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.

Natalie represents the basal ganglia labs at FENS forum in Barcelona

At the 8th FENS forum of neuroscience Natalie Doig presented a poster entitled “Cortical and thalamic innervation of identified cholinergic interneurons in the rat striatum”. Cholinergic interneurons are known to have an important role in reward related behaviour. Natalie has been investigating the excitatory, glutamatergic innervation to these specialised interneurons using a combination of electrophysiological and anatomical techniques (see attached poster).

The FENS forum of neuroscience is held every two years, and this year it was held in Barcelona, a city famous for its rich cultural heritage and the architectural works of Gaudi. The next FENS forum will be held in Milan, July 5 – 9, 2014.