Sensory Neuroscience

Image: Thy1+ganglion cells

Thy1-driven GFP fluorescence in ganglion cells of the mouse retina.

Credit: Dr Ursula Greferath
We have established links with clinicians, pharmaceutical companies and bioengineers. This means, our innovative research is leading to treatments for patients with vision impairment, chronic pain and chronic cough.

Dr Alice McGovern, Academic Theme Lead

Dr Andrew Jobling, Deputy

The sensory nervous system enables us to detect, interpret and experience the world around us and within us.

These senses are encoded by a complex architecture of neurons, they support cells in our body tissues and are conveyed to the brain through dedicated neural circuits.

Encompassing the eye, internal organs and the skeletal system, our researchers investigate the anatomy and physiology of our sensory nervous system, including how diseases impact on these fundamental processes.

We have established links with clinicians, pharmaceutical companies and bioengineers. This means, our research leads to treatments for vision impairment, chronic pain and chronic cough. Our key areas of focus are:

  • Ocular development
  • Retinal function and
  • Sensations from the pelvic organs, skeletal system and lungs