The Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems (CCNS) is a major research Centre within Edinburgh Neuroscience and the School of Biomedical Sciences. The primary mission of members of the Centre is to conduct research on the neurobiology of cognition and disorders of cognition using state-of-the-art techniques. Guided by specific hypotheses about the organisation of memory systems and putative mechanisms of cognitive disorder, we use behavioural, pharmacological, physiological and microscopy techniques – in both humans and animals - to address questions about normal cognition and how it breaks down in neurological and psychiatric disease, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease. Our researchers have numerous national and international collaborations.
Professor Tony Harmar
We are all saddened to learn of the death, on 10 April 2014, of Professor Tony Harmar, a one-time Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences and formerly a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. Tony was a distinguished molecular biologist whose career was largely spent working for the Medical Research Council, including the MRC Brain Metabolism Unit in Edinburgh. Within the University, he held an MRC Programme Grant with a focus on molecular and circuit aspects of circadian rhythms. Latterly, he held the City of Edinburgh Chair of Pharmacology in the University and, working at Little France, was influential in thinking about modernising pharmacological nomenclature through his long service with and chairing IUPHAR committees. He was an immensely kind man, as well as a great scientist. Our condolences go his wife Jillian and his family.
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