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Two people in MRI scanner control room

We use brain imaging, in both humans and animal models, to investigate how sleep affects the brain. For example, we aim to understand: 

  • How variations in sleep quality affect brain structure and function across the lifespan
  • How interventions aimed at improving sleep influence the brain
  • How brain injury affects sleep
  • How sleep influences brain processes of learning and consolidation
  • How genetic mutations affect brain structure and function via their regulation of circadian rhythms and sleep

 This work involves close collaboration between the SCNi and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.

Our team

  • Heidi Johansen-Berg
    Heidi Johansen-Berg

    Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging; Associate Head of Medical Sciences Division (Research)

  • Jason Lerch
    Jason Lerch

    Professor of Neuroscience

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