What is the biological basis of consciousness, in health and in illness?

Even in the late 20th century, consciousness was considered by many to be outside the reach of science. Now, powerful new combinations of functional brain imaging, theoretical and computational modelling, and basic neurobiology bring real hope that human ingenuity can resolve this central mystery of our existence. Practically, an enhanced understanding of consciousness will transform clinical approaches to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, from coma to insomnia, from depression and schizophrenia to autism and Tourette syndrome.

Founded in 2010 with a generous donation from the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science pursues a powerful multidisciplinary approach to clinical intervention and diagnosis, based on the science of the complex brain networks that give rise to consciousness.

After 6 years we are now recognized as one of the leading research groups in consciousness science internationally. In 2012 the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science hosted the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16). We have been featured in the University of Sussex 5 year strategic plan as the single 'case study' for research excellence, we have been recognized as a University Research Centre, and we play a prominent role within the Sussex Neuroscience community.

Applications are now closed for funded Ph.D. positions on the 2017 Sackler Centre programme.  See here for more information about postgraduate study opportunities.

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