The Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders is headed by Professor Chris Oliver and is based in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. The research at the centre is funded by Cerebra with additional support from a number of agencies and charities.
The research undertaken focuses on the difficulties experienced by children and adults who have intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and genetic syndromes that are associated with developmental delay. A team of clinical and academic psychologists, undergraduate and postgraduate students and volunteers conduct high quality research into emotional, cognitive and behavioural difference and disorder in individuals with these neurodevelopmental disorders. More information about specific research projects taking place can be found on the centre’s project pages.
To read more about the research activities, journal publications and conference presentations undertaken by the team, take a look at the annual reports available here:
Information is also available on the University of Birmingham website.
The FIND website is for parents/carers and professionals. It provides information about neurogenetic disorders including Cri Du Chat, Angelman and Cornelia De Lange. For professionals there is access to an interactive database. The website also gives information on current research projects that are being conducted in individuals with rare genetic syndromes and neurodevelopmental disorders. To access the website please click here.
Parents who have been involved in research at the Centre have shared their stories about raising a child with a rare genetic syndrome. To see their stories please click on this link.
In the video shown below, Dr Jane Waite, a Post Doctoral Research Fellow provides an insight into the research taking place at the centre.