The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN), headed by Professor Chris Kennard, comprises over 400 staff including about 100 graduate students. The DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences covers all areas of the research carried out in the department.
NDCN was formed in November 2010 by bringing together the Department of Clinical Neurology, the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics and the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB), each with their own recognised history and world-leading programmes in basic, translational and clinical research. A further division, the Centre for the Prevention of Stroke and Dementia (CPSD) was added in September 2015.
The department usually admits around 20 students per year, from both scientific and clinical backgrounds. Each student will work on a specified research project with close supervision from one or more of NDCN’s principal investigators and their teams, and become part of a vibrant research community both within the department and the wider University.