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    A warm welcome to Andrea Papp, winner of this year’s Ramon y Cajal competition. Her essays “Insights into our imaged mind” and “Evolution – communication – the future”, addressed the use of fMRI in brain imaging and how human interactions are affected by the digital age. Andrea will start her final year in the Aron Marton Gimnazium at Miercurea-Ciuc (Csikszereda), Romania, and joins last year’s winner Peter Sághy from Dunajska Streda (Dunaszerdahely), Slovak Republic, in studies of hippocampal GABAergic interneurons. Under the supervision of Professor Peter Somogyi, and in collaboration with Drs Perina Lau and Karri Lamsa, they will test whether long-term potentiation and long-term depression evoked by high-frequency stimulation in vivo correlate with the identity and position of interneurons in the hippocampal network.

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    Unit Director Peter Brown proved to be a most accommodating volunteer for a demonstration of ‘hands-on’ brain research at a recent visit from Generating Genius, during which he and Unit Research Associate Huiling Tan showed visitors how to use a magnetic stimulator to activate his brain and cause movement.

    Generating Genius is a registered Charity that supports talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to realise their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

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    We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Culshaw for a summer of research and work experience in the Magill Group. Jennifer is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Leeds, where she pursuing a B.Sc. in Neuroscience. During Jennifer’s time in the Unit, she will work closely with Dr Paul Dodson and Anna-Kristin Kaufmann on a project investigating the diversity of midbrain dopaminergic neurons.

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    The Unit was well represented in this year’s Paton Prize Talks, with two students (Abhilasha Joshi and Anna-Kristin Kaufmann) each giving a presentation about their ongoing thesis research.  Abhilasha, a second-year student co-supervised by Professor Peter Somogyi and Dr David Dupret, was jointly awarded this year’s Paton Prize for her presentation entitled “Hippocampal rhythmic activity and the firing of medial septal neurons in mice navigating in virtual reality”.

    The Paton Prize is named in honour of the late Professor Sir William Paton, former Head of the University Department of Pharmacology, and is awarded annually to one or two students on the basis of general research excellence, the quality of presentation and the ability to deal with the adjudicators’ questions.

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    The Unit held its inaugural Science Day on Friday 29th May 2015. Ongoing and future research projects were the focus of discussion, and Unit members and visitors eagerly took the opportunity to give the constructive criticism that is needed to foster world-leading research.

    There were 14 talks and 9 poster presentations, most of which were given by the Unit’s students and early-career scientists.  Unit Deputy Director Peter Magill commented “It was fantastic to see the next generation of our talented scientists in action and, most gratifying, to learn from their ruthless questioning of Programme Leaders.”

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    Our congratulations go to Unit D.Phil. student Federica Vinciati for successfully defending her doctoral thesis, entitled “Electrophysiological properties of striatal neurons in the dopamine-intact and Parkinsonian brain”, in her viva voce examination on 18th May 2015.

    Federica’s viva examiners were Dr Mark Ungless (MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London) and Dr Mark Walton (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford).

    Federica was supervised by Professor Peter Magill and Professor Paul Bolam, and was also mentored by Dr Andrew Sharott.

     

     

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    On 7th May, Unit members Peter Magill and Natalie Doig visited Headington School in Oxford to engage with a class of Fifth Form and Sixth Form pupils studying varied science-related subjects. Peter introduced some key concepts of brain organisation and function, why and how we in the Unit study the brain, and the importance of using animals in medical research. Peter further highlighted research on the basal ganglia and its relevance for the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.  Natalie then led a practical session in which the pupils observed a variety of nerve cell types and the Unit’s archive brain collection for themselves. After the practical, Natalie talked about careers in neuroscience, highlighting the diverse professions that contribute to neuroscience as a whole, and gave an exciting account of the scope and value of ‘citizen science’. The visit concluded with a lively Q & A session with the students.

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    On 24th April, Unit member Paul Bolam made one of his regular visits to The Cotswold School, where he talked about medical research with Year 10 students studying ethics.  Paul introduced the Unit and its Mission, the various methods used to study the nervous system, how we in the Unit study the brain, and ended with some comments on basal ganglia research and its relevance for the understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.  Paul chose these topics to illustrate why and how we use animals in medical research.  He then talked about the regulation of work on animals in the UK, society’s interaction with animals in a broader context, and anti-vivisection groups.  Paul’s talk was followed by an enthusiastic discussion session with the students.

     
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    On 20th April 2015, the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC) held its annual Research Day at the University's new Mathematical Institute. Unit D.Phil. student Anna-Kristin Kaufmann, who is co-supervised by Dr Paul Dodson and Professor Peter Magill, presented a poster entitled "LRRK2 BAC-transgenic rats develop late-stage deficits in dopaminergic transmission and reduced burst firing of SNc dopamine neurons",  for which she was jointly awarded the prize for best poster.

    Established in 2010, the OPDC is a unique multidisciplinary research centre that brings together lab scientists and clinicians working on the neuronal basis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.  Unit scientists currently play key roles in OPDC Theme 3, which is focused on the phenotyping of novel animal models of early cell and circuit dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

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    On 25th March 2015 the Oxford Neuroscience Symposium was held at the new Mathematical Institute. Unit Director, Prof. Peter Brown gave a lecture entitled "Manipulating Brain Oscillations for clinical benefit."

    Dr. Gunes Unal from Prof. Somogyi's lab presented a poster entitled "Target selectivity of the septal GABergic input in the hippocampus and extra-hipocampal cortical areas of mice," which was awarded a runner-up in the Sherrington Poster Prize. First prize was won by Andrei Ilie from the Department of Pharmacology for his poster: "Phasic and tonic activation of GABA-A receptors differentially regulates Cl- dynamics depending on network state."

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