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Neuroscience - Teaching informed by research with impact

At Queen Mary, brilliant, boundary-pushing research doesn’t sit in isolation. It goes hand-in-hand with our teaching, so you’ll benefit first-hand from the experts who are making exciting advancements and challenging existing knowledge.

The research-informed teaching you’ll be experiencing includes:

  • Research led: where students are taught findings in their field of study
  • Research orientated: where students learn research processes and methodologies
  • Research tutored: where students learn through critique and discussion between themselves and staff
  • Research based learning: where students learn as researchers.

The Centre for Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma is made up of around 120 research active staff and PhD students. The Centre’s strategic research breadth covers five main areas:  Trauma Sciences, Neurotrauma, Neurodegeneration, Neuroimmunology and the Neurogastroenterology group.


Led by Professor Adina Titus-Michael, this research unit focuses on major translational projects in spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

This group includes both scientists and clinicians who use a variety of in vitro and in vivo models. The work is funded by the research councils and charities and we also have established links with major companies in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical field.


The main focus of this group, led by Dr Andrea Malaspina, is identifying neurochemical signals of neurodegeneration in tissues and biofluids which can model novel biomarkers and therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Through its research, the group aims to kick-start and rejuvenate the development of effective treatments for neurodegeneration through better diagnostics and the characterization of the pathological processes underpinning neurodegenerative disorders.

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