This is an historical archive of the activities of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (MRC ANU) that operated at the University of Oxford from 1985 until March 2015. The MRC ANU established a reputation for world-leading research on the brain, for training new generations of scientists, and for engaging the general public in neuroscience. The successes of the MRC ANU are now built upon at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford.

Congratulations Ruth- winner of the Paton Prize 2011

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.

Copine -6 is a Ca++-dependent phospholipid-binding protein, and is expressed by distinct neuronal populations in the adult rat brain.  In order to molecularly characterise some of the distinct populations of copine -6 cells, immunohistochemistry for several protein markers was carried out and analysed by confocal microscopy and Stereoinvestigator programming,  alongside BrdU and MoMLV retroviral cell labelling techniques.

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.

Adam Tudor Jones and Alessia Manganaro, both second year post-graduate students at the Unit, also presented their transfer talks.