About us

The University of Sheffield Neuroscience Institute brings together internationally recognised expertise in medicine, science and engineering to improve the lives of patients and families affected by neurological, sensory and developmental disorders.

Our talented teams are working to advance fundamental neuroscience and harness new discoveries so that we can understand how the brain and nervous system function in health and disease.

To deepen our understanding of function and dysfunction of the nervous system we are collaborating in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The institute supports over 100 neuroscientists and their teams from across the University of Sheffield. This broad range of expertise feeds into our three research pillars:

MRI brain scan

A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach

Our multidisciplinary research and cutting-edge facilities enable the latest scientific knowledge to be translated into real-world solutions and better outcomes for patients.

Our partnerships and connections with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – one of the largest and most successful University hospitals in the UK – makes Sheffield a world-leading translational neuroscience environment.

We are working to address some of the most challenging problems in neuroscience. Our expertise spans many areas, from single-cell experiments to whole-brain neuroimaging and from modelling of disease to pioneering advanced therapy clinical trials for neurological disorders.


Collaboration is a key strength. We work closely with patients affected by neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, as well as hearing and visual impairments and chronic pain. Our patients guide our research with their expertise.

Through our strengths in modelling, our extensive range of biosample resources, our innovative technologies and our work with patients, we are able to attract and collaborate with other world-leading institutes and industrial partners. Embedding academic excellence within these partnerships ensures that our work generates maximum value and impact.

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary approach means we can develop a deeper understanding of basic neuroscience and translate this into improvements for human health and wellbeing.

An introduction to the Neuroscience Institute

Learn more about the science and the vision behind the Neuroscience Institute:

Unravelling the mysteries of the nervous system

Neuroscience mysteries of the brain

Partner with us

We're proud to work with local and global organisations to further enhance our translational research.

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.