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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


On January 2006 the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) was formed from the merger of the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology. PDN is one of the largest departments in the School of Biological Sciences.

Research in PDN is primarily in four major areas: Cellular and systems physiology, Developmental and reproductive biology, Form and function and Neuroscience. PDN remains the home of Preclinical Teaching in Anatomy and Physiology for both medical and veterinary students. It is also is a main contributor to the Natural Science Tripos in the areas of Physiology, Developmental Biology, and Neuroscience.

PDN is located on the University Downing Site, occupying the Physiological Laboratory and the Anatomy School. It is located close to other biological departments, including Biochemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Plant sciences, Psychology and Zoology. Much of the space in the department has been recently refurbished to provide state of the art research and teaching spaces. Excellent support facilities in PDN include the Audio Visual Media Group.

PDN accommodates the Centre for Trophoblast Research and the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre. The Department has strong collaborative links with the other departments in School of Biological Sciences and with the Clinical School, the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, and the Gurdon Institute.

To find out more about PDN, read the history of the Physiological Laboratory, the history of Anatomy at Cambridge, and the merger of the two Departments.