The Paton Prize is awarded each year to the student who gives the best transfer talk in the Department of Pharmacology at the end of their second year of doctoral studies, and is in memory of Professor Sir William Paton previous head of the Department.
In recognition of their excellent standard of presentation Linda Katona and Chloe Lim were awarded jointly the 2012 Paton Prize.
Linda Katona, of Peter Somogyi’s group, delivered a short presentation of her results entitled “GABAergic neurons in hippocampal network activity of freely moving rats”. She shares the prize with Chloe Lim, of Professor Chris Garland’s group, Department of Pharmacology. Chloe’s presentation was entitled “A novel signaling role for NAADP in vascular smooth muscle cells”.
Adjudicators were Dr Sarah Newey, Professor Helga Refsum and Professor Arthur Weston.
Gengyu Li “Nitric oxide modulates synaptic inhibition in the stratum lacunosum moleculare of the hippocampus“ and Michael Crump “Diverse firing of medial septal neurons and their hippocampal targets”, second year post-graduate students at the Unit also presented their results.
The MRC Unit was well represented in this year’s Paton Prize Talks, with three D.Phil. students (Federica Vinciati, Colin McNamara and Marie Dalzell) each giving a presentation about their ongoing thesis research. Federica, a second-year student in the Magill Group, was jointly awarded this year’s Paton Prize for her presentation entitled “In vivo electrophysiological properties of neurochemically-identified striatal neurons in dopamine-intact and Parkinsonian rats”.
The MRC Unit was well represented in this year’s Paton Prize Lectures, with three of our D.Phil. students (Marco Bocchio [pictured to the right], Farid Garas and Dimitrios Kotzadimitriou) each giving a presentation about their ongoing thesis research. Marco, a second-year student in the Capogna Group, was jointly awarded second prize for his presentation entitled “'Serotonergic modulation of the mouse basolateral amygdala: implications for emotional behaviour and brain state”.
Ruth Faram, of Jeff McIlhinney's group, delivered a short presentation of her results, entitled 'The Curious Case of Copine -6', part of the transfer process from Probationary Research Student to DPhil status.
Natalie Doig delivered a short presentation of her results, part of the transfer process from Probationary Research Student to DPhil status. In recognition of the excellent standard of her presentation, she was awarded the Paton Prize. This prize is awarded each year to the student who gives the best transfer talk in the Department of Pharmacology, and is in memory of Professor Sir William Paton.
Awards are given to Affiliate Members of The Physiological Society every year sponsored by Pfizer in recognition of excellence in research presented at the Society’s annual Main Meeting, Physiology in six categories: Cardiac & Respiratory Physiology, Cellular & Integrative Neuroscience, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Human & Exercise Physiology, Metabolism & Endocrinology and Vascular & Smooth Muscle Physiology. Candidates are registered for a higher degree by research in a department of a higher education institute in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.