The Behavioural and Clinical Neurosciences Institute (BCNI) links clinical research at the level of functional neural systems to basic work on the brain with a common theme of different neuroimaging modalities and neuropsychopharmacology. The imaging modalities employed will include functional neuroimaging (PET & fMRI), single unit recording, in vivo neurochemistry, telemetry, and, eventually, gene expression. The Institute would integrate and co-ordinate basic work carried out in the School of Biological Sciences, with research in the programmes of the MRC Unit for Cognition and Brain Sciences, as well as the Clinical School (Depts. of Psychiatry, the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre and the Centre for Brain Repair). The main objectives are to identify neural systems with defined cognitive or behavioural functions that underlie different forms of cognitive dysfunction and psychopathology. This would enable more accurate definitions of phenotype, hence refining diagnosis and potentially motivating novel therapeutic strategies and their assessment.
Professors Barbara Sahakian, Ed Bullmore and Paul Fletcher are all on the excutive board of the BCNI.
The BCNI is based on the Downing site and Level 4 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital: