Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Diagnoses & disease targets

Information for scientists about our major brain condition targets.

Cerebrovascular research group

person about to undergo an MRI brain scan
The multi-disciplinary study of conditions that cause brain vascular injury, such as stroke, is a major focus of CCBS research.


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We are conducting several studies into the neurological associations of Covid-19.

Functional disorders

Symptoms of functional disorders
Clinical study of disorders of nervous system function that are not caused by brain disease.

Neurodegenerative conditions

Stem cells in culture
Clinical and laboratory research to study mechanisms of neurodegeneration and repair in multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's, dementias and degenerative eye conditions.

Neurodevelopmental conditions & neurodiversity

human stem-cell derived astrocytes in culture
We study conditions of preterm, infancy and childhood that are caused by neurodevelopmental abnormalities.


Photomicrograph showing astrocytoma, grade IV, multiforme
Neuro-oncology research aims to understand the causes of brain cancer and work towards new treatments.

Prion disease

Large florid plaque in the cerebral cortex in variant CJD a florid CJD plaque
Incidence and diagnosis, cellular mechanisms and pathogenesis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other prion diseases.

Psychiatric disorders

3D brain scan
The Division of Psychiatry covers many psychiatric specialties including general adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, developmental psychiatry and psychological medicine.

Sleep medicine

Polysomnography trace
The Sleep Research Unit, aligned with the Department of Sleep Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, sees and manages all sleep disorders including narcolepsy, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders.