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Research group

Clinical Neurosciences

We study clinical areas that include major human infectious diseases and diseases that affect the central nervous system.

Part of Medicine


Our group is part of the University-wide Southampton Neurosciences Group (SoNG). The group was established in 2001 to provide a focus for collaborative, interdisciplinary and applied neuroscience. 

We research the clinical and environmental factors that impair brain development. This includes studies on the impact on neurological and neurodevelopmental function in children who were both at high risk and/or have suffered adverse effects. We also explore the pathology, prevention and repair strategies for damaged neural tissue.  

Our research programme is aimed at understanding the biological basis and treatment of neurodegenerative disease. We do this through a number of projects: 

  • drug clinical trials 
  • immunotherapy 
  • tissue engineering 
  • neuroimaging 

Our laboratory-based research is helping us understand the main risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases (for example, ageing, genotype and neuroinflammation) and the repair potential of stem cells using animal models and human tissue. 

People, projects and publications


Professor Andrew Lotery

Professor of Ophthalmology

Research interests

  • Ocular clinical trials
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Central serous chorioretinopathy
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Mrs Angela Cree

Senior Research Manager

Research interests

  • Molecular Biology
  • Ophthalmic Genetics
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Dr Angus Prosser

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Anthony Quinn PhD

Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Aravinthan Varatharaj BMBCh MA(Oxon) PhD PGCME MRCP

Associate Professor in Neurology

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Arjuna Ratnayaka

Associate Professor

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Dr Ashley Pringle

Principal Teaching Fellow
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Mr Ben Coles

Faculty Technical Manager
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Dr Ben Gaastra MA, MB, BChir, MRCS, PhD

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery
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Professor Brigitte Vollmer

Prof of Perinatal and Dvlpmtal Neurology

Accepting applications from PhD students

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During neurological disease, brain tissue including vessels and blood within are destroyed, leading to inflammation, release of haemoglobin and blood-brain barrier compromise. We study these pathological processes across a range of neurological diseases.
Prof (Clinical & Experimental Neurology)