Neuroscience

Focus Areas

World-Class Basic Research

We have invested in a number of innovative collaborative research programmes around the world in the broad area of neural circuits and behaviour. These reflect the types of research we envision being carried out at the forthcoming Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

World-Class Basic Research

In 2007 Gatsby Trustees decided to expand our efforts in neuroscience. At the heart of this endeavour is the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London – a state-of-the-art research institute we are developing in partnership with the Wellcome Trust which will open in 2016. Since 2007 we have also invested in a number of complementary research programmes around the world in the broad area of neural circuits and behaviour.

These programmes reflect the types of innovative, collaborative research we envision being carried out at the Centre, and the people we support bring a wealth of expertise to help our thinking on the Centre’s planning and the development of its scientific focus.

Areas of focus within programmes we support are:

  • Circuit assembly and organisation (how neurons are connected to form circuits);
  • Information processing: from synapse to neuron to circuit (how information is transmitted and transformed from neuron to neuron; and within neural circuits, how signals are compartmentalised, integrated, timed and faithfully transmitted throughout the brain);
  • Circuits and behavioural systems (sensory processing, motor systems, fear, reward, emotional states, memory, attention, decision making);
  • Computational and theoretical neuroscience.
World-Class Basic Research