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Neuroscience and
mental health
at Manchester

Neuroscience and mental health at Manchester


Our unique surrounding population and strong links with local partners, combined with the internationally-recognised expertise of the academics and researchers in the neuroscience and mental health capability at Manchester, make us a premier player in the clinical application of neuroscience and mental health research.

Greater Manchester and the North West region have the highest incidence of neurological and vascular diseases in the UK. Bringing benefit to a diverse patient population with heavy disease burden, Manchester is the perfect place to study neuroscience and mental health.

Partnering with the NHS

Our strong, continually developing links with the NHS in the local area facilitate our clinical work. With accurate diagnostic techniques and excellent imaging facilities, our NHS partners work with us to advance understanding in neuroscience and mental health.

We have strong engagement with the Medical Research Council (MRC) and with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) – and in 2008 we united our academics and researchers with leading healthcare providers through the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC). In 2013, MAHSC was named as one of only six elite accredited partnerships in the country by the Department of Health, and the only one outside the South-East of England.

The Health eResearch Centre

With the large, diverse Manchester patient population and the knowledge of our trusted partners, together we can ask the big questions that can help us to improve care. Answering these questions requires a significant amount of clinical, social and research data.

At Manchester, we have the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) to help us to combine these data and to identify more effective treatments, improve drug safety, assess risks to public health and study the causes of diseases and disability.

Awarded to The University of Manchester in 2012 by the MRC, the HeRC is a multimillion-pound centre of excellence in electronic health data research. Set up in partnership with the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and York, HeRC researches new ways of harnessing electronic health data to improve care for patients and communities.

At Manchester, we sit at the centre of this research, helping to create a potentially world-leading multidisciplinary environment for health discovery and innovation.

With our dedicated partners and the people of Manchester, we work to improve care. The world works better with us.