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Our vision is to empower people with neurological and psychiatric conditions to contribute to, and influence the research of the Centre and across the UK.

Our aims:

Develop a culture of embedded public engagement, producing world-leading researchers with the skills and experience to effectively engage with the public

Create a network of people that are actively contributing and influencing the work of the Centre

Establish ongoing relationships with a diversity of communities across the UK that are traditionally under-served in neuroscience


Cassandra Hugill

Public Engagement Manager

Joanne Thomas

Public Engagement Officer

Faye Watson

Science Communication Officer

Additional programmes

Public Engagement Prize Awards

The annual Public Engagement Awards recognise and reward the outstanding public engagement work of the staff in our Centre.

Public Engagement Grant Scheme

The WHN bursaries support and develop researcher skills and experience in public engagement in research, encouraging them to take a more leading role.


Each year we host six students from disadvantaged backgrounds for a two week internship, providing experience of, and motivation for, a career in research.

My Aphasia

The PLORAS (Predicting Language Outcomes and Recovery After Stroke) group are working with people with aphasia to develop tools to predict a person’s projected language recovery following stroke.

Experiencing Fatigue

In May 2019, we were awarded a Research Enrichment Grant by the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with a wider Institute of Neurology research team, the Fatigue group. Dr Annapoorna Kuppuswamy and her research team are interested in the pathological and irreversible fatigue, which, many stroke survivors experience on a daily basis and for which no treatment is known to be effective. The project aims to use participatory arts approaches to explore experiences and offer a ‘voice’ for stroke survivors who experience pathological fatigue. Through this engagement project, stroke survivors, researchers and an artist will collaborate on a multi-sensory, immersive installation that will be exhibited for one week in central London. The installation will relay something about the experience of fatigue that is often hard to put into words. It is hoped that this will give this invisible condition visibility and validate it as a significant inhibitor to daily life.

Our engagement partners

Our partners are vital for success in our engagement work. We are fortunate to work with a number of organisations that are in line with our vision and aims, together creating meaningful engagement work with lasting impact.