20th centuries these properties were considered to be ‘mysteries’: the structure of neurons, the ways in which they are interconnected, the architecture of the brain, the physiological bases of reflexes, the mechanisms by which messages from the sense organs are signalled to the brain, and the nature of the nerve impulse.

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