The winners of £5 million worth of grants for basic and clinical neuroscience were announced by Britain's Medical Research Council (MRC) on Monday (February 9) as part of a push to strengthen the UK's position in the field.

The 29 grants cover a wide variety of scientific approaches to address disorders such as depression, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, the MRC said.

Brain science is among the top areas of medical research in Britain, said Nancy Rothwell, professor of neuroscience at the University of Manchester. “It's generally world leading with a lot of very, very strong work going on,” she told The Scientist. “Although, like every discipline, it is fighting for limited funds.”

The awards are made as a result of the first round of the MRC's call for proposals for brain science research in the middle of last year. The call was...

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