We support research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of neurological and neuropsychological disorders.
Genetic research is becoming increasingly important in the study, treatment and prevention of neurological and neuropsychological illness. We undertake genetic research to provide greater knowledge, diagnosis and potential treatment for these debilitating and potentially life-threatening conditions.
- C. A. Hunt, Research Technician, WERN Epilepsy Biobank
- Dr Anurag Saxena, Clinical Research Fellow
What we do
Bioinformatics support for psychiatric genetics
Discovering the complex genetic basis of major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder requires analysis of very large patient cohorts. The Wales Gene Park supports a full-time bioinformatician in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics to underpin this work.
We support a full-time research technician who develops the epilepsy biobank of DNA samples for the Wales Epilepsy Research Network (WERN). This resource links patient samples and clinical data to enable research into the genetic causes of epilepsy.
TRON Clinical Trial
We support a full-time clinical research fellow for the TRON clinical trial. This study is investigating the efficacy of mTOR inhibition for the treatment of neurocognitive problems in patients with Tuberous Sclerosis in conjunction with the South East Wales Trials Unit.
The WERN Epilepsy Bank is based in Swansea.