John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair

School of Clinical Medicine


Brain damage can occur at any stage of life and for many reasons. The effects are not only devastating for the individuals concerned and for their families, but place enormous demands on health care services and society. Counteracting the effects of damage to the brain or spinal cord represents one of the major current challenges to medical science. Success at repairing the damaged brain will require the harnessing of information gathered from a wide range of disciplines.

The John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair (BRC) is part of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge. The ultimate aim of work in the Centre is to understand, and eventually to alleviate and repair damage to the brain and spinal cord which results from injury or neurodegenerative disease.


In the following pages, you will find a great deal of information on the Brain Repair Centre, what it does, and the people who work there, as well as informative accounts of how the brain can be damaged and what can be done about it.   News about upcoming events will appear from time to time on this page.  There are also links to the other components of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, a leading department carrying out cutting-edge research in both clinical and experimental neuroscience. This is a very active area of inquiry, so expect constant updates.