Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre

Translating neurological research into patient benefit.


The Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre combines discovery science and experimental medicine to rapidly translate our research into healthcare benefit.


We want to discover and develop new treatments and implement optimal care pathways that provide better outcomes and transform the lives of patients living with neurological diseases.

We do this through a multidisciplinary approach, involving all healthcare professionals across the translational pathway to ensure all aspects of healthcare benefit are considered within our research agenda.

The Centre is a partnership between the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences (part of Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust), The University of Manchester and the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Find out how you can support us through donations and fundraising activities. 


Our research


Our team

The Centre team comprises researchers and other staff from the NHS and The University of Manchester.

Strategic leads
Core team

Gill BurnsGill Burns
Centre Administrator


Alisha Patel.Alisha Patel
Centre Manager


Anne BamfordAnn Bamford
Patient representative

Stroke and dementia theme leads
Brain tumours theme leads
Parkinson's disease theme lead

Ross DunneMonty Silverdale

Read Monty’s research profile


Brain inflammation theme lead
Brain pathology theme lead

Federico RoncaroliFederico Roncaroli

Read Federico’s research profile


Brain rehabilitation theme lead
Brain imaging theme leads

News and updates

See the latest news and updates from the Centre on our blog.

Northern Care Alliance Research Collection (NCARC)

NCARC is a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licensed generic research tissue bank, with an affiliated sample biorepository. NCARC works across the Northern Care Alliance, covering four hospitals.

NCARC provides a streamlined and high-quality way to collect and store appropriate consented annotated biomaterial, and NHS data, for distribution to partners with an interest in biomedical research, according to regulatory requirements.

To learn more about NCARC, request access or set up a specific research collection, please visit the NCARC website.

Patient and public engagement

Find out how you can get involved with our research on our patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) page.

Find out how you can get involved with our research.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Centre, please get in touch.


Alisha Patel (Centre Manager)

Gill Burns (Centre Administrator)

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