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Our mission is to conduct world-class research, teach psychiatry to medical students, develop future researchers in our graduate programme, teach doctors in training, promote excellence in clinical practice, and develop and provide innovative clinical services.

We work in close collaboration with clinical services particularly Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, with our leading clinical and translational academics providing a link with the world-class discovery science groups working in Oxford. We are committed to the translation of scientific discovery into benefits for patients. Our role is to champion our patients' interest by making basic research applicable to the causes, the diagnosis, and the treatment of disease. We use clinical and patient observation and experience to motivate and direct basic research, where it is likely to help real life problems. We have built expertise and extensive networks in a variety of research fields from molecular biology to brain imaging, from behavioural research to epidemiology, bringing together clinicians and scientists in all our research groups, and collaborating with leading experts in other departments and institutions. We have especially strong links within Oxford Neuroscience, for example with Experimental Psychology and the NIHR Oxford cognitive health Clinical Research Facility, with the Nuffield Department for Clinical Neuroscience, the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB), the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA), and the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and Oxford Clinical Trials.

We are based at the Warneford Hospital. Thirty-four research groups led by principal investigators can be identified by their source of major funding, most of which comes from the MRC, the NIHR and the Wellcome Trust. We have further divided our website into 20 themes, to make it easier for you to identify content of interest, and to emphasise the busy interaction of research group with each other and with outside researchers.

Download the 2020-2021 Annual Report (this is also available in an HTML version).

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Download the 2018 Annual Report.

Image: Neurons in the brain - copyright Shutterstock / Andrii Vodolazhskyi