University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham


Research students have access to a range of methodologies, ranging from molecular to whole animal and human studies to investigate: animal models of mental disease: early environmental influences on brain neurochemistry and function in relation to mental disorders including Alzheimer's disease, ADHD, schizophrenia and depression, particularly the role of amine, amino acid and neuropeptide neurotransmission; neurogenesis during depression; drugs of abuse: mechanisms of reward and aversive behaviour, with particular reference to cannabinoids, neurotoxicity and metabolites of ecstasy (MDMA); pain mechanisms: the roles of GABA, vanilloid and cannabinoid receptor systems in models of chronic pain; neurodegeneration and neurotoxicity: molecular mechanisms underlying chronic human neurodegenerative disorders, particularly the role of the ubiquitin/ proteasome pathway; mechanisms of reactive metabolite generation in drug toxicity and validation of alternative methods; neurovascular damage mechanisms; embryotoxicity; hypothalamic control of puberty and body weight: the hypothalamic basis of energy metabolism; mechanisms involved in male reproductive maturation; molecular action of neurotoxins: role of astrocytes in maintaining neuronal and vascular function and their involvement in the vulnerability and resistance to natural and chemically-mediated neurodegeneration; effects of hypoglycaemia on brain function.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2017 - 3 years
MRes Full-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham NG7 2HA East Midlands

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