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Brain and Mind Sciences

A new venture, the Herchel Smith Building for Brain and Mind Sciences, opened on the biomedical campus in 2009 after a complete refurbishment. The facilities include about 1000 square metres of office and meeting space, as well as a clinical research facility, to support interdisciplinary collaborations between the four key stakeholders in the project: the University Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Psychiatry, the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and the MRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Behavioural & Clinical Neurosciences Institute, along with their key NHS partners of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The new office space accommodates 50 staff and the clinical research space includes specialist facilities for EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation, cognitive testing and blood sampling. The building is located in close physical proximity to clinical research groups on the Forvie site and neuroimaging facilities in the Department of Radiology and the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre. The Herchel Smith Building was founded in 1984 following a gift to the University from Dr Herchel Smith. The refurbishment was supported by grants from the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research, Cambridge Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.

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