Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)
King's College London
Box PO77, Henry Wellcome Building
De Crespigny Park,Denmark Hill,London SE5 8AF, UK

Project leader

Prof. Declan Murphy
 Mortimer D Sackler Professor of Translational Neurodevelopment, and Director of the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King's College London.


Prof. Tony Charman
Chair in Clinical Child Psychology
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Dr Grainne McAlonan
Clinical Reader, Insitute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience


Dr Tomoki Archi
NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Neurology in the Centre for the Developing Brain, King's College London


Prof David Edwards
Director, Centre for the Developing Brain, King’s College London

Project staff

Tessel Bazelmans
PhD student
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Judit Ciarrusta
PhD student


Institute presentation

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) – a School of King’s College London – is Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience. We are world-renowned for the quality of our research and, for psychiatry and psychology, we are the most cited research centre outside the US and the second most cited research centre in the world – as ranked by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were judged to have the second highest research power in the UK for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and the impact of our work was 100% world leading or internationally excellent, and our research environment judged as 100% world leading.

Our world-class research-led learning experience attracts the very best students from around the world who enjoy unrivalled learning opportunities – supported by strong partnerships with NHS trusts, industry and healthcare organisations.

The Centre for the Developing Brain within king’s College London aims to establish a comprehensive understanding of human brain development around the time of birth. To achieve this, it seeks to create new capabilities to map cerebral development in health and disease; explore and exploit the underlying biology of brain development disorder to create new therapies; and conduct clinical trials of novel neuroprotective and neural rescue therapies. The Centre has advanced MR imaging facilities, including a novel fetal imaging capability and a new dedicated MR imaging suite sited within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas' Hospital, London. This integrated capability allows novel treatments defined by basic and translational neuroscientists to be tested in human infants using novel and well-qualified imaging biomarkers.