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Personal Statement

Professor Phil Winn’s research interests are in brain–behaviour relationships. Careful examination of behaviour is important because many brain disorders are described in terms of altered behaviour. Changes in the quality of movement or changed patterns of action are often the first signs of brain dysfunction, whether in an obvious movement disorder like Parkinsonism or psychiatric states such as schizophrenia or depression. Phil’s particular focus has been on structures deep in brain, developing the general hypothesis that relatively high order cognitive processes are present much lower in the brain than generally supposed.

Phil is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and the Association for Psychological Science in the USA. He began his career at St Andrews, becoming Dean of Science and then a Vice Principal. He joined Strathclyde in January 2010 as a Deputy Principal with a brief to develop the University Strategic Plan, after which he served as Head of SIPBS, changing and developing its organization and strategy. He is currently Chair of Medical Research Scotland, and is a Board member of both the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland, where he also chairs the Research Evaluation Advisory Committee. At Strathclyde, he chairs the University Ethics Committee.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hull

Bachelor of Arts, University of Hull


  • Behavioural neuroscience

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Projects 2008 2022

Research Output 1979 2019

Biological Psychology

Winn, P. (ed.) & Grealy, M. (ed.), 20 Aug 2019, 1st ed. London. 1329 p. (Critical Concepts in Psychology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Biological Phenomena
11 Citations (Scopus)
30 Downloads (Pure)

The cellular diversity of the pedunculopontine nucleus: relevance to behavior in health and aspects of Parkinson's disease

Pienaar, I. S., Vernon, A. & Winn, P., 1 Aug 2017, In : Neuroscientist. 23, 4, p. 415-431 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Basal Ganglia
Parkinson Disease
Cerebellar Nuclei


Examining cholinergic fuction in the ventral tegmental area and dorsal hippocampus

Author: Fullerton, J. L., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Winn, P. (Supervisor) & Pickard, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis