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.
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
Latest engagement news
Centre launches new mentorship programme in partnership with In2Science
10 August 2020
The Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) is excited to embark on a new partnership with In2science by launching a new pilot mentorship programme.
Core project streams
In 2018, we were awarded a Research Enrichment grant by Wellcome to co-deliver a public engagement project with young people with epilepsy. Throughout this project, we will be working with young people and the charity Young Epilepsy to co-produce three elements of a new scanning technology: fun and comfortable helmets to wear whilst being scanned; an engaging room to be scanned in; mood-balancing and enjoyable games to play before and after being scanned.
UCL World Stroke Day Forum
Our annual World Stroke Day Forum brings together researchers, clinicians, charities, stroke survivors and their families. We hope to empower stroke survivors to engage with, and contribute to, our work, with the aim to improve prognosis and rehabilitation after stroke.
Dear World Project
Our Dear World Project invites people to talk about their perceptions of mental health and explore how this interacts with approaches taken by researchers and clinicians. Through our Dear World Exhibition in 2020 we will explore the use of labels in mental health. Are they helpful? For whom?
Patterns of Perception
A creative collaboration between individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Central Saint Martins, English National Ballet, UCL and artist Ruairiadh O’Connell that aimed to find better ways to dispel misconceptions and communicate real insights into the experiences of those living with Parkinson’s Disease.
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.
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.
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.