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£25m boost for the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge

After a rigorous and highly successful five-yearly review, the Medical Research Council (MRC) is to invest over £25 million in the future research programmes of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU), Cambridge.

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit comprises over 120 scientists, students, and support staff with close links to clinical neuroscience research in the University of Cambridge and a high membership with Cambridge Neuroscience.

Over the next five years, the MRC CBU plans to focus on developing cross-disciplinary large-scale collaborative projects with its Cambridge partners. A flagship programme of research into the neurocognition of healthy ageing is currently in the pipeline, co-funded by the unit and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) through a £5 million, five-year grant. Scientists will look at a cross-sectional sample of nearly 800 healthy individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 88 years, in order to build the first complete picture of how the brain changes and evolves over the adult lifespan.

William Marslen-Wilson (pictured left), Director of the CBU, said: "Our success in basic science and in clinical translation depends on our ability to build strategically coordinated teams of world-class scientists covering a range of key research areas in the understanding of cognition and brain function. We ensure that these teams have the right neuroimaging resources at their disposal to support competitive work at the international cutting edge. This gives us a powerful basis for a broad range of collaborations with our scientific and clinical partners in Cambridge and beyond.

"Systems cognitive neuroscience is revolutionising our understanding of how the brain supports the mind, in sickness and in health, and we are absolutely in the thick of this worldwide explosion of activity," he added.

News article from the MRC CBU website.

Posted on 22/02/2010

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