Unit student Linda Katona who had her viva in August received the 2014 Postgraduate Award of the British Neuroscience Association for the best thesis in neuroscience. She carried out her studies under the supervision of Profs. Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi and wrote up her results in the thesis: “The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus”. President-elect Prof. John Aggleton, FRS handed her the certificate in the Christmas Symposium of the BNA on the 15th of Dec. 2014.
Linda Katona successfully defended her doctoral thesis, entitled "The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus", in her viva voce examination on 13th August 2014. Only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners.
Her examiners were Prof. Kenneth Harris, Professor of Quantative Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, UCL and Dr. Simon Butt, Associate Professor in Neuroscience, Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford.
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.
Unit director Peter Somogyi receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zurich. Prof Dr Michael Hengartner the President greeted Peter as the latest Honorary Doctor of the prestigious University of Zurich. The title will be bestowed on him in a ceremony Dies Academicus on the 26th of April. Peter collaborated with world leading neuroscientists the late Peter Streit and the current head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Prof Jean-Marc Fritschy.
Our congratulations go to Unit D.Phil student Alessia Manganaro, who successfully defended her D.Phil. thesis, entitled “Functional differentiation along the dorso-ventral axis of the hippocampus”, on Friday 29th May 2014.
Alessia's examiners were Prof David Bannerman (Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford) and Dr Colin Lever (Durham University). Alessia was supervised by Prof Jozsef Csicsvari and Prof Peter Somogyi.
Alessia is pictured with Prof Csicsvari, and celebrating with her student colleagues.
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.