Prof Ian M. Stanford

Professor of Neuroscience

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4015


Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  

Member of the Pharmacy and Biology Teaching Programmes
Prof I Stanford
PH1401: Resting membrane potential, action potential, synaptic physiology,CNS anatomy, spinal reflexes.           
PH3601 (Module coordinator): Synaptic transmission, dopamine and movement disorders of the basal ganglia, schizophrenia and neuroleptics.
  • Stimulation of the motor cortex for symptomatic relief in Parkinson's Disease
  • Is the motor cortex resistant to epilepsy?
  • Studies on GABA in globus pallidus
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  • 2013 - to date Professor of Neuroscience
  • 2009 - to date  Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise (LHS)
  • 2007 to 2009  Associate Director of Research and Head of Biomedical Sciences.
  • 2007 - 2013 Reader in Neurophysiology Aston University.
  • 2005 – 2007 Research Convenor – Physiology and Pharmacology.
  • 2004 – 2007 Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Aston University.
  • 2004 – 2010 MRC Career Development Fellow.
  • 2002 – 2004 Lecturer in Pharmacology, Aston University.
  • 1997 – 2001 Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow, University of Birmingham.
  • 1992 – 1997 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham.1989 – 1992 PhD, University of Southampton.
  • 1987 – 1989 BSc (Hons), University of Southampton.


  • Electrophysiological, morphological and neurochemical studies on neurones of the basal ganglia.

  • Functional diversity in GABA inhibitory connectivity in the GP.

  • Synchronous neuronal oscillations in primary motor cortex.

  • Integration of basic and clinical neurophysiological methods.

Prof. P.Bolam (MRC Unit, University of Oxford)
Prof. P Furlong (Aston University)
Dr S.D. Hall ( University of Plymouth)
Dr M.G.Lacey (University of Birmingham)
Dr P.J. Magill (MRC Unit, University of Oxford)
Dr M.O'Neill (Eli-Lilly UK)
Dr G.L.Woodhall (Aston University)

Parkinson’s UK  (2011-2014) £177,578
Ian M Stanford, Gavin Woodhall and Stephen Hall
BBSRC 4 YR CASE Studentship - Eli Lilly (2012-2015) £121,573

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