BNA Local Group Rep (LGR): Volko Straub
BNA LGR email: vs64@le.ac.uk


Neuroscience research at the University of Leicester is organised in a very active and vibrant Neuroscience & Behaviour Research theme that integrates the various research groups across the university. Research expertise ranges from behavioural studies to molecular signalling and computational modelling. For more details of specific research interests, expertise and resources follow the links to the individual strands of the Neuroscience & Behaviour Research theme shown below.

Psychology & Behaviour

The consequence of activity in neural circuits is changed behaviour; this grouping is exploring the neuropsychological mechanisms influencing animal and human behaviour.

Lead: Professor Gordon Harold

Degeneration & Disease

Neuronal dysfunction underlies neurological disease and neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Prion Diseases.

Lead: Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter

Sensory Processing

Neuronal networks integrate specialised sensory information - our current focus is on Auditory Processing and Vision.

Leads: Professor Ian Forsythe & Professor Irene Gottlob

Hearing and Audition

Research focuses on central mechanisms of auditory processing and damage caused by sound trauma. 


This grouping has particular interest in visual processing with a translational and clinical perspective.

Neurons & Networks

Our research seeks to understand the function of nerve cells set in the context of the networks that they form and the behaviours that they generate. Current research topics include plasticity in sensory-motor control, development of motor circuits, neurogenetics, neuromodulation, neurodegeneration, motivated behaviour, modelling of neuronal function, and neuroprosthetics.

Lead: Dr Tom Matheson

Channels, Receptors & Signalling

Ion Channels and Rtors are the fundamental building blocks of neuronal excitability, neurotransmission and G-protein coupled receptor signalling. This Strand also interfaces across the College Themes.

Lead: Professor Richard Evans

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