A cornerstone of the philosophy of the Patrick Wild Centre is that improving our fundamental understanding of the nervous system will lead to better therapeutic options for autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities.
The Patrick Wild Centre brings together fundamental scientists from differing aspects of neuroscience and related fields to work on understanding neurodevelopmental disorders. Through gaining an understanding of the underlying cause of a condition, it becomes possible to model how it might develop and understand how this differs from typical neurodevelopment. This information can then be used to identify targets for potential therapies. Our fundamental research is done in partneurship with the Simons Foundation. To know more about our fundamental research, please visit our collaborative website, the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain.
Why we use animals in research
The brain and nervous system is an incredibly complicated structure. Understanding how it works is essential to appreciating how this can go wrong and what interventions might be effective in delivering relief. While our researchers are committed to the principals of the 3Rs and so, where possible, they develop and use experimental approaches that Replace, Reduce or Refine animal use, there are instances where there are no alternatives to the use of animals. Find out more here: Why we use animals in research webpage.