The cancer statistics having caught up with friends and relatives recently, to say thanks for the support some received, and ensure that others continue to receive it, Dr Jeff McIlhinney will be riding from Land's End to John O'Groats in the next two weeks. He will be accompanied by an equally mad group of friends and the group will be riding in support of Macmillan Cancer Support (see http://www.justgiving.com/Jeff-McIlhinney).You can follow their progress on a blog from the link above.
On the 2nd May, we celebrated Dr. Jeff McIlhinney’s retirement from the Unit with an afternoon of talks, including some from Jeff's previous post-docs, collaborators and students. The talks were light-hearted experiences on working with Jeff.
Ruth has joined Jeff McIlhinney's lab as an MRC-funded DPhil student. Ruth holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCL, where she carried out her final year dissertation at the Institute of Neurology, concentrating on the role of microglial activation in neuroinflammatory disease. Last year Ruth successfully completed the MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she initially joined Jeff's lab in order to carry out her thesis on the expression and distribution of Copine-6 in brain during development.
Our Congratulations go to Ruth, who successfully defended her thesis entitled “A Molecular, Anatomical and Developmental Account of Copine -6 Protein Expression in the Rodent Brain” yesterday. Her examiners were Dr Nicoletta Tekki-Kessaris (Reader in Developmental Neuroscience, UCL) and Prof Zoltan Molnar (Prof. of Developmental Neuroscience, University of Oxford). Ruth is pictured outside the Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit with her examiners, her supervisor Jeff McIlhinney and the Unit Director Prof Peter Somogyi.
Alan Cowey (life), FRS, FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, Oxford and Honorary Associate of the Unit, passed away on the 19th of December 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer on the 24th of September. Alan was one of Peter Somogyi’s closest friends and past collaborator, a pioneer of visual neuroscience, an unflinching supporter of the Unit, a true gentleman and an example to us all as a scientist and as a person.