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.

Daniel Dautan


We welcome Daniel Dautan as a new PhD student in the Unit. Under the co-supervision of Dr Juan Mena-Segovia in Oxford and Dr Todor Gerdjikov in Leicester, Daniel will investigate the functional heterogeneity of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in acute and chronic electrophysiological preparations.

Daniel graduated from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) with an MSc in Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Electrophysiology. He has successfully concluded two internships, one with Dr Philippe Faure in University Paris 6 where is studied the projection of dopaminergic cells in VTA and their responses to a nicotinic injection, and a second one with Dr Carlos Eduardo-Valencia in the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience where he studied the electrophysiological and neurochemical responses in the orbitofrontal cortex following deep brain stimulation of the internal capsule.