Clinical research group


The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research (MDC)

The Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, managed by Professor Ed Watkins, is dedicated to the improvement of the understanding and treatment of mood disorders.  This state-of-the art, fit-for-purpose built clinical research facility houses individual and group treatment rooms, with built-in audiovisual recording, plus office and meeting space for clinical research.

The AccEPT clinic at the MDC

The AccEPT Clinic, led by Drs. Barney Dunn and Kim Wright, provides evidence-based psychological therapies to people in the community who experience severe or recurrent mood disorders, as well as aiding the development of new treatments by offering innovations in psychological therapies to these client groups. It is funded by the NHS via the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

The MDC biobehavioural lab

The MDC biobehavioural lab, led by Dr Anke Karl, supports research into the understanding of neural and peripheral physiological correlates of those mechanisms hypothesised to cause or maintain mood and related disorders. It comprises testing rooms equipped with psychophysiology and EEG equipment, eye tracker and virtual reality suites.

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab

The PARC psychopharmalogical lab, led by Professor Celia Morgan, supports research into the acute effects of pharmacological challenges on human volunteers. Three dedicated Home Office approved labs contain facilitites for administering pharmacological challenge, phlebotomy and preparation and storage of blood samples and psychological data.

The Research, Learning, Innovation and Development Building

The clinical group collaborate closely with individuals in the RILD building, at the R,D & E hospital site. The Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre (opened December 2013), a new £28 million facility that brings together key clinical and biomedical scientists working in genomics, neuroscience, cell biology and human physiology. This building also houses the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (; a purpose built testing facility for early stage clinical trials.

MR scanner

Exeter's MR scanner is a 1.5T Phillips Gyroscan Magnetic with SENSE technology capable of high speed whole-volume acquisitions for event and epoch fMRI designs. Button-box, joystick and trackball response manipulanda with optic-fibre connections are available. The scanner is equipped with an Applied Science Labs MRI-compatible eye tracking system. It is a research-dedicated machine, housed in the Peninsula Medical School's research building, and operated by the medical physicists in the Department of Physics; the School of Psychology is part of a consortium of users in several departments of the university and beyond. Concurrent ERP and fMRI recording is available.

Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis

The centre is a university-wide Wellcome Trust funded resource supporting researchers with advanced and complex data analyses of biomedical data and implementation of new technologies into existing research.

Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PENCLAHRC)

PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) of the South West Peninsula. It offers excellent research infrastructure including specialist groups in medical statistics, health economics, evidence synthesis and modelling, and PPI, and the clinical trials unit. MDC and REACH have close links with PENCLAHRC.