Research centres and units
Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre; Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE); Koestler Parapsychology Unit
Our centres act as hubs of best practice and research excellence, bringing together internationally renowned scientists to collaborate on key themes in psychology. Centres also aim to build capacity by providing leadership, training, and resources for early career researchers. The aim is to create a collaborative environment where science can thrive and key research questions are answered.
Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
The Centre carries out research into the causes and treatment of dementia. Current projects include evaluating cognitive assessments used in diagnosis, and developing methods to predict whether or not a particular patient will respond positively to current drugs, which have been shown to work inconsistently. Researchers also aim to develop and maintain a dementia brain tissue bank (the Scottish Dementia Brain Tissue Bank).
The Centre is funded by Alzheimer Scotland and this funding was extended for a further five years from summer 2016.
Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)
CCACE aims to advance research into how ageing affects cognition (cognitive ageing), and how mental ability in youth affects health and longevity (cognitive epidemiology). It is led by Professor Ian Deary (Director) and Professor Andrew McIntosh (Director Designate), alongside Professor John Starr and Professor Jonathan Seckl (Co-Directors).
The Centre is composed of six research group, each focusing on a different aspect of cognitive ageing research. These groups are:
- Cognitive epidemiology (led by Professor Catharine Gale and Professor David Batty)
- Cognitive ageing: Individual differences (led by Professor Ian Deary)
- Cognitive ageing: Human cognitive neuroscience (led by Professor Robert Logie)
- Mechanisms of cognitive ageing: Human/translation work and animal/basic science (led by Professor Alasdair MacLullich and Professor Megan Holmes)
- Human and animal brain imaging (led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw)
- Genetics and statistics of brain ageing (led by Professor David Porteous)
CCACE is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the University of Edinburgh.
CCACE has close links with a sister Centre, the Alzheimer’s Scotland Dementia Research Centre.
Koestler Parapsychology Unit
The Koestler Parapsychology Unit, directed by Professor Caroline Watt, is one of the UK's leading groups teaching and researching ostensibly paranormal experiences and beliefs. The unit was established in 1985 following a bequest from Arthur and Cynthia Koestler.
Topics of interest include:
- the possible existence of psychic ability
- anomalous experiences and belief in the paranormal
- deception and self-deception
- historical and conceptual issues in parapsychology
The unit also offers an online course in parapsychology.