New centre of excellence for brain research

A new centre of excellence to advance research into how ageing affects mental capabilities has been officially opened at the University.

The Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology will bring together the work of scholars in psychology and medical science.

International reputation

The centre will enhance Edinburgh’s international reputation in understanding the effects of ageing on functions of the brain, such as memory, decision making and intelligence.

Research will also investigate brain structure as revealed by brain imaging.

Medical research

The centre will carry out new medical research into the ageing process, including examining the impact of mental abilities, genes and hormones on lifelong health and wellbeing.

A seminar took place to mark the Centre’s launch on 11 September.

At the seminar, experts from the Colleges of Humanities and Social Science and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine outlined their research interests into cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology.

They also looked at how this research could develop through the work of the new centre.

The creation of this new multidisciplinary centre is a major encouragement for our research into the affects of cognition on ageing, and vice versa. It will go a long way towards bringing together our exciting current work, and create opportunities for new collaborations within and beyond the University.

Professor Ian DearyDirector


The centre is funded by a £3.4 million grant from:

  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)