- Unit18 Nov 2015
We are pleased to welcome Dr Vitor Lopes dos Santos to the Unit. Vitor graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011, and obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2015 at the Brain Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. Vítor's PhD research was supervised by Prof. Adriano Tort to develop a new framework for the analysis of neuronal assemblies and their temporal dynamics. In 2012, Vítor received a Science Without Borders grant from the Ministry of Education of Brazil to spend a year in the Centre for System Neuroscience of Leicester University, where he developed new methods for extracting information from spike trains under the supervision of Prof. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga. Back in Brazil in 2013, Vitor completed his PhD work on hippocampal network physiology with Prof. Sidarta Ribeiro and Prof. Richardson Leão.
Vitor joined the Unit as an Investigator Scientist in November 2015 to work in the Dupret Group where he will continue to focus on hippocampal cell assembly dynamics and investigate how they coordinate to other areas during learning and memory processes.Related Group :
- Unit16 Nov 2015
Unit Director Peter Brown is one of the chief investigators on a newly-awarded grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The grant, administrated by the University of Melbourne, is entitled “Closed-loop deep brain stimulation: Optimising treatment of Parkinson’s disease using adaptive stimulation”. The research will run over four years, during which the goal will be to develop closed-loop deep brain stimulation as a treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease.Related Group :
- Unit4 Nov 2015
On 3rd November, the Unit hosted a workshop on Oscillations and Novel Interventional Therapies (OnIt) at Brasenose College, Oxford. The OnIt workshop was arranged by BNDU Director Peter Brown and involved members of his Group and the Unit Groups of Rafal Bogacz and Andrew Sharott, together with visitors from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, the Bernstein Center, Freiburg, and the Biomedical Electronics Translational Research Center, Hsinchu, and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University, Taipei, Taiwan. The small, intensive meeting proved to be an excellent opportunity for biologists, clinicians, engineers and mathematicians to interact and forge collaborations directed towards advancing scientific discoveries from bench to bedside.Related Group :
- Unit14 Oct 2015
A warm welcome to Dr Eduardo Martin Moraud, who joins the Group of Rafal Bogacz to work on the design and implementation of computational models to guide the optimisation of closed-loop ‘deep brain stimulation’ paradigms in Parkinson’s disease. Eduardo completed his Ph.D. in Neural Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in the labs of Prof. Micera and Prof Courtine, where he worked on the development of predictive models and closed-loop control algorithms for spinal-cord stimulation after spinal cord injury. Eduardo is fascinated by the idea of developing smart technologies that dynamically interact with the nervous system, in particular in the context of personalizing neuroprosthetic interventions and treatments.Related Group :
- Unit5 Oct 2015
Unit Programme Leader Peter Somogyi joined scientists from University College London and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, for their first discussion meeting in Stockholm on the 5th of October to plan the start of their 5-year Wellcome Trust Strategic Award "Functional Neuromics of the Cerebral Cortex."Related Group :
- Unit1 Oct 2015
Alexander Morley has joined Dr David Dupret's lab as a D.Phil student. Alex has previously worked in Dr. Bains’ lab at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada, where his project was focussed on using optogenetic and immunohistochemical techniques to delineate a novel stress-related neuronal circuit.
Over the next few years, Alex will perform multi-channel extracellular recordings to investigate how oscillatory communication between the hippocampus and its connected brain circuits contributes to multi-modal information processing for the purpose of memory and adaptive behaviours.Related Group :
- Unit1 Oct 2015
We are pleased to welcome back Minas Salib to the Unit as an MRC-funded DPhil student under the co-supervision of Dr Tim Viney (MRC BNDU) and Dr Vladyslav Vyazovskiy (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford).
Minas recently completed his Master’s thesis project in the Unit under the supervision of Dr Tim Viney and Prof Peter Somogyi, during which he studied the postsynaptic cortical targets of in vivo recorded mouse medial septal neurons. During his D.Phil. research, Minas will investigate the relationship between behaviour-dependent firing patterns of identified medial septal neurons and their postsynaptic target neurons in the cortex, by using in vivo extracellular recordings and juxtacellular labelling of single neurons in the medial septum along with local field potential recordings in the hippocampal formation. He will also characterise the recorded cells with molecular methods.Related Group :
- Unit29 Sep 2015
We are pleased to welcome Prof Lisa Topolnik and Viktor Kis to Prof. Peter Somogyi’s lab. Dr. Topolnik from Laval University in Quebec, Canada, is an internationally recognised expert on synaptic pharmacology and plasticity and will interact with Viktor Kis, an expert electron microscopist from Eotvos Lorand Unversity, Budapest, Hungary, on the synaptic targets of electrophysiologically identified long-range GABAergic projection neurons of the hippocampus.Related Group :
- Unit24 Sep 2015
We are pleased to welcome Miss Barbara Schaffran to the Unit as a visiting student working under the supervision of Dr Paul Dodson.
Barbara is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, and will be working on her thesis project in the Magill Group. During her time in the Unit, Barbara will investigate in vivo firing properties of midbrain dopaminergic neurons in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease.
Barbara completed her Bachelor’s thesis at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, Germany, where she performed in vivo time-lapse imaging in developing Drosophila larva sensory neurons under the supervision of Dr Gaia Tavosanis.Related Group :
- Unit22 Sep 2015
Miss Alison Comrie, an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona and a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Carol Barnes joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s lab earlier this year as a BRAVO! Scholar. The Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open! program funds University of Arizona students to conduct research and live independently in another country in order to develop international interactions.
Alison has written a short article on her Oxford experience and this is published online at https://ubrp.arizona.edu/exploring-the-brain-in-oxford-uk-2/.Related Group :