- 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 :
- Unit2 Sep 2015
We are pleased to welcome back Professor Laszlo Marton from the EMTE-Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Romania. Laszlo will join Professor Peter Somogyi and Dr Tim Viney to participate in the analysis of mouse medial septal axons and developing novel signal analysis methods.Related Group :
- Unit28 Aug 2015
Welcome to Nils Kurzawa, who will spend his European Erasmus scholarship in the Unit this summer. Nils is a 2nd year MSc student in Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research interests focus on the interface of Computer Science and Biology. Nils joins Rafal Bogacz's Group and will work on computational modelling of human learning in decision-making processes.Related Group :
- Unit21 Aug 2015
The Unit recently hosted a group of staff and lay members of the research charity Parkinson’s UK who have a particular interest in the use of animals in biomedical research. The visit was co-organised by Paul Bolam, Emeritus Senior Scientist at the Unit, and Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications and Engagement at the charity. The visit began with Unit Director Peter Brown and Deputy Director Peter Magill highlighting how research using animals has advanced research into, and treatments for, Parkinson’s disease, as well as some other benefits arising from the mutual exchange of ideas and discoveries made in the clinical and “basic” research fields. The open discussion session then focused on why, how and when animals are used in Parkinson’s research and, more generally, how animal use in scientific procedures is regulated in the UK. During a tour of the Unit led by early-career scientists Paul Dodson and Natalie Doig, the visitors were shown new results from work in animals on the structure and function of dopamine-releasing nerve cells, which are especially vulnerable in Parkinson’s. The visitors were also shown mouse models of Parkinson’s disease.Related Group :
- Unit8 Aug 2015
This week, members of the Magill Group were playing hosts to Anezka Macey-Dare, who is currently studying for her A-Levels at Headington School, Oxford. Anezka has a keen interest in biomedical sciences and neurology, and following a recent visit of Unit scientists to her school, came to the Unit to learn more about the practical side of neuroscience research in a real working lab. During Anezka’s visit, she viewed several stages of a typical experiment in the lab, and received training in neuroscience concepts. Anezka also gained ‘hands on’ experience with some anatomical and molecular approaches to studying brain function. The results from Anezka’s immunofluorescence labelling experiments were excellent!Related Group :
- Unit4 Aug 2015
Our congratulations go to Unit D.Phil. student Ash Oswal for successfully defending his doctoral thesis, entitled “Functional and clinical relevance of oscillatory activity within cortico-basal-ganglia circuits in Parkinson’s disease”, in his viva voce examination on 3rd August 2015.
Ash’s viva examiners were Professor Mark Woolrich (Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, University of Oxford) and Dr Bettina Pollok (Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf).
Ash was supervised by Professor Peter Brown at the Unit and by Dr Vladimir Litvak (Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London), and is a MRC Clinical Training Fellow.Related Group :