Intellectual Disability Research

Intellectual Disability psychiatry research is based within the Division of Psychiatry at University College London. It is led by Professor Angela Hassiotis.

Our research interests include: 

Health services research, epidemiology, mental ill health along the lifespan, stigma and social determinants of health

Key members of the group include:

Dr Afia Ali 

Dr Vaso Totsika 

For further information please contact: Prof Angela Hassiotis 



The learning disabilities research group is multi-disciplinary and includes senior academics from psychiatry, psychology and sociology. The group undertakes four main areas of research.

The group has close academic links with other disciplines at both the University of Cambridge and at other academic centres.

Its PhD students come from a range of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, molecular biology, geography, sociology and social anthropology.

Research in intellectual disability psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh is primarily conducted through The Patrick Wild Centre. Research is multidisciplinary with a particular, though not exclusive, interest in genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Collaboration with fundamental scientists from a range of backgrounds, including psychology and neuroscience, is encouraged.

Details of recent research projects and ongoing projects are available.

Key members of the group include:

Dr Andrew Stanfield

Dr Andrew McKechanie

Dr Lindsay Mizen

For further information please contact: Dr Andrew Stanfield


The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences is based within the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London headed by Professor Declan Murphy.

We have a strong translational focus and our research interests include Intellectual disabilities, autism, genetic syndromes particularly Down syndrome, 22q11 deletion syndrome, and syndromes related to NRXN1, SHANK3 and Phelan-McDermid mutations. Our work links between basic neurosciences research at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and translational research via the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment within our department, and applied research and training at the Estia Centre.

We are world leaders in brain imaging of infants and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, and in relating differences in brain structure and function to social and cognitive development. We also study the genetics, epidemiology, psychopathology, neurobiology and psychopharmacology of autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan; conduct disorder in children; and offending and antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. Our approach is to identify biomarkers to enable experimental studies ('shiftability' studies) of potential treatments which if successful can then be pursued in phase 2 and phase 3 trials run by our Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinical trials centre. The department hosts more than 30 PhD students and a highly regarded MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences.

The department is the UK lead for several large research consortia, for example AIMS-2-TRIALS for autism; the LonDowns Consortium, HEROES and GO-DS21 for Down syndrome. We also host the Dementia in Intellectual Disabilities Special Interest Group (DID-SIG).

Key members of the group include:

For further information please contact: Professor Andre Strydom

Intellectual Disability research is based in the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, drawing on the expertise of a number of individuals that are engaged in basic science, translational science and applied science research. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a particular area of interest, which includes both clinically focused research (Professors Jeremy Parr and Emerita Professor Ann Le Couteur) and neurodevelopmental genetics (Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith, Prof Joris Veltman). 

Other key Newcastle based collaborators include Dr Rhys Thomas (genetics of epilepsy), Dr Yuki Kikuchi (primate genotype-phenotype research), Dr Chris Morris (Newcastle Brain Bank) and Dr Yujiang Wang (AI modelling of epilepsy risk in ASD). 

Broader collaboration exists with The Centre for Applied Genomics in Toronto (where Dr Woodbury-Smith holds appointment as Associate Investigator) and Department of Human Genetics at Mohammed Bin Rashid University in Dubai (neurodevelopmental genetics)

For further information please contact: Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith

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